Monday, March 19, 2012

Harry Belafonte
"An Evening with Belafonte"

Another entry into the catalog of classic vocal recording, this is an RCA disc in beautiful shape and demonstrates just how thoughtfully and carefully the studios crafted their music once upon a time.

This is a collection of standards/favorites, which is funny, because Belafonte is known today mostly for his central/Latin American-flavored music. In 1957, however, people just wanted to hear him sing 'Hava Nageela' and 'Danny Boy'

Thus far my favorite is the simple 'Merci Bon Dieu' which features a simple guitar accompaniment and nothing else.
The orchestra, ever tinged by the exotic, is a subtle boost.

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