Sing Your Song [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Harry Belafonte's influence on pop music is much more far-reaching than many realize. 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. He was one of the first performers to bring worldbeat rhythms to the U.S. charts in the postwar era, and 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 than many realize. 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. He was one of the first performers to bring worldbeat rhythms to the U.S. charts in the postwar era, and 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. Innovative, intelligent, and unceasingly creative, Belafonte's unique ability to find pop success with artful and socially committed material means he is long overdue for a critical reappraisal, and 2011 may well provide that with the release of his autobiography, My Song, co-written with Michael Shnayerson, and an HBO documentary on his life, Sing Your Song, directed by Susan Rostock and produced by Michael Cohl. This concise set, the soundtrack companion to that documentary, contains Belafonte's best-known and most essential tracks, including "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)," the ever enduring "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)," the gorgeous "Jamaica Farewell," "Matilda," "Jump in the Line," and "Turn the World Around." It shows a committed, consistent artist with an elegant and hopeful vision who always brought intelligence, passion, and grace to the table.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886979395121
  • Catalog Number: 793951
  • Sales rank: 64,291

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Belafonte Primary Artist
Odetta Vocals
Tony Scott Flute, Conductor
Miriam Makeba Vocals
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Howard Johnson Tuba
Robert DeCormier Conductor
Gloria Agostini Harp
Danny Cahn Trumpet
Frantz Casseus Guitar
Francisco Centeno Bass
Babe Clarke Alto Saxophone
Scott Kuney Guitar
Keith Loving Guitar
Brian Moore Keyboards
Dom Um Romão Percussion
Claudio Roditi Trumpet
Dom Salvador Keyboards
Mauricio Smith Flute, Alto Saxophone
Millard Thomas Guitar, Conductor
Steve Thornton Bongos, Conga
Raphael Boguslav Guitar
Jonas Gwangwa Conductor, Choir Conductor
Leopoldo Pineda Trombone
Thelmo Porto Percussion
Howard Roberts Conductor, Choir Conductor
Jose Rodrigues Trombone
Donald Alpert Drums
Michael Tobas Drums
Hermann "Trigger" Alpert Bass
Jorge Renan Guitar
Norman Luboff Choir Vocals
Falumi Prince Percussion
Robert Corman Conductor
Hal Archer Flute, Alto Saxophone
Fred Jacobs Trumpet
Will Lorin Leader
Victor D. Messer Jr. Guitar
Technical Credits
Odetta Composer
Harry Belafonte Composer, Producer
Lord Melody Composer
Norman Luboff Composer
Lord Burgess Composer
Bob Bollard Producer
Paul Campbell Composer
Joe Carlton Producer
Herman Diaz Jr. Producer
Robert Freedman Composer
Hy Grill Producer
Henri René Producer
Dave Kapp Producer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Phil Ramone Producer
Eddie Sauter Director
Mark Wilder Mastering
Andy Wiswell Producer
Nedra Olds-Neal Producer
Robert C. Ragsdale Photo Courtesy
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Norman Span Composer
Jack Segal Composer
William Attaway Composer
Evelyn Danzig Composer
Dennis Famon Producer
Bill Eaton Producer
Lucy E. Cross Liner Notes
Laura Kszan Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind Product Development
Raymond Bell Composer
Scott Farthing Marketing
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Alex Miller Producer
Norman Spann Composer
S. Samuel Composer
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