96 Songs, 4 Hours 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sam Cooke's decision to shift away from The Soul Stirrers' gospel and blend R&B with pop music meant Cooke indeed "invented" soul music for the '60s. This extensive career survey starts with his early pop successes, such as "You Send Me," "For Sentimental Reasons," and select album tracks. It ends with the complete Night Beat and Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 albums. Though contractual reasons prevent "A Change Is Gonna Come" and other material from Cooke's final year of recording from being included here, there's no shortage of great songs to uncover. Quite simply, Cooke could sing anything and make it a meaningful experience. While pop hits like "Only Sixteen," "Havin' a Party," and "Twistin' the Night Away" are obvious and joyous performances, it's heartening that lesser-known cuts such as "Let's Go Steady Again," "I Lost Everything," and the alternate takes of "Another Saturday Night" and "Sad Mood" are also featured. The amount of material Cooke recorded ensures that it takes several decent collections to capture the full spectrum of his achievements. However, The Man Who Invented Soul is an essential centerpiece.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sam Cooke's decision to shift away from The Soul Stirrers' gospel and blend R&B with pop music meant Cooke indeed "invented" soul music for the '60s. This extensive career survey starts with his early pop successes, such as "You Send Me," "For Sentimental Reasons," and select album tracks. It ends with the complete Night Beat and Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 albums. Though contractual reasons prevent "A Change Is Gonna Come" and other material from Cooke's final year of recording from being included here, there's no shortage of great songs to uncover. Quite simply, Cooke could sing anything and make it a meaningful experience. While pop hits like "Only Sixteen," "Havin' a Party," and "Twistin' the Night Away" are obvious and joyous performances, it's heartening that lesser-known cuts such as "Let's Go Steady Again," "I Lost Everything," and the alternate takes of "Another Saturday Night" and "Sad Mood" are also featured. The amount of material Cooke recorded ensures that it takes several decent collections to capture the full spectrum of his achievements. However, The Man Who Invented Soul is an essential centerpiece.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

D-J Ross ,

BEST SAM COOKE COLLECTION EVER!

This box set is a comprehensive Sam Cooke overview. Only quibble: it's a little light on his early gospel music and his final year of recording [the latter being held up by the estate of Allen Klein]. Otherwise, most of the charters are here and in great fidelity. If you see multiple versions of the same song, you can assume that one is the hit version and the other is either in-concert OR an alternate take [iTunes doesn't deign to identify which is which]. Happy listening!

Darkhorse65 ,

Title says it all

Music comes and goes but its the great ones that never go out of style. With this release you see just how much a range this man had. I love Sam and I am glad to pass it down to my children so their children will treasure it as much as me

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