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Harry Belafonte At Carnegie Hall 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Analogue Productions Ryan K. Smith Sterling QRP USA

Artist: Harry Belafonte
Title: Belafonte At Carnegie Hall
Catalog Number: APF-6006
Label: RCA Victor
Reissued by: Analogue Productions
Barcode: 753088600616
Original release year: 1959
Reissue year: 2014
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Total Item Weight: 665gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: December 10, 2014
Note: Never eligible for any further discounts
Vinyl Gourmet Club: No


Unit Price: 71,46 €

Reference: AP336006GF

Availability: In Stock & Ready to Ship


The grandaddy of all live albums, this double LP captures the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity. Always a musical chameleon, from a base of folk music, Belafonte added blues, soul, jazz, pop and a plethora of various Caribbean styles to create albums that were unique, socially relevant and just plain entertaining. One of the greatest live recordings ever made!



Rated 10/10 Music and 11/10 Sound by Michael Fremer (Analog Planet)


Nominated for Grammy Awards Album Of The Year in 1961

  • 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
  • Double LP 33rpm
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings USA
  • Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound
  • Mastered from the original analog 3-track tapes
  • Plated by Gary Salstrom at QRP
  • Deluxe tip-on heavyweight Gatefold cover by Stoughton Printing



"Belafonte brought 'world' music to the masses, starting with 'Calypso.' ... By the time these two benefit concerts were performed on April 19th and 20th 1959, Belafonte had amassed a catalog of hits familiar to a wide swath of Americans. ... One can argue that originals are the best but not here. No way! Unlike the original pressings mastered from 2-track mix down from the 3-track original tape, Classic Records' reissue on both 33 1/3 and single-sided 45 RPM records and this new mastering are sourced directly from the 3-track tape. ... However, while I didn't think there was more to get from the tape than what Bernie Grundman got for Classic Records, I think Ryan K. Smith and the Sterling team have done just that, showcased by the utter black QRP backgrounds. ... it is among the greatest, if not the greatest live concert recordings ever made and Belafonte's and the orchestra's performances make it well-worth revisiting." Music = 10/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet


Harry Belafonte has always been a musical chameleon. Using a thick base of folk music, he added blues, soul, jazz, pop and a plethora of various Caribbean styles to create albums that were unique, socially relevant and just plain entertaining. The first of his two essential live recordings produced by Bob Bollard at New York's famed Carnegie Hall features material culled from two identical performances on April 19 and April 20, 1959 to benefit The New Lincoln School and Wiltwyck Scholl respectively.

Belafonte At Carnegie Hall was documented at the height of the singer's success when it wasn't fashionable to record outside of the studio environment, yet it proved to be an artistic and commercial breakthrough for the music legend, earning a nomination for Album of the Year at the 1961 Grammy Awards and lingering on the charts for over three years. The revered 19-track affair is divided into the three acts Moods of the American Negro, In the Caribbean, and Round the World, and finds Belafonte's world class voice wonderfully supported by a a small combo of two guitars, bass, and percussion, and a perfectly timed 47-piece orchestra conducted by Robert Corman.

"You can count on one hand the number of times recording microphones happen to be “on the scene” at the right time and the right place to capture an inspired moment of performance. This is one of those few. What started as almost a reckless recording risk turned into another giant statement in the Belafonte story. The idea of taping the two Carnegie Hall Benefit performances was not Harry’s; we asked for it, part hunch, part wild gamble.

"Recording hazards were many: – immense preparations and permissions with musicians, stage hands and the hall, – microphoning a performer who roamed all over the stage, shouted, whispered, provoked audience singing, – accompaniments which varied from a 47-piece symphony to a single guitar and bongos, – and, above all, the one-time-only chance for a good pickup and performance.

"What happened April 19th and 20th is historic even at Carnegie. There are always ways of explaining and analyzing after the fact. There must have been a special performance challenge in Belafonte’s first Carnegie Hall program, for example. There was also the sharp exhilaration for soloist and audience sharing the same emotional setting: a huge house packed two nights in a row for a splendid charity (Belafonte’s singing contributed $58,000 on one night alone to the Wiltwyck School which works with emotionally disturbed boys.) And each song was a familiar and famous high spot from a remarkable career.

"All of these undoubtedly added their impetus and made this concert soar. The exciting fact is that we can actually hear it as it happened. Belafonte’s spontaneous sorcery with an audience is on disc for the first time. Through the expectant audience hush, the beating introduction, the opening shots of Darlin’ Cora, the Belafonte high voltage mounts by the moment. This is Belafonte “live.”

"Almost one whole side has been reserved for the concert climax: the famous uncut Belafonte treatment of Matilda. All Carnegie Hall sings and rocks – the same mighty crescendo which took place at a packed Waldorf Ballroom, Lewisohn Stadium and personal appearances everywhere. But this time for all of us via microphone and tape machine.

"There has been no re-recording of rehearsals or sound tries, no splicing, (there rarely is even on Belafonte studio performances). This is what actually happened. The same songs were programmed both evenings. Performances selected here are about equally divided between the two nights." - Bob Bollard, original album liner notes


Bob Bollard (producer)
Robert Corman (conductor)
Harry Belafonte (vocals)
Millard Thomas / Raphael Boguslav (guitar)
Norman Keenan (bass)
Danny Barrajanos (percussion)
47-Piece Orchestra

Track Listing:

Act 1: The Moods of the American Negro
Act 2: In The Caribbean
Act 3: Round The World

LP 1 Side A
1. Introduction
2. Darlin' Cora
3. Sylvie
4. Cotton Fields
5. John Henry
6. Take My Mother Home

LP 1 Side B
1. The Marching Saints
2. Day-O
3. Jamaica Farewell
4. Man Piaba
5. All My Trials

LP 2 Side C
1. Mama Look A Boo Boo
2. Come Back Liza
3. Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
4. Hava Nageela
5. Danny Boy
6. Merci Bon Dieu

LP 2 Side D
1. Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma
2. Shenandoah
3. Matilda

Recording: April 1959 live at Carnegie Hall, New York, by Bob Simpson



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