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Live At The Harlem Square Club

Sam Cooke

1963

Live At The Harlem Square Club

Album Summary

Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 is the second live album by the American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. The album was recorded at the Harlem Square Club in Miami and released on June 1985 in the United States by RCA Records. Initially recorded on January 12, 1963, to be released as a live album entitled One Night Stand, the concert album was not released until 1985. RCA Victor, at the time, viewed the album as too gritty and raw and possibly damaging to his pop image, and quietly kept the recordings in their archive. The album is generally considered among the best live albums by contemporary music critics, and has been ranked in "best-of" music lists, including on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Three mixes of the record exist: the 1985 issue, a version included on the 2000 box set The Man Who Invented Soul, and a 2005 remaster from RCA.

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Rating

3.76

Votes

5220

Genres

  • Soul
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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

My favorite moment on the album happens during "Somebody Have Mercy" towards the end when Swingin' Sam wails about how there's something wrong with him. "It ain't that leukemia," Sam answers. "That ain't it." This album never fails to put me in a great mood. It's just an all-around joy, and Sam Cooke is having such a good time that he encourages everyone in the audience (and by association, everyone listening) to keep the party going well beyond the final song. When the pandemic started all the way back in March, 2020 and it became obvious we were all going to spend an extended amount of time quarantining, I bought digital copies of this album and Sam Cooke at the Copa. It's not an exaggeration to say both albums got me through that first part of the pandemic. I longed to be at those performances with people singing every word and having the time of their lives. God bless the late Sam Cooke. Dude found a way to enthrall listeners who weren't even born - hell, people who wouldn't even be a dirty thought for decades to come - when he played the Harlem Square Club. That's the mark of a true legend.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Totally electrifying live performance, raw and raucous but still note-perfect — breathes new life into songs I've heard to the point of fatigue

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Good goddamn, I wanns be in that room, sloppy drunk, right next to the sax player. Josh may not be a live album guy but I'm hoping if there's any album that can convince, it's this one. Or maybe Cornell 77. I love that live albums recorded back in the mid 60s didn't isolate the music from the audience. Soundboard recordings sound great and clean but miss the whole premise of a performance for an audience, and this one is rowdy as hell. All I could wish is that his songs were a little more varied than the pop doowoppy swing stuff and this could be one of the best live albums around. B

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Thu May 27 2021
5

This is the album that convinced me that I like live albums. Breakneck pace, just an absolute amazing, iconic performance

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Sat Mar 20 2021
3

I like the small amount of Sam Cooke I've listened to (like on anthology collection, and my wife blasting "A Change is Gonna Come"). However, I hate live albums so not really the target audience for this. It sounds like it was on hell of a night. Sam gives it a raucous soul feel. Lots of hyping up the audience and getting everyone dancing. I can see the value of the release, since you don't hear this energetic, unrestrained style of singing on his studio material. Also interesting back story (recorded in 1960s, shelved until 1980s for not being friendly enough for white customers). I still don't really see the appeal of sitting around listening to a recording of a concert. And soul is not a genre that particularly does it for me.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

I can only imagine how great he was live. Would have loved to see him

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

This was fantastic. Sam Cooke has an incredible voice - so much soul and feeling going into every song. Well worth multiple listens.

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Sun May 16 2021
5

First time listening: 10/10 songs liked I rarely save live songs, so this won't add to my gigantic list, HOWEVER. I will save this album as a consideration to listen to constantly, because it's a beautiful treat to behold. The raw energy of sam cooke and the crowd play together so well. No songs saved

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

Favs: Cupid, Twistin' the Night Away, Bring It On Home to Me, Having a Party, Chain Gang Mehs: Medley: It's All Right/For Sentimental Reasons I'm usually not much for live albums, but the energy of the crowd here and his crowd-work makes this one incredible (crowd-work is especially fun on "Chain Gang," a song my mom used to sing all the time). “Having a Party” and “Cupid” just make you feel good. Cooke's raw but smooth voice is a favorite. I always sit and feel impressed that this is his voice live. Great soul; great sax.

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Sat Sep 04 2021
5

Wow. Familiar with many of Sam Cooke's songs, but not with this album. Love the grittiness and power, plus it's easy to hear how incredible he was as a performer. I read the Wikipedia entry on the album and then the one on Sam Cooke. Fascinating and tragic personal story. Back to this album: can absolutely hear why this album is consistently high up on so many lists. Can absolutely hear how his sound influenced countless artists who followed.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Holy shit. I have been sleeping on Sam Cooke. This album is so amazing, definitely one of the best live albums I've ever heard in my life. If not the very best. His vocal quality, his interactions with the crowd...what a gifted performer. The magnetism shines through so well that it feels like you're there even without a visual. Amazing. Definitely would re-listen to the entire setlist.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

I know Sam Cooke but had never heard any live recordings. This is an absolute belter. An amazing band and his voice is sixties soul perfection. Had to play this twice as didn’t fully focus the first time and wanted to make sure it really was that good. This is how music should be - full of energy, emotion and refined talent let loose on great tunes. Loved it.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

It started pretty decent, but every subsequent song got better and better, culminating with an amazing live version of Bring it On Home. Close to a 5, but a few "live album-isms" hold it back.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

I didn't expect this to be this fucking awesome. Chain Gang is a real banger. I'm very impressed with this.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

Better than I expected. Has a really enjoyable mood.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Love it, would buy.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

So fun, so catchy. Sam Cooke is wonderful.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Brilliant exactly what you would expect

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Oh hell yes. Best soul singer of all time.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Now I'm getting this whole including live albums list, this one is amazing.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

I'm soul. This is soul. This is life

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

I love this album. 10

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

A gold standard for live records. Soulful, fun, and the energy between Sam, the band, and the crowd is out of this world.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

i like live albums and this rocks, 10

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

just an amazing live album. would be a 9/10 so 5 stars from me. bring it on home to me *adore*

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Fucking love Sam Cooke.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Excellent

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

This album is so good. I put it on and it was over before I even realized it. This thing really moves!

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Loved this album also listened to more of his stuff and have listened to a lot more Sam Cooke than had previously thought.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

One of my favorite live records ever. Sam’s got the audience in the palm of his hand.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Loved this, would like the LP. Really upbeat, make you smile kind of music. Yay!

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

Лайв, по качеству исполнения подобный студийнику. Не будь звуков толпы - даже в студийноси бы не засомневался особо. Хотя, помнится, кто-то промышлял тем, что поверх сырых студийных записей просто звуки толпы накладывал. Но да не суть. Слышно, что Сэм Кук просто горит тем, что делает. Ни один трек не перетягивает одеяло на себя, и ни один выкинуть не хочется. А сам Сэм своими партиями будто стремится взять за яйца каждого посетителя клуба. Этот подход же из баптистских хоров пошёл, где через душевную энергетику существует стремление показать на чувственном уровне, что бох есть. И ведь негатива не вызывает, честный приём же. Когда веруны в качестве аргументации приводят существование "духовных переживаний", "особого опыта", что не доступны неверунам, хочется сказать что-то типа "Йоу, пацаны, го слэм". Сама суть искусства ведь восполнять все потребности внутреннего мира. Тут мы имеем, что мощный кусок верунской культуры откололся от своей основы и стал частью культуры общей, разумистической. Ну утратив при этом своего созидательного начала. И это очень хорошо.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Only 8 years in the business. This album is raw and his showmanship skills are evident the way he interacts with the crowd. Love this album.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Hoo boy, I'm not the biggest fan of live albums but I'll listen cuz it's on the list. Actually ya know what, this is good so far. I'm into it. This is just the first song. This was a fun album and it perked me up while listening since I've been stressed today. That deserves a 5.

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Mon May 03 2021
5

Amazing album, truly. I felt the animation of the atmosphere as well as the late Sam Cooke. Emotional really

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Great. Awesome live album. Bring it on Home is the highlight for me.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

felt like being there! what a party!

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

Loved it.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

bastante energico

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

Favorite Tracks: Chain Gang Cupid Twistin' the Night Away

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

Amazing soulful voice.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

Sounds like the best party ever

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

Jazz. Great concert vibes.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Pedazo de directo. Un torbellino de soul sin descanso...

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Loved listening to this and feeling like I'd been transported to Harlem in the 60's. His voice sounds even better live.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Gospel, soul and pop mixed together in an intimate sounding live album. Great stuff

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

Incredible album. Such a fun performance.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Rating: 10/10

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

This energetic show features heavy Chubby Checkers and Isley Brothers influences along with 1950's soul and R&B in general. Sam Cooke's delivery is incredibly charismatic. One of the great joys of this performance is just how much fun Cooke and his audience are having. It sounds like an absolute frenzy. Cooke's voice seemingly does not tire. It is truly a remarkable performance.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Really fun album. Looking forward to listening to this again.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Enjoyed it. Fun performance and like the live crowd environment. That sax was great.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Amazing albums from a legend

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Over a decade ago i downloaded a live version of Bring It On Home To Me from a livejournal community. I never knew the source. Today i found it!

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

This album is fire! 🔥🔥🔥

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

tasty jazz

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Great discovery. 5/5

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Tellement bon, un plaisir fou a ecouter cela. Ca vaut le detour et une reecoute. Un super artiste et album et d’habitude je n’aime pas top le live en audio. 5*

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

One of the great live albums of all time - and yet they sat on it for 20 years before releasing it?!? Madness. What a voice, what a man, what an album. I'd have given everything to be in the audience. Bliss.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

Amazingly good. So much energy and spontaneous live feel but also polished and delivered with pinpoint accuracy.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

A tour de force from one of the greatest male vocalists of all time.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

How have I not heard this album before. Feel It is a banger. Excellent setlist. Very danceable.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

4.5/5. Very raw performance, lot of energy. Very very good.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

'Course I Feel the Feelin

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Great fun, some nice classic rock and roll

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

The king of R&B, killing it throughout the entire album. Brilliant, and perhaps the best live album I've ever heard.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

soulful genius, swinging and raising the roof

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

Absolute heaven. Imagine being there that night.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Absolute classic

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Just smooth and fun to listen to

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Songs had me up grooving

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Best Sunday morning.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

fucking swinging

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

muito bom

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

It’s Sam Cook. It’s got to be great.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Raw and tight - the live versions are far superior to the studio recordings. What a voice. You feel that Sam was constrained on record.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Growing up my parents had several Sam Cooke records that I used to commandeer and play on my record player (I think manufactured by Fisher Price). I was singing along to “Chain Gang,” “Cupid,” “Twistin’ The Night Away” and “Having a Party” from a very early age. I was very excited to have this live album come up, and after listening I’m not disappointed! Sam Cooke is incredible and this is one hell of a One Night Stand. It’s a grittier performance than his studio albums that really surprised me - an amazing performance in front of a really exciting, raucous audience! Besides wishing it was longer (where is “You Send Me” - there’s just that tease at the end of track 7 - and “Another Saturday Night”?) I loved every minute of this.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

This was just great. Soulful and energetic. One of the best.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

This one was a great listen. I had fun and Sam Cooke's vocals were right on the mark! I have my handkerchief ready!

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

This was pretty incredible. I am realizing how good a live album can be. This was such a very alive performance, and hard to imagine that it was shelved for 20 years for being too "raw." I loved it.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

I would have loved to see Sam in person. What a soulful and talented singer. Great album!

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

Lot of Sam Cooke's popular songs were on this and live. Loved it.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

very cool

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Now this is what I’m talking about - shagadelic baby

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

Wow. This was an ELECTRIC performance. I'd heard a few songs by Sam Cooke before, but I'd never given him a proper listen. This was outstanding. I love live albums and this must have been outstanding to see live. This entire album was absolutely rocking and Sam Cooke was a tour de force.

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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

Best Song: For Sentimental Reasons. When the crowd starts singing along and Cooke still soars over top... To be in that room. Worst Song: Twistin' the Night Away. Just not a fan of the twist. Overall: The live setting really works well here. The recording sounds very close, as if the band is grouped tightly together in the corner of a small bar or club. And there's just something about the way you hear idle chatter in the background, the way Cooke rambles and adlibs these little bits. It feels like the audience isn't all stuck, shoulders squared to the stage, watching the music, but are letting themselves enjoy the music and each other. It feels like I can hear dancing. A surprisingly romantic album.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

I knew some Sam Cooke, but this album made me a Sam Cooke FAN. This is easily one of the best live albums I have EVER heard. Sam is just as magical and energetic on a live album as he is in studio recordings. If anything, he's even more so in a live environment, where he is able to have these amazing interactions with the audience. He mixes a powerful, electrifying presence and untamed, raw vocals in with all of the quintessential Sam Cooke qualities that already made him great. It's a crime that this album was shelved for 20 years before it was finally released. In a world full of questionable live albums, this album shines as a prime example of what a live album should be. It has big energy, but feels intimate; I really felt transported to the moment. It made me wish I could have physically been there!

