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The Twist

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Chubby Checker’s “The Twist”, a 7″ single LP, backed by both original B-sides and housed in a full color picture sleeve.

Track List:

  1. The Twist
  2. Toot
  3. Twistin’ U.S.A.

 

Twist With Chubby Checker

Restored, remastered edition of the 1960 album, back in print for the first time in decades. 180-gram LP in standard jacket packaging with Cameo Parkway branded LP sleeve. The remastered album is also available for streaming and digital download.

Track List:

  1. Twistin’ U.S.A.
  2. The “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” Shimmy
  3. The “C.C. Rider” Stroll
  4. The Strand
  5. The Chicken
  6. The Hucklebuck
  7. The Twist
  8. The Madison
  9. “Love Is Strange” Calypso
  10. The “Mexican Hat” Twist
  11. The Slop
  12. The Pony

Dancin’ Party: The Chubby Checker Collection: 1960 – 1966

Chubby Checker, proved to be the single most successful component of the Cameo Parkway artist roster. Beyond “The Twist” and “Let’s Twist Again,” he scored numerous successes, most of which were keyed to dance moves and good times. He recorded numerous dance floor fillers and secured impressive chart successes. Twenty-one of Checker’s recordings are featured in the forthcoming Dancin’ Party: The Chubby Checker Collection: 1960 – 1966.  This definitive collection highlights seventeen Top 40 hits of which twelve entered the Top 20; seven charted in the Top 10 with two ultimately reaching the #1 spot.

Listen to “Hey You! Little Boo-Ga-Loo” by Chubby Checker: www.abkco.lnk.to/dancinparty

You Got The Power: Cameo Parkway Northern Soul 1964 -1967

You Got The Power: Cameo Parkway Northern Soul 1964 -1967, showcases the numerous Cameo Parkway singles that would go on to become part of the soundtrack of Britain’s Northern Soul lifestyle phenomenon. Northern Soul’s emphasis was on obscure yet danceable records, a number of which became the focus of a cult-like worship years after they were first issued, partially due to the rarity of the 45s on vinyl. Recordings by Frankie Beverly & The Butlers, Bunny Sigler, The Orlons, Evie Sands, Candy and the Kisses, Christine Cooper and Eddie Holman are highlights of the 20-track collection.

Listen to “Who Do You Think You Are” by The Soul City:  abkco.lnk.to/yougotthepower

You Can’t Sit Down: Cameo Parkway Dance Crazes 1958-1964

You Can’t Sit Down: Cameo Parkway Dance Crazes 1958 -1964, features recordings with a corresponding dance to go along with each catchy tune. Artists  like Bobby Rydell, The Orlons, The Dovells, Dee Dee Sharp, The Applejacks along with Chubby Checker are featured in this collection. Seven Top 10 hits including The Orlons’, “The Wah-Watusi,” Dee Dee Sharp’s “Mashed Potato Time,” two iconic numbers by The Dovells: “Bristol Stomp” and “You Can’t Sit Down,” plus “Slow Twistin’” by Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp, Bobby Rydell’s “The Cha-Cha-Cha” and sixteen more hits dedicated to get even the wallflowers moving.

Listen to “You Can’t Sit Down” by The Dovells:

www.abkco.lnk.to/dancecrazes

Aftermath (UK) (Limited Edition)

Sound of Vinyl exclusive purple vinyl limited edition release of The Rolling Stones Aftermath (UK).

Aftermath was right up there with Pet Sounds, Revolver and Blonde On Blonde. The album represented a milestone for The Rolling Stones, and an artistic breakthrough, as it was the first to consist solely of Jagger / Richards original songs and did much to define the group as the bad boys of rock & roll with their disdainful arrogance towards the world. It was the first Stones album to be recorded entirely in the United States, at RCA Studios in California, and their first in true stereo. Classics included the jazzy “Under My Thumb”, underpinned with distinctive vibes, the somewhat caustic “Stupid Girl”, the delicate Elizabethan ballad “Lady Jane”, the brooding, meditative “I Am Waiting” and “Mother’s Little Helper” (with its controversial drug references).

 

 

Keep Movin’ On

For the first time on vinyl,  Keep Movin’ On, a 23-song collection that encompasses some of Sam Cooke’s best loved and most incisive songs and represents the artist both at the very pinnacle and, tragically, at the very end of his ground breaking career. The songs that comprise Keep Movin’ On were, for the most part, written and produced by Sam Cooke following his successful fight for complete creative and economic control over his recordings and repertoire. The notion of artistic self-determination was an unheard-of concept for virtually any recording artist, let alone a young rhythm and blues singer in the early 1960s.  

