Harry Belafonte

Belafonte Sings the Blues (BMCD 1629)

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Belafonte Sings the Blues

Harry Belafonte

Blue Moon


ABS 123974

BMCD 1629



Belafonte Sings the Blues

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Includes a 20-page booklet with accurate recording details, extensive annotations, original liner-notes and very rare photos.

This compelling set of vocal blues tunes by Harry Belafonte came as a pleasant surprise in his career. Never before had he sung on records as he did for this 1958 album. There is still much of the performer and the folk singer in his basic presentation here, but there is also rawness and fervor for the blues feeling.

Backed appropriately by superior groups, featuring outstanding jazz soloists —Belafonte always dug jazz—he manages to come through as a fine, warm, moving blues singer of emotional smoothness and control. Included for comparison are six rare tracks that launched his brief career as a jazz-oriented singer in 1949, and an original Belafonte blues in two parts: “The Blues is Man,” recorded in 1955.


01. A Fool for You
02. Losing Hand
03. One for My Baby
04. In the Evenin’ Mama
05. Hallelujah I Love Her So
06. The Way that I Feel
07. Cotton Fields
08. God Bless the Child
09. Mary Ann
10. Sinner’s Prayer
11. Fare Thee Well
12. Lean on Me (*) Bonus Track
13. Recognition (*) Bonus Track
14. Whispering (*) Bonus Track
15. I Still Get a Thrill (*) Bonus Track
16. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (*) Bonus Track
17. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (*) Bonus Track
18. The Blues Is Man [Part I] (*) Bonus Track
19. The Blues Is Man [Part II] (*) Bonus Track

Total time: 68:00 min.

Tracks #1-11 originally issued as RCA LSP-1972.

Harry Belafonte sings in all tracks accompanied by:

Tracks #1,5 & 9:
Dennis Farnon (leader, arranger & conductor), Don Fagerquist (tp), Milt Bernhart (tb), Bump Myers (ts), Jimmy Rowles (p), Laurindo Almeida, HOward Roberts (g), Red Callender (b), Jack Sperling (d).
Recorded in Hollywood, California, on June 7, 1958.

Tracks #2,3,7,8 & 10:
Dennis Farnon (leader, arranger & conductor), Don Fagerquist (tp), Milt Bernhart (tb), Plas Johnson (ts), Jimmy Rowles (p), Howard Roberts (g), Red Callender (b), Jack Sperling (d).
Recorded in Hollywood, California, on June 5, 1958.

Track #4:
Alan Greene (leader & conductor), Charles C. Greene (p), Millard Thomas (g), Norman Keenan (b), George Guadango (d).
Recorded in New York City, on January 29, 1958.

Tracks #6 & 11:
Bob Corman (leader & conductor), Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster (ts), Hank Jones (p), Fred Hellerman (g), Norman Keenan (b), Osie Johnson (d), Danny Barrajanos (perc).
Recorded in New York City, on march 29, 1958.

Personnel on tracks #12 & 13:
Howard McGhee Orchestra, featuring Brew Moore (ts).
Recorded in New York City, 1949.

Tracks #14 & 15:
Pete Rugolo and his Orchestra.
Recorded in Hollywood, 1949.

Tracks #16 & 17:
Zoot Sims (ts), Al Haig (p), Jimmy Raney (g), Tommy Potter (b), Roy Haynes (d).
Recorded in New York, 1950.

Tracks #18 & 19:
Orchestra conducted by Tony Scott, featuring Buddy Childers, Maynard Ferguson, Conte Candoli, Conrad Gozzo (tp), Milt Bernhart (tb), Bud Shank, Jimmy Giuffre, Ted Nash, Herbie Steward, buddy Collette (saxes), Irv Kluger (d), and other top West Coast Jazz names.
Recorded in Hollywood, 1955.