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US-released in September 2005 - "Night Beat" by SAM COOKE on RCA/Legacy 82876 69551 2 (Barcode 886919858624) is a straightforward transfer/remaster of the original 1963 Stereo LP and comes in a repro card digipak with an attached 11-page booklet (37:57 minutes). PETER GURALNICK (author of the acclaimed "Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke") supplies the well-written and hugely affectionate liner notes - while the CD itself rather prettily reflects the original coloured 'Dog And Gramophone' RCA Victor label of the original LP - complete with the 'Hugo & Luigi Production' logo just below it (nice touches). The LP's rear sleeve artwork is pictured beneath the see-through CD tray. Pretty as it looks and feels - that's chump change to the astonishing Audio...
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.Read more ›
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.
This is truly a wonderful CD. If it has crossed your mind to buy it just do it. You won't regret it. It is a masterpiece! Sam at his best.
It is hard to believe that this was recorded in 1963. The sound quality matches anything else I have purchased recently. Audiophiles, if you want an album to show off your system, here is one for you. It is that good.
young Billy Preston.
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Beautiful high quality soul-record that defines soul music. It's starts off with a traditional arranged, gospel-style-turned-into-soul "Nobody knows the Trouble I've seen",... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Koos
This is the album to own if you want to experience the wonder of Sam Cooke.
Go for the 2005 version mastered by Bob Ludwig. Killer Sound. Read more