Belafonte at Carnegie Hall [W/Remastered Versions]

Belafonte at Carnegie Hall [W/Remastered Versions]

by Harry Belafonte


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The granddaddy of all live albums, this double-LP set captured the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity. Sampled from two consecutive performances of identical material, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall was an anomaly at a time when only comedy albums were recorded outside of the studio environment. It wasn't the first live album ever made, but it was certainly the first to be a major financial and artistic success. It stayed on the best-selling album charts for over three years and remained in print until RCA discontinued pressing LPs. From the opening trumpet fanfare and brief orchestral overture to the epic 12-minute version of "Matilda" (which set a standard for audience participation), the album never lets up. It is exciting, poignant, thrilling, intimate, and at times, spontaneously hilarious. Belafonte's mastery in front of an audience was never better displayed than here, a mastery that resulted in him becoming one of the most popular concert draws in history. Producer Bob Bollard and orchestra leader Bob Corman deftly integrated the 47-piece orchestra into the performance but knew when to lie back to let Belafonte sing, accompanied by a small combo of two guitars, bass, and percussion. The concert is divided in three sections: "Moods of the American Negro," "In the Caribbean," and "Around the World." All the hits are here: "Day O," "Jamaica Farewell," "Mama Look a Boo Boo," and others, plus calypso, folk songs, chain gang songs, spirituals, and songs from other lands, representing a veritable best-of package of his first decade with RCA Victor. For sheer scope and genius of performance, this is the quintessential Belafonte package. [A 1989 CD release replaced five tracks with remastered versions made in 1989 and 1993.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/1989
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886976919627
catalogNumber: 769196
Rank: 17418


  1. Introduction/Darlin' Cora
  2. Sylvie
  3. Cotton Fields
  4. John Henry
  5. The Marching Saints
  6. Day-O
  7. Jamaica Farewell
  8. Mama Look A Boo Boo
  9. Come Back Liza
  10. Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
  11. Hava Nageela
  12. Danny Boy
  13. Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma
  14. Shenandoah
  15. Matilda

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Belafonte at Carnegie Hall 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to this dynamic performer for more than 25 years. But, never has he been better than in this landmark performance. From the heart-rending spirituals to the soul stirring calypso to the joyous, rowdy, Matilda. You can't imagine how much fun this performance must of been for those lucky enough to have attended back in the 1950's. This is a recording you will never tire of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first came across the magic of Harry Belafonte when I was in Jr. High school. I loved The Banana Boat Song (Day-O). I had to hear more of him. A college friend of mine made me a tape of Harry B. at Carnegie Hall and I have been listening to it regularly since.(I am now 46 years old) I have played it for my husband and my two children. When my son came home from school in 4rd grade and said they where learning about John Henry I immediately played "The Tape". He took it to school to share with the class. I have listened to all of the Belafonte music I can find,but the Carnegie Hall Show is my all time favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are four songs missing from the original recording. Also, some dialog is missing. All this should have been mentioned on the advertisement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is pure and simple butchery of the original recording. The title is misleading for people who have listened to the original recording. I hope someone will bring back the original recording into CD form. Why on earth do they have to take out some of the best from the original I wonder? No excuse for this kind of editing. Still it’s a good CD but I am disappointed. I wish it were mentioned in the cover that this is an edited version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago