Love Songs

Love Songs

by Harry Belafonte
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828766695120
catalogNumber:
66951
Rank:
327242

Tracks

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
Andy Wiswell   Producer
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
Irving Burgie   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Fitzroy "Lord Melody" Alexander   Composer
Tom Jones   Composer
Priscilla Eaves   Producer

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