When you want someone to pay tribute to Sam Cooke’s soaring soul sound, Lou Reed may not be the first voice to come to mind. For Hal Willner’s Freedom Rides tribute concert last fall though, Reed came out to deliver “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Now there’s a video that proves that, in his own way, he nailed it.

No, Reed doesn’t suddenly discover his inner Al Green. However, his gruff recitation works well with the big band behind him, impassioned delivery more than compensating for vocal limitations. Check it out below.

Lou Reed – A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke cover)

Check out more videos from the concert at Dailymotion.

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