Sam Cooke – Twistin’ The Night Away (1962/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 29:23 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: R&B
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“Twistin’ the Night Away” is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. Produced by Hugo & Luigi, the album was released in April 1962 in the United States by RCA Victor. Twistin’ the Night Away primarily capitalizes on the twist phenomenon and as a result became one of Cooke’s most successful LPs, becoming his second to chart and creating a string of chart successes. The album peaked at number 74 on Billboard’s Top LPs chart, while the single of the same name charted higher at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.
This was one of Cooke’s more successful LPs, only his second ever to chart (the first was his 1957 debut long-player), 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.
01 – Twistin’ the Night Away
02 – Sugar Dumpling (Original Version)
03 – Twistin’ In The Kitchen With Dinah
04 – Somebody’s Gonna Miss Me
05 – A Whole Lotta Woman
06 – The Twist
07 – Twistin’ in the Old Town Tonight
08 – Movin’ and a’Groovin’
09 – Camptown Twist
10 – Somebody Have Mercy
11 – Soothe Me
12 – That’s It / I Quit / I’m Movin’ On
Conducted & Arranged by Rene Hall.