Harry Belafonte: The Early Years at Capitol Records

Track List

>Close Your Eyes
>They Didn't Believe Me
>Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
>Deep as the River
>Farewell to Arms
>How Green Was My Valley
>I Still Get a Thrill
>Calypso Be Bop
>Run, Run, Run
>Magic Composer
>Naughty Little Flea, The
>Jump in the Line
>Bachelor's Life
>I Can't Cross Over
>Out de Fire
>Mister, Give Me de Rent
>It All Began with Adam and Eve
>Donkey Bray

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.

Before Harry Belafonte struck upon his iconic, multimillion-selling combination of calypso, folk, and pop, he briefly made a go of it as a more traditional crooner in the Bing Crosby/Mel Torme mold. THE EARLY YEARS AT CAPITOL RECORDS collects material from this era, and also includes the album SWINGIN' CALYPSOS by another early calypso star, the influential, if largely forgotten, Lord Flea. The unusual juxtaposition of Belafonte's ultra-smooth, orchestra-backed vocals on tracks such as "I Still Get a Thrill" and "Farewell To Arms" next to Lord Flea's gritty island party music serves to drive home the importance of Belafonte's later brand of genre-mixing genius.


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