Yes, my friends, we are going little old-skewl today, a delicious treat courtesy of TsuruBride, Sam Cooke’sSam Cooke At The Copa. Originally released in 1964, it is Sam Cooke “The Crooner” at his finest, singing to a predominantly white audience. It stands in complimentary contrast next to Live at the Harlem Square Club (another incredible album that I’m finally getting on vinyl).
I’m not going to get into Sam Cooke too much, what hasn’t already been written about him? The voice, the legend, etc… There will never be another like him, and that’s that.
The vinyl rip is of the 1978 vinyl re-issue my baby found for me. It’s chocked full of goodness (including extra snaps, crackles, and pops), but I think the highlight of the album for me is the Side A final track, the performance centerpiece “If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)”. Oh man, oh man, Sam gets the audience singing along to it’s perfectly simple melody… it’s one of those goosebumps moments that makes you wish you were there.
Alright, time for me to shut the fuck up as TSURURADIO Presents…
Side ACan we have one of those hootenannies?
01 Opening Introduction
02 The Best Things In Life Are Free
03 Bill Bailey
04 Noboby Knows You When You’re Down And Out
05 Frankie And Johnny
a. Try A Little Tenderness
b. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
c. You Send Me
07 If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)
Side BHere we go fellas, let’s go to work!