Island in the Sun [Bear Family Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The German-based Bear Family is synonymous with serious archival releases for completists. The label's stringent attention to detail, top-shelf audio, as well as opulent packaging has earned the respect of any enthusiast lucky enough to obtain one of their titles. The five-volume Island in the Sun [Bear Family Box Set] continues that trend with their first in what is hoped to be many detailed assessments of the voluminous recording career of American entertainer Harry Belafonte. His first eight years 1949-1957 worth of recordings -- totalling nearly six hours -- have been carefully remastered from the highest-quality sources available. To match the ear candy is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The German-based Bear Family is synonymous with serious archival releases for completists. The label's stringent attention to detail, top-shelf audio, as well as opulent packaging has earned the respect of any enthusiast lucky enough to obtain one of their titles. The five-volume Island in the Sun [Bear Family Box Set] continues that trend with their first in what is hoped to be many detailed assessments of the voluminous recording career of American entertainer Harry Belafonte. His first eight years 1949-1957 worth of recordings -- totalling nearly six hours -- have been carefully remastered from the highest-quality sources available. To match the ear candy is a coffee-table style hardbound book that contains 102 pages of previously unpublished photos, reams of memorabilia, and a comprehensive discography/sessionography. Arguably, the most flagrant misnomer plaguing Belafonte's earliest recordings concerns his association with the calypso scare of the late '50s. Major international news publications -- at the urging of overzealous promo men -- heralded him the king of calypso, for which his ravenous musical prowess was subsequently dismissed. As most of the materials on this collection are making their entry into the digital domain, the record can finally be set straight. Harry Belafonte's catalog is decidedly more derivative of American and international folk aka, world music, or even jazz, than of calypso, which was in fact an opaque term loosely referring to all music from the West Indies. Island in the Sun [Bear Family Box Set] begins with Belafonte's earliest sides circa 1950 on Roost, Capitol, and Jubilee -- none of which have been available for decades prior to this collection. Also included are his first five long-players for RCA: Mark Twain and Other Folk Favorites, Belafonte, Calypso, An Evening With Belafonte which is not a live recording, and Sings of the Caribbean. Of these, only Calypso had been issued on CD in North America, which is notable as the LP was also the very first -- in the history of the medium -- to sell over one million copies. A vast majority of Belafonte's signature material -- much of which inhabited the core of his live repertoire for the remainder of his performance career -- is from this initial eight-year period. Among the most notable of these are: "Day-O The Banana Boat Song," "Scarlet Ribbons," "Man Smart Woman Smarter," "Matilda,""Sylvie," "Come Back Liza," "Danny Boy," " John Henry," "Jamaica Farewell," "Mary's Boy Child," "Hava Nageela,""Mama Look-A-Boo-Boo," "Will His Love Be Like His Rum," and the title track, "Island in the Sun." All materials have been remastered and sourced from the best production parts available -- some of which are the original acetates and other non-tape-derived components. The sound is naturally incomparable to any of the other releases on the market, as it invalidates them all. The accompanying book is a masterwork. Among the contents are newly inked essays on