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Belafonte At Carnegie Hall

Harry Belafonte Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why not provide a COMPLETE version of this album? 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half a loaf May 16 2000
Format:Audio CD
WATCH OUT! This is only half of the original LP recording. Get the full version if you know and love the original. (Live at Carnegie Hall (Import)).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear how disappointing 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the beef... err, I mean songs? March 20 2003
By T.G.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars come back Liza come back Harry... May 6 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Belafonte in top form Jan. 22 2002
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for re-issue, however.... Oct. 2 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Displays his versatility June 23 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great versatility and energy from the ballads "Danny Boy" and "Shenandoah" to Jewish folk (the rousing "Hava Nageela") to Caribeean sing-song ("Day O"). Long-time Belafonte fans will find their favorites on this album. His rich voice is still highly romantic and enticing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite album next to his 2nd return.
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ken
3.0 out of 5 stars Belafonte's Best, but Incomplete Work
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,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by redd.neck
5.0 out of 5 stars Bons souvenirs
J'ai retrouvé le plaisir que j'avais connu au moment de la sortie du vinyle
Published on Sept. 23 2010 by Yolande Allaire Desaulniers
5.0 out of 5 stars Review is for import title.
The 2cd import cd's are the original vinyl pressing from the sixties. Probably the only lp's my Dad played which I didn't get upset by ;-) I was a folk musician/fan at the... Read more
Published on March 10 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Something is missing
The audio quality of this CD is excellent. However, it was disappointing to find that at least 4, maybe as many as 6 songs from the original LP recording were missing on this... Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2002 by John Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Time Around
Makes ya want to go to Jamaica. This is the 2nd time I have purchased this. The first was back in the 60's (LP) ..played on our stereo. Now the CD!! Read more
Published on Dec 17 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Belafonte at his best
This is the best there is of Harry Belafonte. Recorded when his voice was at his best, the fun of the live recording as well as the wonderful choice of music make the recording... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2001 by Jennuch7
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
What's to say. This is a classic for all time. I would think that more than just 60-year-olds would like this.
Published on Oct. 27 2001 by Barrie S. Gauthier
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Too Much Good Stuff
I agree with other reviewers who've said that the disc is missing too much of the original recording. Read more
Published on April 23 2001 by Deborah Scherer
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