Night Beat (studio album) by Sam Cooke

Night Beat
Night Beat by Sam Cooke
Year: 1963
Overall rank: 1,466th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 172 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1963 (6th)
Award Top albums of the 1960s (147th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,466th)
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-Night BeatLive At The Harlem Square Club, 1963

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From 12/06/2020 23:19
57/100

Best track: I Lost Everything
Worst tracks: Nobody Knows, Lost and Lookin, Please Don't Drive Me Away
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80/100
From 07/12/2019 00:49
There's a myth that the pre-Beatles early 60s were a barren time for rock and pop, with only sugary kid stuff. Sam Cooke is one of the counter-examples. A rock and roll artist from that era making music for adults--very rare. Also, most of them were singles artists; their albums don't stand up. This guy made coherent albums listenable as such. Such a mature, masterful artist for the time.
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From 06/16/2019 19:23
Love Sam Cooke's voice! Earliest great album I've ever heard. Mean Old World and Shake Rattle 'n' Roll are the beat songs on the album
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From 05/24/2019 04:03
Many consider this to be Sam Cooke's crowning achievement, and it's truly hard to argue that point. 8/10!
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95/100
From 07/23/2016 16:42
This collection of songs--mostly covers--is Sam Cooke's guide to redemption: a carefully sequenced, soulfully crafted, soothing embrace for the lonely and down and out. Often overshadowed by the classic singles in Cooke's oeuvre such as "A Change Is Gonna Come," this album focuses on blues standards, though the strongest songs here are Sam Cooke's own original compositions, particularly the hard-boiled, downtrodden "Mean Old World."
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90/100
From 05/28/2016 15:52
Almost unbearably perfect. Sam Cooke's voice may be the sweetest we've ever heard. It's easier to appreciate his voice on this album than on the greatest hits albums most people know him from.
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From 04/23/2014 09:18
A lot of guys sabotage perfectly good relationships because they're afraid of commitment. Cowards!
I sabotage them so that I can put on THIS - the best breakup album of all time.

"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" that seamlessly cycles through all the stages of grief and loss. By the end, after many tears and even more shots, he's got you back out on the dance floor (or, at least out of bed) ready to tear it up. The doctor is in!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Heartbreaking_Work_of_Staggering_Genius
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From 05/21/2013 22:41
"Night Beat" from 1963 is considered one of Sam Cooke's best albums. Since the album does not contain any of Cooke's hits or best known songs, the cause of the album's reputation is rather achieved through its overall casual late-night blues mood.

Cooke has written three of the twelve songs, and all three are among the album's strongest. Best known is probably "Mean Old World", which has both elements of blues and pop. "You Gotta Move" is also great with its light arrangement that allows room for a fine acoustic guitar.

A young Billy Preston also helps to put his stamp on "Night Beat" - listen for example to his somewhat unconventional organ playing on "Little Red Rooster"

The traditional "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" is also given a refreshingly simple arrangement, again, the acoustic guitar clear in the soundstage.

Some of the songs are perhaps a little too neatly arranged to be really interesting, but of course all numbers are well produced with Cooke's voice as the focal point.
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75/100
From 07/14/2012 01:18
No standouts on this album, but it's chock full of rollicking r&b with the most effortless voice ever.
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From 08/31/2010 23:43
A miracle. The voice of Cooke is prodigious and this album is his peak. Listen "Lost and Lookin'" or "Get Yourself another Fool" and take care with your spine and heart. Jerry Wexler said: "Sam Cooke was the best singer who ever lived, no contest. When I listen to him, I still can't believe the things that he did. It's always fresh and amazing to me; he has control, he could play with his voice like an instrument, his melisma, which was his personal brand - I mean nobody else could do it - everything about him was perfection. A perfect case".

Amen.
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Best Albums of 1963
1. The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady by Charles Mingus
2. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan
3. Please Please Me by The Beatles
4. Live At The Apollo by James Brown
5. With The Beatles by The Beatles
6. Night Beat by Sam Cooke
7. Monk's Dream by The Thelonious Monk Quartet
8. A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector by Various Artists
9. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane by Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
10. Samba Esquema Novo by Jorge Ben
11. Money Jungle by Duke Ellington / Charlie Mingus / Max Roach
12. Night Train by The Oscar Peterson Trio
13. In Dreams by Roy Orbison
14. Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell
15. Surfer Girl by The Beach Boys
16. Ballads by John Coltrane Quartet
17. Beethoven: Symphonien No. 9 by Herbert von Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
18. John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman by John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
19. Back At The Chicken Shack by Jimmy Smith
20. Fantasias For Guitar And Banjo by Sandy Bull
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