Sam Cooke

Live At The Harlem Square Club - RCA 5181 - 1963

Tracks: Tracks: 1. Feel It / 2. Chain Gang / 3. Cupid / 4. It's Allright / For Sentimental Reasons / 5. Twisting The Night / 6. Somebody Have Mercy / 7. Bring It On Home To Me / 8. Nothing Can Change This Love / 9. Having A Party


If you only know Sam Cooke from pop songs like "Only Sixteen" or "Wonderful World" this CD will be something of a surprise. Here we meet Sam Cooke the live soul performer in front of an enthusiastic audience, who seems to know his song-catalogue by heart.

Cooke himself is in top-form and leaves himself no breaks between the songs. Vocally he's rawer than we usually meet him on his studio-recordings, but just as brilliant and convincing. He is backed by a competent band, and the whole show is just breath-taking. Highlight for me is hearing the audience singing along on "For Sentimental Reasons". Note that compared to the other live album available with Sam Cooke, this album contains almost entirely Cooke originals. Recommended for fans of atmospheric live-recordings. If you prefer the more polished sounding Cooke - this probably won't be the right buy.

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