Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963 Live
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One Night Stand - Sam Cooke Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963
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It seems clear in the new version that the primary goal of the producer was to bring Sam Cooke's voice as far out in front of the mix as possible. The good news is that this goal is accomplished. The details of his voice are much more exposed, as if we were listening to the microphone closest to him, and one can indeed hear more -- his phrasing is clearer, the rawness is more noticable, even a few missteps are much more evident. (It sounds like he starts the wrong song at the beginning of Cupid, and then covers by stopping himself and talking to the audience. But the new version makes the muff, and his evident amusement, even more clear than the original.)
The bad news is that, as some reviews point out, making the lead vocal more prominent obscures the crowd at times and, less forgivably, King Curtis's saxophone and the rest of the band.
The easiest way of characterizing the difference between the two versions is that the original is probably closer to the way the show would have sounded if you had been in the audience at the back of the hall. The new version is what you would have heard at a mixing board through your headphones, turning Sam's mike all the way up. (Not that there was one necessarily at the time.)
Which one is better? The differences are subtle, and ultimately you can't go wrong with either -- this is an essential recording for any well rounded collection.Read more ›
But this new mastered version takes all the audience vibes out. And it kills the amazingly hot sax counterpoints of King Curtis. Now it's just another CD. Man if aint broke don't fix it. But they did and they ruined it.
Let's start with the reasons why this edition is better: first of all the artwork is very nice. A new front, more text and one of those neat cardboard covers, not the plastic case. The CD itself also looks great, as an old record. It also has a longer introduction and the final song 'Having A Party' has two minutes added. The sound does sound clearer, especially the guitars.
Here are the reasons why should look for the older edition
1. somehow the audience is mixed to the back. One thing what makes this album so great is the old gospel style call and answer with the audience, however they are sometimes hardly noticable on Feel It and Chain Gang.
2. Bring It On Home To Me in this live version is in my view the best Sam recording of all time. What especially makes it so great is the long 2 minute introduction where he tells the audience a story with Clif White's shivering guitar on the background. As a preacher he brings the audience slowly to an orgasmic highpoint when the opening notes of the Bring it on Home riff are being played. As in point number 1 unfortunately you can hardly hear the audience answer his pleas. However, it's now impossible to listen to these two things combined. The intro is now the outro of the preceding song and the song itself starts with the opening notes.
3. On the 'original' edition a saxophone can really be heard, I only hear it now because I know it's there.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the strongest live albums ever, Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 showcases as well as any other recording the tremendous brilliance of Sam Cooke. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Erik Bateson
About leaving, leaving me behind..... love this stuff. Makes me happy for surePublished 1 month ago by Cory
If you want to understand and feel where R&B and Soul music came from Sam Cooke One Night Stand: Live at the Harlem Square will take you there. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott Tate
Fun listening of great Sam Cooke music but "live" back then at a club is still more noisy than what is capable today. One could say that's the charm of the recording.Published 7 months ago by David P.