Sam Cooke at the Copa

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
For decades, Sam Cooke at the Copa was a frustrating record. One of a handful of live albums by any major soul artist of its era, it captured Cooke in excellent voice, and was well-recorded -- it just wasn't really a "soul" album, except perhaps in the tamest possible definition of that term. Playing to an upscale, largely white supper-club audience, in a very conservatively run venue where he had previously failed to impress either patrons or the management, Cooke toned down his performance and chose the safest material with which he could still be comfortable. In place of songs like "Feel It," "Bring It On Home to Me," or even "Cupid," which were part of his usual set, he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
For decades, Sam Cooke at the Copa was a frustrating record. One of a handful of live albums by any major soul artist of its era, it captured Cooke in excellent voice, and was well-recorded -- it just wasn't really a "soul" album, except perhaps in the tamest possible definition of that term. Playing to an upscale, largely white supper-club audience, in a very conservatively run venue where he had previously failed to impress either patrons or the management, Cooke toned down his performance and chose the safest material with which he could still be comfortable. In place of songs like "Feel It," "Bring It On Home to Me," or even "Cupid," which were part of his usual set, he performed numbers like "The Best Things in Life Are Free," "Bill Bailey," and "When I Fall in Love" here. True, his renditions may be the versions of any of those songs that any R&B fan will like best, but they always seemed a poor substitute for what's not here -- not just the songs that he didn't do, but the intense, sweaty presentation, as much a sermon as a concert, the pounding beat, and the crowd being driven into ever-more frenzied delight. All of that is missing, and for decades fans had to content themselves with the contradiction of a beautifully executed live album featuring what might best be called "Sam Cooke lite" -- the release of Live at the Harlem Square Club solved that problem, giving us a real Sam Cooke concert, and one of the great soul albums of all time. In the wake of the latter's release, Sam Cooke at the Copa became much more valuable as a representative of that other side of Cooke's sound and career -- juxtaposed with "Twistin' the Night Away" were "Frankie and Johnny," "Try a Little Tenderness," "Tennessee Waltz," "This Little Light of Mine" and his performance of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" the song that inspired his own "A Change Is Gonna Come", most of which, if he'd done his usual set, most likely wouldn't exist today in concert versions. By itself, this is still not a representative album, but paired with Live At The Harlem Square Club, it is an irreplaceable document. In June of 2003, Sam Cooke at The Copa was reissued in a brilliant sounding hybrid CD/Super-Audio CD that runs circles around all prior editions of the record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771997023
  • Catalog Number: 99702
  • Sales rank: 26,197

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Cooke Primary Artist, Vocals, Interviewee
Bobby Womack Guitar
John Altman Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
George Barrow Clarinet, Saxophone
Alfred Cobbs Trombone
Harper Cosby Bass
Sticks Evans Percussion
Albert "Gentleman June" Gardner Drums
Rene Hall Conductor
Louis Mauro Bass
Joe Mele Copacabana Band Leader, Band
Clyde Reasinger Trumpet
Bart Varsalona Trombone
Clifford White Guitar
Tony Ferina Clarinet, Saxophone
George Triffon Trumpet
William McLeish Smith Clarinet, Saxophone
Clif White Guitar
Joseph Foglia Flute, Saxophone
Ronald Plumby Trombone
Dicky Harris Trombone
Technical Credits
Pete Seeger Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
William Best Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Peter Guralnick Liner Notes
Rene Hall Arranger
Lee Hays Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Iris Keitel Art Direction
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Steve Rosenthal Remixing, Archives Coordinator
Al Schmitt Producer
Deek Watson Composer
Joe Mele Contributor
Don Paulsen Liner Notes, Interviewer
Virgil "Stinky" Davis Contributor
Gus Skinas Engineer
Bernard Keville Engineer
Alisa Ritz Art Direction
Lenne Allik Concept
Traditional Composer
Hughie Cannon Composer
Teri Landi Tape Research
Eugene Padden Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sam Cooke -the best

    A really fabulous gift: to hear Sam Cooke Live at the Copa. Wonderful renditions of well-known songs plus his own. He brings a new "twist" to some classics. Loved it.

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    Posted January 13, 2010

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