“Sam Cooke” by Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - album review

TJR says

The debut album from the 27 year old arrived in February 1958, basking in the glory of his huge Billboard No. 1 hit single of 1957, “You Send Me” b/w “Summertime”. Both sides were included here and, quite frankly, are the only worthwhile moments on the whole sorry affair. Art Rupe had ousted Sam Cooke from Speciality, being highly critical of his penchant for the American songbook. Art wanted gospel screamers a la Little Richard, Sam wanted to be Nat King Cole. With that single success, the newly formed Keen Records got the benefit of the fall out. “You Send Me” is the sole original on the album which digs back in time to the 1910s – 1940s for material. The album notes read: ”In this album SAM COOKE further demonstrates his versatility with stimulating renditions of a varied selection of ballads from “FATS” WALLER’S classic jazz standard AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ to the traditional favorite THE BELLS OF ST. MARY’S.” Sam Cooke the Soul Stirrer had been a dude. I’m with Art Rupe. At this time, Sam Cooke the solo crooner was a bit of a square…

The Jukebox Rebel
15-May-2008

A1 [02:43] 6.9.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - You Send Me (Samuel Cook) Soul Ballad
A2 [02:31] 5.6.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - The Lonesome Road (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkret) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A3 [03:30] 4.5.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - Tammy (Jay Livingston, Raymond Evans) Pop Ballad
A4 [02:37] 4.8.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - Ol’ Man River (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A5 [02:37] 4.0.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - Moonlight In Vermont (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn) Pop Ballad
A6 [02:55] 4.6.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - Canadian Sunset (Eddie Heywood, Norman Gimbel) Big Band / Jive / Swing
B1 [02:25] 7.5.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - Summertime [uptempo version] (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) Soul
B2 [01:58] 4.4.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - Around The World (Victor Young, Harold Adamson, Stella Unger) Pop
B3 [01:59] 4.2.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Harry Brooks, Fats Waller, Andy Razaf) Pop
B4 [02:17] 4.2.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - The Bells Of St.Marys (A. Emmett Adams, Douglas Furber) Pop Ballad
B5 [02:37] 5.0.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - So Long (Irving Melsher, Remus Harris, Russ Morgan) Soul Ballad
B6 [02:46] 3.3.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - Danny Boy (Traditional, Frederick Weatherly) Pop Ballad
B7 [02:21] 4.8.png Sam Cooke and Bumps Blackwell Orchestra - That Lucky Old Sun (Beasley Smith, Haven Gillespie) Crooner / Cabaret




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