Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sam Cooke - One Night Stand! Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club (1963)


Note: My CD is the 2005 re-release.

Simply put: this is one of the best live recordings of all time. When you listen to Cooke sing, you can hear the passion and feeling that made him The King of Soul. When he sings a song like Cupid, he makes you feel the emotions that the lyrics convey - he's so in love with a girl, that he's praying to Cupid for help. Listening to this makes you realize that nobody sings like that anymore. This CD is so good, it demands your attention. It is difficult to do anything else but listen to the music for 38 minutes.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #134

Tracks: I can't view this as having separate tracks. It needs to be listened to as if it were one long track.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: discovering this release through my friends at Best Roof Talk Ever.

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