1001 Albums #38

Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 was released 22 years after Sam Cooke was murdered. The record company felt it was too gritty and raw for his pop image so they kept it hidden. It could have remained hidden as far as I am concerned. I cannot believe that this is what 1001 Albums… considers Cooke’s best of his short career.

I tried some of Sam Cooke’s songs from other albums. I remember that he was one of my mother’s favourite singers. I think he is okay, but I know other soul singers who will be on this list that I like a lot better.

Since I hate live music I feel I have nothing more to share on this album. I would suggest skipping it and looking at some of his hit songs on Spotify. 5/10

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