His Earliest Recordings

His Earliest Recordings

by Sam Cooke & The Soul StirrersSam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers


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For fans only familiar with Sam Cooke's later secular blockbusters, this fine Specialty disc of classic Soul Stirrers sides is essential listening. Taking over for powerhouse lead R.H. Harris in 1950, Cooke proceeded to take gospel singing to new heights with the Stirrers, showing a level of grace in his phrasing and tone not often heard before. He also penned many of their most popular songs, including such standouts as "Mean Old World," "Touch the Hem of His Garment," and "Nearer to Thee." And while his pop hits ("You Send Me," "Having a Party," "Chain Gang," etc.) are incredible, it's these early gospel sides that many believe to be his best. While the debate goes on, do yourself a favor and check out this amazing collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/1992
Label: Specialty
UPC: 0022211700920
catalogNumber: 7009
Rank: 29955


  1. Peace in the Valley
  2. It Won't Be Very Long
  3. How Far Am I From Canaan?
  4. Just Another Day
  5. Come and Go to That Land
  6. Any Day Now
  7. He'll Make a Way
  8. Nearer to Thee
  9. Be With Me Jesus
  10. One More River
  11. I'm So Glad (Trouble Don't Last Always)
  12. Wonderful
  13. Farther Along
  14. Touch the Hem of His Garment
  15. Jesus Wash Away My Troubles
  16. Must Jesus Bear This Cross Alone?
  17. That's Heaven to Me
  18. Were You There?
  19. Mean Old World
  20. Lord Remember Me
  21. Lovable
  22. Forever
  23. I'll Come Running Back to You
  24. That's All I Need to Know
  25. I Don't Want to Cry

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers   Primary Artist
Soul Stirrers   Track Performer
Sam Cooke   Vocals
Marni Nixon   Background Vocals,Overdubs
J.J. Farley   Vocals
Edgar Blanchard   Guitar
Ralph Brewster   Background Vocals,Overdubs
L.C. Cook   Drums
Roy Crain   Vocals
Frank Fields   Bass
Paul Foster   Vocals
Evelyn Gay   Piano
Loulie Jean Norman   Background Vocals
Earl Palmer   Drums,Leader
R.B. Robinson   Vocals
Faidest Wagoner   Piano
Willie Webb   Organ
Clark Yocum   Background Vocals,Overdubs
Alicia Adams   Overdubs
Alicia Adas   Background Vocals
I.C. Cook   Drums
Lee Gotch   Background Vocals,Overdubs
Eddie Robinson   Piano
Bob King   Guitar,Vocals
Warren Myles   Piano

Technical Credits

James Cleveland   Composer
Herb Alpert   Composer
Sam Cooke   Arranger,Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
James W. Alexander   Producer
Lou Adler   Composer
L.C. Cook   Composer
Roy Crain   Arranger,Producer
Paul Foster   Contributor
Lee Hildebrand   Liner Notes
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Art Rupe   Producer
Billy Vera   Reissue Producer
Willie Webb   Programming
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Crain   Composer
Georgia Gillfillan   Producer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Producer
Clinton Levert   Composer
Rev. William Herbert Brewster   Composer
L.C. Cooke   Composer
S.R. Crain   Composer
William Cook   Composer
C. Brewster   Composer

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