Sam Cooke - The Best Of Sam Cooke


Analogue Productions



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AAPP 2625-45
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Note: 180 Gram

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A Groundbreaking Soul Pioneer and An Influence On Generations of Singers - Everyone Agrees Sam Cooke Is The MAN!

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from DSD audio sources captured from the 2 and 3-channel analog master tapes.

"...He had an incomparable voice. Sam Cooke could sing anything and make it work. But when you're talking about his strength as a singer, range is not relevant. It was his power to deliver — it was about his phrasing, the totality of his singing," — Van Morrison, for Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time, ranking Cooke at No. 4

This Best Of Sam Cooke album was the beacon that kept Cooke's most popular songs in the public eye. Between 1957 and his death seven years later, Cooke recorded an average of one Top Ten single every four months! And now on this single LP, you can relive the timeless best known and best-loved Sam Cooke classics.

  • You Send Me
  • Only Sixteen
  • Wonderful World
  • Chain Gang
  • Cupid
  • Having a Party

And more!

For a couple of generations this was the first - and often only - Sam Cooke album they owned. Although there are more ambitious collections that show Cooke's remarkable range and diversity, this is still the best starting place. These are Sam Cooke's biggest commercial hits. This is the message in a bottle that brought his gifts to millions of people. 

What is it that makes Cooke's music so irresistible? Well, first the voice, of course. So good, in fact, was Cooke as a vocalist that Atlantic Records vice president Jerry Wexler said matter-of-factly, "Sam Cooke was the best singer who ever lived, no contest." But beyond just his voice, it's the phrasing that makes these songs so timeless and memorable. Cooke himself explained it this way: "You just talk the story. That's how you get people to come to you - because it's not like a song, it's like two people rapping, only with a melody attached. But then when you come to the hook ('That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang'), then you're free, everybody's gonna sing that part, you want to get everybody to sing along." And they're still singing along.

So we all know the songs. We all know they're great. But nobody's known — not unless you were there when it was recorded — just how incredible these recordings actually sound. Now, cut at 45 RPM with every detail tended to and no expense spared, we've got the best of The Best of Sam Cooke.


1. You Send Me
2. Only Sixteen
3. Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha
4. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
5. Wonderful World
6. Summertime
7. Chain Gang
8. Cupid
9. Twistin' the Night Away
10. Sad Mood
11. Having a Party
12. Bring It on Home to Me
13. Another Saturday Night [Alternate Take]

Customer Reviews (4.75 Stars) 12 person(s) rated this product.

Digital release FYI

posted on 07/24/2022
5 Stars
Chad said himself that this was pressed from digital DSD files. Not to say it doesn't sound fantastic.

Thank You. NOT digitally remastered for your enjoyment...

posted on 08/26/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Tyler Parks
If there's an artist who deserves the Analogue Productions treatment, it's Sam Cooke, and they certainly knocked this one out of the park. Thank you for letting me retire my "digitally remastered" version!

Jaw Dropping

posted on 08/02/2021
5 Stars
Simply perfect in every way.

No Beath of Life bad EQ

posted on 02/03/2021
3 Stars
Who mastered this? no mention...

I Prefer The Man Who Invented Soul Box set deep dynamics

Another great reissue by AP

posted on 06/06/2017
5 Stars
As others have stated, this reissue sounds fantastic. Great job Chad & CO.

Sam Cooke comes Alive on 45rpm

posted on 03/31/2016
5 Stars
Reviewer: Steve Carino
I had to take the plunge. I've been listening to Sam Cooke all my life. If you have also, then I recommend bringing him into your world on this 45rpm album. He's in the room with you! The accompaniments, background vocals, and his masterful voice all come to a higher level. Chain Gang, Only Sixteen, Having a Party, and Bring it on Home are so beautiful! Great treat. You will not be disappointed!!

A Home Run By Analogue Productions

posted on 01/17/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Daniel
It is so rare and difficult to get audiophile sound for Sam Cooke, one of the greatest singers of all time. Until now.

I have over half a dozen original albums of Sam and this Analogue Productions pressing of "The Best of Sam Cooke" beats them all. And it handily trounced my 1965 reissue of this same title, which suffered from muddled and distant sound, like it was a copy of a copy.

But this pressing is a revelation. Sam's voice fills the room with crystal clarity and liquid warmth. Instruments and back up singers stand out distinctly, each with their own space to breath. Bass notes are deep, rich, and full. There's no edge or harshness to this mastering, so you can crank the volume, and it just gets better and better.

Analogue Productions did a STELLAR job with this title. You can't miss it if you love Sam Cooke.

Top Quality Sam

posted on 12/03/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Doug
Hello from over the pond,I bought this album on a whim, should I have been worried. Not a bit,this album has not one single weak track on it. The quality of the pressing is first rate.

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