The Soul Stirrers The Last Mile of The Way
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- Released: January 26, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Specialty
Entertainment Weekly - 6/14/94, p.66"...a rare look at [Sam Cooke's] formative years...though the material is repetitious, his conviction never wavers. On 'Were You There?' his ad-libbed line, 'Did they really pierce Him in the side?' is chilling...." - Rating: B+
- $1.29 on iTunes1.The Last Mile Of The Way
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Mean Old World
- $0.99 on iTunes3.That's Heaven To Me
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Were You There? (Take 1, False Start) / Were You There? (Take 2, False Start) / Were You There? (Tak
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Were You There?
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Lord Remember Me -(alternate version, take 2)
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Pilgrim Of Sorrow
- $0.99 on iTunes8.He's My Guide
- $0.99 on iTunes9.He's My Guide
- $0.99 on iTunes10.He's My Guide
- $0.99 on iTunes11.The Last Mile Of The Way
- $0.99 on iTunes12.The Last Mile Of The Way
- $1.29 on iTunes13.Pilgrim Of Sorrow
- $0.99 on iTunes14.All Right Now
- $0.99 on iTunes15.He'll Make A Way -(alternate version, take 2)
- $1.29 on iTunes16.Jesus, I'll Never Forget
- $1.29 on iTunes17.Come And Go To That Land
- $0.99 on iTunes18.Come And Go To That Land
- $0.99 on iTunes19.Just As I Am
- $0.99 on iTunes20.He'll Welcome Me
- $0.99 on iTunes21.He's My Friend Until The End
- $0.99 on iTunes22.Jesus Paid The Debt
- $0.99 on iTunes23.Jesus Will Lead Me To That Promised Land
- $0.99 on iTunes24.Jesus Will Lead Me To That Promised Land
- $0.99 on iTunes25.It Won't Be Very Long -(alternate version, take 3)
- $0.99 on iTunes26.How Far Am I From Canaan?
- $0.99 on iTunes27.How Far Am I From Canaan?
- $0.99 on iTunes28.Let Me Go Home
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THE LAST MILE OF THE WAY includes selections from the one album Rev. Julius Cheeks recorded as a Soul Stirrer.
The Soul Stirrers: Sam Cooke, Paul Foster, Senior Roy Crain, R.B. Robinson, Jesse J. Farley, Julius Cheeks, Thomas L. Bruster (vocals); Bob King, Leroy Crume (vocals, guitar).
Additional personnel includes: Eugene May, Ken Floyd, Wes Bailey, Don Villareal (vocals); Evelyn Gay, Faidest Wagoner (piano); Willie Webb, Jim Gordon (organ); Wilton Felder (bass); L.C. Cook (drums).
Producers: Art Rupe, J.W. Alexander, S.R. Crain, Mike Akopoff.
Compilation producers: Lee Hildebrand, Opal Nations.
Recorded at Universal Recorders and Master Recorders, Hollywood, California; Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois; Vault Studios, Los Angeles, California between 1952 and 1969. Includes liner notes by Daniel Wolff.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1993, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
This is part of the Specialty Legends Of Gospel series.
While the Soul Stirrers' catalog has been thoroughly documented on many Specialty reissues, the 28 tracks presented here show that even their secondary and/or alternate cuts were outstanding. They pioneered the use of a double lead, with Sam Cooke's wondrous tenor contrasted by several other superb vocalists from Paul Foster to Julius Cheeks. There's even one cut where guitarist Bob King takes a turn at the microphone and doesn't disgrace himself. Through the many performances -- previously released or not -- it's instructive to hear the discussions, fragments, and partial pieces that show the Soul Stirrers experimenting and perfecting the formula that made gospel history. ~ Ron Wynn
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