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Harry Belafonte - Island In The Sun: The Complete Recordings 1949-1957 [5CD Box] (2002)

Folk, Pop | Author: artmuss | 23-11-2019, 17:52
Harry Belafonte - Island In The Sun: The Complete Recordings 1949-1957 [5CD Box] (2002)Artist: Harry Belafonte
Title Of Album: Island In The Sun: The Complete Recordings 1949-1957
Year Of Release: 2002
Label (Catalog#): Bear Family Records [BCD 16262]
Country: United States
Genre: Pop, Folk, Calypso, Vocal
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 5:54:39
Full Size: 1.03 gb

The German-based Bear Family is synonymous with serious archival releases for completists. The label's stringent attention to detail, top-shelf audio, as well as opulent packaging has earned the respect of any enthusiast lucky enough to obtain one of their titles. The five-volume Island in the Sun [Bear Family Box Set] continues that trend with their first in what is hoped to be many detailed assessments of the voluminous recording career of American entertainer Harry Belafonte. His first eight years (1949-1957) worth of recordings -- totalling nearly six hours -- have been carefully remastered from the highest-quality sources available. To match the ear candy is a coffee-table style hardbound book that contains 102 pages of previously unpublished photos, reams of memorabilia, and a comprehensive discography/sessionography. Arguably, the most flagrant misnomer plaguing Belafonte's earliest recordings concerns his association with the calypso scare of the late '50s. Major international news publications -- at the urging of overzealous promo men -- heralded him the king of calypso, for which his ravenous musical prowess was subsequently dismissed. As most of the materials on this collection are making their entry into the digital domain, the record can finally be set straight. Harry Belafonte's catalog is decidedly more derivative of American and international folk (aka, world) music, or even jazz, than of calypso, which was in fact an opaque term loosely referring to all music from the West Indies. Island in the Sun [Bear Family Box Set] begins with Belafonte's earliest sides (circa 1950) on Roost, Capitol, and Jubilee -- none of which have been available for decades prior to this collection. Also included are his first five long-players for RCA: Mark Twain and Other Folk Favorites, Belafonte, Calypso, An Evening With Belafonte (which is not a live recording), and Sings of the Caribbean. Of these, only Calypso had been issued on CD in North America, which is notable as the LP was also the very first -- in the history of the medium -- to sell over one million copies. A vast majority of Belafonte's signature material -- much of which inhabited the core of his live repertoire for the remainder of his performance career -- is from this initial eight-year period. Among the most notable of these are: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," "Scarlet Ribbons," "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)," "Matilda,""Sylvie," "Come Back Liza," "Danny Boy," " "John Henry," "Jamaica Farewell," "Mary's Boy Child," "Hava Nageela,""Mama Look-A-Boo-Boo," "Will His Love Be Like His Rum," and the title track, "Island in the Sun." All materials have been remastered and sourced from the best production parts available -- some of which are the original acetates and other non-tape-derived components. The sound is naturally incomparable to any of the other releases on the market, as it invalidates them all. The accompanying book is a masterwork. Among the contents are newly inked essays on Belafonte's personal and professional lives as seen by his musical cohorts. Also included are page upon page of reproduced memorabilia from Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones -- which co-stars Belafonte with Dorothy Dandridge and Pearl Bailey. Plus a 38-page complete reproduction of Harry Belafonte: His Complete Life Story, a 1957 fan magazine which originally sold on newsstands for 35 cents. While the price tag will inevitably keep some enthusiasts at bay, Island in the Sun [Bear Family Box Set] can not be more highly recommended. It is a vital transcription of the international acclaim of America's premier and pre-eminent vocalist of the 20th -- or any other -- century.

TRACKLIST:

