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"The Man And His Music"
© RCA Records
Year of Release: 1985
Touch The Hem
Of His Garment
That's Heaven To Me
I'll Come Running
Back To You
You Send Me
Win Your Love For Me
Just For You
When A Boy
Falls In Love
Nothing Can Change
Rome Wasn't Built
In A Day
Love Will Find A Way
Everybody Loves To
Cha Cha Cha
Another Saturday Night
Meet Me At
Having A Party
Twistin' The Night
Somebody Have Mercy
Ain't That Good News
Bring It On Home
That's Where It's At
A Change Is
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"The Man And His Music"
Sam Cooke -- a gifted singer, it was a shame his life was cut short, due
to a dispute with a woman who shot Cooke to death in self-defense. Cooke's
music has been inspired by many artists in later decades. Pure soul and gospel,
Cooke's legacy has been heavily enjoyed with the music he left behind. RCA's
compilation "The Man And His Music" features 28 of his hits, most
well-remembered, some of his earliest recordings, and other gems.
Starting out in gospel, the first two songs captures soul and gospel at its
finest -- "Touch The Hem Of His Garment" and "That's Heaven To Me."
Pure R&B best describes "I'll Come Running Back To You," and the first
of many of his well-known popular hits, "You Send Me" would become his
only #1 hit. "Win Your Love For Me" has a more 1950s Harry Belafonte
feel, and "Just For You" has a perfect 1950s R&B/Soul sound.
Another popular song was "Chain Gang" and this song should not be a
stranger familar with the early years of rock & roll. "When A Boy Falls In
Love" is a beautiful soulful ballad, "Only Sixteen" would be another
Sam Cooke favorite, as groups as Dr. Hook would record their own version in the
1970s. Likewise other popular songs, and re-recorded by others -- (Herman's
Hermits), "Wonderful World," and "Cupid" (Johnny Nash).
The typical soulful Sam Cooke sound is heard on the ballads "Nothing Can
Change This Love" and "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day." Great 1950 R&B
with a gospel touch works well with "Love Will Find A Way." The catchy
"Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha" should get repeated listens.
Another popular favorite was "Another Saturday Night," and like
previous songs rerecorded in later years, Cat Stevens would rerecord this
classic. The traditional R&B is great on "Meet Me At Mary's Place,"
"Having A Party" was another great Cooke favorite, likewise "Good
Times" (rerecorded in later decades by such artists as Rita Coolidge and
Dan Seals) and "Twistin' The Night Away" (used in the soundtrack of
Animal House). "Shake" would be rerecorded by Otis Redding a
decade later, and I'm sure either his version or Cooke's were used in movie
soundtracks as well.
"Somebody Have Mercy" is another great 1950s R&B number, "Sad
Mood" is another great smooth R&B ballad, "Good News" is another
song that would be recorded by other artists in later decades, and another
well-known song by Cooke which was rerecorded by many, "Bring It On Home To
Me" is a classic. Cooke's version of "Soothe Me" is here, but it
was Sam & Dave's live version that has always been stapled in my mind.
"That's Where It's At" is another soulful R&B number, and another
well-known hit, the classic "A Change Is Gonna Come."
Sam Cooke's The Man And His Music is a great simple compilation of
his popular hits and more. We can only imagine the more incredible music he
could have recorded, if he had not been killed. There was a movie supposed
to be made of his life, and I believe Denzel Washington was scheduled to star.
I'm not sure if that movie was made or not, but it sure would be interesting,
a great performer's life on the screen, portrayed by an Oscar-winning actor.
All in all, Sam Cooke's music is enjoyed for many generations to come.
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