BELAFONTE SINGS THE BLUES
1958 RCA SHADED DOG BLACK & SILVER DEEP GROOVE
**STEREO - 9/10**
After flirting with traditional African-American material in his previous albums, Belafonte, for the first time, devotes an entire album to the blues. However, of the eleven songs, only two could be classified as traditional blues: "In the Evenin' Mama" and "Cotton Fields," the latter given a five minute treatment. Belafonte would take this song on the road as part of his live act for the next decade. Of the other songs, three were covers of Ray Charles standards ("A Fool For You," "Hallelujah I Love Her So," "Mary Ann"). Another highlight is Belafonte's rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." With few exceptions, the entire album is understated and not as exciting or riveting as other Belafonte records. Still, it's solid listening, and taken track by track, thoughtful performances. Footnote: this was the first Belafonte album recorded in stereo. Some releases feature a thick, dark blue spine. (AMG)
Harry Belafonte – Belafonte Sings The Blues
Label: RCA Victor – LSP-1972
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country: US Released: 1958
A1 A Fool For You 3:38
A2 Losing Hand 4:16
A3 One For My Baby 4:34
A4 In The Evenin' Mama 3:29
A5 Hallelujah I Love Her So 2:53
A6 The Way That I Feel 4:29
B1 Cotton Fields 5:17
B2 God Bless' The Child 5:03
B3 Mary Ann 2:41
B4 Sinner's Prayer 4:42
B5 Fare Thee Well 4:37
Copyright (c) – RCA
Cover, Artwork – Dick Stone (2)
Leader [Hollywood] – Dennis Farnon
Leader [New York, January 29] – Alan Greene (4)
Leader [New York, March 29] – Bob Corman
Liner Notes – Nat Hentoff
Producer – Ed Welker
Notes: Recorded in New York, January 29, 1958 and March 29; in Hollywood, June 5 and 7, 1958.
© RCA Printed in U.S.A.
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