The 2-album 180g vinyl set features an essay by notable Sam Cooke biographer Peter Guralnick, written expressly for the initial CD release in 2001. Guralnick defines Cooke’s recordings sound “as spontaneous, as elegant, as full of mirth, sadness, and surprise as when it first came out of his mouth, translating somehow across the ages in ways that have little to do with calculation or fashion and everything to do with spontaneity of feeling, with a kind of purity of soul.” 

Sam Cooke At The Copa

The restored Sam Cooke At The Copa reveals Cooke’s Copacabana performance with all of the nuance and passion that his adoring audience experienced fifty-five years ago. For those who never had a chance to hear Sam Cooke in person, Sam Cooke At The Copa affords the best seat in the house.

Sam Cooke’s set at the Copa is a microcosm of his overall career insofar as it mirrored the artist’s own eclecticism. Broadway, blues, folk, jazz, gospel and even country, and, of course, soul are represented on such tracks as “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” “Frankie and Johnny,” “Try A Little Tenderness,” “Amen,” and the hits “Twistin’ The Night Away,” “You Send Me” and “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons.” Of special note is Cooke’s version of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind” that refected the struggle for civil rights then underway. Dylan’s song inspired Cooke to write his like themed masterpiece, “A Change Is Gonna Come”. 

Ain’t That Good News

Sam Cooke’s landmark full-length Ain’t That Good News, notable for being the last studio album released during his lifetime was originally released in March 1964, just nine months before Cooke’s untimely passing. The album features hit songs such as “Another Saturday Night,” “Ain’t That Good News,” “Good Times,” as well as the iconic “A Change Is Gonna Come,” which became an anthem for the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. 

CD Boxset Cover Art - Sam Cooke Complete Keen Years

The Complete Keen Years: 1957-1960

The Complete Keen Years: 1957–1960, collects Sam Cooke’s body of work as he began releasing secular albums, stepping away from the Soul Stirrers where he found great success as a gospel singer. Cooke had been releasing and dominating the gospel sales market over the six years previous to “You Send Me” and “Summertime” being released. Within this newly remastered collection are his unique versions of standards alongside performances that showcase his songwriting skills. Sam Cooke defined himself as a voice ahead of his time elevating the sound of soul at the turn of the decade.

The now timeless “You Send Me,” Sam Cooke’s 1957 Keen Records debut, was a landmark recording on multiple levels. Composed by the artist, it was his very first #1 record and groundbreaking in no uncertain terms: a pop record by a gospel great that created the template for what would come to be known as “soul.” Cooke’s easy manner, bell-clear intonation and truly spectacular vocal ability set him apart from all others in both pop and R&B. This holds true today, on the eve of his 90th birthday, just as it did at the dawn of his secular career.

Sam Cooke was very much at home in the recording studio and the many tracks he cut over the course of nearly three years for John and Alex Siamas’s Keen label reflect his massive talent at a turning point. The Complete Keen Years, sourced directly from recently recovered original master tape reels, offers an unparalleled listening experience thanks to years of painstaking research that has yielded tracks from the original tape reels from which Cooke’s Keen albums and singles were mastered in the late 1950s and early 1960s. For The Siamas brothers, the record label was second to their primary business providing aircraft parts to the aerospace industry. Sometime after the label shuttered, the original masters went missing. It was fortuitous that a search of an airplane hangar yielded the tapes and now, for the first time in more than five decades, they are again the source for this precious Sam Cooke material.

The Complete Keen Years: 1957–1960 offers the Sam Cooke aficionado an opportunity to experience all of Cooke’s Keen album and single tracks for a comprehensive overview of his time at the label. The 5-CD set includes the content of his five originally released Keen LPs plus multiple bonus tracks, a total of 65 tracks in all. Also included in this box are rare photographs and ephemera from the Keen archives alongside voluminous liner notes by writer Michael Corcoran.

The first volume of the set offers the thirteen tracks that comprise Cooke’s 1958 LP debut for Keen, simply titled Sam Cooke also known as Songs By Sam Cooke, presented in mono, as originally recorded and released. Beyond the glorious “You Send Me,” the album includes “Summertime (Part 2),” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “That Lucky Old Sun” and “Danny Boy.”

The second album in the set includes the entirely of the 1958 release Encore that includes such Cooke-interpreted standards as “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” “When I Fall In Love,” “I Cover the Waterfront, ”and “The Gypsy.” As with Sam Cooke, orchestral backing is by Bumps Blackwell. The cover depicts the singer swinging with jazz musicians behind him, which is the perfect illustration of the sound of the album.

