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Night Beat [Import]

Sam Cooke, Sadao Watanabe Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B008DVJOVY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Don't You Love It...Make You Feel Good..." 8 Sep 2011
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Recorded across 3 nights in February 1963, "Night Beat" is an unusual album for Sam Cooke in that it features slowed-down, paired-back Blues tunes with a slightly Soul-Gospel tint - and man does it work. Originally released September 1963 in the USA on RCA Victor LSP-2709 - the piano and organ centre a lot of the songs - each with a midnight-lounge languid feel that suited his voice to a tee. And of the 12-tracks there's barely a clunker in sight. In fact it feels like you're listening to "Elvis Is Back" from 1960 - an album that's good all the way through - rather than being just patchy. Here are the CD details...

US-released in September 2005, "Night Beat" on RCA/Legacy 82876 69551 2 comes in a card digipak with an attached 11-page booklet on the inside (37:57 minutes). The detailed and affectionate liner notes are by noted writer PETER GURALNICK (author of the acclaimed "Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke") while the CD itself rather prettily reflects the original coloured 'Dog And Gramophone' RCA Victor label of the original.

BOB LUDWIG remastered the first generation tapes and the sound quality can only be described as BEAUTIFUL. It's always been a famous Audiophile treat on original 'Living Stereo' vinyl (180-gram reissues of it are available to this day) - but little prepares you for the full range and clarity on offer here. Originally produced to perfection by RCA's resident experts Hugo & Luigi, the instruments are razor sharp - as is his angelic voice. His phrasing and holding of notes is classy, effortless and smooth as a newborn's smooth parts. Cooke's voice on this album is fabulous - the stuff of legend - and this CD allows you to enjoy it to the full.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lesser Known Gem 23 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Having bought the Portrait of a Legend CD I saw the reissue of this album and took a flyer. The only song shared by both albums is Little Red Rooster and this song is a good indicator of the mood of Night Beat - you only have to look at the titles to get the idea.

The singing is of a very high calibre but with less pop type hits and a more bluesy, gospel approach especially on the first track and the second track which is almost unaccompanied.

The only song that doesn't really fit is the last track "Shake Rattle & Roll" but it's still worth listening to.

A good companion to the Portrait of a Legend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 27 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
What a find thanks to an advert for Emerdale which featured 'Trouble Blues' Sam sings the Blues with piano by a
young Billy Preston.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gospel Blues 10 Jan 2009
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As the late, great critic Robert Palmer wrote in the liner notes to the 1995 edition of "Night Beat," this beautiful album is something of an anomaly in Sam Cooke's career, which evolved from the Soul Stirrers' classic gospel through a series of mostly terrific hit singles (see "The Man and His Music") and a pair of very different live albums (get the "Harlem Square Club" set) and his own record label (which issued sides by Bobby Womack and the Valentinos, Johnnie Taylor, and many others, collected on the excellent "SAR Records Story"). Until shortly before his death in December 1964 the market for Cooke's music would have been almost exclusively a singles market, but by then the artist had become aware of Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, and as "Night Beat" reveals would certainly have adapted to the emerging emphasis on the album as artistic statement.
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