The Complete Specialty Record Recordings

Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers

The Complete Specialty Record Recordings
  • CAT # 3SPCD-4437-25

    DISC ONE  
    1. Come, Let Us Go Back To God 2:47
    2. Peace In The Valley 3:21
    3. I'm Gonna Build On That Shore (Edited) 2:17
    4. I'm Gonna Build On That Shore (Unedited) 2:17
    5. I'm On The Firing Line (With Overdubs) 2:53
    6. I'm On The Firing Line (No Overdubs) 2:53
    7. Joy, Joy To My Soul (No Overdubs) 2:07
    8. Until Jesus Calls Me Home 2:41
    9. Jesus Done Just What He Said (No Overdubs) 2:20
    10. Jesus Gave Me Water 2:29
    11. He's My Rock (Wait On Jesus) 2:37
    12. How Far Am I From Canaan? (A Capella) 2:40
    13. Christ Is All (No Overdubs) 2:47
    14. It Won't Be Very Long 2:32
    15. It Won't Be Very Long (Take 2) 2:32
    16. It Won't Be Very Long (Take 3) 2:32
    17. Jesus Will Lead Me To That Promised (Take 1) 2:39
    18. Jesus Will Lead Me To That Promised (Incomplete) 2:39
    19. Jesus Will Lead Me To That Promised (No Overdubs) 2:39
    20. Just Another Day 2:41
    21. Let Me Go Home (Take 1) 2:36
    22. Let Me Go Home 2:36
    23. Jesus Paid The Debt 2:08
    24. Jesus Paid The Debt (Take 2) 2:08
    25. How Far Am I From Canaan? 2:40
    26. How Far Am I From Canaan? (Take 1 Incomplete) 2:40
    27. How Far Am I From Canaan? (Take 3) 2:40
    28. Someday Somewhere (Edited) 3:04
    29. Someday Somewhere (Unedited) 3:04
    DISC TWO  
    1. End Of My Journey 2:50
    2. He'll Welcome Me 3:04
    3. He's My Friend Until The End 3:01
    4. He's My Friend Until The End (Take 2) 3:01
    5. I Have A Friend Above All Others 2:18
    6. Come And Go To That Land 2:35
    7. Come And Go To That Land (Take 1) 2:35
    8. Come And Go To That Land (Take 3) 2:35
    9. I'd Give Up All My Sins And Serve.. (No Overdubs) 2:27
    10. I'm So Happy In The Service Of The (No Overdubs) 2:19
    11. All Right Now 1:45
    12. All Right Now (Take 2) 1:45
    13. All Right Now (Take 4) 1:45
    14. He'll Make A Way 2:37
    15. He'll Make A Way (Take 2) 2:37
    16. Jesus I'll Never Forget 2:33
    17. Jesus I'll Never Forget (Take 5) 2:33
    18. Any Day Now 2:27
    19. Any Day Now (Take 6) 2:27
    20. One More River To Cross 3:10
    21. Nearer To Thee 3:01
    22. I'm So Glad (Trouble Don't Last) 3:13
    23. Be With Me Jesus 2:27
    24. He's My Guide (Take 4) 2:33
    25. He's My Guide (Incomplete) 2:33
    26. He's My Guide (Take 13 No Overdubs) 2:33
    27. Pilgrim Of Sorrow 2:17
    28. Pray (Incomplete) 1:36
    29. The Last Mile Of The Way (Take 1) 2:56
    30. The Last Mile Of The Way (Take 2A) 2:56
    DISC THREE  
    1. The Last Mile Of The Way 2:56
    2. He's So Wonderful 2:18
    3. Touch The Hem Of His Garment 2:01
    4. Jesus Wash Away My Troubles 2:03
    5. Farther Along 2:28
    6. Must Jesus Bear This Cross Alone? 2:47
    7. Pilgrim Of Sorrow 2:17
    8. Happy In Love 1:33
    9. I Need You Now 1:58
    10. I'll Come Running Back To You 2:10
    11. Lovable 2:08
    12. I Don't Want To Cry 2:47
    13. That's All I Need To Know 2:21
    14. Forever 2:51
    15. Lord, Remember Me 2:55
    16. That's Heaven To Me (Take 1) 2:18
    17. That's Heaven To Me 2:18
    18. Were You There (False Start Takes 1-4) 2:29
    19. Were You There (Take 5) 2:29
    20. Were You There 2:29
    21. Mean Old World (Take 3) 2:31
    22. Mean Old World 2:31
    23. I Have A Friend Above All Others (Live) 2:18
    24. Be With Me Jesus (Live) 2:27
    25. Nearer To Thee (Live) 3:01

One of the most innovative and influential singers in all of American music, Sam Cooke recorded a remarkable body of work in the nearly 14 years between his studio debut on February 1, 1951 and his final session a few weeks prior to his tragic and still-mysterious demise on December 11, 1964. The Complete Specialty Recordings brings together for the first time the entirety of Cooke’s output during the six seminal years he spent at Specialty Records of Hollywood, from his 1951 gospel breakthrough hit “Jesus Gave Me Water” to his earliest experiments with popular song, including the R&B chart-topping “I’ll Come Running Back to You”—84 tracks in all, many fascinating alternate takes among them.

Specialty owner Art Rupe was initially skeptical when the 19-year-old Cooke first showed up at the studio as a replacement for the Soul Stirrers’ star lead singer, R.H. Harris, but his fears were soon calmed, especially after gospel record buyers embraced the new singer with the pretty face and even prettier voice.

All but nine of the tracks of this 3-CD set—which is lovingly annotated by Daniel Wolff, author of You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke—present Cooke as audiences first encountered and came to adore him—in the company of the Soul Stirrers, one of the greatest quartets in the history of gospel music. Many feature Cooke’s spirit-lifting lead trading with the great Paul Foster. Included are such all-time gospel classics as “He’s My Friend Until the End,” “Be with Me Jesus,” “Touch the Hem of His Garment,” and “That’s Heaven to Me,” as well as all 20 glorious minutes of the Soul Stirrers’ stunning 1955 performance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles .

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