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

All day long!

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

What can I say here. Sam Cooke is the greatest singer of all time. Bring It On Home to Me is the greatest song of all time.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

It is worth noting that, while recorded in 1963, this album did NOT get a release until 1985. According to wikipedia, Cooke's label RCA Victor "viewed the album as too gritty and raw and possibly damaging to his pop image", which is why they didn't put it out at the time. Which is absurd, if you ask me. Sam Cooke is such a natural performer, his charisma and personality oozes out of this record. Him and his band keep the good times rolling through the entire runtime, an incredible feat. The essence of this record is that Cooke is playing so much to his audience, who plays an important part by matching Cooke's energy. This is what really makes the album so great, having the audience and Cooke playing off one another in a vibrant live show that feels so real when listening to it. It is a shame that, almost two years after this performance, Sam Cooke's life would be cut short in a frankly puzzling altercation. This album is a relic, one of Cooke in his prime doing what he did best. Incredible.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

fantastic !

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Hollywood's contemporary model for the music biopic means we won't get a film of Sam Cooke's life in the foreseeable future. The current template emphasises the redemptive nature of their music, of musicians who battled their demons successfully and performed exquisite music that justifies all the torment they suffered (e.g., Ray, Walk the Line, Bohemian Rhapsody). With Sam Cooke, the outstanding pioneer of soul music, his unfortunate, sordid end precludes your standard music biopic. The only way it could happen is if it ends with a triumphant performance of A Change Is Gonna Come, and just puts a small note at the end saying he was shot through the heart by a hotel manager after an apparent drunken brawl with a prostitute. Still, I neither want nor need a Sam Cooke biopic, and I am rather glad that Sam Cooke won't be contorted through the Hollywood sausage process. Anyway, this album is wonderful for the extremely simple reason that Sam Cooke performs wonderful songs in a wonderful fashion. That's it. That's enough. I had earlier reviewed James Brown's coeval Live at the Apollo, to which I gave 4 stars. I stand by that rating; the album is great fun, if perhaps not quite a masterpiece. I have no such hesitancy with this. It's pure pleasure, pure joy. That it was shelved for two decades just bewilders the modern listener. The record label deemed it to be a bit too passionate and heartfelt for its initial release. Yes, the money men behind the label have always ruined everything with their valueless stupidity. Thankfully, you're now in a position to treat yourself by giving this a blast, so you should take advantage of that right now. Now! I mean it!

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Best live album

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Sun May 08 2022
5

I wish I could give this 10 stars. Sam Cooke is a legend. Listening to this live show is incredible. It's more than a concert. It's like a variety show. The call and response is so uplifting that you leave listening, feeling optimistic about the world and how it might be better. Even though you know what's coming next, he is able to infuse an air of suspense that is palpable. I also love the conversational tone of his banter with the crowd. It pulls you in as if you were an old, close friend. The standout tracks for me were "Twistin' The Night Away," "Tennessee Waltz" and "If I Had A Hammer." However, there is no song I would take off and so many gave me goosebumps, like when he croons "give" on "When I Fall In Love" and when he says "away" in "Blowing In The Wind." Such a special album.

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Wonderful -like sinking into a warm bath

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Such a great album. The classic songs, amazing energy of this live performance and passionate signing from Sam Cooke! This will be in heavy rotation for years to come.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

This is brilliant. Loved it.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Timeless

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Not something I would’ve picked, but really enjoyed it.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

I'm having a party 5

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

I think that I'm in a classical week! I know Sam Cooke by name but I never heard a whole album from him and now I have a new favorite album for my list of best albums. Nuff said!

