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Sam Cooke at the Copa: Live at the Copacabana [SACD]

Sam Cooke Audio CD
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Sam Cooke, the son of Reverend Charles Cook, Sr., (a Baptist minister) and Annie May Cook was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1933. He had four brothers and three sisters - Willie, Charles Jr., L.C., David, Mary, Hattie and Agnes.

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  • Audio CD (13 Oct 2003)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: Um3
  • ASIN: B00009U5J0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. The Best Things In Life Are Free
3. Bill Bailey
4. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
5. Frankie & Johnny
6. Medley - Try A Little Tenderness / (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons / You Send Me
7. If I Had A Hammer
8. When I Fall In Love
9. Twistin' The Night Away
10. Band Intros
11. This Little Light Of Mine
12. Blowin' In The Wind
13. Tennessee Waltz

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Copa 28 Aug 2007
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great album if you know what to expect. Don't expect the raw passion and soul of the likes of Live in Harlem, this is far more polished and smooth. I think that is slightly to the musics detriment, but that may because I love the feel of 'Harlem' so much. Sam's voice is just as great here, but as other reviewers have noted, this is for a different crowd and the album has a much more jazzy feel to it. It is worth listening to for another side of Sam and how he could perform. However he performs it is still a five star performance as always!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Copa 28 Aug 2007
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great album if you know what to expect. Don't expect the raw passion and soul of the likes of Live in Harlem, this is far more polished and smooth. I think that is slightly to the musics detriment, but that may because I love the feel of 'Harlem' so much. Sam's voice is just as great here, but as other reviewers have noted, this is for a different crowd and the album has a much more jazzy feel to it. It is worth listening to for another side of Sam and how he could perform. However he performs it is still a five star performance as always!

Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic cooke 17 Nov 2013
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One of the best live albums performance wise,(James Brown Live at The Appollo is the best by a mile) only spoilt by a lack of continuity.These days it would no doubt have been a double album and include all the linking material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular SACD 17 Jan 2012
By reveva
Format:Audio CD
Just make sure you get hold of the correct copy of this album if you have a player that is capable of SACD replay, as this is one of the best examples of SACD done well that you will hear. (I think I am right in saying the SACD version comes as a digipack only).The atmosphere in the venue is palpable with the chink of glasses etc. but the real treat is the sound of the Sam and the band. Spectacular.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Side of Sam Cooke: the crooner 30 Nov 2005
By M. Buisman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Early is his career Sam Cooke performed at the Copa and he 'bombed'. It took a lot of experience and a few years later before he returned. A few weeks before he performed a similar show in upstate New York and again that was not a success. With arranger Rene Hall he started working on new arrangements and other songs and we should be really glad he did.

At The Copa is fantastic and shows Sam as the ultimate cross-over artist. There are some musical hits, some of his own hits and a very good Bob Dylan cover. The end of the show he starts doing more of his gospel style singing and that's where it really gets interesting. The 70%white/30%black audience does the answer to his calls.

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for me this album has always been a little too neat. I think the real Sam can better be heard on the Live at the Harlem Square club album where he performs in the black ghetto of Miami and turns it into a real gospel/soul show.

For Sam as gospel star get 'The Complete Recordings of Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers', for Sam as songwriter get 'Portrait of a Legend' and if you want to hear Sam as the smooth crossover artists definitely get this album.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing 10 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
At first listen, this album, stylistically, sounded dated. By the third listen, I was hooked. This is one of the few albums that I can listen to over and over again without ever getting tired of it. Sam Cooke's genius really shines hear. His shear joy for the music, his fellow musicians, the audience, and for life is abundantly clear from beginning to end. He masterfully controls every note and interprets every word as he interacts with both the band and the audience. His gospel roots seem to be a perfect match for the big swing band behind him.
Absolutely Amazing!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the love of music... 5 Aug 2005
By Chairman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nothing can compare to the control and power generated from this performance. The only disapponting thing about this album is that it was one of his final recordings. The record is smooth and radiant from track one, anyone who loves music must own this cd and if you are sam cooke fan-- it is taboo that you do not have it. My favorite utterance is when he mentions in each fast paced song, "let me sing it for me this time". When he says this he rips into a soulful version to end a jazz/swing number... Absolutely delightful!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Train vs. the Ed Sullivan Show 1 Sep 2009
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The release of "SC Live at the Harlem Square Club" has sadly dminished the reputation of this album. On "Harlem Square" (recorded a year earler but considered too raw for release by RCA until 1985), Sam was performing juke joint gut-bucket R&B for a ghetto audience and was in RARE form. This consists of a smoothed out supper club performance for a (presumably) upper-crust white audience at NYC's Copa, which was released at the time.

Sam fans today almost to a one prefer "Harlem Square" to this. But on it's own, this is not a bad album. This sounds like the kind of thing Sam would have done on the "Ed Sullivan show" at the time. Pretty polished stuff with his own band mixed with the house orchestra. But it's actually quite good. "Bill Bailey" and "The Best things in Life are free," etc. may come off a bit stiff, but improves with repeated listening. He really starts to cook as the CD goes on. The sing-alongs to "If I Had A Hammer," and "This Little Light of Mine," and "Blowing in the Wind," (all songs then associated with the civil rights movement, BTW) are quite charming. The guitar parts in "When I Fall in Love" are simply beautiful, as is the song itself. So when Sam trots out the old chestnut "Tennessee Waltz," it's okay because you have already been entertained and uplifted.

Yeah, comparing the two Live albums is like pitting "Soul Train" vs. "The Ed Sullivan Show," but give this album a chance without comparing it to "Harlem Square" and you'll be alright.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 24 Sep 2004
By J. Brady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sam Cooke shows his best here. Relaxed, confident, with incredible voice. He and his band bring a groove to songs you thought never had one, and performs just enough of his popular favourites to please casual fans. FIVE STARS. Confirms his status as the greatest RnB singer of my generation.
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