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For a few years during the early 1960s, Sam Cooke, the man with the golden croon, ran his own small record label, SAR Records. In addition to aiding the career of the post-Cooke Soul Stirrers, SAR unleashed an impressive array of talent--Bobby Womack and the Valentinos, Lou Rawls and the Pilgrim Travelers, and a young organist named Billy Preston. This 2 CD set features a 31 track Gospel CD and 36 track classic soul CD. 2 Disc set contains 77 Gospel and Soul Tracks! Features banter between songs that allows you to experience the master producer Sam Cooke provide direction and advice to his artists! Abcko.

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Wade in the Water (Chatter)The Soul Stirrers0:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Wade In The WaterThe Soul Stirrers 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I'm A PilgrimThe Soul Stirrers 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Praying GroundThe Soul Stirrers 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Somebody (Chatter)R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders0:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. SomebodyR.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. SometimesR.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Amazing GraceThe Soul Stirrers 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Pass Me NotR.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Oh Mary, Don't You Weep (Chatter)The Soul Stirrers0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Oh Mary, Don't You WeepThe Soul Stirrers 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Since I Met The SaviorThe Soul Stirrers 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. God Is Standing ByThe Soul Stirrers 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Lead Me To Calvary-RehearsalThe Soul Stirrers 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Listen To The Angels SingThe Soul Stirrers 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Don't Leave Me AloneThe Soul Stirrers 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Stand By Me FatherThe Soul Stirrers 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Jesus Be A Fence Around MeThe Soul Stirrers 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Lead Me JesusThe Soul Stirrers 1:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Free At LastThe Soul Stirrers 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Looking Back (Chatter)The Soul Stirrers0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Looking BackThe Soul Stirrers 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Born AgainR.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Wait On JesusR.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Time Brings About A ChangeThe Soul Stirrers 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Must Jesus Bear The Cross AloneThe Soul Stirrers 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. Yield Not To Temptation (Chatter)The Womack Brothers0:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. Yield Not To TemptationThe Womack Brothers 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen29. Couldn't Hear Nobody PrayThe Womack Brothers 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen30. Somewhere There's A GodThe Womack Brothers 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen31. That's Heaven To MeSam Cooke 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. You Send Me (Demo)Sam Cooke 1:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Just For YouSam Cooke 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Somewhere There's A GirlSam Cooke 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. You Were Made For MeSam Cooke 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. When A Boy Falls In LoveMel Carter 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Soothe MeThe Simms Twins 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. That's Where It's At (Chatter)The Simms Twins0:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. That's Where It's AtThe Simms Twins 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Everybody Wants To Fall In LoveThe Valentinos 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Keep On Loving YouJohnnie Taylor 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. I'll Always Be In Love With YouJohnnie Taylor 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Baby, We've Got Love (Chatter)Johnnie Taylor0:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Baby, We've Got LoveJohnnie Taylor 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Baby, Lots Of LuckThe Valentinos 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Put Me Down EasyL.C. Cooke 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Rome (Wasn't Built In A Day)Johnnie Taylor 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Greazee Part I And IIBilly Preston 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Gopher YouThe Simms Twins 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. I Gopher You (Chatter)The Simms Twins0:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. You're Always On My MindJohnnie Morisette 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. I Need Lots Of LoveJohnnie Taylor 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Don't Throw Your Love On Me So StrongJohnnie Morisette 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Black NightJohnnie Morisette 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. DamperJohnnie Morisette 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. You Can Run (But You Can't Hide)Johnnie Taylor 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Meet Me at the Twisting Place (Chatter)Johnnie Morisette0:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. Meet Me At The Twisting PlaceJohnnie Morisette 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. Good Good LovingThe Simms Twins 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. The WobbleL.C. Cooke 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen30. Lookin' For A Love (Chatter)The Valentinos0:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Lookin' For A LoveThe Valentinos 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen32. I've Got Love For YouThe Valentinos 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen33. I've Got A Girl (Chatter)The Valentinos0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. I've Got A GirlThe Valentinos 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen35. Tired Of Living In The CountryThe Valentinos 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen36. It's All Over NowThe Valentinos 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1959
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ABKCO
  • ASIN: B00005N8XT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you are at all interested in gospel and/or soul music, buy this set. Nearly every song is perfect, but "Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" by the Womack Brothers (disc 1) and "That's Where It's At" by the Simms Twins (disc 2) by themselves justify the price.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on May 18, 2008
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This 2 CD set collects highlights from the SAR Records vault. This record label was co-owned by Sam Cooke. In addition to being the owner, Sam also wrote and produced many of the records. Disc One features gospel songs and Disc Two features secular material. Some of the songs are preceded by bits of studio dialogue where Sam explains to the performers how he wants them to sing. Most of the songs are quite good, although not as good as Sam's own versions of the same songs, when they exist. This is a very nice collection, but some Sam Cooke fans may be disappointed that there are only a few songs performed by Cooke himself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Logan Seguin on January 27, 2006
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This album is incredible. Even though i'm not particularly religious, but this Gospel is amazing. The first disc, to me, is alot better, just because it is the gospel, and there are no duds. The "chatter" before the songs really add alot to the whole experience, and give you a deeper look into Sam Cookes producing style. My favorite soul album, and completely flawless.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2003
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Sam Cooke was an amazing talent in so many ways, and this collection of the music his record company produced during its short five-year existence is further evidence (if more were needed) that his early death was a profound loss. Aside from his extraordinary talents as a singer and a songwriter, Cooke proved himself with SAR records to be a canny businessman and producer. In this regard, he was a pioneer. As Peter Guralnick points out in the introductory remarks in the excellent and thorough booklet that accompanies the set, Cooke's entrepreneurial effort marked one of the earliest occasions when "a prominent black artist was in a position to actually control the means of production."
And control them he did--one of the many pleasures of this collection is that you get to hear some of Cooke's direction to the groups on his label, and he can be both humorous and fierce. "Paul, you weren't watching me, no way," he says to Paul Foster of the Soul Stirrers at one point; but at another he patiently explains to a clearly frustrated Foster what the words of a particular song me so that, as Foster says, "I can get the sense of it."
Cooke himself made history and has been called "the man who invented soul" (although that title should technically go to Ray Charles) by "crossing over" from the world of gospel, where he was lead singer of the Soul Stirrers, to the world of popular music--a move thought by many in the gospel community to be literally sinful. The set reflects that division, with the first CD devoted to gospel music--including that of the Soul Stirrers, reconstituted with Johnnie Taylor singing Sam's former part--and the second compiled mostly of popular love songs. To my mind, the first disc is far and away the better of the two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Buisman on November 30, 2005
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Sam Cooke once said that one of the things he wanted to accomplish was that all the singers he recorded had hits. For that reason he started his own recordlabel called SAR. The S for Sam. The A jwAlexander and the r for sR crain.

