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  • Audio CD (Feb. 7 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FAB DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B003O3RIKK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The King of Calypso, live! Includes remastered versions of Darlin' Cora; Sylvie; Cotton Fields; John Henry; Day-O; Jamaica Farewell; Mama Look A Boo Boo; Come Back Liza; Man Smart (Woman Smarter); Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma , and more.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Nunn on Nov. 20 2001
Format: Audio CD
When this album was originally released, it was pressed on two 33-1/3 RPM Vinyl discs. Unfortunately: as it appears on this new cd format: almost two full sides of that original album are missing - and that is a real shame if you (like me!) are a Belafonte fan!
The original album included some tracks from the Carribean that are not found in these arrangements on any other - and to have failed to have provided them is astounding to me!
The tracks that are here are just as vibrant and memorable as ever - and deserve 5 stars - but to have failed to have actually re-mastered and produced the true original album fromat is unforgivable to a true fan!
The loss of those additional tracks and arrangements preclude their enjoyment by an entirely new audience who would love them as much as the original fans did!
Perhaps if we all send our feelings to the producers they will cease providing these inaccurate and short copies of great albums in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Babcock on Jan. 10 2008
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely LOVED the 2 records of this original concert. To not have the complete recording is so disappointing I can hardly stand it. There is no reason to leave out so much important material.
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Format: Audio CD
This is one reason (among many) why I dislike the record companies... if it ain't Brittney Spears, they can't be bothered to do a proper release, or keep it in print for very long. It's also a major reason why I recently bought a good turntable -- so much of the huge back-catalog of music from this time period remains locked up & rotting in record company vaults somewhere, probably never to see the light of the Compact Disc format. Also, the original records (pre-1980) often sound better because the master tapes were fresh when the LP's were pressed. I've heard too many CD "remasters" where some engineer tried removing tape hiss and ended up neutering the music (not saying this one, but in general...).
Somehow, the movie industry is getting it right with DVD's, but the music industry keeps on making the same blunders. *Please*, if it's going to be a chopped-up version of the original, don't bother releasing it at all. Today's generation of younger folks (among others) don't deserve to be treated this way.
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Recorded the year I was born this album still brings back so many memories from when my parents played it to death on a scratchy stereo. I believe they still have the old vinyl cut in a secret place they bring out only on special occasions. It was at the height of the civil rights movement when blacks in the south and indeed all over america were hammering for equality. Belafonte was one of many artists from the performing arts to contribute his fame, talent and celebrity status to bringing about the great social changes that were needed at that time. He demonstrated this through his music and live concerts which were to attract a cross section of society from far and wide. At this his first and most well known Carnegie Hall appearance in 1959 he demonstrates both his talent and his eclectic repertoire. From the sad irish lullaby "Danny Boy" to the calypso "Jamaica Farewell" he weaves his magic both on himself and the audience. My only regret is that the nonsensical limmerick "hole in the bucket" was not included. The finale is climaxed with a rousing rendition with audience participation of "Matilda". In later performances Belafonte was to include even the whole lineup of busboys and usherettes at Radio City Music hall. For the audience on the live album what a wonderful memento it must have been of that occasion which they will no doubt pass on to their children and succeeding generations.
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Format: Audio CD
One of the best live recordings ever. If you close your eyes you can almost feel as if you are sitting in the audience.
I particularly like the fact that Belafonte is in his prime and his is supported by excelent musicians.
If you can, focus on and isolate the drums and feel the interaction between the voice and percussions. They are perfect.
I also enjoy very much the introductions to songs and the audience participation in Matilda.
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Format: Audio CD
Through the business, I was fortunate to obtain a third generation master copy on tape, originally way back, when I was a serious audiophile with a very high end system. The clean and low noise gave the feeling of being transported to the live performance. At that time I was also experimentally designing surround processes and used this performance to recreate the audience coming from the rear speakers as well as ambient reflections.
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By A Customer on Oct. 2 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my all-time favorite recordings. This was Belafonte was at his very best, and over the past 40+ years I have worn my LP to a hissing crackling frazzle. However...the very best cut from this album..and one of the most moving songs ever written by Belafonte, "Take My Mother Home" is missing from the CD. Did someone lose their mind???
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Format: Audio CD
A friend had this album 50 years ago. I was a kid and had no money to purchase the album then. I memorized all my favorite songs at the time, and now, when I am able to afford it, the tracks are scattered across other releases. Producers: get it right, or stay home.
My rating reflects the Producer's work, NOT Belafonte's ... which is always 5 Star *****
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