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Sam Cooke’s ‘Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964′ to Be Released on Vinyl

Sam Cooke, 'Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964'
ABKCO

Discerning soul fans will have the chance to give their turntables a treat later this summer when Sam Cooke‘s ‘Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964′ makes its vinyl debut.

Originally released in June 2003, ‘Portrait of a Legend’ was previously available only on CD and MP3. As the label’s press release notes, vinyl was “the dominant format at the time of Cooke’s greatest success,” so it only makes sense that this collection should receive its analog due — and it looks like ABKCO has taken the requisite care with this reissue, presenting 31 career-spanning classic cuts (including the hidden track ‘Soul,’ previously available only on the Super Audio layer of the SACD version) spread over two LPs.

Commonly referred to as the King of Soul, Cooke enjoyed a torrid string of hits during his relatively brief career, notching more than 30 Top 40 singles between 1957 and 1964. ‘Portrait’ traces the evolution of Cooke’s artistry, starting with his early gospel period and tenure with the Soul Stirrers, and continuing through his massive crossover success as a solo artist. All told, the songs collected on this compilation spent nearly 10 years on the pop and R&B charts combined.

Pressed on 200-gram vinyl, the newly reissued ‘Portrait of a Legend’ offers a listening experience that the label promises will be “nothing less than extraordinarily authentic,” starting with freshly cut master lacquers and vinyl from two of the industry’s top mastering houses. The new package also includes the original ’03 liner notes, penned by biographer and noted rock historian Peter Guralnick, as well as detailed liner notes.

‘Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964′ is due to arrive in stores on June 24, but you can pre-order it now. Check out the complete tracklisting below.

Sam Cooke, ‘Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964′ Tracklisting
Record 1 Side 1
‘Touch the Hem of His Garment’
‘Lovable’
‘You Send Me’
‘Only Sixteen’
‘(I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons’
‘Just for You’
‘Win Your Love for Me’
‘Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha’

Record 1 Side 2
‘I’ll Come Running Back to You’
‘You Were Made for Me’
‘Sad Mood’
‘Cupid’
‘(What A) Wonderful World’
‘Chain Gang’
‘Summertime’
‘Little Red Rooster’

Record 2 Side 1
‘Bring It on Home to Me’
‘Nothing Can Change This Love’
‘Sugar Dumpling’
‘(Ain’t That) Good News’
‘Meet Me At Mary’s Place’
‘Twistin’ the Night Away’
‘Shake’
‘Tennessee Waltz’

Record 2 Side 2
‘Another Saturday Night’
‘Good Times’
‘Having a Party’
‘That’s Where It’s At’
‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
‘Jesus Gave Me Water’
‘Soul’ (Hidden Track)

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