Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963

Sam Cooke - Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963
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Based on 153 ratings
1985 Ratings: #6
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June 1, 1985 / Release Date
Live / Format
RCA / Label
Southern Soul / Genre
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Sam Cooke's live album is gonna require some context to understand how impactful this album is.

In Cooke's career, he had most of his performances in front of white crowds. He felt uncomfortable performing these, and rightfully so. But here on this day in a Miami club, he was in a rare instance here he was performing in a mostly-black audience. This shows his true passion and voice Cooke is well known for, as it shows a high in his career. Tragically over one year later, On December 11, 1964, ... read more


1001 albums you must hear before you die #37

Absolute fucking fire, loved this one.


If this doesn't make you happy, nothing will.


The emotion really does come through in his voice. It's clear how comfortable he was and how much fun he was having performing in front of the crowd. One of the best live albums ever.


One of my favorite live albums ever.


Definitely one of the best live albums I've ever heard. I was vaguely familiar with Sam Cooke, but I don't remember hearing much from him besides What A Wonderful World, so I went into this blindly, knowing only a little bit of his historical importance and that many consider him to be one of the best vocalists of all time, and I was pretty much blown away by this. You rarely hear a performer as energetic as Cooke sounds here, and the amount of heart and soul in these vocals is so incredibly ... read more

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Track List

  1. Feel It
  2. Chain Gang
  3. Cupid
  4. Medley: It's All Right / For Sentimental Reasons
  5. Twistin' the Night Away
  6. Somebody Have Mercy
  7. Bring It On Home to Me
  8. Nothing Can Change This Love
  9. Having a Party
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Added on: October 29, 2013