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quigui
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 11:52
 

10+
Tomasni
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Posted: Dec 10, 2017 11:44
 

To me this is  8 - Most Excellent
maxjboxer
(Minneapolis, MN)
Posted: Oct 27, 2017 10:54
 

 marklaw wrote:
Change will come.  It's slow, it's painful, but right and morality will out.  #Resist

 
Race relations went backwards 30 years with Mr Hope and Change.  You maybe should have resisted that...
marklaw
Posted: Aug 27, 2017 7:44
 

Change will come.  It's slow, it's painful, but right and morality will out.  #Resist
ai63
(Montreal, Canada)
Posted: Jul 27, 2017 15:57
 

A truly beautiful piece of music!  Thank you RP
zurcronium
(Not in Texas)
Posted: Apr 25, 2017 21:26
 

PSD from the post TH David Byrne to this. Like going from leftovers to the full Christmas dinner.  
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Apr 07, 2017 6:09
 

 Cynaera wrote:
His voice gives me chills - so pure and true. I love this song.

 
yes

yes
Johnaus
Posted: Oct 24, 2016 18:45
 

Going up, 9 > 10  that is an awesome piece.
GeorgeMWoods
Posted: Sep 23, 2016 11:02
 

An absolute classic. 
Skydog
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 13:44
 

 westslope wrote:
Sweet.

So for the benefit of those of us who require mental crutches to see forward, in what category does this song fall?  R&B?  Soul?   

 
Cooke is regarded as The Father Of Soul Music, for example his first hit "You Send Me" in 1957 you can hear how he sweetened up the R&B and Do-Wop of the '50's that started Soul Music, all the singers that followed Cooke in the 1960's credit him as inspiration and an idol.
To answer your question, if I had to hang a label on it I'd say Soul Music but that is what my ears hear.
This song "A Change Is Gonna Come" I get a little jazzy and Gospel feel to it but Cooke put his signature on it and made it soulful
westslope
(BC desert)
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 13:37
 

Sweet.

So for the benefit of those of us who require mental crutches to see forward, in what category does this song fall?  R&B?  Soul?   
Skydog
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 13:36
 

you'd think with an 8.8 rating RP would be playing tons of Sam Cooke
Shmelo
Posted: May 19, 2016 13:21
 

Pure.

Freakin'.

Gold.

 


jim1964
(1379 miles to Wall Drug)
Posted: Feb 20, 2016 20:32
 

 mfcrowe wrote:
Check out the his album Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963. It is awesome and so different from his pop recordings. This guy could rock. King Curtis is unbelievable in the sax and if you haven't heard his music, you should. In fact Bill, I am surprised that he isn't played on RP.

Check out King Curtis -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI8d36w_ijw  

 A terrific version of Twisting the Night Away on that album

 


WhiteWater
(right where you are sitting now)
Posted: Jan 13, 2016 10:46
 

A firm 9. The only reason I can't give it a 10 is because I have to leave room for Aaron Neville's rendition, which is even better. Chilling.
michaelc
(Walnut Creek, CA)
Posted: May 07, 2015 10:38
 

I want an 11 for this.
dtallerico
Posted: Oct 30, 2014 16:57
 

Been a long time since I heard this. Gave me chills. His phrasing is phenomenal.
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Oct 30, 2014 16:54
 

 Cynaera wrote:
His voice gives me chills - so pure and true. I love this song.

 
Absolutely.
mfcrowe
(Chicago,, IL)
Posted: Sep 29, 2014 13:52
 

Check out the his album Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963. It is awesome and so different from his pop recordings. This guy could rock. King Curtis is unbelievable in the sax and if you haven't heard his music, you should. In fact Bill, I am surprised that he isn't played on RP.

Check out King Curtis -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI8d36w_ijw  

 
tfioreze
(The Netherlands)
Posted: Aug 29, 2014 5:06
 

Sublime
ScottN
(An inch above the K/T boundary. But smth near fracking still has appeal.)
Posted: Aug 02, 2014 11:18
 

 ottovonb wrote:
There's never been a better singing voice on this planet and I doubt there ever will be.
Good, great as he is....Mr. Sam Cooke will have to chat with Rev  Al Green.


cc_rider
(Austin Texas. Y'all.)
Posted: May 27, 2014 8:05
 

 ottovonb wrote:
There's never been a better singing voice on this planet and I doubt there ever will be.

  Objectively-speaking, there are probably 'better' voices. But there is something about his voice that just crushes it, something very rare indeed. Marvin Gaye had it. Patsy Cline had it. Something in their voices conveys intense emotions. I do not disagree with your statement though: Mr. Cooke's voice is without equal.


oldfart48
(B.C.)
Posted: Apr 26, 2014 0:40
 

{#Sunny}
moodfood
(In a galaxy far far away)
Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:33
 

needs some Bonzo, Peart or Moon on drums.{#Mrgreen}
ploba
(the other coast and hang a left)
Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:29
 

now there is a 10 if ever I heard one!
ottovonb
(San Francisco)
Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:29
 

There's never been a better singing voice on this planet and I doubt there ever will be.
Peter_Bradshaw
Posted: Jan 21, 2014 4:22
 

{#Heartkiss} G O D L I K E + + +
oldfart48
(B.C.)
Posted: Jan 20, 2014 22:44
 

and it flat do not get better than this, EVER, NO WAY, NO HOW..........
cc_rider
(Austin Texas. Y'all.)
Posted: Nov 18, 2013 14:14
 

 siloco wrote:
A true classic.

