200g Vinyl Double LP Pressed At Quality Record Pressings! Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the Original 3-Track Analog Tapes!
AllMusic.com writes: "The grandaddy of all live albums, this double LP set captures 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."
Well, wait no more if you haven't heard this marvelous record. Analogue Productions has gone all out for this deluxe reissue. Starting with premier mastering by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes. Then plating and pressing by Gary Salstrom and the crew at Quality Record Pressings, where the finest quality LPs in the world are pressed. But it doesn't stop there: They've enhanced the original studio photography and wrapped up the whole package in a deluxe "old-school" tip-on gatefold jacket from Stoughton Printing!
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 Belafonte's first decade with RCA Victor.
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. Have a seat, sip a beverage and enjoy!
Features: • 200g Vinyl • Double LP • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings • Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original 3-track analog tapes • Plating by Gary Salstrom • Old-school "tip-on" heavyweight gatefold jacket by Stoughton Printing
Selections: LP 1 - Side 1: 1. Introduction 2. Darlin' Cora 3. Sylvie 4. Cotton Fields 5. John Henry 6. Take My Mother Home LP 1 - Side 2: 1. The Marching Saints 2. Day O 3. Jamaica Farewell 4. Man Piaba 5. All My Trials
LP 2 - Side 3: 1. Mama Look A Boo Boo 2. Come Back Liza 3. Man Smart (Woman Smarter) 4. Hava Nageela 5. Danny Boy 6. Merci Bon Dieu LP 2 - Side 4: 1. Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma 2. Shenandoah 3. Matilda