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The Soul Stirrers: Joy in My Soul: The Complete SAR Recordings

Track List

>I'm a Pilgrim
>Listen to the Angels Sing
>Jesus Be a Fence Around Me
>Toiling On
>He's Been a Shelter for Me
>Stand by Me Father
>Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone
>Don't Leave Me Alone
>I'm Thankful
>I Love the Lord
>He Cares
>Wade in the Water
>Lead Me Jesus
>Heaven Is My Home
>God Is Standing By
>Oh How I Love Him
>Since Jesus Came Into My Heart
>His Love
>No Need to Worry
>Since I Met the Savior
>Praying Ground
>Amazing Grace
>Free at Last
>Something Here Inside
>Time Brings About a Change
>Joy in My Soul
>Where Jesus Is
>Looking Back
>Oh Mary, Don't You Weep
>Mother Don't Worry About Me
>Lead Me to Calvary
>All Over This World
>When the Gates Swing Open

Album Notes

Sam Cooke got his first break in the music business as a member of the respected gospel harmony group the Soul Stirrers, and while he left the group to pursue a career as a secular pop singer -- and became a star after 1957's "You Send Me" became a smash hit -- he never abandoned his loyalty to the group. In 1961, after Cooke became a regular visitor to the pop charts, he founded his own label, SAR Records, to help promote worthy African-American artists, and he promptly added the Soul Stirrers to the label's roster. Joy in My Soul: The Complete SAR Recordings is a two-disc set that collects all 33 sides the Soul Stirrers recorded during their tenure with SAR (including four previously unreleased performances), featuring lead vocals by Jimmie Outler, Paul Foster, S.R. Crain, James Phelps, and future R&B star Johnnie Taylor. Joy in My Soul is a real find for fans of vintage gospel, as well as Sam Cooke followers interested in his work as a producer and A&R man. ~ Mark Deming


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