Belafonte's personal and professional lives as seen by his musical cohorts. Also included are page upon page of reproduced memorabilia from Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones -- which co-stars Belafonte with Dorothy Dandridge and Pearl Bailey. Plus a 38-page complete reproduction of Harry Belafonte: His Complete Life Story, a 1957 fan magazine which originally sold on newsstands for 35 cents. While the price tag will inevitably keep some enthusiasts at bay, Island in the Sun [Bear Family Box Set] can not be more highly recommended. It is a vital transcription of the international acclaim of America's premier and pre-eminent vocalist of the 20th -- or any other -- century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051626228
  • Catalog Number: 16262


Disc 1
  1. 1 Lean on Me (3:14)
  2. 2 Recognition (2:53)
  3. 3 How Green Was My Valley (3:14)
  4. 4 Deep as the River (2:56)
  5. 5 They Didn't Believe Me (3:21)
  6. 6 Close Your Eyes (2:30)
  7. 7 Whispering (2:18)
  8. 8 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (3:18)
  9. 9 I Still Get a Thrill (Thinking of You) (2:43)
  10. 10 Farewell to Arms (3:11)
  11. 11 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2:55)
  12. 12 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (2:49)
  13. 13 Annabelle Lee (2:40)
  14. 14 Venezuela (2:41)
  15. 15 Simple, Simple, Simple (3:05)
  16. 16 Only One Like Me (2:42)
  17. 17 Chimney Smoke (2:06)
  18. 18 A-Roving (3:22)
  19. 19 Man Smart (Woman Smarter) (2:31)
  20. 20 Jerry (This Timber Got to Roll) (2:19)
  21. 21 Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) (2:45)
  22. 22 Shenandoah (3:18)
  23. 23 Man Smart (Woman Smarter) (2:34)
  24. 24 Jerry (This Timber Got to Roll) (2:35)
  25. 25 Gomen Nasai (Forgive Me) (2:34)
  26. 26 Springfield Mountain (To-Roo-De-Nay) (2:32)
  27. 27 Suzanne (Every Night When the Sun Goes Down) (3:13)
  28. 28 Matilda (2:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Venezuela (2:58)
  2. 2 Kukla-Mu (3:05)
  3. 3 Pretty as a Rainbow (2:23)
  4. 4 Acorn in the Meadow (2:43)
  5. 5 I'm Just a Country Boy (3:04)
  6. 6 Hold 'Em Joe (2:37)
  7. 7 Kalenda Rock (Mourning Song) (3:25)
  8. 8 The Drummer and the Cook (2:06)
  9. 9 The Fox (2:47)
  10. 10 Delia (3:02)
  11. 11 Soldier, Soldier (1:39)
  12. 12 Lord Randall (4:13)
  13. 13 Tol' My Captain (2:49)
  14. 14 John Henry (3:31)
  15. 15 The Next Big River (0:24)
  16. 16 Mark Twain (3:46)
  17. 17 Mo Mary (2:18)
  18. 18 Man Piaba (3:33)
  19. 19 Take My Mother Home (5:56)
  20. 20 Sylvie (5:21)
  21. 21 Noah (4:53)
  22. 22 Baby Darlin' (2:59)
  23. 23 Hello Everybody (2:16)
  24. 24 Troubles (3:42)
  25. 25 Matilda (3:11)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Man Smart (Woman Smarter) (3:35)
  2. 2 Waterboy (3:44)
  3. 3 Scarlet Ribbons (3:17)
  4. 4 Sylvie (5:23)
  5. 5 In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin' (3:19)
  6. 6 Jump Down, Spin Around (2:01)
  7. 7 Will His Love Be Like His Rum? (2:35)
  8. 8 Hosanna (2:39)
  9. 9 The Jack-Ass Song (2:54)
  10. 10 The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) (3:06)
  11. 11 Star-O (2:04)
  12. 12 Suzanne (3:20)
  13. 13 Unchained Melody (3:22)
  14. 14 Jamaica Farewell (3:04)
  15. 15 I Do Adore Her (2:48)
  16. 16 Dolly Dawn (3:15)
  17. 17 Brown Skin Girl (2:45)
  18. 18 Melda Massi (3:12)
  19. 19 Come Back Liza (3:06)
  20. 20 The Blues Is Man, Pt. 1 (2:54)
  21. 21 The Blues Is Man, Pt. 2 (2:51)
  22. 22 The Blues Is Man, Pt. 2 (2:53)
  23. 23 Mary's Boy Child (3:01)
  24. 24 Merci Bon Dieu (2:56)
  25. 25 Cucurrucucu Paloma (4:59)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Once Was (2:57)
  2. 2 Hava Nageela (3:10)
  3. 3 Jamaica Farewell (2:49)
  4. 4 When the Saints Go Marching In (2:58)
