Playlist: The Very Best of Harry Belafonte

Playlist: The Very Best of Harry Belafonte

by Harry Belafonte
     
 

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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. 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…  See more details below

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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. 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. 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. This set includes some of his most enduring songs, including "Jamaica Farewell," "Island in the Sun," "Jump in the Line," and his signature "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)," and it's a pleasant listen, although one wishes the version here of "Day-O" was the original and not a live version.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2012
Label:
Playlist
UPC:
0887254032427
catalogNumber:
540324

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Belafonte   Primary Artist
Tony Scott   Conductor
Robert DeCormier   Conductor
Frantz Casseus   Guitar
Millard Thomas   Guitar
Howard Roberts   Conductor
Victor Messer   Guitar
Robert Corman   Conductor

Technical Credits

Odetta   Composer,Duet
William Eaton   Duet
Harry Belafonte   Composer
Miriam Makeba   Duet
Hugo Montenegro   Arranger
Burgess   Composer
Bob Bollard   Producer
Joe Carlton   Producer
Henri René   Producer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Andy Wiswell   Producer
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
E.O. Walker   Producer
Bob Freeman   Arranger
Jack Segal   Composer
William Attaway   Composer
Evelyn Danzig   Composer
Rob Carter   Art Direction
Bob Jones   Back Cover Photo
Bill Eaton   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Tom Jones   Composer
Yoram Kahana   Cover Photo
Carl MaultsBy   Liner Notes
H. Thomas   Composer
L. Burgess   Composer

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