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Sun Jun 12 2022
5

Love the energy! Another surprise hit.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Amazing! I loved this one.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Superb piece of filthy raw, gritty soul. Loved this, you can feel the relationship with the audience.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Daggone this sounds like it was a great show.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

looooooooooooooove this album faveourite track: it's all right / for sentimental reasons, the anti-domestic violence tune

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Classic. CLASSIC. So good.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Great energy

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Pure soul. In contention for best single disc love album

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Absolutely wild, I never heard this before. What an amazing good time gig. What else can you say about Sam Cooke. Who knows if this would be the peak of his powers. Absolute tragedy that 18 months later he'd be killed.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

one of the greatest (if not the greatest) live albums of all time.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

4.8

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

Fuck the record executives who kept this classic in the closet for 20 years.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

This album just makes want get up and dance my ass off

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Absolutely loving the energy and the crowd interaction. Great audio quality too. “Imma GOin down to tha BUS station BaBAYYY - with a SUITcase in MY HANDUH…I ain’t got leukemia, that ain’t it” One of dozens of singers Zep copied from, specially Bring It On Home to me

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Love it

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Sat Sep 10 2022
5

Absolutely amazing live album. Sam Cooke was a genius, and I wish we go so much more from him.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

A lot of artists record live albums, often in big arenas. Something is definitely lost with that approach, and that's the intimacy of an album like Sam Cooke's Live At The Harlem Square Club. You really feel like you're in the room with Sam Cooke here, it's such a pleasure to hear. Both Cooke and his band are in top form, and the ambient sounds of the crowd really bring a feeling of pure joy. That's the whole point of making a live album, to transport the listener to the in-person experience. Sam Cooke nails it here. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Bring It On Home to Me, Nothing Can Change This Love, Having a Party, Twistin' the Night Away, Cupid, Chain Gang, Somebody Have Mercy, Medley: It's All Right/For Sentimental Reasons, Feel It (Don't Fight It), Soul Twist/Introduction

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

I know I've heard Sam Cooke before, but I am by no means an avid listener, and damn. I can't remember how his voice sounds from studio albums, but you can just hear the rawness in his presentation on this album. His interaction with the crowd is fantastic as well and for a live album, I love that the mix includes the background noise from the audience; it pulls you into this intimate performance. For those wanting to get into Sam Cooke a bit more and dig into his brief discography, this may be the greatest greatest hits album to start with. Top song pick upon first listen would be the medley of It's All Right/For Sentimental Reasons; love how the crowd gets more into it as Sam pulls people in and engages them.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

5. Great live album. Classic Some Cooke.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Honestly one of the best live albums I've listened to.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

tres bonne fi d' album

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Astonishing.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

I'm not a fan of live albums, but the recording quality of the early 60's isn't generally better than a live album anyway. Also, since I don't know these songs, I can't tell how they have changed in performance versus the studio. Sam Cooke is pretty good. I didn't expect to like 'soul', but I do. It's much better than 'jazz'. It feels like the inspiration for a lot of modern pop music.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

Holy cats, that voice.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

Absolute blast of an album. Makes me wish I was at the performance.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Who doesn’t love Sam Cooke?

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

This might be one of the best live albums I’ve ever listened to. I enjoyed it thoroughly and plan on listening to more Sam Cooke in the future

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Not sure if it just caught me at the right time or if it put me in the right frame of mind, but this was a banger. This kind of music needs to make a comeback

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

This is what Elvis was trying to emulate but Sam did it so much better. Some real bangers here. Short and sweet but a top playlist

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Sun Nov 20 2022
5

Sam Cooke works better with the little bit of grit in his smooth voice that turns up live as opposed to the highly polished studio version of Sam Cooke. This live set is an absolute barnburner, and Sam and the band are firing on all cylinders. You've probably heard all of the songs in this set before many, many times, but listening to Sam Cooke add that extra bit of energy in the live setting transforms them into something better. This is one of the few live albums that justifies why live albums should exist in the first place.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Would have been amazing to see live

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Don't fight the feeling, baby! Don't fight the feeling! This album rocked!

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

The "King" moniker is dropped and earned early. The recording choice is inspired: close and raw, as close to the songs as one can get. It's a trip back in time to living versions of what are now stodgy standards. And do they ever live. Lots of musical reference points close-packed and shimmering.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

King of soul… very good live album!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

This was awesome

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

yeeeess

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

7.5

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

If I had a time machine, I'd go back to be at shows like this. How fun that must've been. Ahh time machines.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Heerlijk live soul album, wat een stem heeft die man

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Lots of fun. What a great voice!