  5. 5 Merci Bon Dieu (From the Haitian Suite) (2:53)
  6. 6 Once Was (4:45)
  7. 7 Hava Nageela (3:15)
  8. 8 Danny Boy (5:50)
  9. 9 The Drummer and the Cook (Cockney Air) (3:58)
  10. 10 Come O My Love (4:26)
  11. 11 Shenandoah (3:47)
  12. 12 Mary's Boy Child (4:21)
  13. 13 Cucurrucucu Paloma (5:30)
  14. 14 Eden Was Like This (3:00)
  15. 15 When the Saints Go Marching In (3:39)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Mama Look a Boo Boo (3:02)
  2. 2 Cocoanut Woman (3:02)
  3. 3 Island in the Sun (2:47)
  4. 4 Mama Look a Boo Boo (3:00)
  5. 5 Cocanut Woman (3:18)
  6. 6 Scratch Scratch (2:44)
  7. 7 Don't Ever Love Me (2:48)
  8. 8 Cordelia Brown (2:56)
  9. 9 Island in the Sun (3:23)
  10. 10 Angelique-O (2:42)
  11. 11 Haiti Cherie (3:19)
  12. 12 Judy Drownded (3:27)
  13. 13 Lead Man Holler (4:16)
  14. 14 Love, Love Alone (3:20)
  15. 15 Lucy's Door (3:44)
  16. 16 Fifteen (Theme from the World, The Flesh, And the Devil) (3:26)
  17. 17 How Green Was My Valley (2:31)
  18. 18 The Lord Is My Shepherd (2:38)
  19. 19 I'm Goin' Away (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Belafonte Primary Artist, Vocals
Tony Scott Flute
Max Romeo Choir, Chorus
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Buddy Collette Saxophone
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Jimmy Giuffre Saxophone
Urbie Green Trombone
Gigi Gryce Saxophone
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Cozy Cole Drums
Lou McGarity Trombone
Hal McKusick Saxophone
Al Caiola Guitar
Joe Kenyon Choir, Chorus
Norma Zimmer Choir, Chorus
Bobby Bloom Oboe
Si Zentner Trombone
Robert DeCormier Leader
Brock Peters Choir, Chorus
Lord Burgess Choir, Chorus
Victor Garber Saxophone
Eugene Wright Bass
Sue Allen Choir, Chorus
Ray Alonge French Horn
Victor Arno Violin
Israel Baker Violin
Clifton Best Guitar
Maurice Bialkin Cello
Ralph Brewster Choir, Chorus
Paige Brook Flute
Maurice Brown Cello
Frantz Casseus Guitar
Mac Ceppos Violin
Marion Childers Trumpet
Harold Coletta Viola
Bill Dillard Choir, Chorus
Jack Dumont Saxophone
Arnold Eidus Violin
Harry Glickman Violin
Doc Goldberg Bass
John Haliburton Trombone
Henri René Leader
Hugo Winterhalter Leader
Jules Jacob Saxophone
Osie Johnson Drums
Norman Keenan Bass
Bob Kitsis Piano
Harry Klee Saxophone
Irv Kluger Drums
William (Billy) Lee Choir, Chorus
Cliff Leeman Drums
Jack Lesberg Bass
Jane Martin Choir, Chorus
Kelly Martin Drums
Charles McCracken Cello
R.D. McMickle Trumpet
Harry Melnikoff Violin
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
George Ockner Violin
Romeo Penque Clarinet
Jack Pleis Piano
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Thurl Ravenscroft Choir, Chorus
Bobby Rosengarden Drums
Mike Rubin Bass
Charles Russo Clarinet
Art Ryerson Guitar
David Sackson Violin
Tosha Samaroff Violin
Eddie Sauter Leader
Sol Schlinger Saxophone
Lucien Schmit Cello
Wilbur Schwartz Saxophone
Harry Smyles Oboe
Terry Snyder Drums
Marshall Sosson Violin
Nicholas Tagg Piano
Millard Thomas Guitar, Leader
Harry Urbont Violin
Carlos Vidal Bongos
Betty Wand Choir, Chorus
Joseph B. Wilder Trumpet
Milt Yaner Clarinet
Jack Zayde Violin
Ennio Bologinini Cello
Harry Jones Piano
Sol Kindler Violin
Joseph Lewis Choir, Chorus
Theo M. Nash Saxophone
Felix Orlewitz Violin
Stanley Webb Reeds
Ray Charles Choir, Chorus
Ray Kellogg Choir, Chorus
Albert Saparoff Violin
Eileen Wilson Choir, Chorus
Carl Prager Clarinet
Michael Spivakowsky Violin
Robert Stevens Choir, Chorus
Lois Winter Choir, Chorus
Herman Alpert Bass
Sidney Brecher Viola
Joan Gilbert Choir, Chorus
Jack Greenberg Clarinet
Maurice Hershaft Violin
Howard Kay Viola
Edward Kuczborski Trombone
Henry Ross Saxophone
Jack Satterfield Trombone
Zelly Smirnoff Violin
Irving Burgie Choir, Chorus
Arnold Fishkind Bass
