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Sam Cooke Band

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by George, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. George

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    Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.

    Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Billy Preston, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was "the inventor of soul music", and possessed "an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed".


    Essential Album; Ain't That Good News
  2. George

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    He's my favourite soul singer, and easily one of my favourite artists of all time. I can (and do) listen to him all day.
  3. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Hell yes.

    I love listening to Live at the Harlem Square Club and Live at the Copa together. You really understand the breadth of his gift. To have something as raw and sweaty and intense as Harlem AND as smooth and charming as Copa is something not many artists could manage.

    In Twitter parlance "Get a man who can do both"
  4. s/t

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    The one moment in his entire discography that, to me, shows how effortless his ability was comes at the beginning of the Copa recording of "Tennessee Waltz" when he pauses to acknowledge the applause mid-line: "I was dancin' with my darlin', to that TENNE - thank you - SSEE WALTZ."

    I've got more Sam Cooke on my phone than any other artist - not sure why it took me so long to look up this thread.
  5. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Yes! God, he slays that song in that performance.
  6. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Sam Cooke
    The King of Soul. Perhaps more than any other artist, the man who created the genre we know a soul music. Coming out of a gospel background and blazing the trail for the genre that is arguably America's biggest contribution to music. From the outset of his career to his tragic death in his prime, Cooke was the rarest of combinations, an innovator AND a hitmaker. There may never have been a singer quite like him, able to move from the smoothest and most charming performances (At the Copa) to gritty and gutbucket raves (At the Harlem Square Club) with equal skill.

    Recommended Listen:
    Live at the Harlem Square Club

    Crash Course:
    1. Live at the Harlem Square Club
    2. Live at the Copa
    3. Night Beat

    Compilation Replacement:
    Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964

    Signature Songs:
    1. "You Send Me"
    2. "Cupid"
    3. "Chain Gang"
    4. "Wonderful World"
    5. "A Change Is Gonna Come"

    Personal Note:
    The two live albums, to me, are always best paired together to really show you the breadth of what Sam could do. Copa is a mostly white audience at an expensive supper club gig. Harlem Square Club is rowdy and ferocious. I could easily have swapped Night Beat for Ain't That Good News, which is an exceptional album, but Night Beat just has the unique mood to it.
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  7. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    The greatest
  8. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Chosen this week at @Jason Tate 's suggestion. Enjoy, all.

    I'm pumped to do a deep dive on his proper albums.
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  9. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    run away with me Platinum

    when Bring It On Home To Me isn't one of the signature songs

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  10. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Also hard to skip "Twistin' the Night Away" and "Another Saturday Night" just for starters.
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  11. George

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    Great choice! I think I've heard his full discography, but I'll have to double check to see if there's anything I'm missing!

    @cshadows2887 if you fancy a deeper cut, I'd recommend Tribute to the Lady, his album of Billie Holiday songs.
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  12. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I have heard that one. It's been on my buy list for years because the CD is never affordable. Haha. Great record and great rec, sir!
  13. Dominick

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    Top ten favorite singers. To this day.
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  14. George

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    Obviously this song has been covered a billion times and there's at least three outright classic versions of it (Cooke, Aretha and Otis), but I was really pleasantly surprised at how wonderful T-Pain's version was;

  15. williek311

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    Portrait of a Legend is such a wonderful compilation.
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  16. hienz4


    Probably my favorite singer of all time
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  17. Barresi

    Spooky Space Kook Supporter

    Live at the Harlem Square Club is the best live album of all-time.
  18. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    It's definitely in that tier with Live at the Regal and At Budokan and Belafonte at Carnegie Hall and Judy at Carnegie Hall and shit that makes the case for the necessity of the live album as a form.
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  19. idonthearyou25


    Real professional singer...
  20. George Aug 16, 2016
    (Last edited: Aug 16, 2016)

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    Aside from a couple of posthumous records, which don't look very interesting, the only album of his I hadn't heard was Hits of the 50s from 1960. It's an entire cover album, no Cooke originals, which is a little bit of a shame. The songs are nicely arranged, and Sam is in full on smooth charmer mood, but it's a bit of a minor note in all honesty. Obviously, I could listen to him sing anything and still enjoy it, but it's all a little too polished for me.

    It's all a bit vanilla, and not soulful in all honesty, very slow and gentle. Not a bad album or anything, and showed Cooke could do more than soul, but I think this probably the weakest of his ~10 or so studio records.
  21. The Format


    Sam Cooke is amazing. My personal fav's are Cupid and Sad Mood.

    Also If you like The Decemberists, Colin Meloy did a whole cover album of Sam Cooke -

  22. The Format


    Also if you like Sam Cooke - his death is a really interesting/controversial story. Might be worth looking into.
  23. SteveLikesMusic

    approx. 3rd coolest Steve on here Supporter

    Holy hell, as a Decemberists and Sam Cooke fan, how did I not know that existed?!
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  24. The Format


    He also has a 'Colin Meloy Sings' for Morrissey, The Kinks and Shirley Collins
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  25. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    God that bowed upright bass at the beginning of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" is magic
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