Showcase - Decca DL 7-4202 - 1961
Tracks: 1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore / 2. Little Girl Blue / 3. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out / 4. Out In The Cold Again / 5. But Not For Me / 6. Exactly Like You / 7. I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So / 8. Since I Met You Baby / 9. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home / 10. Trouble In Mind / 11. You're Always On My Mind / 12. The Song Is Ended
Sam Cooke’s 1961 album “My Kind of Blues” sounds to me more like a jazz record than a blues album. I would have preferred to hear Cooke give stripped down blues versions of these songs instead of these Las Vegas big band versions which in some cases start of off quite nicely but end up burying Cookes’s great vocals with way too much brass.
None of the songs are Cooke originals, but pop/jazz standards of which some could have been quite good, while others are really forgettable. Cooke’s vocals are, of course, great, but the album as a whole is quite disappointing. 2-3 songs are acceptable, such as “Trouble in Mind” and especially “Always on My Mind”
If you are so lucky to have a version with bonus-tracks, like the 2 CD version also featuring the “Twistin’ the Night Away” album, it’s a relief to hear some of Cooke’s great originals like “If I Had You”, “You Belong to Me” and “Nothing Can Change This Love”
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