“My Kind Of Blues” by Sam Cooke - album review

TJR says

Sam’s 4th LP for RCA, released in October 1961. This is much more palatable for me. He continues to mine the American Songbook, but this time with a bluesy inflection from the band, very much in the great tradition of Jimmie Lunceford. The set includes 11 covers and 1 original, “You’re Always On My Mind”, a classy soul n roll ballad penned in-house by long-time pal and work colleague J.W. Alexander. The album’s intriguing liner notes, penned once again by producers Hugo and Luigi, shine some light into the Sam Cooke psyche: “When we decided to do a “blues” album with Sam Cooke, we got together dozens of publishers’ folders containing the old blues runes that have become semi-classics of the business. As we pored over these one evening with Sam, we could see something troubling him. To our question, Sam answered, “these songs are all right, I guess, but they’re not my kinda blues.” Straight from the off, Sam delves into the Ink Spots tune from 1942, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”. It’s immediately clear we won’t be digging on Waters, Wolf or Sonny Boy. But that’s ok. Sam’s kinda blues is kinda classy. “Since I Met You Baby” (Ivory Joe Hunter, 1956) shows what this boy is made of… “Love me in the morning, love me late at night”. The blood is pumping. To boot, the band are cool in that lazy but sexy way which only the blues can truly deliver. In the Sam Cooke story, things are starting to hot up right about now…

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A1 [03:14] 6.7.png Sam Cooke - Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Edward Ellington, Bob Russell) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [03:00] 5.0.png Sam Cooke - Little Girl Blue (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) Crooner / Cabaret
A3 [03:25] 5.7.png Sam Cooke - Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Jimmie Cox) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A4 [02:27] 6.4.png Sam Cooke - Out In The Cold Again (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler) Soul Ballad
A5 [02:34] 6.1.png Sam Cooke - But Not For Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A6 [02:10] 5.2.png Sam Cooke - Exactly Like You (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) Big Band / Jive / Swing
B1 [03:17] 5.6.png Sam Cooke - I’m Just A Lucky So And So (Mack David, Edward Ellington) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B2 [03:05] 8.9.png Sam Cooke - Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:14] 6.5.png Sam Cooke - Baby Won’t You Please Come Home (Clarence Williams, Charles Warfield) Soul Ballad
B4 [03:01] 6.1.png Sam Cooke - Trouble In Mind (Richard Myknee Jones) Jazz
B5 [02:18] 7.4.png Sam Cooke - You’re Always On My Mind (James Woody Alexander) Soul Ballad
B6 [02:07] 5.6.png Sam Cooke - The Song Is Ended (Irving Berlin) Big Band / Jive / Swing


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