Love Songs

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Harry Belafonte's influence on pop music is much more far reaching then many realize, as he was one of the first performers to bring worldbeat rhythms to the U.S. charts in the postwar era. 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, most of those with RCA. This collection gathers 14 love songs from his various RCA albums, and the overall feel here is one of intelligent resignation and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Harry Belafonte's influence on pop music is much more far reaching then many realize, as he was one of the first performers to bring worldbeat rhythms to the U.S. charts in the postwar era. 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, most of those with RCA. This collection gathers 14 love songs from his various RCA albums, and the overall feel here is one of intelligent resignation and yearning, as Belafonte brings an elegant, reserved dignity to these melodies. Some of the obvious highlights include the opening track, a gorgeous and nuanced version of Ray Charles' "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," a gentle, delicate duet with Miriam Makeba on "My Angel Malaika," and "Angelina," a churning bit of calypso written by Irving Burgie. A singer whose careful, measured style makes the simplest phrase sound meaningful, intelligent and poignant, Belafonte gives these ballads and Caribbean tales of romance his signature treatment, and the result is delightful. Love Songs is the perfect record to play at that romantic dinner that needs a touch of real class, as song after song after song drifts by like the sweetest summer evening's breeze.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766695120
  • Catalog Number: 66951
  • Sales rank: 196,921

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Belafonte Primary Artist, Vocals
William Eaton Conductor
Dennis Farnon Conductor
Marty Manning Conductor
Jonas Gwangwa Conductor
Ralph Hunter Conductor
Howard Roberts Conductor
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
William Eaton Arranger, Composer
Harry Belafonte Composer, Executive Producer
Ray Charles Composer
Hugo Montenegro Arranger
Frank Loesser Composer
Ernie Altschuler Producer
Bob Bollard Producer
Robert Freedman Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Dave Kapp Producer
Marty Manning Arranger
D. McLean Composer
Jack Pleis Producer
M. Thomas Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Andy Wiswell Producer
Harvey Schmidt Composer
Irving Burgie Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Fitzroy "Lord Melody" Alexander Composer
Tom Jones Composer
Woody Pornpitaksuk Mastering
Priscilla Eaves Producer
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