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Greatest Hits by Sam Cooke

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An album by Sam Cooke

Personnel includes: Sam Cooke (vocals); Billy Preston (organ); Lou Rawls (background vocals). Producers include: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore. Compilation producer: Paul Williams. Recorded between 1957 & 1964. Includes liner notes by Joseph F. Laredo. … see full wiki

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Missing some of the Greatest Hits

  • Dec 17, 2008
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This collection would have gotten a "5" if it included "Another Saturday Night," "That's Where It's At," or any of Sam's gospel music.  Such as it is, it has some classic Sam Cooke tracks, like "Sugar Dumpling," "Bring it on Home to me,""Frankie and Johnny," and "You Send Me."  This collection is a great example of part of the reason the CD compilation phenomenon has really declined in value since the advent of iTunes and the pay-per-song system it provides.  There are some odd choices here for which songs made the cut.

Even though I don't agree with some of the elections made here, you can't go wrong with a Sam Cooke album.  His voice is smooth and distinctive, and you can't help but smile when you hear the happiness in his voice.  If you've never ventured over to the Sam Cooke section of your music store, please do.  If you want a good start with Sam, I would suggest listening first to "That's Where It's At."  This is my favorite Sam Cooke song, and it will give you a taste of what his romantic music is all about.  Then, check out "Sugar Dumpling" and "Another Saturday Night."  You'll start to understand the sense of humor and fun that Sam Cooke would bring ot his audience.

From there, feel free to sample.  I would honestly encourage you, if this is your first time with Sam, not to start with the Greatest Hits album, because it lacks a lot of his best songs, and you should start with the best.  If, however, you already love Sam and just want a nice, well-rounded collection of SOME of his hits, this might be a good pick.
The Very Dreamy Sam Cooke

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May 15, 2009
My all-time favorite Sam Cooke song is "A Change Gonna Come" seconded by "Sentimental Reason"...I LOVE SAM COOKE! Thanks for your great review! What did you think of @drifter51's review on Cooke's Portrait of a Legend?
 
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