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Keep Movin on
There's music for Saturday night, and there's music for Sunday morning. The late Sam Cooke made music for both days and, in fact, every day of the week. Cooke was blessed with a fluid, emotionally resonant tone and a graceful, effortless élan, and his legacy has only grown over the years, in spite of his violent death under mysterious circumstances in 1964. Keep Movin' On not only keeps Cooke's flame burning but turns it up a notch, including 23 tracks, 21 of which have not been available to the public for many years. Most songs on this album (many of which were written and produced by Cooke) come from the latter part of his career, and the title track, a finger-popping and soulful stroll, was recorded a month before Cooke's death. Featuring extensive liner notes by noted writer Peter Guralnick, Keep Movin' On features such Cooke classics as "Another Saturday Night" and "A Change Is Gonna Come," along with a hip-swiveling cover of "Tennessee Waltz" and the elated "Yeah Man," whose melody became Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music." In this era of neo-soul, it's often rewarding to go back to the source, and given the wealth of great music for which Cooke's sophisticated passion was a source, this collection is a must. --Amy Linden --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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“Keep Movin’ On” by Sam Cooke, released by Abkco Records from US in 2001, contains 23 songs, his singles on RCA locked up in the Abkco vaults all this time until now.Read more ›
Now, after years of waiting, they've finally released this music on this essential Sam Cooke CD. Legendary cuts like the party anthem "Shake," the popular hit "Another Saturday Night" (the original hit version), and the definitive civil rights anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come" can finally be heard without spending $70+ for the out-of-print and poor-sounding CD "Man and His Music."
Even the lesser known material is great. As Sam Cooke became more popular, he made less concessions to the general public, and by the end of his career, when he made these recordings, he was making some of the best and most influential r&b/soul recordings ever. It's simply impossible to understand Cooke's legacy without hearing this material.
This CD has been digitally remastered in 24-bit resolution from the original master tapes, and sounds much better than anything ever on CD (collector's of vintage vinyl may wish to stick with the original 45's, but this will satisfy less discerning listeners).
"The Riddle Song" usually brings guffaws to most modern listeners because of the classic comedy scene in "Animal House" that involves this song (where John Belushi smashes the guitar of a terrible sounding folksinger who warbles the tune), but Sam's moving rendition brings the tune back to it's original dignity.
"A Change Is Gonna Come" needs no further elaboration from me, but "Keep Moving On" sounds almost like a sequel to "Change," somewhat of a less elaborate hymn to positive thinking. I strongly recommend that you play this song before you go to work or school, it will really put you in a good frame of mind to face adversity. One can only wonder why it was never publicly released after it was recorded in 1963. But in either case, listen and enjoy.
With the exception of gospel, pretty much the full gamut of Cooke's stylistic reservoir is tapped in this collection. If, for instance, dancing's your thing, "Shake," Good Times," "It's Got The Whole World Shakin'" and "Yeah Man," among others, will take care of you. (Note: The latter of those would later serve as an obvious musical and melodic springboard for Arthur Conley's classic "Sweet Soul Music.") If you want good soul-driven blues, "There'll Be No Second Time" and "Somebody Ease My Troubled Mind" will do you. There are tender ballads ("When A Boy Falls In Love"), and New Orleans-flavored r&b ("Cousin Of Mine" and "Basin Street Blues.") There are also two songs in this collection which were herebefore unreleased, the title track, and "I'm Just A Country Boy." The underrated Cooke original "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day" is one of my favorite cuts: Sounds to me like one which could have been issued as a single and had some chart success. And of course, I'd be remissed if I didn't mention Sam's greatest artistic achievement: "A Change Is Gonna Come.Read more ›
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It was difficult to ever find A Change Is Gonna Come on Sam Cooke's CD, but this one had it. Fantastic songs; all 23 of them. Sam Cooke was really special.Published on March 6 2013 by Sara
This is an excellent album containing some of the last recordings Sam Cooke made before his untimely death in 1964. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2011 by Mark Anderson
Great CD. Works okay with WMA format, but appears to be copy-protected and won't work with Apple's I-Tunes (IPOD). What a rip!Published on July 1 2004 by Sherry Steinbrecher
Keep Movin'On shows that SAM COOKE PAID THE WAY OF RB TODAY.
THERES ONLY ONE SAM COOKE.
It's great to see all the praise this CD has received in other reviews, and I completely agree with everyone. Read morePublished on April 6 2003 by N. D. A. Grie
To me there are two catagories of singers; Sam Cooke and everybody else. I mean has there ever been a greater voice in popular music? Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2002
It is obvious that when the "Man Who Invented Soul" box set was conceived, it was hoped that this material would make up its fourth disc. Read morePublished on June 12 2002 by David W. Coleman
I just love this man as a performer his voice just thrills I love my cd and can't wait for Sam's official website! thank you so much for sending my cd hassel free!Published on May 18 2002 by maryam finley