For all his talent as a writer, it was his voice that carried many a tune. His background as a Gospel singer with the Soul Stirrers gave him the perfect education, and whilst it would be later tracks that ensured his lasting reputation, the songs on this album showcase his vocal abilities at their best. Sam Cooke was destined to be one of the first truly great R&B stars, writing and recording classic songs, yet his early R&B career saw him record cover versions of a variety of material. Tracks such as 'Ol' Man River and 'Ain't Misbehavin'' were not necessarily written with Soul singers in mind, yet in the hands of Sam Cooke they become stirring Soul outings. 12 tracks. Hallmark, 2009.