Sam Cooke / The Soul Stirrers

Sam Cooke's SAR Records Story 1959-1965

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Sam Cooke's SAR Records Story is a double-disc set presenting material recorded for the legendary soul singer's own SAR label from 1959-1965, much of it produced by Cooke himself and including a few of his rough, unreleased demos. The first disc covers the label's religious side, with a multitude of cuts from Cooke's former group the Soul Stirrers (now with Jimmie Outler on lead vocals), plus a generous helping of songs by R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders and the Womack Brothers. The second disc covers essentially the same gospel-derived soul territory but with a secular bent, featuring future stars Bobby Womack (with the Valentinos), Billy Preston, and Johnnie Taylor, plus L.C. Cooke, Johnnie Morisette, the Simms Twins, and Mel Carter. All in all, it's an excellent look at a lesser-known portion of Cooke's career, and there's some great, underappreciated music to boot.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:12
2 3:04
3 2:58
4 2:23
5
feat: R.H. Harris
0:07
6 2:11
7 2:44
8 3:21
9 2:36
10 0:50
11 2:51
12 3:01
13 2:19
14 1:23
15 3:00
16 2:14
17 2:42
18 2:22
19 1:53
20 2:58
21 0:52
22 3:01
23 2:07
24 2:16
25 2:30
26 2:39
27 0:25
28 2:26
29 2:27
30 2:13
31 2:52

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:44
2 2:22
3 2:27
4 2:54
5
feat: Mel Carter
2:55
6 2:17
7 0:16
8 2:05
9 2:26
10 2:46
11 2:14
12
0:15
13 2:07
14 2:41
15
feat: L.C. Cooke
2:30
16 2:35
17 4:23
18 2:23
19 0:04
20 2:05
21 2:45
22 2:41
23 2:39
24 2:19
25 2:46
26 0:16
27 2:52
28 2:04
29
feat: L.C. Cooke
2:30
30 0:17
31 2:28
32 2:29
33 0:27
34 2:13
35 2:45
36 2:52
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