CD 1
1. Lean On Me ( Roost 501, LP SPJ-138 ) 1949 (3:14)
2. Recognition ( Roost 501, LP SPJ-138 ) 1949 (2:54)
3. How Green Was My Valley ( Capitol 54&57-70059 ) 1949 (3:14)
4. Deep As The River ( 57-70039, 57-70037, EAP1-619 ) 1949 (2:57)
5. They Didn't Believe Me ( Capitol 54&57-70059 ) 1949 (3:21)
6. Close Your Eyes ( Capitol 57-70039, 45-CL14312, EAP1-619 ) 1949 (2:31)
7. Whispering ( Capitol F 856 ) 1950 (2:18)
8. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child ( Capitol F 856, EAP1-619 ) 1950 (3:20)
9. I Still Get A Thrill ( Capitol F1018, 45-CL14312, EAP1-619 ) 1950 (2:44)
10. Farewell To Arms ( Capitol F1018 ) 1950 (3:12)
11. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes ( 5035, LP CXS-115 ) 1950 (2:57)
12. The Nigth Has A Thousand Eyes ( Jubile 5035, LP CXS-115 ) 1950 (2:50)
13. Annabell Lee ( Capitol 5158, LP CXS115, EP5006 ) 1951 (2:40)
14. Venezuela ( Capitol 5158, LP CXS115, EP5006 ) 1951 (2:42)
15. Simple, Simple, Simple ( Jubilee, LP : CXS-115, EP5006 ) 1951 (3:07)
16. Only One Like Me ( Jubilee, LP : CXS-115, EP5006 ) 1951 (2:43)
17. Chimney Smoke ( RCA 20,4776, 20-6783, 47-4676, 47-6783, DLP1147 ) 1952 (2:06)
18. A-Roving ( RCA 20&47-4676, 20&47-6784, LP1147 ) 1952 (3:24)
19. Man Smart ( Woman Smarter ) 2002 (2:32)
20. Jerry (This Timber Got To Roll) ( RCA 20&47-4892 ) 1952 (2:20)
21. Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) ( RCA 20&47-5051, 420&447-0321 ) 1952 (2:46)
22. Shenandoah ( RCA 20&47-5051, 420&447-0321 ) 1952 (3:20)
23. Man Smart (Woman Smarter) ( RCA 20&47-4892 ) 1952 (2:35)
24. Jerry (This Timber Got To Roll) 2002 (2:36)
25. Gomen Nasai (Forgive Me) ( RCA 20&47-5210, PL 43683 ) 1953 (2:35)
26. Springfield Mountain (To-Roo-De-Nay) ( RCA 20&47-5210, PL 43683 ) 1953 (2:34)
27. Suzanne (Every Night When The Sun Goes Down) ( RCA 20&47-5311, 447-0320 ) 1953 (3:14)
28. Matilda ( RCA 20&47-5311, 20-9117, 447-0320 ) 1953 (2:30)

CD 2
1. Venezuela ( RCA 20&47-6735, 447-0323, EPA-5138, RCA8023 ) 1953 (2:59)
2. Kukla-Mu ( 599-9044 ) 2002 (3:07)
3. Pretty As A Rainbow ( RCA B-10710, 20&47-5722 ) 1954 (2:25)
4. Acorn In The Meadow ( RCA 20&47-5722, LPM-1505 ) 1954 (2:45)
5. I'm Just A Country Boy ( RCA 20&47-5617, 420&447-0322, 47-9406 ) 1954 (3:06)
6. Hold 'Em Joe ( RCA 20&47-5617, 420&447-0322, PL43683 ) 1954 (2:38)
7. Kalenda Rock (Mourning Song) ( RCA EPA-559, LSP-1022 ) 1954 (3:27)
8. The Drummer And The Cook ( RCA LSP-1022 ) 1954 (2:07)
9. The Fox ( RCA 20&47-6782, EPA-559, LSP-1022 ) 1954 (2:49)
10. Delia ( RCA EPA-559, LSP-1022 ) 1954 (3:03)
11. Soldier, Soldier ( RCA EPB-1022, LSP-1022 ) 1954 (1:41)
12. Lord Randall ( RCA 47-6781, LSP-1022 ) 1954 (4:15)
13. Tol' My Captain ( RCA 47-6780, LSP-1022 ) 1954 (2:49)
14. John Henry ( RCA 20&47-5872,47-6780, 47-4168, LSP-1022 ) 1954 (3:32)
15. The Next Big River ( RCA LSP-1022 ) 1954 (0:23)
16. Mark Twain ( RCA EPB-1022, LSP-1022 ) 1954 (3:47)
17. Mo Mary ( RCA 47-6781, 47-9194, LSP-1022 ) 1954 (2:19)
18. Man Piaba ( RCA 20&47-5872, 20&47-6782, EPB-1022, LSP-1022 ) 1954 (3:34)
19. Take My Mother Home ( RCA 47-6790, EPA-693, LPM-1150 ) 1955 (5:57)
20. Sylvie 2002 (5:22)
21. Noah ( RCA 47-6789, EPA-695, LPM-1150 ) 1955 (4:55)
22. Baby Darlin' 2002 (3:00)
23. Hello Everybody ( RCA 20&47-6249, PL43683 ) 1955 (2:17)
24. Troubles ( RCA 20&47-6249, EPA-9508, LPM-1150 ) 1955 (3:43)
25. Matilda ( RCA EPA-693 , EPA-5031, 47-15084, LPM 1150 ) 1956 (3:11)