Sam Cooke’s 1959 salute to Billie Holiday, Tribute to The Lady, is the Complete Keen Years third disc, also offered in mono as originally recorded and released. This session covers a select group of songs from Billie Holiday’s catalog including “God Bless The Child,” “I’ve Gotta Right To Sing The Blues, “Good Morning, Heartache” and “Crazy She Calls Me.” Sam Cooke found his voice not by imitating popular singers but weaving his own interpretation of songs made notable by others. Alongside this collection of songs, is a thoughtful essay by Michael Corcoran written specifically for the Box Set. Corcoran refers to Tribute to The Lady as an essential look at how Sam Cooke found his voice:

“Like Lady Day, Sam had a pretty voice too honest to be cute, sending the words on paper through a spiritual journey before coming out of a mouth fluent in both sorrow and triumph. But he didn’t sing songs her way.”

As with every recording, Sam Cooke put every note in a place all his own.

The aptly named Hit Kit, when originally released by Keen in 1959 was a compilation of the singer’s most popular songs and they comprise the first 12 tracks on the Complete Keen Years fourth disc including the original mono versions of “Only Sixteen,” “Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha,” “Win Your Love For Me” and “You Were Made For Me.” Those are augmented here by 9 bonus tracks including six rare stereo Keen singles.

The Wonderful World of Sam Cooke is the box set’s fifth disc. It was Cooke’s last album release for Keen and takes its title from “(What A) Wonderful World,” written by Cooke with Lou Adler and Herb Alpert; the latter music industry legends were on staff at Keen at that time. Highlights include “That’s Heaven To Me,” “You Were Made For Me” and “Almost In Your Arms (Love Song From “Houseboat”).”The six bonus tracks include both a “gospelized” and the originally released versions of “Steal Away” and “Deep River” plus non-LP tracks “One Hour Ahead of the Posse” and “So Glamorous.”

THE COMPLETE KEEN YEARS: 1957 – 1960

Disc 1 – Sam Cooke - originally released on Keen in 1958

1) You Send Me

2) The Lonesome Road

3) Tammy

4) Ol’ Man River

5) Moonlight In Vermont

6) Canadian Sunset

7) Summertime, Pt. 2

8) Around the World

9) Ain’t Misbehavin’

10) The Bells of St. Mary’s

11) So Long

12) Danny Boy

12) That Lucky Old Sun

 

Disc 2 – Encore - originally released on Keen in 1958

1) Oh, Look at Me Now

2) Someday

3) Along the Navajo Trail

4) Running Wild

5) Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive

6) Mary, Mary Lou

7) When I Fall in Love

8) I Cover the Waterfront

9) My Foolish Heart

10) Today I Sing the Blues

11) The Gypsy

12) It’s the Talk of the Town

 

Disc 3 – Tribute to The Lady - originally released on Keen in 1959

1) God Bless the Child

2) She’s Funny That Way

3) I’ve Gotta Right to Sing the Blues

4) Good Morning Heartache

5) Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness (If I Do)

6) Comes Love

7) Lover Girl (Man)

8) Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

9) Lover Come Back to Me

10) Solitude

11) They Can’t Take That Away from Me

12) Crazy She Calls Me

 

Disc 4 – Hit Kit - originally released on Keen in 1959; 9 bonus tracks

1) Only Sixteen

2) All of My Life

3) Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha

4) Blue Moon

5) Win Your Love For Me

6) Lonely Island

7) You Send Me

8) Love You Most of All

9) (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

10) Little Things You Do

11) Let’s Go Steady Again

12) You Were Made For Me

13) Lonely Island (Single Version) [Bonus Track]

14) Win Your Love For Me (Stereo) [Bonus Track]

15) Almost In Your Arms (Theme from Houseboat) (Stereo) [Bonus Track]

16) Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha (Stereo) [Bonus Track]

17) Little Things You Do (Stereo) [Bonus Track]

18) Only Sixteen (Stereo) [Bonus Track]

19) Let’s Go Steady Again (Stereo) [Bonus Track]

20) With You (Stereo) [Bonus Track]

21) Ee-I-Ee-I-Oh a/k/a Ee-Yi-Ee-Yi-Oh (Stereo) [Bonus Track]

 

Disc 5 – The Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke - originally released on Keen in 1960; 6 bonus tracks

1) (What A) Wonderful World

2) Desire Me

3) Summertime, Pt. 1

4) Almost in Your Arms (from “Houseboat”)

5) That’s Heaven to Me

6) No One (Can Ever Take Your Place)

7) With You

8) Blue Moon

9) Stealing Kisses

10) You Were Made for Me

11) There I’ve Said It Again

12) I Thank God

13) Steal Away (Album Version) [Bonus Track]

14) Deep River [Bonus Track]

15) One Hour Ahead of the Posse [Bonus Track]

16) Ee-I-Ee-I-Oh a/k/a Ee-Yi-Ee-Yi-Oh [Bonus Track]

17) So Glamorous [Bonus Track]

18) Steal Away (Single Version) [Bonus Track]