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For years, the definitive document of Cooke's rise to prominence was his 1962 singles collection, The Best of Sam Cooke, its yellow sleeve a ubiquitous presence in record shops nationwide. The effortless grace of "You Send Me," the buoyant, schoolkid innocence of "Wonderful World," the perfect "Cupid" — this was Cooke at his pop best, and it's fun to imagine the world of possibilities these 12 songs suggested to early 1960s listeners. But for value, Portrait, a massive, single-disc retrospective released in 2003, is better. It features the entirety of The Best of, as well as some early Soul Stirrers singles and late-career material.