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Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
While Sam Cooke certainly made beautiful music in the pop realm, his greatest sides were those made with the Soul Stirrers. When Cooke joined the group in 1950 at the age of 19, he'd already spent 4 years singing with the ... more »
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While Sam Cooke certainly made beautiful music in the pop realm, his greatest sides were those made with the Soul Stirrers. When Cooke joined the group in 1950 at the age of 19, he'd already spent 4 years singing with the Highway Q.C.'s. The Soul Stirrers lead singer, R.H. Harris, who quit just before Cooke's arrival, had spent almost 25 years molding the group into gospel stardom through an innovative use of two lead singers matched with utmost energy and sophistication. Cooke initially sang in a style similar to Harris's, but soon took off into his own unearthly realm, writing spine-tingling songs like "Nearer to Thee," "Mean Old World," and the brilliant "Touch the Hem of His Garment," then singing them in his soaring, inimitable style with perfect control of phrasing and enunciation. This is an awesome collection, a record to listen to many, many times--to grow old with. Save it for those days when you need absolute proof that true grace does exist. --Mike McGonigal
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Classic Music from a Master.
peterfromkanata | Kanata, Ontario Canada | 09/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is not much to add to the existing, excellent reviews. It's hard to believe that this music is 50 years old--it still sounds fresh and vital, with the young Sam Cooke shining on this wonderful music. He really had a unique voice, and his sad, early death robbed the world of a huge talent.
This music has lost none of it's magic, and no serious collector of gospel, R and B, Soul should be without such a marvellous CD."
Touch The Hem Of His Garment
David Wayne | Santee, CA United States | 06/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the raw, gritty Sam Cooke of the church. These are his early Gospel sides, backed by the fantastic Soul Stirrers. You get to see the real fusion of Gospel and R&B that created Soul music. Sam moves from mimicking the group's former lead singer, to creating a sound of his own, to taking off for the wealth and fame of popular music. I got to know the Gospel side of Sam via the first two tracks on the compilation, "A Man And His Music." On "Touch The Hem Of His Garment," I was in awe of that voice. And it's such a great songwriting achievement! "That's Heaven To Me" is probably the prettiest Gospel song I ever heard, and again, it's beautiful songwriting. That's just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many great performances here, with many of them Cooke compositions. And early solo works by Sam as a secular singer are here ("Lovable," "That's All I Need To Know"), including a #1 R&B smash, "I'll Come Running Back To You." If you want to know where Sam Cooke was coming from, here it is. It is just about a consensus, that as great as Sam Cooke was singing Soul music, he was even better at Gospel. This is Sam singing his roots. The sound is truly divine. We are fortunate to be able to touch the hem of Sam's garment, and hear him sing Gospel."
Sweet and powerful
Lynn Walker | Providence, RI United States | 12/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When R. H. Harris left the Soul Stirrers, many people expressed surprise that someone as young as Sam Cooke was asked to take his place. They changed their minds quickly, Sam had the voice, the charisma and the determination to make him a star. Gospel lost a great star when he turned to popular music, but he has left a wonderful legacy for all music lovers. His Gospel roots show his very best work, a voice both sweet and powerful. His call-and-response with Paul Foster brings two masters together in perfect complement of each other."