The first-ever release of this full album of material by LC Cooke
– the younger brother of the late Sam Cooke
, but a hell of a singer in his own right! LC issued a few labels for Sam
's SAR label in the early 60s, but this full set never saw the light of day – as it was scrapped after Sam
's untimely early death – which makes this package the long-overdue release of the album at last! LC's style is a bit deeper than Sam
's – still as well put-together, but with a bit less polish on the edges, and a lot more grit in the grooves – and the album mostly features production by Sam Cooke
, over sessions from the early 60s – plus some final recordings done by LC with the Magnificent Montague. These 18 tracks are a great revelation – especially when taken together – and Peter Guaralnick wrote a great essay for the notes, which really ties the whole thing together. Titles include "Tell Me", "Take Me For What I Am", "The Lover", "Magic Words", "Sufferin", "Miss Sally", "Gonna Have A Good Time", "Do You Wanna Dance", "You're Working Out Your Bag", "Chalk Like", and "Put Me Down Easy".