Album Remarks & Appraisals:
This is the first time hearing Harry Belafonte's "Calypso" without loud pops. Halfway through the third track, all I kept saying to myself is "wow!" No surface noise or distortion, I can hear fingers sliding on the guitar strings and a ride cymbal, this disc is amazing.
Personnel includes: Harry Belafonte (vocals); Millard Thomas (guitar); Tony Scott & His Orchestra.
Producers: Herman Diaz, Jr., E.O. Welker, Joe Reisman, Henri Rene.
Reissue producer: Chick Crumbpacker.
Includes liner notes by William Attaway.
Digitally remastered by Dick Baxter (1992, BMG Recording Studios, New York, New York).
Personnel: Millard Thomas (guitar).
Liner Note Author: William Attaway.
Belafonte's third and most successful chart album was full of the kind of folksy and calypso-style songs that made him one of the show business sensations of the late 1950s. Two of them, "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" and "Jamaica Farewell", were hit singles as well. The album itself spent 72 weeks in the US Top 40, 31 of them at #1, and made history by becoming the first 33 1/3 rpm LP by a solo artist to sell a million copies.