Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio - Pressed at RTI - Limited Edition
Mastered from the original tapes by Bob Ludwig and cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
180-gram LP plated and pressed at RTI.
Housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket.
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Mastered From Original Tapes
Recorded live in 1963 at The Harlem Square Club, One Night Stand was not released until 1985. Cooke felt the material was too gritty and raw and could damage his pop image.
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. Working with a merged band that included guitarist Cliff White and drummer Albert "June" Gardner from Cooke's regular touring outfit and saxophonist King Curtis and his band, Cooke brings a gospel fervor to these whirlwind versions, which are fiery, emotionally direct, and hit with uncommon power. Every track burns with an insistent, urgent feel, and although Cooke practically defines melisma on his single releases, here he reaches past that into deeper territory that finds him almost literally shoving and pushing each song forward with shouts, asides, and spoken interactions with the audience, which becomes as much a part of this set as any bandmember.
"Chain Gang" is stripped down to a raw nerve, "Twistin' the Night Away" explodes out of the gate like a runaway rocket, and Curtis' sax breaks on "Somebody Have Mercy" make it sound like the saxophone was invented for this one song alone. Throughout Cooke's voice is a raspy laser that makes it obvious what Rod Stewart picked up from this recording, and it is impossible not to hear Cooke's voice looming behind Stewart's once you've heard this amazing live set. Although recorded January 12, 1963, at the Harlem Square Club in Miami in 1963, RCA didn't release it as an album until 1985.
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.:
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"Live At Harlem Square is one of my favorite live recordings of all time. It captures the true energy of this staggering, passionate talent. It's such an intimate recording - you can hear cracks in his voice, the madness of the crowd who are so with him, encouraging him, shouting for him in each song. A particular favorite is 'Twistin' The Night Way.' Sam Cooke will always be a tremendous influence on me, and who knows, if there weren't a Sam, there might not have been a Rod." - Rod Stewart, June 23, 2005
1. Soul Twist / Introduction
2. Feel It (Don't Fight It)
3. Chn Gang
5. It's All Right / For Sentimental Reasons
6. Twistin' The Night Away
1. Somebody Have Mercy
2. Bring It On Home To Me
3. Nothing Can Change This Love
4. Having A Party