Sam Cooke Keep Movin' On

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  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Abkco

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 2/14/02, p.62
4.5 stars out of 5 - "...AN indispensable collection..."
Entertainment Weekly - 2/22/02, p.149
"...A novel, ideal presentation of one of the most beautiful voices in pop history." - Rating: A
Living Blues - 5-6/02, p.80
"...This essential purchase...gathers the soul crooner's last smashes alongside the lesser-known..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 9/03, p.120
4 stars out of 5 - "...KEEP MOVIN' ON contains several understated gems..."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $1.291.Good News
  • Buy for $1.292.Rome (Wasn't Built in a Day)
  • Buy for $1.293.Meet Me at Mary's Place
  • Buy for $1.294.Basin Street Blues
  • Buy for $1.295.Cousin of Mine
  • Buy for $1.296.Tennessee Waltz
  • Buy for $1.297.Falling in Love
  • Buy for $1.298.When a Boy Falls in Love
  • Buy for $1.299.Good Times
  • Buy for $1.2910.Shake
  • Buy for $1.2911.Yeah Man
  • Buy for $1.2912.It's Got the Whole World Shakin'
  • Buy for $1.2913.Riddle Song
  • Buy for $1.2914.I'm Just a Country Boy
  • Buy for $1.2915.Try a Little Love
  • Buy for $1.2916.There'll Be No Second Time
  • Buy for $1.2917.Another Saturday Night
  • Buy for $1.2918.Sugar Dumpling
  • Buy for $1.2919.That's Where It's At
  • Buy for $1.2920.You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
  • Buy for $1.2921.(Somebody) Ease My Troublin' Mind
  • Buy for $1.2922.Change Is Gonna Come
  • Buy for $1.2923.Keep Movin' On

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Sam Cooke (vocals); Rene Hall, Joseph Hooven (arranger, conductor)
Producers: Sam Cooke, Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, Al Schmitt.
Engineers include: Dave Hassinger, Bones Howe, Dick Bogart.
Recorded between 1959 & 1965. Includes liner notes by Peter Guralnick.
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Personnel includes: Sam Cooke (vocals); Rene Hall, Joseph Hooven (arranger, conductor)
Producers: Sam Cooke, Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, Al Schmitt.
Engineers include: Dave Hassinger, Bones Howe, Dick Bogart.
Recorded between 1959 & 1965. Includes liner notes by Peter Guralnick.
This 23-song rarities compilation stands in Sam Cooke's output roughly where the four posthumous LPs released by Otis Redding stand in his catalog, with the major difference that Cooke's work included far fewer leftovers and sides that were justified simply by being available -- he seemed to throw a special effort into almost everything that ever recorded, and that goes double for this disc's content, which encompasses the final year of his recording career. This was a period in which he explored several promising musical directions and broke through both to an extraordinarily sophisticated synthesis of his gospel roots with topical songwriting within a pop context. Listeners won't find his most popular songs -- "You Send Me", "Chain Gang", "Only Sixteen", etc. -- here, a result of the split control of his catalog between RCA and ABKCO, but they will find his most important and influential songs. Cooke was inactive in the studio for a significant chunk of 1963, following the drowning death of his infant son, and when he resumed work late in the year it was under a new contract that was to ultimately give control and ownership of his recordings to him (or, as events worked out, his manager, Allen Klein). Represented here is his foray into a New Orleans sound, on "Basin Street Blues" etc., which he'd never explored before (and which he shaped his own way) as well as his poignant recording of "The Riddle Song", which was a way of his coming to terms musically with the death of his son; and "Good Times", the somber-toned party song of Cooke's that the Rolling Stones chose to cover, and the equally pensive and compelling "Another Saturday Night", a relic of the first half of 1963 that fits equally well with this later material. On any other R&B collection, all of those tracks would be perceived as extraordinarily fine records, but Cooke himself raised the bar so high during the final months of his career, that they pale next to the most important of his songs: "Shake", which embodied a harder, more visceral soul sound than Cooke had ever embraced before; and "A Change Is Gonna Come". The latter, written by Cooke in the wake of his hearing Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind", seemed to tie up his origins as a gospel singer with all that he had learned and experienced in the ensuing decade and, channeled through the topical subject of civil rights, became his greatest musical achievement -- not his biggest hit, or his best known song even today, but his most accomplished piece of composition, singing, and recording. Cooke never had a chance to follow up either, and died before he could even assess the impact of either song -- ironically, it was Otis Redding (who died almost three years later to the day) that took them into his repertory most successfully; so this disc not only brings us to the final, magnificent phase of Cooke's career, but also shows the door that he opened for Otis Redding and others. Keep Movin' On should probably not be the only Sam Cooke compilation that a neophyte fan should buy, mostly because it covers only his late career and leaves out a lot of essential material, but it is an absolutely essential companion (along with the Harlem Square Club live set) to his finest compilation, Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964, or the box set Man Who Invented Soul, finishing the story that they start. Most of what's here had never been available digitally before, and even the tracks that had are improved so significantly in the quality of their transfer, that they're like new releases. ~ Bruce Eder
ABKCO Music & Records

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  • Sales Rank: 2,879
  • UPC: 018771956327
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