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Very enjoyable smooth blues.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

4.5 - wow such incredible energy. great tunes and electric atmosphere. amazing

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Sat May 29 2021
4

One of those live albums where not only is the "room" present, but a huge part of the captured experience. Great performance, and infectious to listen to.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Man, this is so good. It's like you're there in the club listening to this amazing performance. Excellent.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Solid fun album with lots of great songs in a live setting. A touch of sexism from a bygone era, but overall a really enjoyable listen.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

this is such a jam. I can't imagine how good this would have been live. You can feel the energy.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Another live album that is pretty darn fun, and doesn't overstay its welcome. Low 8.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

wow he has some energy!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Love a live album. This was really good, will definitely relisten. 8 for me

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Can’t go wrong with a bit of Sam

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Lotta nice shouts

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Fun energy, good time, would have been a fun show to go to

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

from what i hearrrd it was just grweat for a live! album 4.0

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

What a voice this man has! Enjoyed the album, great vibe.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

☆Notatki//Przemyślenia☆ ~Chciałabym iśc na taki koncert do takiej kawiarnii jak w latach 50/60🥺 ~KLIMAAAAAT CUDOOO ~Szanuje lata 60, serio

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Really fun album to listen to, full of messages about love, forgiveness, and trust. Though, I wouldn't do what Sam Cooke recommends and wake up your partner in the middle of the night to tell them you love them.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

A fantastic live album that highlights Cooke's magnificent charisma and vocal command. 8.2/10

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Really catchy and so much energy, perfect for dancing to

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Nice upbeat soul/jazz music

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Tue May 18 2021
4

I enjoyed it. I'm not really a big fan of live albums so that's the only real negative. High quality recording.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Fantastic singer, just not for playlist

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Proper music that

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Good songs. No need for the live album version

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Wed May 26 2021
4

An amazing live album, crazy it wasn't released for ~20 yrs because RCA was scared of ruining Cooke's image.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

So. Much. Soul. Loved it.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I'd heard Twisting the Night Away before, so it was a cool experience to hear the rest and get a fuller context. I liked the romantic jams.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

7.5/10

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

While I have mixed feelings about live recordings in general its clear when you listen to some that the musician we know from the studio is only a pale comparison to what they must have been in person. Beautiful stuff.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Great album. A great voice with some top arrangements.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

En la presentación tuve una sensación de "qué pedo con este disco?" Y 6q cuando fue avanzando y entrando en ambiente la fiesta hasta me sentí en ese lugar. Esa agresividad en las canciones hasta en las baladas es brutal, el soul en general me gusta pero con este disco se voló la barda

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

Siento que cada que sale un disco en vivo prueba equivocados a los que insisten que no debiera haber en vivos en la lista (hasta ahora al menos). Crudo, fuerte, una fiesta completa y lleno de energía, es totalmente sorpresivo para lo que esperaba. A quien cree que no conoce a Sam Cooke, sí conoce a Sam Cooke, tiene una cantidad enorme de canciones clásicas de R&B y pop románticas y fue instrumental en el crecimiento del soul. Retaría a cualquiera a escuchar las versiones grabadas originales de estas canciones y compararlas con este disco. Es como si le hubieran quitado un bozal y la correa y ahora realmente se sintiera libre para ser él mismo. Pasa de canciones que suenan al muchacho de balada clásica de la época cantándole a la novia a un personaje activo, duro, que si bien sigue cantando esas canciones de letras romanticonas ahora lo hace con una voz mucho más real y rasposa, platicando con el público y sudando alegría pura. No, quizá no sean canciones que me hayan llamado mucho la atención en su gran parte desde antes, pero en estas versiones sin duda que es un disco que no solo vale la pena escuchar por su valor histórico sino por lo agradable del ambiente que puede crear. Por cierto Sam Cooke, una muerte extraña... quizá no era la mejor de las personas pero en este disco pasó de ser un músico que conocía y "respetaba por su importancia" a ser un proyecto que genuinamente disfruté.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

So much fun!! Some real bangers

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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

Amazing look into an icons best live recording. It really give you a sense of the time and what he was to perform. As most live records from the time it was too short

