Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall

Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall

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by Harry Belafonte
     
 

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On May 2, 1960, Harry Belafonte returned to Carnegie Hall for what was supposed to be one of the last concerts in the venerable hall's last season. Carnegie was scheduled to be torn down, although this was an edict that was thankfully short-lived. The hall was instead renovated and remains one of New York's premier showplaces. The first Carnegie Hall recording from

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On May 2, 1960, Harry Belafonte returned to Carnegie Hall for what was supposed to be one of the last concerts in the venerable hall's last season. Carnegie was scheduled to be torn down, although this was an edict that was thankfully short-lived. The hall was instead renovated and remains one of New York's premier showplaces. The first Carnegie Hall recording from the previous year had had such an impact on the recording industry that it opened up new vistas for live recordings. Belafonte faced the challenge of living up to his own legend. For this concert, he began what would be a concert tradition for him: sharing the spotlight with up-and-coming folk performers. Representing the new collegiate folk singing group trend was the Chad Mitchell Trio, currently appearing at New York's Blue Angel, where Belafonte had seen them perform. South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, another Belafonte discovery, also performed, as did folk and blues singer Odetta, and the Belafonte Folk Singers. The guest stars nearly upstaged Belafonte, but this turned out to be de rigueur for his concerts. Highlights include Odetta's powerhouse medley of the work songs "I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain" and "Water Boy," the Folk Singers' exciting "Ox Drivers Song," Makeba and Belafonte's charming duet on "One More Dance," and the Mitchell Trio's exuberant Israeli song "Vaichazkem." For a finale, Belafonte turned to the Mexican folk dance "La Bamba," treating it to an eight-minute-long heels-flying festive romp.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972392325
catalogNumber:
723923
Rank:
15495

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Belafonte   Primary Artist,Vocals
Odetta   Vocals,Track Performer
Miriam Makeba   Vocals,Track Performer
Robert DeCormier   Conductor
Danny Barrajanos   Bongos,Conga
Ernie Calabria   Guitar
Milton Okun   Conductor
Walter Raim   Guitar
Millard Thomas   Guitar
Chad Mitchell Trio   Track Performer
Belafonte Folk Singers   Track Performer
Ned Wright   Vocals
Arthur Williams   Vocals

Technical Credits

Odetta   Arranger,Adaptation
Bob Bollard   Producer,Liner Notes
Bob Simpson   Engineer
John Pfeiffer   Reissue Producer
Chad Mitchell Trio   Contributor

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Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! 
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, quite simply, the best of the best,of any and all of Belafonte's albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Belafonte is THE audience performer and pulls in other greats (or future greats) for fun & awesome performances. This is one of the most played CDs in my collection. I looked all over for this CD a couple of years ago. Buy it! If you're not convinced, try tracks 3 & 4 just for the fun of it!