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Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963 Import
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Most of Sam Cooke's pop hits were sugary, blanched affairs. This album was the real deal, giving us the church-reared R&B singer who liked to tear up the clubs along the Southern chitlin circuit. Recorded in Florida in 1963, Live at the Harlem Square captures the man at his sanctified, sandpapered best--the voice worshipped by disciples from Otis Redding to Rod Stewart. No syrupy glissandos or polite Hollywood chorales here: this is sweat-drenched, back-to-basics R&B, with Sam tearing up "Feel It" and "Chain Gang," and rasping his way through "Somebody Have Mercy" and "Bring It on Home to Me." This set only makes it seem sadder that Cooke never lived to reign in the soul era he inaugurated. --Barney Hoskyns
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If the film trailers here in the States are any indication, music from this album will be used in the Muhammed Ali film with Will Smith. It should give you a taste of what Sam Cooke was really all about.
This is what a live performance should sound like!
Tight and crammed at 40 mins, but all the blood, sweat, tears, and joy are here for y'all! It's not often you get live versions sounding better than their perfectly rounded and produced counterparts, but Sam takes them into another dimension with that sand papered, raw, and soulful timbre of his. Even 'Cupid,' and 'Twistin' the Night Away' seem to have an unreal and raw edge.
This ain't the smooth pop, no sir. This is the sound of a man who patiently cut his teeth on the chitlin circuit for years, until he made the break and went secular... though, if you think there's a lack of faith or conviction because of this, just play this recording... you'll forget all about your Will Young's and your George Michael's in no time. The beauty is in the simplicity, and that is the key to good music. Boy meets girl, boy falls in love, gets done wrong... yet still is man enough to take it and say, 'Babe, I love you anyway!' Idealistically idyllic!
The band are on fire, too.
SWEET SOUL MUSIC.
The sound on this cd causes me a headache. A very good and exciting show of one of the greatest singers in popular music history, unfortunately, it is very painfull to listen to.
Bad mix, that's all - there is so many high level tones that I have to put the treble button on my receiver to zero. Up front in the mix are very, very loud cymbals (my god, it's noisy), Sam's voice and flat bass. Audience, sax, guitars? Forget it..
People at RCA/BMG/Sony are without any musical ear or they are completely deaf. Or maybe they just don't care.
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decided to roll the tape here deserves a medal in my opinion as
it captures Sam Cooke like you've never heard him before. This
is Sam Cooke at his ultimate best, raw,vibrant, pulsating soul that comes straight from the roots of gospel. The live albums of Otis Redding, Al Green and others are light years away and fall
flat having heard this..Truly magnificent, If you like Sam Cooke
or soul music then you should buy this CD. You won't regret it!
No one can dispute Sam Cooke was an amazing singer, but this record not only underlines that particular fact in the boldest pen possible, but demonstrates he was a showman without equal. This is an astonishing record. A perfectly formed, brilliant emotional journey that Cooke, through his amazing talent, leads you by the hand all the way through.
It's Cooke's grounding in gospel that nails it - much like James Brown "Live At The Apollo" (which Cooke was inspired by sufficiently to lead him to release this record) he acts as the appointed leader of his 'congregation' - and whether the audience noise was dubbed on afterwards or not, I suspect they did indeed all go berserk from the moment he hit the stage.
Far removed from the silky smooth sound that became his trademark, Cooke and his band are far grittier, harder and more energised here. Even during the slow numbers nobody seems willing to hang back to take a breath less the energy should drop even by a fraction. That they all must have worked to the brink of dropping is tangible.
Aside from the performance you of course have the songs - and let's be honest, they remain fantastic. It's almost impossible to pick a highlight, but the obvious choice is the utterly jubilant "Twistin' The Night Away" that eases (and I use that word loosely) into the gorgeous "Somebody Have Mercy".
Some records just beg to be played loud. This is one of them. Enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The performance is excellent but ruined unfortunately by the dire recording quality. Avoid this so called remaster and go for the original recording if possible. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Musicman
Sam Cooke's wonderful voice sounds divine on this vinyl edition. Prompt delivery.Published 11 months ago by Frank McNamee
Great service and delivery... Item as described... No problemsPublished 11 months ago by good shopper
One Night Stand Live at the Harlem Square Club Sam Cooke is a great CD to have. This Cd is full of energy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by ROBERT
Really enjoy this album, listening to Sam Cooke live with the audience in the background gives it atmosphere, his voice is incredible, some tracks are so soulful & others sound... Read morePublished on 1 April 2014 by Steve H
It is Sam Cooke, live: either you know that you're in for a treat or you haven't had the delight of listening to any Sam Cooke recordings before. Such a beautiful voice.Published on 25 Mar. 2014 by bananana
Marvelous piece of collectionist. Impressionant live performance from one of the greatest interesting person of this moment. This vinyl is historyPublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by JorDS
Until you`ve heard Sam Cooke live - or as live as a recording allows - you`ve only really heard a polite, restrained version of what this prince of singers could do. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2013 by KaleHawkwood
Sam Cooke is often mentioned as one of the best soul singers but generally his studio recordings are good but over produced. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2010 by TR