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

Electrifying, urgent and insistent sweat dripping live show carried by great performances from the band and Cooke’s showmanship. His voice is smooth like butter, but also raw and guttural, simultaneously sacred and profane, whipping the audience into a frenzy. If I could fire up the old DeLorean, this is the live show I’d go all the way back to 1963 to see.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Nice live jazz album, traditional value, classic 50s sounding black album

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

I would dance to this . Why not. Also Sam Cooke is a very amazing singer in the soul genre. I can imagine him singing this live when I am listening to this. I felt like I was transported to the 1950s

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

Great stuff! Really enjoyed the energetic performance and the music was a good time as well.

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

A tight, exciting live set full of energy

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

Fuckin and fuckin and fuckin and fuckin

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

I could listen to this every single day

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

3.5 for sure but which way to go... I really like this style of "oldies" for lack of a better term. And the energy in the live performance make it a lot of fun.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Really great for a live album! Several hits, great vocals and energy, great ad-libs and crowd interaction. Would definitely listen again!

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

This is another one where I think I would've benefited from listening to it when hanging out with friends instead of walking to my boring geography class and then while looking over my homework for the week. It's a lot of fun, but it is a lot of the same. I seriously wish that live albums weren't a part of this list, but whatever, this was pretty good, if very repetitive.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Great voice, and sounds like he was an excellent performer for the crowd

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Great stuff. Would have liked a bit more.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Not usually a fan of live albums, and don’t usually feel like I’ve missed out on anything, but this sounded like a hell of a night. You can almost smell the cigarette smoke. His voice is absolutely unbelievable.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Man he's on fire here. So good to hear some familiar tunes of his given a lightning bolt shock of energy. The band are cooking, he's throwing all he's got at it, and the audience are lapping it up. What a legend. Love it.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Enormt stemningsfuldt! Ikke nødvendigvis fordi det er god lyd, men stemningen når helt ud igennem højttalerne. Det er bare skide fedt.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

Absolute class.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Soul at it's best here. Probably the best "Live" soul album. Real raw soul at it's live best. You can hear the influence of Sam here on Rod Stewart et al. Brilliant sax on "Somebody Have Mercy" but my Favourite here is definitely "Chain Gang" Top Notch Influential Soul Music.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

this is very fun

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Det svänger katten! Blev förvånad över att det var så kort. Var rädd att det skulle vara för live-stämning men det körde på bra. Är det CA att vilja va med?

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Rätt kort och gott album, inte allt för långdraget och otroligt livlig energi som verkligen kommuniceras. Otrolig publikkontakt för tidigt 60tal. Bra 'geometrisk' balans i lurarna gällande instrumenten, Sams röst ligger liiiite till höger vilket är lite störande men ingenting man tänker på om man inte anstränger sig. Lite tråkig och statisk inspelning där visserligen sången plockas fram snyggt men instrumenten smälter ihop och fastnar lite i de lägre registerna. Definitivt den största nackdelen med albumet men är väl rimligt för en liveinspelning från 60-talet, lite synd bara när sången plockas upp så fint och har stundvis strålande ljudbild. Perfekt balans mellan publik och artist, strålande track list och ett medley i mitten gör det till ett toppen livealbum. Perfekta låtval, perfekt energi, perfekt längd. Undermålig kvalitet sabbar ett annars helt perfekt livealbum.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

High energy and Jazzy. Pretty simple themes but super fun listen while riding in Asilomar. Banger

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

It does an incredible job of making you feel like your actually at the club. Usually, when I hear live albums, its more contemporary rock bands playing in stadiums. While the experience is different, it never really makes you feel like you're there like this album does.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Love Sam Cooke. Lots of little laughs

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

I never knew there was a king of soul until now. And I did see why Sam Cooke was crowned the King of Soul. Whew! Right after the King of Pop I got to listen to the King of Soul! This album is exploding with energy. And it's not even rock. It's soul! Cooke's raspy vocals, the dynamic band, and the audience interaction all powered the album. I'm not a big fan of live albums, but this one is definitely one of best of them. It might get repetitive after a while. But it has a solid pace. It's a nice thirty plus minute party album.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Ég hefði viljað vera á þessum tónleikum.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Yo, this dude and his band bring it on this one

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

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