Personnel includes: Harry Belafonte (vocals); Millard Thomas (guitar).
Producers: Herman Diaz, E.O. Walker, Bob Bollard, Henri Rene.
Compilation producer: Paul Williams.
Digitally remastered by Chick Crumpacker and Dick Baxter (1992, BMG Recording Studios, New York, New York).
Although he was embraced by an enormous pop audience--for a while, he was a bigger star than Elvis--Harry Belafonte was first and foremost a calypso singer, and it's in this style that almost all of his most beloved songs were recorded. PURE GOLD, a classic hits compilation from the early '60s, collects almost all of the best.
"Day-O" (a.k.a. "The Banana Boat Song"), "Jamaica Farewell," the BEETLEJUICE-revived "Jump In the Line," "Jump Down, Spin Around," "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)": all are both classics of calypso and great pop songs. This is intoxicating, impossible-to-hate music; PURE GOLD is possibly the best single-disc Harry Belafonte collection available.