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Reviews: Sam Cooke: Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

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Review by Tom June 25, 2003 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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This is a bargain--if you like his music. 30 cuts, over 80 minutes of music, and 25+ pages of liner notes.

This brings back childhood memories. It's very well recorded. I wasn't familar with many cuts, but I am now. I've listened to this album about 5 times over he past week.

Highly recommended.

Aug. 24 Update: I bought both Keep Moving On and Portrait. Both have a lot of music and very few cuts in common. However, after owning these albums for a couple months, I clearly prefer Portraitbut am still glad I bought both. Both albums are highly recommended.

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Review by Marc P July 12, 2003 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Didnít really know much about Sam Cooke, but I thought an album called Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 would be a nice introduction to his work. And it is, 30 tracks, some great, some not so great but overall a very nice package.
Sound quality is nice as well.

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Review by tentimestwenty February 3, 2004 (1 of 6 found this review helpful)
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The mids and treble are far too hot on the CD layer of this recording (haven't listened to SACD yet). I've grown up with Sam Cooke and am very familiar with how all the tracks should sound. Check out the SAR Records story for a much better sounding version of his early tunes. Perhaps the SACD layer is smoother and less offensive.

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Review by Wayward December 25, 2005 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
Buyer beware - there is currently a Non-SACD version of this title on storeshelfs. Both apparently have the UPC code of 92642.
The SACD version is housed in a digipak case whereas the Non-SACD version comes in a jewel case.

http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=65036&highlight=sam+cooke

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Review by Beck January 5, 2012 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Stellar collection from possibly the greatest male vocalist ever. What more is there to say? Quality is excellent as well. One of my favourite SACD titles period. Remastering is phenomenal. I had an old 80s Sam Cooke Man and His Music collection which literally sounds like AM radio - one of my worst CDs ever so this release was an eye-opener.

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Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012
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Sonics are alright. Better than your average redbook CD, but the tonality of the tracks is all rather dry and artificial. I don't know how else to say it and I'm honestly not sure what I'm hearing.

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Review by progboy June 5, 2012 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Sam Cooke had the voice ! Sam Cooke had the soul !

Brought to you by the same label that brought you those great Rolling Stones sacd and Herman's Hermits ABKCO. And just like those other sacds this one offers wonderful clean sound and excellent speaker separation.

Sam's voice is so pure and just. Full of soul....... I have never heard him sound like this before. " (What a) Wonderful World" is one of the great songs of all time.........

This disc is full of many great other songs.....Cupid, Chain Gang, Summertime."..

Highly recommended

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