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Sam Cooke – Live at the Harlem Square Club


Recording: Bob Simpson, Anthony Salvatore
Engineering: Rick Rowe (project), Tom Psipsikas (assistant)
Mastering: John Koopman
Liner Notes: Peter Guralnick
Date of Original Release: 1985
Recording date: 12 January 1963 at the Harlem Square Club, Miami
Packaging: standard jewel case
Label: RCA Records
Catalog#: PCD1-5181

Condition: This disc is new in shrink wrap, but has small cracks in the jewel case.

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Recorded on January 12, 1963 in the African-American neighborhood of Overtown in Miami, this live set wasn’t released until 1985. At the time, RCA Victor considered the recording to be too gritty and raw, possibly damaging Cooke’s smooth pop image. The album is generally considered among the best live albums by contemporary music critics. Three mixes of the record exist: this 1985 issue, a version included on the 2000 box set The Man Who Invented Soul, and a 2005 remaster from RCA.

“Just four songs in, Cooke feels so at ease with his audience that he introduces “It’s All Right” with a monologue about staying faithful to your woman and believing everything she tells you, even if all your friends are telling you the opposite. But what you need to do, Cooke says, is come home at night, wake her up and “wait til she wipes all the sleep from her eyes,” and at that moment, Cooke seamlessly begins a gravelly croon and starts the song. It’s one of like, 100 fabulous musical moments from the record, most of which come from Cooke’s vocal improvisations and flourishes. He is a man possessed here, singing with a freedom he obviously never was allowed in the studio.”
-Elliot Imes, medium.com (24 May 2017)

Track List

Feel It
Chain Gang
Medley (It’s All Right / For Sentimental Reasons)
Twistin’ The Night Away
Somebody Have Mercy
Bring It On Home To Me
Nothing Can Change This Love
Having A Party


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