Editors’ Notes Sam Cooke challenged R&B’s focus on singles with this carefully crafted exploration of bluesy, midnight moods. Juke-joint grit turns elegant on “Laughin’ and Clownin’” and “You Gotta Move,” while Cooke recasts the blues standard “Fool’s Paradise” as a ribbon of silken vocal maneuvers. There is no filler. There are no wasted notes. With each exquisite and plaintive measure, Cooke invests simple works like “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” with newfound richness, and lures listeners into the magnetic sparseness of “Lost and Lookin’.”

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Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
1
3:25
 
Lost and Lookin'
2
2:13
 
Mean Old World
3
3:48
 
Please Don't Drive Me Away
4
2:14
 
I Lost Everything
5
3:25
 
Get Yourself Another Fool
6
4:06
 
Little Red Rooster
7
2:53
 
Laughin' and Clownin'
8
3:38
 
Trouble Blues
9
3:23
 
You Gotta Move
10
2:39
 
Fool's Paradise
11
2:35
 
Shake, Rattle and Roll
12
3:24
 

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