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Sam Cooke - Live at the Harlem Square Club

The title is misleading. It's not 'That' Harlem. It's a club in Miami. This is a great live album from 1963, and not one where they've dubbed the crowd on after either. Sam Cooke was the cats pyjamas in the studio but this shows he could do the biz live too. Not as croonerish as he is often painted and here he really gets on one and gets loose, totally in his element. All the hits and then some. The crowd are seriously up for it and their energy coupled with Sam and the band makes for a great document of a night well spent by all at the Harlem Square Club. Sam Cooke. Soul Man!

Late Doors

Ace, somewhere there's a line between Blues and Soul. No idea where it is but i think Sam Cooke treads it well. Somebody have Mercy is one of my fave songs ever
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Late Doors wrote:
Ace, somewhere there's a line between Blues and Soul. No idea where it is but i think Sam Cooke treads it well. Somebody have Mercy is one of my fave songs ever


I'm becoming a new big fan of that rich seam of 'crossover' stuff from the mid-50's and early-60's. It started a few years ago when I heard Bobby Bland for the first time and has grown from there. The period where blues, doo-wop, soul, and gospel come together is brill. The first James Brown and the Famous Flames long-player from 1959 is amazingly good. And in my opinion a much more solid offering than the more talked about 'Live at the Apollo' from 62'. Although the latter is a great live album the Please, Please Please Me album is about as good as James Brown gets, and it's a totally different sound to his later stonkingly ace funkier stuff where he was getting on up like a sex machine n' that.
Cutsyke

Try the album Jesus Gave Me Water.
Dock

Cutsyke wrote:
Try the album Jesus Gave Me Water.


Just looked it up. Nice one Cuts. I'll add it to my hit list. We've just got one of those 'smart' TV's where you can access the net on the telly. I'll have a listen to it on T'YouTube.
Cutsyke

Same bloke I used to work with who gave my book away gave me a copy. Played me a lot of Blues Gospel and Soul. Not bad for a hippie.

See you've got the Zombies avatar. You ever heard Colin Blundstone's Caroline Goodbye? Beautiful tune.
Dock

Cutsyke wrote:
Same bloke I used to work with who gave my book away gave me a copy. Played me a lot of Blues Gospel and Soul. Not bad for a hippie.

See you've got the Zombies avatar. You ever heard Colin Blundstone's Caroline Goodbye? Beautiful tune.


No I haven't but will look it up. I only know Odyssey and Oracle and a few earlier songs. I think Odyssey and Oracle is such a great album. I'm surprised it was so overshadowed at the time of its 68' release. There's at least nine songs on it that I think could have been some of the greatest British singles of the sixties. Especially 'Brief Candles'. This might sound bold but I think as an album it's stands shoulder to shoulder with anything The Beatles or any of the other top British bands did in the mid to late sixties. Along with Blunstones voice, the entire whole of the album is such an interesting sound. Its just the perfect album for me.

If one of them Martian blokes landed his ship in my back garden and instead of the usual: "Take me to your leader!" Rhubarb instead said: "I demand an audio document that encapsulates the best aspects of British popular music from the earth decade of the 1960's". I'd invite him in* for a cuppa and put Odyssey and Oracle on.

*I'd make him take his shoes off first like, threat of anihalation of the earths civilisation or not. That kitchen floor was only mopped on Tuesday.

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