“Encore” by Sam Cooke - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1958Album Chart of the Decade: 1950s

TJR says

The second Sam Cooke album of 1958, issued in November, once again backed by Bumps Blackwell’s combo (although they’re not the billing this time) and once again issued on Keen Records. This one takes a different approach – it’s Sam the swinger. He’s good at it too – as are the band. The success of “You Send Me” had opened many doors for Sam – his name was now headlining at the likes of New York’s Copacabana. His supper circuit performances were going from strength to strength and this LP was created to reflect the “Encore” demand. I always love reading the liner notes on these old albums - sell it, sell IT, SELL IT! Hilarious. Songwriter Lou Adler takes up the honours on this one: “This album has been created to record permanently some of these memorable performances which have excited hundreds of thousands of patrons of after-dinner circuit. As the curtain is raised a tender impression is created with the delicate standard WHEN I FALL IN LOVE – and if you haven’t fallen yet, you might after hearing the expressive lyrics as caressed by Sam. This is the same familiar purveyor of romantic atmosphere who has given so many young couples “their song”… The program continues with I COVER THE WATERFRONT and the tempo picks up slightly but the proficiency of the master showman holds the audience in relaxed captivity”. Relaxed captivity! PMSL… All hype aside, there’s no doubt this set is a shade cooler than the schmaltzy debut. Still not driving me crazy though…

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A1 [01:52] 5.0.png Sam Cooke - Oh, Look At Me Now (Joe Bushkin, John DeVries) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A2 [02:14] 5.3.png Sam Cooke - Someday (Jimmie Hodges) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A3 [03:05] 6.0.png Sam Cooke - Along The Navajo Trail (Dick Charles, Larry Markes, Eddie DeLange) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A4 [01:24] 5.4.png Sam Cooke - Running Wild (Harrington Gibbs, Joe Gay, Leo Wood) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A5 [03:21] 5.3.png Sam Cooke - Accentuate The Positive (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A6 [02:45] 6.1.png Sam Cooke - Mary, Mary Lou (Cayet Mangiaracina) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B1 [02:42] 5.2.png Sam Cooke - When I Fall In Love (Victor Young, Edward Heyman) Crooner / Cabaret
B2 [02:12] 4.9.png Sam Cooke - I Cover The Waterfront (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) Big Band / Jive / Swing
B3 [02:18] 4.4.png Sam Cooke - My Foolish Heart (Victor Young, Ned Washington) Crooner / Cabaret
B4 [03:20] 6.9.png Sam Cooke - Today I Sing The Blues (Cliff White, Curtis Lewis) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [02:30] 4.0.png Sam Cooke - The Gipsy (Billy Reid) Crooner / Cabaret
B6 [03:09] 4.5.png Sam Cooke - It’s The Talk Of The Town (Jerry Livingston, Al Neiburg, Marty Symes) Crooner / Cabaret

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