Chip Deffaa
June 10, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Last Mile of the Way

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Fantasy, Specialty
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B+

The Last Mile of the Way, a collection complete with breakdown takes and studio chatter, offers a rare look at a star’s formative years. Sam Cooke, who would become the quintessential soul singer, was the lead singer when these sides were cut (1952-57). 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. B+

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