The Soul Stirrers

The Last Mile of the Way

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While the Soul Stirrers' catalog has been thoroughly documented on many Specialty reissues, the 28 tracks presented here show that even their secondary and/or alternate cuts were outstanding. They pioneered the use of a double lead, with Sam Cooke's wondrous tenor contrasted by several other superb vocalists from Paul Foster to Julius Cheeks. There's even one cut where guitarist Bob King takes a turn at the microphone and doesn't disgrace himself. Through the many performances -- previously released or not -- it's instructive to hear the discussions, fragments, and partial pieces that show the Soul Stirrers experimenting and perfecting the formula that made gospel history.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:01 Spotify
2 2:35
3 3:12
4 1:16
5 2:33
6 2:20
7
2:18 Spotify
8 2:45
9 1:36
10 2:34
11 1:00 Spotify
12 2:58 Spotify
13
2:37 Spotify
14 2:51
15 2:59
16 2:35 Spotify
17 2:37 Spotify
18 2:37 Spotify
19 1:53
20 3:04 Spotify
21 3:03 Spotify
22 2:46
23 0:34 Spotify
24 2:43 Spotify
25 2:31
26 1:46 Spotify
27 2:55 Spotify
28 2:36 Spotify
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