Terence Trent D'arby did a great version in the nineties, which is well worth checking out...
 
I have that version too, the only source I ever found was a PBS production called 'The Promised Land'.

 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124081/
prophetzarquon
(woodstock 1969)
Posted: Nov 01, 2013 9:21
 

 yofitofu wrote:
Seems like a song about Khadaffi - "I was born in a little tent.....a change is gonna come"?

 

and look what happened to him..........................
oldfart48
(B.C.)
Posted: Sep 16, 2013 18:05
 

SHOT  to death in a sleazy motel room, his wallet was never found, the cops didn't care, hooker and murdering pimp walked away. American justice.
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Sep 16, 2013 18:03
 

50 years old and still riveting.
phlattop
(in the woods of Easton, CT)
Posted: Jul 15, 2013 22:41
 

 Hinkamp wrote:
you should follow this with a moment of silence because anything else sort of spoils the mood. "Porcupine Trees"!?!
 
I was just thinking this is an awfully hard song to immediately follow with another song. Tracy Chapman's Crossroads is on now. Decent tune but after Sam Cooke? Silence is golden. Shame he passed away so soon. 
SanFranGayMan
(San Francisco)
Posted: Jul 15, 2013 22:38
 

 Toke wrote:


well said ... its just a beautiful song sung from the soul and heart.

 
This just reminds me of the beauty of RP. I listen to "Music Choice" on Comcast (at another place not set up like home) cause its easier than trying to stream the web and the 60s music features lots of Cooke, but it is not the depth that I ALWAYS get here. I'm just glad someone(s) is paying attention!
jbunniii
(San Jose, CA)
Posted: Jul 15, 2013 22:34
 

The strings are saccharine, but the singing is righteous. 8.
Toke
(Bournemouth UK)
Posted: Mar 11, 2013 13:47
 

 atthetone wrote:
black soul, motown....call it what you will. sweet it is, sweet it is..
 

well said ... its just a beautiful song sung from the soul and heart.
atthetone
Posted: Jan 07, 2013 21:00
 

black soul, motown....call it what you will. sweet it is, sweet it is..
cc_rider
(Austin Texas. Y'all.)
Posted: Dec 07, 2012 11:52
 

Not sure how accurate this story is, but I thought I heard an interview about the writing of this song. Supposedly he wrote it in the car on the way to a gig: they needed another song for their set list and wanted something gospel-sounding but not TOO gospel-sounding. I don't know if there's really such a thing as divine inspiration, but this song would be pretty good proof.

Edit: Wiki set me straight. Written in his tour bus after visiting with demonstrators. Doesn't change the quality of the song though.
ziakut
(Slightly North of Obvlivion)
Posted: Dec 07, 2012 11:50
 

Seamless and true.
DD gypsyman
(just passing through....)
Posted: Dec 07, 2012 11:50
 

Its all just gospel to me.
neuticle
(fog fog fog)
Posted: Oct 05, 2012 17:23
 

  This is in my top 5 of all time. It might just be number 1
neuticle
(fog fog fog)
Posted: Oct 05, 2012 17:22
 

 ottovonb wrote:
Some voices - very few - are so utterly amazing it almost doesn't matter what they sing, it's stunning. That's Sam. Fortunately he sang plenty of great songs. But his voice is so extraordinary it's actually difficult to assess the song itself. What an amazing gift to be able to bring joy to so many people so long after you've passed from this earth.
 
Right on...
ottovonb
Posted: Aug 03, 2012 17:09
 

Some voices - very few - are so utterly amazing it almost doesn't matter what they sing, it's stunning. That's Sam. Fortunately he sang plenty of great songs. But his voice is so extraordinary it's actually difficult to assess the song itself. What an amazing gift to be able to bring joy to so many people so long after you've passed from this earth.
zitherica
(Rijeka, Croatia)
Posted: Jul 03, 2012 6:29
 

perfect.
lily34
(lexvegas)
Posted: Jul 03, 2012 6:28
 

 gosvimmink wrote:
sam cooke is perfection
 
yes.
gosvimmink
Posted: Jun 01, 2012 9:56
 

sam cooke is perfection
gjr
(boston, ma)
Posted: Apr 30, 2012 17:22
 

i think it's truly difficult to comprehend or figure out exactly what a huge and profound influence he, otis redding and smokey robinson were on the early '60's music scene in america.  the beatles, of course, were obliterating everything north, east, south and west at the very same time but those three did what they did best....black american soul, the very root of rock n' roll.  perhaps, if i may be so bold as to add, saving the american pop music at the same time.  there was, in fact, no real american answer for the beatles.  they sprang from the roots of the fifties (buddy holly, little richard, everly bros. etc) but those three were all american originals.  
viva sam  otis and smokey
dingleberry
Posted: Apr 30, 2012 16:23
 

And a second believe it or not, Joshua Ledett does magic with this on American Idol
WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: Feb 27, 2012 6:28
 

Oh, Lord, what a voice.
cc_rider
(Austin Texas. Y'all.)
Posted: Jan 26, 2012 13:32
 

10, 10, 10, 10. I should go back and change all my other 10s to 9s. It just doesn't get any better.

Believe it or not, Terence Trent d'Arby did a wonderful cover of this for a PBS (?) special called 'The Promised Land'. Nothing can top Sam Cooke of course, but that version is very, very good.