Sam Cooke

The One and Only Sam Cooke

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Another of RCA's late-'60s reissues of Cooke's catalog, ten short numbers recorded with the Glenn Osser and Sammy Lowe orchestras. Still Cooke makes even the slightest material (mostly Broadway show tunes backed with limp arrangements) worthy of a listen, such as "Far Away Places" and "Bali Ha'i." These certainly don't come from the same session as "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "Trouble in Mind," where Lowe's big band leaps into a swingin' mode and Cooke follows suit.

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