Sam Cooke – Shake original 1965 U.S. stereo LP


An original stereo copy of the 1965 LP Shake by Sam Cooke.

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Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of the 1965 LP Shake by Sam Cooke.

About this copy: This copy of Shake is an original U.S. stereo pressing on the black RCA label with the dog at the top.

The cover is VG+, with no general wear but wear at the edges and corners.

The disc is a very clean VG+, with a few scuffs from the heavy paper inner sleeve (included) but no significant marks.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Shake was the first album released after Cooke’s untimely death in December 1964, and the title track reached #7 on the U.S. pop charts. gave Shake a 3 star review:

Sam Cooke had been killed the previous month with a current single, “Shake,” ready for release. A brilliant up-tempo song with dazzling vocal acrobatics and a great beat, it was issued less than two weeks after Cooke’s death and soared into the Top Ten, but there was no accompanying LP, and Cooke had not left behind enough unissued studio material to create one. Instead, starting within days of Cooke’s death in order to get this album out for January of 1965, RCA reached back as far as six years, to Cooke’s sides for Specialty records and the Keen label (“Win Your Love for Me,” “Comes Love”), up through songs from early 1964’s A Change Is Gonna Come album and the handful of numbers he’d finished late in the year.

You can listen to “Shake” here:

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in