CD 3
1. Man Smart (Woman Smarter) ( RCA 20&47-6783, LPM-1248 ) 1956 (3:36)
2. Waterboy ( RCA 47-6789, LPM-1150 ) 1956 (3:45)
3. Scarlet Ribbons ( RCA 45POP360, LPM-1150 ) 1956 (3:18)
4. Sylvie ( RCA EPA-694, LPM-1150 ) 1956 (5:24)
5. In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin' ( RCA 20&47-6785, EPA-694, LPM-1150 ) 1956 (3:19)
6. Jump Down, Spin Around ( RCA 20&47-6785, EPA-694, LPM-1150 ) 1956 (2:01)
7. Will His Love Be Like His Rum ( RCA 20&47-6786, LPM-1248 ) 1956 (2:35)
8. Hosanna ( RCA 20&47-6787, EPB-1248-2, LPM-1248 ) 1956 (2:40)
9. The Jack-Ass Song ( RCA EPA-9508, LPM-1248 ) 1956 (2:54)
10. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) ( RCA 47-6771, 447-0324, 47-6777, EPA768, EPB1248-1, ) 1956 (3:06)
11. Star-O ( RCA 47-6771, 47-6777, LPM-1248, LPM-9940 ) 1956 (2:05)
12. Suzanne ( RCA 20&47-5311, 447-0320 ) 1955 (3:21)
13. Unchained Melody ( RCA 20&47-6784, EPA-693, LPM-1150 ) 1955 (3:22)
14. Jamaica Farewell ( POP-308, RCA EPB-1248-2, LPM-1248 ) 1956 (3:05)
15. I Do Adore Her ( RCA 20&47-6787, EPA-899, EPB-1248-1, LPM-1248 ) 1956 (2:49)
16. Dolly Dawn ( RCA 20&47-6786, EPA-768, EPA-899, EPB-1248-1, LPM-1248 ) 1956 (3:15)
17. Brown Skin Girl ( RCA 47-6788, EPA-899, EPB1248-1, LPM-1248 ) 1956 (2:46)
18. Melda Massi 2002 (3:14)
19. Come Back Liza ( RCA 47-6788, LPM-1248, LPM-9940 ) 1956 (3:07)
20. The Blues Is Man (part 1) ( RCA 20&47-6458, DLP1147 ) 1956 (2:55)
21. The Blues Is Man (part 2) ( RCA 20&47-6458, DLP1147 ) 1956 (2:52)
22. The Blues Is Man (part 2) 2002 (2:53)
23. Mary's Boy Child ( RCA-1022, LPM-1402 ) 1957 (3:02)
24. Merci Bon Dieu 2002 (2:57)
25. Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma 2002 (4:59)

CD 4
1. Once Was ( RCA LPM-1402 ) 1956 (2:59)
2. Have Nageela 2002 (3:11)
3. Jamaica Farewell ( RCA 20&47-6663 ) 1956 (2:49)
4. When The Saints Go Marching In 2002 (2:58)
5. Merci Bon Dieu (From The: 'Haitian Suite) ( RCA EPC-1402-1, LPM-1402 ) 1956 (2:53)
6. Once Was ( RCA 20&47-6663 ) 1956 (4:47)
7. Hava Nageela ( RCA EPC-1402-2, 47-9178, LPM-1402 ) 1956 (3:16)
8. Danny Boy ( RCA 1072, 47-6790, EPC-1402-1, LPM-1402 ) 1956 (5:51)
9. The Drummer And The Cook (Cockney Air) ( RCA LSP-1022 ) 1956 (3:58)
10. Come O My Love ( RCA EPC-1402-3, LPM-1402 ) 1956 (4:27)
11. Shenandoah ( RCA EPC-1402-3, LPM-1402 ) 1956 (3:47)
12. Mary's Boy Child ( RCA 20&47-6735, 447-0323, 47-1008 ) 1956 (4:22)
13. Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma ( RCA EPC-1402-3, LPM-1402 ) 1956 (5:31)
14. Eden Was Like This ( RCA 1022, LPM-1402 ) 1956 (3:02)
15. When Saints Go Marching In ( RCA LPM-1402 ) 1956 (3:39)

CD 5
1. Mama Look A Boo Boo 2002 (3:02)
2. Cocoanut Woman 2002 (3:02)
3. Island In The Sum 2002 (2:48)
4. Mama Look A Boo Boo ( RCA 47-6830, 447-0325 ) 1957 (3:00)
5. Cocoanut Woman ( RCA 47-6885 ) 1957 (3:18)
6. Scratch Scratch ( RCA 47-6885, 75-404, EPA-4084, LPM-1505 ) 1957 (2:44)
7. Don't Ever Love Me ( RCA 47-6830, LPM-1505 ) 1957 (2:48)
8. Cordelia Brown ( RCA LPM-1505 ) 1957 (2:55)
9. Island In The Sun ( RCA 47-6885, EPA-4084, LPM-1505 ) 1957 (3:23)
10. Angelique-O ( RCA LPM-1505 ) 1957 (2:42)
11. Haiti Cherie ( RCA LPM-1505 ) 1957 (3:20)
12. Judy Drownded ( RCA LPM-1505 ) 1957 (3:28)
13. Lead Man Holler ( RCA LPM-1505 ) 1957 (4:17)
14. Love, Love Alone ( RCA LPM-1505 ) 1957 (3:21)
15. Lucy's Door ( RCA LPM-1505 ) 1957 (3:45)
16. Fifteen 2002 (3:27)
17. How Green Was My Valley 2002 (2:31)
18. The Lord Is My Shepherd 2002 (2:39)
19. I'm Goin' Away ( RCA LPM-1927 ) 1958 (3:30)

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