Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963, by Sam Cooke, complete with obi.
About this copy: This copy of Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 is an original Japanese pressing, released in 1985 and including the lyric insert and obi.
The cover is VG+, with very slight ring wear and wear at the corners and edges. There’s some residue from a price sticker on the cover.
The disc is M- and appears to have had little, if any, play.
A nice copy of a terrific album.
Background: Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 was recorded in Miami in early 1963 and was intended to be released as a live album shortly thereafter.
RCA Records, Cooke’s label, apparently decided that the recordings were too raw and gritty for their intended buyers, and shelved the tapes. They later released Cooke at the Copa, a live album from a more toned-down performance.
The album was finally released in 1985 to rave reviews and is regarded today as one of the best live albums ever recorded by anyone.
Not only is this one of the greatest live soul albums ever released, it also reveals a rougher, rawer, and more immediate side to Sam Cooke that his singles only hinted at, good as they were. Working with a merged band that included guitarist Cliff White and drummer Albert “June” Gardner from Cooke’s regular touring outfit and saxophonist King Curtis and his band, Cooke brings a gospel fervor to these whirlwind versions, which are fiery, emotionally direct, and hit with uncommon power.