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Sam Cooke, the son of Reverend Charles Cook, Sr., (a Baptist minister) and Annie May Cook was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1933. He had four brothers and three sisters - Willie, Charles Jr., L.C., David, Mary, Hattie and Agnes.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Records
  • ASIN: 5555894724
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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One listen to this collection of his songs and you'll know I'm right.
Arthur Collins
RCA was very limited in its use of photos because of legal issues; this also goes for some of the original album covers.
Paul Williams
The best anthology yet of Sam's is The Man and His Music, which has Change..., Shake, and others not on this collection.
Tracy Norris

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187 of 190 people found the following review helpful By Paul Williams on November 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After reading through the twenty or so reviews of "The Man Who Invented Soul" I wanted to comment on a number of issues raised by the various writers.
1. BMG/RCA does not own material recorded by Sam recorded after September 1963, even though it was originally released on the RCA label. This is owned by ABKCO Records (Allen Klein).
2. For the above reasons we were unable to inlcude signature songs like "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Shake" and so on. These titles will presumably appear on future releases from ABKCO.
3. The intention of this box was to focus in on the Keen repertoire which RCA purchased in the early '60s and his RCA recordings up until the "Tracey" period (post 9/63).
4. That having been said, it was my intention to use come up with some hundred or so Cooke classics, many of which have never been on CD. I would have loved to include the ABKCO owned material, but this wasn't possible and it is my feeling that it is best to have something out there than nothing at all.
5. All the RCA songs are from the original first generation session or master tapes so this is the best ever sound quality, substantially better than "The Man and his Music" (compare 'em).
6. RCA had to delete (cut out) "The Man And His Music" because it contained several titles which reverted to ABKCO. (There are no copies of this CD on the market legitimately).
7. There is a legal issue over the original version of "Another Saturday Night", so we used a very similar alternate version.
8. Many people have commented that they prefer the stereo versions to the mono mixes. All these titles were mixed to stereo at the same time (or very close to) the original 45.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Norris on October 21, 2000
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Some may holler over missing deeply loved tracks, and I can understand.
However, Sam was so prolific; there was more to him than A Change is Gonna Come and Shake. Although, they are some great jams. His best, "A Change..." is no doubt THE song. (It made the songwriters hall of fame.)
I sampled this collection, and I was impressed and wished I had started with this before I accumulated my Cooke cds. There is a lot to this set that I as a big fan, a collector of 12 cds, do not have, but then there is a lot that I do have.
Now, if I were someone who had a cd or two of Cooke's, I would be floored, but I think box collections are for fans. Fans willing to pay the 50 bucks!
As a fan I would require all the aforementioned songs: Change, Shake, gospel tracks, and my favorite, That's Where's It's At.
The best anthology yet of Sam's is The Man and His Music, which has Change..., Shake, and others not on this collection.
[As a fan, I won't let anyone down who REQUIRES a Change Gonna Come, Shake, Meet Me at Mary's Place, Good Times, and That's Where It's At. Read on to see how I can put you out of your misery.]
I tell you the compilers of that cd picked 28 outstanding songs three gospels and 25 secular, and they did a fantastic job!
Where were they when it came to putting this together?
Now, I am not going to trash this box set; it's wonderful.
There's decent music on it, and I would kill to have this collection, if I didn't feel that I already half-way have it.
If you are on the fence, get this cd! You won't be disappointed. Shoot, I might do a complete turn-around and caugh up the dough, because I would love to read whatever they got in there and check out the pictures. (Folks, they even got the lyrics!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Greg Brady on October 15, 2005
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A pretty audacious title for this box. Does it deliver? Frankly no: There are certainly some of his best tracks here that showcase both his smooth soaring side and the times when he'd allow a little sandpaper into his voice. But it also fails to give you any idea where that great voice got its seasoning (none of his Specialty era gospel material) and turns away for the most part from the grittier material it seems Cooke would have aimed at had a hotel manager's gun not claimed his life. In addition, the recognition of the wonderful instrument that was Sam's voice should be paired with the knowledge that his material wasn't always worthy of it. (This set would probably be fine as a well-chosen 2 CD set)

What's missing here? His time with the Soul Stirrers, plenty of songs that were Top 40 hits on the pop or R&B chart (#1 R&B I'll Come Running Back to You, R&B Top 10 hits Little Red Rooster (you get a live version instead),Shake, and A Change is Gonna Come, as well as Ain't That Good News, Good Times, Tennessee Waltz, Cousin Of Mine, and It's Got The Whole World Shakin', all of which hit Top 40 on one or both charts. The version of "Another Saturday Night" you get here is an alternate take instead of the 45RPM version. It would also seem essential to get his first bid at mainstream appeal with "Lovable". (He released it under the name Dale Cook to try and avoid offending his gospel fans.) Most of these are missing because of lawyers (read the review by compilation producer Paul Williams for the in-depth explanation).

The last disc is the whole albums of NIGHT BEAT and LIVE AT THE HARLEM SQUARE CLUB. It feels more like a record company cash grab from Cooke connoisseurs than an attempt to be comprehensive. Cherrypicking a few live cuts would be the better route.
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