Sam Cooke, inventor and true King of Soul, recorded 'Mr. Soul' in the same year as 'Night Beat', and seems to be its more adult counterpart, with soulful ballads taking up most of the album. A laidback tempo and rich arrangements lay the foundation over which Sam's somewhat melancholy voice floats, creating an uplifting spirit that can mend anyone's broken heart. With standards such as 'Willow Weep For Me', 'I Wish You Love', and 'For Sentimental Reasons', Cooke shows a quiet emotive side of himself without losing his keen sense of melody, using the strength of his voice without overpowering the listener.
Sam Cooke's father once told him, "It isn't what you sing that is so important, but rather the fact that God gave you a good voice to use. He must want you to make people happy by singing, so go ahead and do so."
With these words of encouragement, he did just that.
Had Sam Cooke lived longer, we might have had more music of this rare quality. As it stands, we must make do with the treasures he left behind. And now, for the first time in over thirty years, Music On Vinyl is re-issuing 'Mr. Soul' on 180 gram audiophile vinyl with re-mastered audio.
"He had an incomparable voice. Sam Cooke could sing anything and make it work. But when you're talking about his strength as a singer, range is not relevant. It was his power to deliver it was about his phrasing, the totality of his singing." - Van Morrison, Rolling Stone
180 Gram Vinyl
Now Available for the 1st Time in Over 30 Years
1. I Wish You Love
2. Willow Weep For Me
3. Chains Of Love
4. Smoke Rings
5. All The Way
6. Send Me Some Lovin'
1. Cry Me A River
2. Driftin' Blues
3. For Sentimental Reasons
4. Nothing Can Change This Love
5. Little Girl
6. These Foolish Things