Entertainment Weekly - 6/14/94, p.66
"...a rare look at [Sam Cooke's] formative years...though the material is repetitious, his conviction never wavers. On 'Were You There?' his ad-libbed line, 'Did they really pierce Him in the side?' is chilling...." - Rating: B+
THE LAST MILE OF THE WAY includes selections from the one album Rev. Julius Cheeks recorded as a Soul Stirrer.
The Soul Stirrers: Sam Cooke, Paul Foster, Senior Roy Crain, R.B. Robinson, Jesse J. Farley, Julius Cheeks, Thomas L. Bruster (vocals); Bob King, Leroy Crume (vocals, guitar).
Additional personnel includes: Eugene May, Ken Floyd, Wes Bailey, Don Villareal (vocals); Evelyn Gay, Faidest Wagoner (piano); Willie Webb, Jim Gordon (organ); Wilton Felder (bass); L.C. Cook (drums).
Producers: Art Rupe, J.W. Alexander, S.R. Crain, Mike Akopoff.
Compilation producers: Lee Hildebrand, Opal Nations.
Recorded at Universal Recorders and Master Recorders, Hollywood, California; Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois; Vault Studios, Los Angeles, California between 1952 and 1969. Includes liner notes by Daniel Wolff.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1993, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
This is part of the Specialty Legends Of Gospel series.
Specialty's Soul Stirrers is a wonderful, definitive collection that contains the best moments from the seminal gospel group, including material recorded with all four lead vocalists -- Sam Cooke, Johnnie Taylor, R.H. Harris and Paul Foster. ~ Leo Stanley