Sam Cooke Night Beat 180g 45rpm 2LP
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Mastered from the Original Three-Track Master Tapes!
"The definitive Night Beat" - Hi-Fi+ Rated: 10/10 for Recording and Music!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the February 2010 Issue of Stereophile!
Clearly Sam Cooke’s most intimate, most soulful and ultimately most real recording. This one has the feel of a private performance captured after hours when the audience had gone home and the singer was singing purely for the love of his songs. The performance put forth is simply straight from Cooke’s soul. His selection of songs include spiritual, bluesy ballads and gospel classics. Cooke owns these songs, making each interpretation all his own. This is warm music that’s easy to connect with. Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original three-track masters. Originally released in 1963.
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"Whenever I think of Night Beat, I wonder how many records as perfect have been made since 1963. Listen anew to Sam Cooke's vocal honey on this Soul Blues album and I doubt you will come up with any worthy contenders...This 45 RPM issue was remastered at Sterling Sound and brings out the backing musicians including organist Billy Preston and guitarist Barney Kessel better than the ABKCO release, and makes it sound more like Sam was in the same room with the band. The definitive Night Beat." - Recording = 10/10; Music = 10/10 - Reuben Parry, Hi-Fi+, Issue 69
"The consistency of the album’s mood and tone is remarkable as is the unerring correctness of Cooke’s phrasing and the way he shapes vocal colors and textures. Cooke had a wide range of unique vocal trademarks that others copied, including one particular “woaha woaha woo” you’ll recognize. Listen to Rod Stewart after playing this. Cooke’s soul seems to reside in Stewart." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 10, Sound 10
• 45rpm 180g Vinyl
• Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original three-track masters.
1. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
2. Lost and Lookin'
3. Mean Old World
4. Please Don't Drive Me Away
5. I Lost Everything
6. Get Yourself a Another Fool
7. Little Red Rooster
8. Laughin' and Clownin'
9. Trouble Blues
10. You Gotta Move
11. Fool's Paradise
12. Shake Rattle and Roll
|This is one of the best sounding reissues I have though I have not heard an original, admittedly. It has presence, is natural sounding, and has great immediacy.|