“Night Beat” by Sam Cooke - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1963Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Sam Cooke’s second LP of 1963, released in August. Boy oh boy, he’s cooking the gas right about now. Opens with the classic “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen”, originally recorded (as far as I can tell) by The Tuskegee Institute Singers in 1917. The song is a traditional spiritual of African American slaves, first collected in the 1867 book “Slave Songs of the United States”. He’s moving deeper into roots and deeper into my affections. Sam rearranges his own “Mean Old World”, a song he’d written and previously recorded whilst still a member of the Soul Stirrers. This is bona–fide life-affirming soul music. Taking on Howlin’ Wolf’s “Little Red Rooster” is a big surprise – and a big success. Billy Preston’s organ is a hoot, imitating the sounds of a Rooster crowing, dogs barking and hounds howling. There’s not a weak track anywhere on this album. “Night Beat” stands as the best new music album he ever made…

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A1 [02:13] 9.1.png Sam Cooke - Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen (Traditional) Soul
A2 [03:48] 7.7.png Sam Cooke - Lost And Lookin’ (James Woody Alexander) Soul Ballad
A3 [03:25] 8.9.png Sam Cooke - Mean Old World (Samuel Cook) Soul Ballad
A4 [02:15] 8.1.png Sam Cooke - Please Don’t Drive Me Away (Charles Brown) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [03:25] 6.7.png Sam Cooke - I Lost Everything (Ella Tate) Soul Ballad
A6 [04:07] 6.9.png Sam Cooke - Get Yourself Another Fool (Frank Haywood, Monroe Tucker) Soul Ballad
B1 [02:53] 8.4.png Sam Cooke - Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B2 [03:38] 6.4.png Sam Cooke - Laughin’ And Clownin’ (Samuel Cook) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [03:24] 6.6.png Sam Cooke - Trouble Blues (Charles Brown) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B4 [02:40] 7.0.png Sam Cooke - You Gotta Move (Samuel Cook) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [02:25] 6.2.png Sam Cooke - Fool’s Paradise (Bob Geddins, Johnny Fuller, Mable Cordle) Soul Ballad
B6 [03:31] 7.2.png Sam Cooke - Shake, Rattle And Roll (Jesse Stone) Blues / Rhythm n Blues

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