Many consider “Night Beat” the best album that Sam Cooke ever recorded. It doesn’t contain pop hits like “Wonderful World” and “Havin’ a Party.” It is much more reflective of the real Sam Cooke, intimate and contemplative. The album showcases his songwriting prowess and the purity of the first great voice of Soul. There are no hits, just a classic performance by one on the all-time greats in popular music. Released in 1963 by RCA, an original copy of “Night Beat” is worth up to $300.00 today. Find the most up-to-date value of your records from Mighty John the Record Guy within 24 hours. Just click on “Online Appraisals” near the top of the page.