Sam Cooke revolutionized R&B music in the ’50s and ’60s with his inimitable singing style and smooth, soulful voice. He was among the first and most successful to cross R&B over into the popular music field. With his smooth, velvet, delivery singing style, Sam Cooke stands on his own as one of the all time great singer-songwriters, capable of singing almost any style of music in his own distinctive way.
If you are a Sam Cooke fan, this is a must have. I personally enjoy singing along to every cut on the LP. Given the fact that this album seems to be hard to find these days, I am very happy to have picked it up when I did some years ago. Never released on CD and here is your chance to get it.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original RCA LP including covers.
A1 Twistin’ the Night Away 2.39
A2 Sugar Dumpling 2.15
A3 Twistin’ in the Kitchen With Dinah 2.06
A4 Somebody’s Gonna Miss Me 2.29
A5 A Whole Lotta Woman 2.18
A6 The Twist 2.25
B2 Twistin’ in the Old Town Tonight 2.10
B3 Movin’ and Groovin’ 2.33
B4 Camptown Twist 2.11
B4 Somebody Have Mercy 2.53
B5 Soothe Me 2.07
B6 That’s It, I Quit, I’m Moving On 2.28
This was one of Cooke’s more successful LPs, only his second ever to chart and from here on, all of his albums would sell in serious numbers. Twistin’ the Night Away remains one of Cooke’s most accessible records, despite the fact that it was a “twist” album, aimed by the producers at cashing in on that craze, and Cooke was shoehorned into doing numbers like “Camptown Twist,” “Twistin’ in the Kitchen With Dinah,” and “Twistin’ in the Old Town,” as well as his version of Hank Ballard’s “The Twist.” Around them, the singer is at his most soulful, exciting, and passionate, on the bluesy “Somebody Have Mercy”; the romantic lament “Somebody’s Gonna Miss Me”; the ebullient “Sugar Dumpling”; the achingly beautiful, yearning “A Whole Lot of Woman”; the soaring “Soothe Me” (with Lou Rawls); and the slow dance number “Movin’ and Groovin’ .” One of the great dance albums of its period, but a brilliant soul album as well, which is why it holds up 40 years later.
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