Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall Live (Remastered) Harry Belafonte

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Album-Release:
1960

HRA-Release:
09.03.2016

Label: RCA/Legacy

Genre: Vocal

Subgenre: Vocal Jazz

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  • 1Jump Down Spin Around02:35
  • 2Suzanne (Every Night When the Sun Goes Down)04:35
  • 3A Little Lyric of Great Importance02:37
  • 4Chickens02:40
  • 5Vaichazkem (Vayiven Uziaho)02:22
  • 6I Do Adore Her03:18
  • 7The Ballad of Sigmund Freud02:44
  • 8I've Been Driving On Bald Mountain / Water Boy07:52
  • 9A Hole In the Bucket04:30
  • 10The Click Song03:45
  • 11One More Dance02:30
  • 12The Ox Drivers02:50
  • 13The Red Rosy Bush03:55
  • 14Didn't It Rain05:27
  • 15Henè Ma Tov03:46
  • 16I Know Where I'm Going03:21
  • 17Old King Cole04:59
  • 18La Bamba08:04
  • Total Runtime01:11:50

Info for Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall Live (Remastered)

1959 saw the release of Harry Belafonte's landmark concert recording at Carnegie Hall, one of the most artistically and commercially successful live albums ever. Belafonte returned to Carnegie Hall in 1960, and released a second live album in much the same mold as the first. Surprisingly--or perhaps not so surprisingly given Belafonte's endless talent and charisma—„Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall Live“ is almost as wonderful as its predecessor.

Naturally, Belafonte is in superb voice, and his spare, nuanced performances are breathtaking (see his tender reading of 'Suzanne'). But the real treat of „Returns to Carnegie Hall“ is the presence of several guest stars, handpicked by Belafonte. These include South African singer Miriam Makeba, coffeehouse folk outfit the Chad Mitchell Trio, and folk singer Odetta, whose 'I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain' is one of the disc's highlights.

Harry Belafonte, vocals
The Belafonte Folk Singers, vocals
Chad Mitchell Trio, vocals
Odetta, vocals
Miriam Makeba, vocals
Danny Barrajanos, bongos, conga
Ernie Calabria, guitar
Walter Raim, guitar
Millard Thomas, guitar
Robert De Cormier, conductor
Milton Okun, conductor

Recorded May 2, 1960 live at Carnegie Hall, New York
Engineered by Bob Simpson
Produced by Bob Bollard

Digitally remastered


Harry Belafonte
Harold George Harry Belafonte was born in March 1, 1927. His family was Jamaican descent, but he was born in the United States. He is an actor, singer and a socio humanitarian activist. His mother Melvine, was a house keeper while his father Harold George, was a chef. Between the years 1932 and 1940, he lived in Jamaica with his grandmother. He then attended George Washington High School in New York; he was then enrolled into the navy and participated in the Second World War.

In late 1940s, he enrolled in drama classes and subsequently joined the American Negro Theatre to perfect his skills. Due to his hard work and determination, he was awarded a Tony Award. In 1950s, he popularized the musical style in Caribbean using international fans and as a result he was nicknamed the “king of calypso”. “Banana Boat Song” was his major hit song that brought him into the limelight across the world. Throughout his entire life, he has been a major crusader of civil and humanitarian rights; he was in the forefront of criticizing president G. W. Bush administrative policies.

His first commonly released album “Matilda” was recorded on April 27, 1953. In 1956, the Calypso album was launched which attracted the attention of the world earning him the nickname. He made very many recordings between the years 1950s to the 1970s; he was so famous that he was even invited to perform in the inauguration ceremony of President John F. Kennedy. Due to the emergence of The Beatles and other superstars from Britain in late 1960s, Harry Belafonte’s fame started diminishing very fast the same way it had come. He started touring the world in 1980s actively participating in humanitarian issues, during this time he made very few recordings.

He was the first African American to win an award in television production in 1950s; he has also received several honors including the coveted Kennedy Center Honors in the year 1989. He has held many concerts until in 2007 when he stated that he had retired due to illness. Belafonte also stirred in various films in 1950s like; Bright Road, Otto Preminger among others. He was not very happy with the roles he was allocated in the movies; and as a result he took a break until in 1970s. He has since been involved in so many movies his last one was in 2006 in a movie titled “Bobby, Emilio Estevez”

Harry Belafonte was married to Marguerite Byrd from 1948 to 1957 and they have two daughters, Adrienne and Shari. In March 8, 1957, he married Julie Robinson and they have two children, David and Gina. On April 2008, he married Pamela Frank. Paul Robeson was his political mentor who had a great influence in his political ideologies and beliefs. Belafonte opposed racial discrimination in America and colonialism in Africa. He was so active to the extent that President John F. Kennedy gave him advisory role to the Peace Corps. He has participated in various funds drives that have been held across the world to promote humanitarian activities.

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