Sam Cooke's SAR Records Story 1959-1965

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Track Listing:
Disc 1:
1. Wade In The Water - The Soul Stirrers
2. I'm A Pilgrim - The Soul Stirrers
3. Praying Ground - The Soul Stirrers
4. Somebody - R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders
5. Sometimes - R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders
6. Amazing Grace - The Soul Stirrers
7. Pass Me Not - R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders
8. Oh Mary, Don't You Weep - The Soul Stirrers
9. Since I Met The Savior - The Soul Stirrers
10. God Is Standing By - The Soul Stirrers
11. Lead Me To Cavalry (Rehearsal) - Sam Cooke, S.R. Crain & The Soul Stirrers
12. Listen To The Angels Sing - The Soul Stirrers
13. Don't Leave Me Alone - The Soul Stirrers
14. Stand By Me Father - The Soul Stirrers
15. Jesus Be A Fence Around Me - The Soul Stirrers
16. Lead Me Jesus - The Soul Stirrers
17. Free At Last - The Soul Stirrers
18. Looking Back - The Soul Stirrers
19. Born Again - R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders
20. Wait On Jesus - R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders
21. Time Brings About A Change - The Soul Stirrers
22. Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone - The Soul Stirrers
23. Yield Not To Temptation - The Womack Brothers
24. Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray - The Womack Brothers
25. Somewhere There's A God - The Womack Brothers
26. That's Heaven To Me - Sam Cooke

Disc 2:
1. You Send Me (Demo) - Sam Cooke
2. Just For You - Sam Cooke
3. Somewhere There's A Girl - Sam Cooke
4. You Were Made For Me - Sam Cooke
5. When A Boy Falls In Love - Mel Carter
6. Soothe Me - The Simms Twins
7. That's Where It's At - The Simms Twins
8. Everybody Wants To Fall In Love - The Valentinos
9. Keep On Loving You - Johnnie Taylor
10. I'll Always Be In Love With You - Johnnie Taylor
11. Baby, We've Got Love - Johnnie Taylor
12. Baby, Lot's Of Luck - The Valentinos
13. Put Me Down Easy - L.C. Cooke
14. Rome (Wasn't Built In A Day) - Johnnie Taylor
15. Greazee Part I & II - Billy Preston
16. I Gopher You - The Simms Twins
17. You're Always On My Mind - Johnny Morisette
18. I Need Lots Of Love - Johnnie Taylor
19. Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong - Johnnie Morisette
20. Black Night - Johnnie Morisette
21. Damper - Johnnie Morisette
22. You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) - Johnnie Taylor
23. Meet Me At The Twisting Place - Johnnie Morisette
24. Good, Good Loving - The Simms Twins
25. The Wobble - L.C. Cooke
26. Lookin' For A Love - The Valentinos
27. I've Got Love For You - The Valentinos
28. I've Got A Girl - The Valentinos
29. Tired Of Living In The Country - The Valentinos
30. It's All Over Now - The Valentinos

Album Review by Steve Huey,
Sam Cooke's SAR Records Story is a double-disc set presenting material recorded for the legendary soul singer's own SAR label from 1959-1965, much of it produced by Cooke himself and including a few of his rough, unreleased demos. The first disc covers the label's religious side, with a multitude of cuts from Cooke's former group the Soul Stirrers (now with Jimmie Outler on lead vocals), plus a generous helping of songs by R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders and the Womack Brothers. The second disc covers essentially the same gospel-derived soul territory but with a secular bent, featuring future stars Bobby Womack (with the Valentinos), Billy Preston, and Johnnie Taylor, plus L.C. Cooke, Johnnie Morisette, the Simms Twins, and Mel Carter. All in all, it's an excellent look at a lesser-known portion of Cooke's career, and there's some great, underappreciated music to boot.

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