He produced most of the sessions himself and they have added some fun bits on the CD where Sam is talking to the artists and telling them how to sing and what to do.

CD1 is the gospel part and features himself but also the Soul Stirrers and the Womack Brothers. On CD2 we find them again but this time as The Valentinos. The song everyone will know if "It's all over now" that the Rolling Stones heard and then recorded.

It also features songs he wrote for others and then recorded himself a little later like "That's Where It's At", "Soothe Me", "When A Boy Falls In Love" and "Rome Wasn't Build In A Day".

The production was great because the songs all sound awesome. It really shows yet another side of the man who invented soul. This time the producer and label owner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on May 22, 2008
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Apart from containing a lot of fine music, this two CDs box gives great insight into the musical ideas of Sam Cooke and documents his invalueable influence on the transforming of gospel and blues into soul-music.

Only a handful of these tracks has Sam Cooke himself as performer, but he is behind the whole things as the producer and in many cases also as the writer of the songs.

A couple of years after his big break-through Sam Cooke started his own recording label SAR, and for five years he produced recordings for artists like the Soul Stirrers, The Womack Brothers, Billy Preston, Johnnie Taylor and a lot of other black artists.

The music spans from pure pop, through gospel and soul to what we today recognise as soul-music. A nice surprise for me was the many great tracks with the Soul Stirrers, a group I only knew from their early recordings with Sam Cooke. I did not not know either that Sam Cooke wrote "Mary Don't You Weep" which was a big hit in my native Denmark - with silly new Danish lyrics.

A favourite that has to be brought forward is the Simms Twins' version of "That's Where it's At" which Cooke himself also recorded.

The included 88 pages book has a lot of interesting background information about Cooke's musical ideas and personality.
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