Incorporating The Music Fix
17th August 2011 10:53:00
Posted by Charlotte Davies

Sam Cooke - The Complete Remastered Keen

Sam Cooke is a legend, the King of Soul and as well as being credited as inspiration for greats like Smokey Robinson and Michael Jackson, has left a lasting legacy through samples by more recent acts like 50 Cent, Beenie Man, The Game and B>B.o.B. From this collection of tracks it’s not hard to see why.

Sam Cooke: The Complete Remastered Keen Collection, is a comprehensive compilation of all of Sam’s album and single tracks during his time on Keen Records. Sam’s vocals are crystal clear and smooth, his manner easy and there’s a romantic sweetness to the tracks that could be considered cheesy by many if it was released today. In his first number one ‘You Send Me’ he sings of wanting to marry his girl whenever he kisses her; in ‘You Were Made for Me’ his certainty and pride over his love for his girl, and in the little known ‘Ee-I-Ee-I-Oh’, he wants to kiss kiss here, kiss kiss there (yes, he samples Old McDonald but it’s upbeat, fun and somehow works). It seems the only problem that Sam has in his love life was his girl didn’t know how to cha cha cha (‘Everybody Likes to Cha Cha Cha’) but, gee, he teaches her and everything works out in the end.

There’s soul, there’s pop, there’s doo-wop and there’s gospel – it really is a complete collection. And no Sam Cooke collection would be without the superbly uplifting affirmation of love that is ‘(What a Wonderful) Wonderful World’.

So while anyone who has seen Mad Men would know that things were not nearly as innocent in the late 50s and early 1960s as they seem in his songs, it’s nice to suspend belief. In a time when Wynter Gordon’s telling us all about how she’s ‘no angel’, Snoop Dogg wants to make us sweat and Flo Rida has yet another video filled with semi-clad bikini beauties, Sam Cooke is a refreshing change.
Track List
Disc 1
  1. You Send Me
  2. The Lonesome Road
  3. Tammy
  4. Ol' Man River
  5. Moonlight In Vermont
  6. Canadian Sunset
  7. Summertime Part 2
  8. Around The World
  9. Ain't Misbehavin'
10. The Bells Of St. Mary's
11. So Long
12. Danny Boy
13. That Lucky Old Sun
14. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
15. Desire Me
16. You Were Made For Me
17. Lonely Island (Single Version [Remastered])
18. Stealing Kisses
19. All Of My Life
20. Win Your Love For Me
21. Almost In Your Arms (Love Song From "Houseboat")
22. Love You Most Of All
23. Blue Moon

Disc 2
  1. Oh, Look At Me Now
  2. Someday
  3. Along The Navajo Trail
  4. Running Wild
  5. Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
  6. Mary, Mary Lou
  7. When I Fall In Love
  8. I Cover The Waterfront
  9. My Foolish Heart
10. Today I Sing The Blues
11. The Gypsy
12. It's The Talk Of The Town
13. God Bless The Child
14. She's Funny That Way
15. I've Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
16. Good Morning Heartache
17. T'aint Nobody's Bizness (If I Do)
18. Comes Love
19. Lover Girl (Man)
20. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
21. Lover Come Back To Me
22. Solitude
23. They Can't Take That Away From Me
24. Crazy She Calls Me

Disc 3
  1. Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha
  2. Little Things You Do
  3. Ee-I-Ee-I-Oh A/K/A Ee-Yi-Ee-Yi-Oh
  4. Only Sixteen
  5. Let's Go Steady Again
  6. Summertime (Part 1)
  7. There I've Said It Again
  8. One Hour Ahead Of The Posse
  9. No One (Can Ever Take Your Place)
10. (What A) Wonderful World
11. Lonely Island (Remastered)
12. With You
13. So Glamorous
14. Steal Away (Single Version [Remastered])
15. I Thank God
16. Deep River
17. That's Heaven To Me
18. Steal Away (Remastered)

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