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THIS ALBUM DOWNLOAD FEATURES HIGH RESOLUTION COVER ART ONLY. LINER NOTES ARE NOT AVAILABLE. Legendary R&B singer Sam Cooke's second live album, recorded in 1963 and released in 1985. This album is often critically acclaimed as one of the best live albums ever.

Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963
Live album by
ReleasedJune 1985
RecordedJanuary 12, 1963
VenueHarlem Square Club, Miami, Florida
GenreSoul
Length37:29
LabelRCA
Alternative cover
2005 remaster

Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 is the second live album by the American singer-songwriterSam Cooke. The album was released in 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 at Miami's Harlem Square Club 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[1][2], and has been ranked in 'best-of' music lists, including on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[3] 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.

Background[edit]

In 1962, RCA Victor decided it was time for Cooke to record a live album, and a warm January night at the Harlem Square Club in Miami was picked to record. The Harlem Square Club was a small downtown nightspot in Miami's historically African-American neighborhood of Overtown, and was packed with the singer's most devoted fans from his days singing gospel.[4] RCA found the results too loud, raw and raucous — not the Cooke the label was trying to break as an international pop star — and shelved the recordings for over two decades.[4]

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In 1985, executive Gregg Geller discovered the tapes and quickly issued Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 that year.[5] 'Sam was what we've come to call a crossover artist: He crossed over from gospel to pop, which was controversial enough in its day. But once he became a pop artist, he had a certain mainstream image to protect,' Geller said in 2013.[4] 'The fact is, when he was out on the road, he was playing to a predominantly, almost exclusively black audience. And he was doing a different kind of show — a much more down-home, down-to-earth, gut-bucket kind of show than what he would do for his pop audience.'[4]

Three mixes of the album have been released. The original 1985 mix contains a louder audience response, creating a 'claustrophobic, frenzied power' and also features some minor instrumental studio overdubbing which was not used in subsequent mixes. The version included on the 2000 box set, The Man Who Invented Soul, turns the audience elements down, cleaning up Cooke's vocals as well as the music.[6] The 2005 remaster generally splits the difference between these two releases.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusiclink
(2005 reissue) link
BlenderOct. 2005
Mojo(favorable)[7]

Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 has generally been considered among the best live LPs ever released.[1][8] In the year of its release (1985), it was ranked at number 11 on The Village Voice'sPazz & Jop critics poll, as well as being named number 7 on NME's albums of the year.[9][10] Steve Leggett for AllMusic feels that 'Not only is this one of the greatest live soul albums ever released, it also reveals a rougher, rawer, and more immediate side to Sam Cooke that his singles only hinted at, good as they were [..] the crucial key is and was always Cooke's vocals, and while he was a marvelously smooth, versatile, and urbane singer on his official pop recordings, here he explodes into one of the finest sets of raw secular gospel ever captured on tape. It is essential listening in any version.'[6]

In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 439 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[11] 'Cooke was elegance personified, but he works this Florida club until it's hotter than hell, while sounding like he never breaks a sweat [..] when the crowd sings along with him, it's magic,' said Rolling Stone.[11] The album appears in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Sam Cooke; except where indicated

1985 version[edit]

  1. 'Feel It' – 3:46
  2. 'Chain Gang' – 3:11
  3. 'Cupid' – 2:46
  4. 'Medley: It's All Right/For Sentimental Reasons' (Cooke/Deke Watson, William Best) – 5:11
  5. 'Twistin' the Night Away' – 4:19
  6. 'Somebody Have Mercy' – 4:45
  7. 'Bring It On Home to Me' – 5:37
  8. 'Nothing Can Change This Love' – 3:45
  9. 'Having a Party' – 4:09

Total Time 37:29

2000 The Man Who Invented Soul version[edit]

  1. 'Intro/(Don't Fight It) Feel It' – 3:46
  2. 'Chain Gang' – 3:12
  3. 'Cupid' – 2:45
  4. 'It's All Right/For Sentimental Reasons' (Cooke/Deke Watson, William Best) – 5:13
  5. 'Twistin' the Night Away' – 4:17
  6. 'Somebody Have Mercy' – 7:16
  7. 'Bring It On Home to Me' – 3:04
  8. 'Nothin' Can Change This Love' – 3:46
  9. 'Having a Party' – 5:25

(actually tracks 13 through 21 on the CD)

Total Time 38:44

2005 version[edit]

Sam Cooke Live At The Harlem Square Club Download
  1. 'Soul Twist/Introduction' (Curtis Ousley) – 1:23
  2. 'Feel It (Don't Fight It)' – 2:54
  3. 'Chain Gang' – 3:11
  4. 'Cupid' – 2:44
  5. 'Medley: It's All Right/For Sentimental Reasons' (Cooke/Ivory 'Deek' Watson, William 'Pat' Best[13]) – 5:11
  6. 'Twistin' the Night Away' – 4:18
  7. 'Somebody Have Mercy' – 6:18
  8. 'Bring It On Home to Me' – 4:08
  9. 'Nothing Can Change This Love' – 2:39
  10. 'Having a Party' – 5:03

Total Time 38:49

Sam Cooke Live At The Harlem Square Club Download

Personnel[edit]

All credits adapted from The RCA Albums Collection (2011) liner notes.[14]

  • Sam Cooke – vocals
  • Clifton White – guitar
  • Cornell Dupree – guitar
  • Jimmy Lewis – bass guitar
  • Albert 'June' Gardner – drums
  • George Stubbs – piano
  • King Curtis – saxophone
  • Tate Houston – saxophone
Technical
  • Bob Simpson – recording
  • Anthony Salvatore – recording
  • Steve Rosenthal – mixing
  • Tom Psipsikas – assistant engineer
  • Hugo & Luigi – recording supervisor
  • Joe J. Stelmach - art director
  • Michael Ochs - photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ abDolan, John. '50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time'. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  2. ^Zohair, Hussain (August 18, 2014). 'The 27 Best Live Albums of All Time'. PasteMagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  3. ^'500 Greatest Albums of All Time'. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  4. ^ abcd'A Night Out With Sam Cooke: 'Harlem Square' Turns 50'. NPR. January 12, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  5. ^Palmer, Robert (1985-05-15). 'Pop Life'. The New York Times. ISSN0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  6. ^ abcSteve Leggett. 'One Night Stand: Sam Cooke'. Allmusic. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  7. ^BVB. Review: Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963. Mojo. Retrieved on 2010-05-22.
  8. ^Campbell, Mary (December 24, 1985). 'Benefit Concerts Dominated the 1985 Popular Music Scene'. The Nevada Daily Mail. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  9. ^Christgau, Robert. 'Pazz & Jop 1985: Critics Poll'. www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  10. ^'1985 Best Albums And Tracks Of The Year - NME'. NME. 2016-10-10. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  11. ^ abWenner, Jann S., ed. (2012). Rolling Stone - Special Collectors Issue - The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. USA: Wenner Media Specials. ISBN978-7098934196
  12. ^Dimery, Richard, ed. (2008). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Cassell Illustrated. ISBN1-84403-624-3.
  13. ^(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
  14. ^The RCA Albums Collection (liner notes). Sam Cooke. US: RCA Records/Legacy Recordings. 2011. 88697898702.CS1 maint: others (link)

External links[edit]

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  • Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 at Discogs (list of releases)

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