Harry Belafonte

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Genre: Rock & Pop
Artist/Group Name: Harry Belafonte
Release Date: 10/04/2011
Original Release Date: 2011
Length of CD: 59:44
Label: Masterworks
# of Discs: 1
Total Time: 59:44

Disc 1
1. Mark Twain
2. Sylvie
3. Mama Look a Boo Boo
4. Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)
5. Cocoanut Woman
6. Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
7. Island in the Sun
8. Jump Down, Spin Around
9. Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
10. Jamaica Farewell
11. Matilda
12. My Angel (Malaika) - (featuring Miriam Makeba)
13. Jump in the Line
14. Hole in the Bucket, A
15. Turn the World Around
16. Can't Cross Over (River Come Down)

Release Notes

Liner Note Author: Lucy E. Cross.
Harry Belafonte's influence on pop music is much more far-reaching than many realize. Born in Harlem, but spending a good part of his childhood in his mother's native Jamaica, Belafonte grew up straddling cultures and musical styles, and bridging perceived differences became his calling card as an entertainer. He was one of the first performers to bring worldbeat rhythms to the U.S. charts in the postwar era, and his silky-smooth mixture of jazz, folk, pop, and art song, often with impossibly infectious West Indies-styled accompaniment, coupled with his charismatic good looks and easy, hip coolness and sharp racial and political sense meant he was never reduced to being a mere commodity, even though he spent his whole career on major labels. Innovative, intelligent, and unceasingly creative, Belafonte's unique ability to find pop success with artful and socially committed material means he is long overdue for a critical reappraisal, and 2011 may well provide that with the release of his autobiography, My Song, co-written with Michael Shnayerson, and an HBO documentary on his life, Sing Your Song, directed by Susan Rostock and produced by Michael Cohl. This concise set, the soundtrack companion to that documentary, contains Belafonte's best-known and most essential tracks, including "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)," the ever enduring "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)," the gorgeous "Jamaica Farewell," "Matilda," "Jump in the Line," and "Turn the World Around." It shows a committed, consistent artist with an elegant and hopeful vision who always brought intelligence, passion, and grace to the table. ~ Steve Leggett


Q (Magazine) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his soundtrack features remarkable examples of his artistry as a singer..."


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