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Harry Belafonte Sings Calypso, Blues and Folk Songs Box set
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Harold George Belafonte was born in New York (U.S.A.) in 1927. His parents came from the Caribbean. Harold's father left the family while Harold was still an infant so the mother left for Jamaica with her small son. After several years Harry returned to New York, just before he turned eighteen. Belafonte opened a club in Greenwich Village with several of his friends, now performing as a singer in his own club. In 1954 the young entertainer landed a minor role in a film and made a lasting impression on audiences. His greatest hit was the "Banana Boat Song" and soon jukeboxes all over the world rang out loud and clear with that unique Daaaayooooo, Daaay-ay-ayooo, daylight come and we want to go home. This was the birth of the calypso boom and Belafonte made the charts eight times in 1956 and 1957.
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Harold George Belafonte was born in New York (U.S.A.) in 1927. His parents came from the Caribbean. Harold`s father left the family while Harold was still an infant so the mother left for Jamaica with her small son. After several years Harry returned to New York, just before he turned eighteen. Belafonte opened a club in Greenwich Village with several of his friends, now performing as a singer in his own club. In 1954 the young entertainer landed a minor role in a film - and made a lasting impression on audiences.
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On CD2, track 13 is listed on FreeDB as "Shenandoah," but the song is "Hello, Everybody."
On CD 5, FreeDB has track 14 listed as "Hello, Everybody:, but the song is "Shenandoah."
CD 1 through 4 are mono. The first 11 of the 14 tracks on CD5 are stereo.
The first 10 tracks of CD6 are the Lena Horn and Harry Belafonte version of "Porgy and Bess" in stereo. The remaining 11 tracks are spirituals in mono.
CD7 through 9 are live stereo recordings. 7 & 9 were at Carnegie Hall. On CD7 Belafonte was the sole performer while he shared the stage with Odetta, Makeba, The Belafonte Folk Singers and The Chad Mitchell Trio on CD9.
CD10 contains Christmas songs in stereo.
The sound quality is first rate on most of these CDs. The one exception is On CD9 where there is very noticeable breakup on "S" sounds, most likely a problem on the original recording. I should also mention that the first 5 or so tracks on CD1 either used a microphone that suppressed the lower tones in Belefonte's voice or he was very young when he made those recordings. They are good quality, but don't really sound like the Belafonte I've become used to.
While I have quite a few Belafonte albums, this collection still provides a substantial number of earlier Belafonte works that I've not heard before. At $2 per CD, the set is very much worth having.
This set contains:
1 Venezuela; 2 Simple Simple Simple; 3 Annabelle Lee; 4 Only One Like Me; 5 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes; 6 Mark Twain; 7 Man Paiaba; 8 John Henry ; 9 Tol' My Captain; 10 Kalenda; 11 The Drummer And The Cook; 12 The Fox; 13 Soldier Soldier; 14 The Next Big River; 15 Delia; 16 Mo Mary; 17 Lord Randall
1 Waterboy; 2 Troubles; 3 Suzanne; 4 Matilda; 5 Take My Mother Home; 6 Noah; 7 Scarlet Ribbons; 8 In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'; 9 Unchained Melody; 10 Jump Down Spin Around; 11 Sylvie; 12 Scarlet Ribbons; 13 Hello Everybody; 14 Suzanne
1 Day O (The Banana Boat Song); 2 I Do Adore Her; 3 Jamaica Farewell; 4 Will His Love Be Like His Rum; 5 Dolly Dawn; 6 Star O; 7 The Jack-Ass Song; 8 Hosanna; 9 Come Back Liza; 10 Brown Skin Girl; 11 Man Smart; 12 Scratch, Scratch; 13 Lucy's Door; 14 Cordelia Brown; 15 Don't Ever Love Me; 16 Love, Love Alone; 17 Cocoanut Woman; 18 Haiti Cherie; 19 Judy Drownded; 20 Island In The Sun; 21 Angelique-O; 22 Lead Man Holler
1 Mercie Bon Dieu (From The -Haitian Suite-) ; 2 Once Was; 3 Hava Nageela; 4 Danny Boy; 5 The Drummer And The Cook (Cockney Air); 6 Come O My Love; 7 Shenandoah; 8 Mary's Boy Child; 9 Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma; 10 Eden Was Like This; 11 When The Saints Go Marching In; 12 Man Smart Woman Smarter
1 A Fool for You; 2 Losing Hand; 3 One for My Baby; 4 In The Evenin' Mama; 5 Hallelujah I Love Her So; 6 The Way That I Feel; 7 Cotton Fields; 8 God Bless The Child ; 9 Mary Ann; 10 Sinner's Prayer; 11 Fare Thee Well ; 12 I'm Just A Country Boy ; 13 Hold 'Em Joe; 14 Shenandoah
1 A Woman is A Sometime Thing; 2 Summertime; 3 Oh, I Got Plenty of Nothing; 4 I Wants to Stay Here; 5 Bess, You is My Woman; 6 It Ain't Necessarily So; 7 Street Calls, Strawberry Woman, The Honey Man, Crab Man; 8 My Man's Gone Now; 9 Bess, Oh Where is My Bess; 10 There's A Boat Leaving Soon for New York; 11 Wake Up Jacob; 12 My Lord What A Morning; 13 Ezekiel; 14 Buked and Scorned; 15 Stars Shinin'; 16 Oh Freedom; 17 Where You There When They Crucified My Lord; 18 Oh Let Me Fly; 19 Swing Low; 20 March Down to Jordan; 21 Steal Away
1 Darlin' Cora; 2 Sylvie; 3 Cotton Fields; 4 John Henry; 5 Take My Mother Home; 6 When The Saints Go Marching In; 7 Day O; 8 Jamaica Farewell; 9 Man Piaba; 10 All My Trials
1 Mama Look A Boo Boo; 2 Come Back Liza; 3 Man Smart (Woman Smarter); 4 Hava Nageela; 5 Danny Boy; 6 Merci Bon Dieu; 7 Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma; 8 Shenandoah; 9 Matilda
1 Jump Down Spin Around; 2 Suzanne; 3 A Little Lyric of Great Importance; 4 Chickens; 5 Vaichazkern; 6 I Do Adore Her; 7 The Ballad of Sigmund Freud; 8 I've Been Driving on Bald Mountainwater Boy; 9 A Hole in The Bucket; 10 The Click Song; 11 One More Dance; 12 The Ox Drivers; 13 The Red Rosy Bush; 14 Didn't it Rain; 15 Hene Ma Tov; 16 I Know Where I'm Going; 17 Old King Cole; 18 La Bamba
1 Mary, Mary; 2 Jehova The Lord Will Provide; 3 Silent Night; 4 Christmas is Coming; 5 We Wish You A Merry Christmas / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 6 I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day; 7 A Star in The East; 8 The Gifts They Gave; 9 The Son of Mary; 10 The Twelve Days of Christmas; 11 Where The Little Jesus Sleeps; 12 The Joys of Christmas/Oh Little Town of Bethlehem/Deck The Halls/The First Noel; 13 Mary's Boy Child