Sam Cooke: Night Beat

Sam Cooke: Night Beat

Analogue Productions  CAPP 2709 SA

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Pop/Rock - R&B/Soul

Sam Cooke (vocals)
René Hall (guitar & direction)
Clifton White & Barney Kessell (guitars)
Cliff Hils (bass guitar)
Sharky Hall (drums, tambourine)
Hal Blaine (drums)
Ray Johnson (piano)
Billy Preston (organ)

Clearly Sam Cooke’s most intimate, most soulful and ultimately most real recording. This one has the feel of a private performance captured after hours when the audience had gone home and the singer was singing purely for the love of his songs. The performance put forth is simply straight from Cooke’s soul. His selection of songs include spiritual, bluesy ballads and gospel classics. Cooke owns these songs, making each interpretation all his own. This is warm music that’s easy to connect with. Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original three-track masters. The SACD includes all three channels!

Originally released in 1963.

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Analogue recording
1. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
2. Lost and Lookin'
3. Mean Old World
4. Please Don't Drive Me Away
5. I Lost Everything
6. Get Yourself a Another Fool
7. Little Red Rooster
8. Laughin' and Clownin'
9. Trouble Blues
10. You Gotta Move
11. Fool's Paradise
12. Shake Rattle and Roll
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Comment by Brian VanPelt - August 2, 2022 (1 of 1)

The 3 channels used to record this are put to perfect use. Generally, Sam's voice is perfectly centered. On the left we have the piano/keyboard, and on the right we have the drums and electric guitar. As for the sound, there is no tape hiss, but yet the higher frequencies don't seem to be impaired. The loudness is nicely balanced between the instruments and the singer. Sam's voice is rendered flawlessly, as are all of the instruments. This is nearly a perfect album with nearly perfect sound.

This is an audiophile delight. Get it.