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Sam Cooke - Greatest Hits

Sam CookeAudio CD
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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 (February 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000006389
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A sparkling 21-track collection of Sam Cooke favorites! Includes You Send Me; (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons; Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha; Only Sixteen; Wonderful World; Chain Gang; Cupid; Twistin' the Night Away; Having a Party; Bring It on Home to Me, and more.

Now we have Greatest Hits, a 22-song collection of Cooke's pop hits in addition to the 13-song Best Of collection and the 28-song The Man and His Music. Only The Man comes close to presenting a complete portrait of the legendary soul singer: At least there are examples of Cooke's gospel and R&B material. (Any collection without "A Change is Gonna Come" is an automatic failure.) Cooke's melodious voice and deft songwriting touch are worthy of more than a single-disc compilation. If you want just the pop smashes, the sublime ballads, and infectious mellow grooves, this set will suffice. Otherwise, The Man offers a more comprehensive and well-rounded look at Cooke's legacy. --Marc Greilsamer

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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cooke's Hit's Packages with only the main course. February 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
There are only two Sam Cooke compilations which I would say are comprehensive.First is the 3-record set The One And Only Sam Cooke,a mail order album by Candlelight Music(with a blue RCA label) from 1974.The second was The Man And His Music his first CD-era compilation which included the full-lenghth version of A Change Is Gonna Come.Unfortunatly these two are out of print(if any one can give me information on how to get a copy of The One And Only...please Email me).This new hits collection is an essential because the tracks are remastered,bringing out the clarity in the instrumentation(especially the strings and french horn on Cupid)and also the inclusion, for the first time in the digital era,Frankie & Johnny,Send Me Some Lovin'(a Little Richard cover),and That's It-I Quit-I'm Movin'On.Unfortunatly,the omission of Another Saturday Night,Ain't That Good News,When A Boy Falls In Love,Good Times and of course the transcending A Change Is Gonna Come, shows like other Cooke hits that a two disc set or a box set is the only way to truly represent this man's body of work.As long as you have the man's beautiful voice on any digitally encoded piece of aluminum,any Sam Cooke is essential.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good News, Bad News July 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
With 1986's The Man And His Music out of print, the release of Greatest Hits is a case of good news, bad news.
Good News: It updates and expands on the CD version of 1962's The Best Of by adding eight more tracks. You get early minor hits like "You Were Made for Me" and "Love You Most of All" (both from 1958). You also get later hits like "Send Me Some Lovin'," "Frankie and Johnny" (yes, it's on the CD, even though it's not listed by Amazon) and "The Little Red Rooster" all Top 20 hits from 1963. You even get his final Top 40 hit, "Sugar Dumpling," which was released posthumously in 1965.
Bad News: Unlike The Man And His Music, Greatest Hits completely ignores Cooke's gospel music and even more dumbfounding is the omission of "Another Saturday Night," "Shake" (his last two Top Ten hits) and the socially conscious "A Change Is Gonna Come." [Who was asleep at the switch when that decision was made?] Fortunately, I still have my cassette version of The Man And His Music, but until that title gets re-released, Greatest Hits is the current best alternative. RECOMMENDED
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost all of his classics March 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
You can never really go wrong with a Sam Cooke album. This is no exception.The CD contains a good number of his 'hits'. Cooke works for just about any mood I happpen to be in. I often get in my car, pop in this CD, click on "Bring It On Home To Me" and just keep playing that song over and over. For you trivia buffs out there - that's Lou Rawls doing the harmony with Cooke on this track. You Send Me, Wonderful World, Twistin the NIght Away - work well for those upbeat moments. All in all - a CD worth buying.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sam Cooke's Greatest Hits January 28, 2002
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How can you have a "Sam Cooke's Greatest Hits" and omit "Another Saturday Night"? The omission of that one song for the inclusion of songs like "Red Rooster" and "Frankie and Johnny" is the reason that I gave this 3 stars. Those songs were not chart-busters like "Another Saturday Night." Just a bad choice by RCA.
It just shows that the companies want to you go and buy the greatest hits and the "other cd" that contains that one song that should have been on it to begin with! It is all about money and marketing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect But...... December 7, 2002
By Seand67
Format:Audio CD
Any Sam Cooke compilation WITHOUT the CLASSIC 'A Change Is Gonna Come' is deemed incomplete, so the CD loses two stars automatically.There's enough space left on the CD for at least 4-5 more tracks, so what's the excuse ??
My Verdict-Nice intro to the late & GREAT Sam Cooke, but a more comprehensive anthology (in single CD format) needs to be released ASAP!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Super soul November 23, 2001
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Cooke, often acknowledged as the definitive soul singer, gets some of his catalog back on CD with this generous single-disc collection. This piece is packed with his Keen and RCA hits up to 1964 but having had 31 charted pop singles up to that point, by necessity some of the lower-charting sides are not here. The major disappointment though, is the lack of any of Cooke's material after 1963. Unfortunately, his catalog for that post-1963 material was in the hands of ABKCO music that, at the time of this production, stubbornly refused to license anything to anyone else.

Nevertheless, for as far as it can go, this is an excellent compilation of this magnificent soul singer's recordings. The mastering has been vastly improved over past attempts at this material with many of the tracks in true stereo, the remainder (1-3,5,8) in mono. By far, this represents the best single-disc presentation of this soul icon's musical career to come along so far.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Cooke: Forever Young August 23, 2000
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If you have only listened to "The Best Of Sam Cooke" thus far, you will find this collection to be a welcome expansion to your soul music library. If you own "The Man And His Music," you'll enjoy hearing some of his early Keen hits that didn't make that set, such as "You Were Made For Me" and "Love You Most Of All." My one complaint about this disc is that I'd think ANY compilation on Sam Cooke that calls itself Greatest Hits would contain his classic, "Another Saturday Night." But the song is available elsewhere, so why quibble? "The Man And His Music" was a comprehensive 2-disc set that concentrated on songs that Sam wrote. You find that of the 21 tracks on this greatest hits package, Sam wrote 16. He was a very gifted songwriter, able to transcribe any mood. Happy songs, sad songs, dancing songs, protest songs; Sam wrote them all, and he could sing them all. There are a whole lot of singers who made their careers emulating Sam's sound (Bobby Womack comes to mind). But who can blame them? Why not emulate something that is so good? Like his music, Sam has remained ever young to us; ever fresh within our minds. He'd be pushing 70 years old if he were still with us today. And like JFK, it just doesn't seem possible that the man could BE that old. It hurt when he was taken from us, but that face, that manner, that voice, that ability, that professionalism... they all remain fixed in our minds. They're the talents of an extremely gifted young man. THAT'S Sam Cooke.
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