The Soul Stirrers The Last Mile of The Way

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  • Released: January 26, 1994
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Specialty

Entertainment Reviews:

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+


Product Description:

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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  • Sales Rank: 10,563
  • UPC: 022211705222
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