Frank Guerrero Bongos
Charlie Margulis Trumpet
Julius Schacter Violin
Eddie Wasserman Saxophone
Myor Rosen Harp
Dorothy McCarty Choir, Chorus
Gil Mershon Choir, Chorus
William F. "Bill" Reeve Choir, Chorus
Joseph Reilick Viola
Alan Sokoloff Choir, Chorus
Max Tartasky Violin
Gloria Wynder Choir, Chorus
Maurice Wilk Violin
Miriam Workman Choir, Chorus
William Rodriguez Drums
Buster Davis Piano
William Lorin Leader
Eddie Powell Clarinet, Saxophone
Charles Schroeder Choir, Chorus
Louis Singer Percussion
Mary Dean Choir, Chorus
Abel Antonio Villa Clarinet, Baritone
Abram Borodkin Cello
Alexander Fishman Viola
Ada Beth Lee Choir, Chorus
Art Lambert Choir, Chorus
Attilio DePalma French Horn
Bart Wallace Trumpet
Jack Brown Choir, Chorus
Julius Shaier Viola
Betty Allan Choir, Chorus
James Chambers French Horn
Betty Noyes Choir, Chorus
Audrey Marsh Choir, Chorus
Bob R. Hamlin Choir, Chorus
Ned Wright Choir, Chorus
Sylvan Schulman Violin
Victor Messer Guitar
Ivor Lloyd Trumpet
Jacqueline Allan Choir, Chorus
Donald Alpert Drums
Hal Hidey Piano
Bernard Ocko Violin
John White Choir, Chorus
Virginia Rees Choir, Chorus
Gene Lanham Choir, Chorus
Marjorie Call Harp
Herb Levy Human Whistle
Burt Dole Choir, Chorus
Gilbert E. Adkins Choir, Chorus
H. Barnett Violin
Winslowe Daniel Barranjos Conga
Edwin Brown Oboe
Felix Buldrini Violin
Alexander Cambrelen Conga
Mario Castillo Conga
Charles Colman Choir, Chorus
Rudolfo Curbelo Drums
James DeMeo Reeds
Sylvia Deutscher Bassoon
Faye Devlin Choir, Chorus
John DiJanni Viola
James R. Eby Choir, Chorus
Robert Jack Eddleman Choir, Chorus
Carter Farriss Choir, Chorus
Wally Ferenz Conga
Nathan Foodman Drums
George Fisher Choir, Chorus
J. Hamilton Grandison Choir, Chorus
Stephen Harbachick Choir, Chorus
Jay Harnick Choir, Chorus
Jasha Herzog Violin
Charlotte Holloman Choir, Chorus
Jerome G. Kasin Violin
Martin Lake Cello
Mel Larned Choir, Chorus
Robert S. Levine Violin
Edwin Lindstroem Choir, Chorus
Donald Lipsey Trumpet
Milton Lomas Violin
Modesto Doran Martinez Conga
A. Materazzi Saxophone
Thora Mathiason Choir, Chorus
Tony Parris Choir, Chorus
Robert Pownall Tuba
W. Rauch Trombone
Frank Raye Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Rinker Choir, Chorus
Noah Rodriguez Bongos
Earl Rogers Choir, Chorus
Rafael Rosario Conga
Gustave Rosseels Violin
E.C. Shank Saxophone
Edwin Shawker Drums
Armen Stepaanian Choir, Chorus
Richard L. Stokes Choir, Chorus
Herbert L. Stubbs Choir, Chorus
Leroy B. Thompson Choir, Chorus
Rodester Timmons Choir, Chorus
Luverne Tuttle Cello
Margaret Tynes Choir, Chorus
Robert Walker Choir, Chorus
Paul Kruesi Westbrook Choir, Chorus
Elvira Woloschuk Violin
William Stewart Choir, Chorus
Rudy Williams Choir, Chorus
Robert Cole Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Pete Rugolo Contributor
Joe Carlton Producer
Herman Diaz Jr. Producer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Illustrations, Essay
Dennis Farnon Producer
Dennis Ferrante Track Mix
Henri René Producer
Dave Hepburn Liner Notes
Hugo Winterhalter Producer
Bob Jones Metal Transfers
Dave Kapp Producer
Monte Kay Producer
Fred Norman Arranger
Joe Reisman Producer
Alan Stoker Tape Comparison
Ray Funk Liner Notes, Illustrations, Essay
Phil Wells Tape Comparison
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Jack Rollins Producer
Fred Brooks Composer
J. Lewis Producer
Brian Henson Tape Comparison
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Traditional Composer
Donald R. Hill Liner Notes
Erich Hüsenbeck Photo Scanning
Anne E. Knoll Liner Notes
Robert R. Metz Liner Notes
Walter Nixon Liner Notes
Hy Steirman Liner Notes
Carlo Stevan Metal Transfers
Edward O. Welker Producer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
Marshall Barer Composer
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