Ain't That Good News (studio album) by Sam Cooke

Ain't That Good News by Sam Cooke
Year: 1964
Overall rank: 1,859th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 10 albums of 1964 (8th)
Award Top albums of the 1960s (177th)
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Sam Cooke “Ain’t That Good News” LP/RCA-2899 (VG+) 1964 Stereo Dynagroove
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Ain't That Good News is ranked 3rd best out of 27 albums by Sam Cooke on

The best album by Sam Cooke is Night Beat which is ranked number 1367 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,285.

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Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963Ain't That Good NewsPortrait Of A Legend 1951-1964

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From 09/05/2022 17:34
Not enough people talk about this album as a an absolute classic. Sam Cooke had a great voice. Change gonna come top 5 song of all time.
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From 08/03/2022 16:12
The voice...
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From 10/03/2020 23:47

Best tracks: Another Saturday Night, Tennessee Waltz, A Change Is Gonna Come, Home
Worst tracks: Meet Me At Mary's Place, Sittin' In the Sun, The Riddle Song
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From 12/22/2019 18:44
To me, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding are the two greatest male soul singers of all time, and they're like bookends: Redding had the grittier, more hard-edged vocaal style, while Cooke was silky smooth, more of a charmer. Both are absolutely essential to my appreciation of the music of the 1960s, the decade before I was born. I choose Ain't That Good News, Cooke's thirteenth and final album, as the best album from Cooke's surprisingly prolific career, as much on the strength of Cooke's songwriting as his singing. The highlight for me here is the iconic civil rights anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come," one of the most singularly haunting and beautiful songs of the sixties. It remains one of American music's great tragedies that Cooke was taken from us less than a year later at the age of 33 in a bizarre shooting that remains the source of much unresolved speculation and debate.
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From 05/06/2018 18:51
This is one of those albums that it is quite easy to fall in love with. Almost all the songs are really great. A Change Is Gonna Come is of course the highlight
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From 04/05/2014 19:08
This is the soulful version of "The Velvet Underground & Nico"
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From 09/11/2013 11:51
Love side 1 of this.
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From 05/21/2013 22:45
"Ain't that Good News" from 1964 was the last album Sam Cooke released in his lifetime, and for me it is also one of his most consistent and artistically successful. In 1964 Cooke was more or less a veteran in pop music, but this album clearly (especially the original side 1) proves he was far from finished in his musical development. Cooke is often called the father of soul, and not least because the songs he wrote and recorded during the last 2-3 years of his lifetime. Cooke had in most of his songs an ease and light way of dealing with both very personal and serious themes, and this is one the characteristics of this album, where most of his original songs could well be called classics. Good examples are "Good Times", "Another Saturday Night", "Meet Me at Mary's Place" and of course "A Change Is Gonna Come" which came two exemplify the 1960s' Civil Rights Movement.

On tracks like "Ain't that Good News", "Good Times" and his touching interpretation of "The Riddle Song" Cooke shows that he is in tune with the new sounds that streamed to America from Europe, especially thanks to The Beatles.

This is undoubtedly Cooke's most modern album, although some of the more orchestrated tracks on the original side two, may be mostly rooted in the 1950s.
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From 07/14/2012 01:20
Chock full of Sam Cooke hits... His voice is so natural, and the tunes flow. Underrated gem of the 60s.
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Best Albums of 1964
1. A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles
2. Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz & João Gilberto
3. The Times They Are A-Changin' by Bob Dylan
4. Beatles For Sale by The Beatles
5. Out To Lunch! by Eric Dolphy
6. Another Side Of Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan
7. Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica by The Ronettes
8. Ain't That Good News by Sam Cooke
9. Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes
10. Kinks by The Kinks
11. The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan
12. Empyrean Isles by Herbie Hancock
13. Meet The Beatles! by The Beatles
14. The Animals by The Animals
15. Song For My Father by Horace Silver Quintet
16. Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus by Charles Mingus
17. Folk Singer by Muddy Waters
18. "Live" At The Star-Club, Hamburg by Jerry Lee Lewis
19. The Rolling Stones by The Rolling Stones
20. Dust Bowl Ballads by Woody Guthrie
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