Playlist: The Very Best of Harry Belafonte

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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. 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 ...
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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. 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: 5/29/2012
  • Label: Playlist
  • UPC: 887254032427
  • Catalog Number: 540324
  • Sales rank: 50,671

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
Lord Burgess Composer
Bob Bollard Producer
Joe Carlton Producer
Henri René Producer
Phil Ramone Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
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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