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A1. Capitol-EAP-1-619 ¯ Harry Belafonte, Close Your Eyes
Matrix Nos: 8F-1-619
1949, 45 rpm EP (Recorded '49, Issued ?)

Producer: Monte Kay
Orchestra Conducted by Pete Rugolo
Recorded N.Y.C., 19 July 1949 (1, 4), 20 December 1949 (2, 3)
This EP offers a mix of 3 jazz-pop tunes and a blues number (2).

01) Close Your Eyes (2:27)
02) Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (3:16)
03) I Still Get A Thrill (2:40)
04) Deep As The River (2:54)

 

 

A2. Jubilee-EP-5006 ¯ Harry Belafonte Sings Ballads
Matrix Nos: 45-5006A / B
1950, 45 rpm EP (Recorded '50, Issued ?)

Accompanied by the Belafonte Singers
Producer: Jack Rollins
Arrangements: Fred Norman
Recorded Aug. 1950, N.Y.C.
Cover Art: Leonard Besser

01) Simple, Simple, Simple (3:02)
02) Annabelle Lee (2:34)
03) Venezuela (2:34)
04) Only One Like Me (2:38)

 

 

A3. RCA-EPA-412 ¯ Harry Belafonte Sings Man Smart
Matrix Nos: E2PW-1025 / 1026
1952, 45 rpm EP (Recorded '52, Issued ?)

Millard Thomas, Guitar and Male Chorus (1, 2)
Instrumental Accompaniment and Male Chorus (3, 4)
Liner-notes: Anon
Belafonte’s very first album to bring together a blend of folk songs and calypso music.

01) Shenandoah (3:15)
02) Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) (2:42)
03) Man Smart (Woman Smarter) (2:30)
04) Jerry (This Timber Got To Roll) (2:31)

 

 

A4. RCA-LPM-1022 ¯ Mark Twain
Matrix Nos: E4VP-8219 / 8220
1954, 33 rpm LP

Vocals: Harry Belafonte
Accompanied by Millard Thomas, Guitar
With Orchestra and Chorus Supervised by Hugo Winterhalter
Session Producers : H. Winterhalter, Henri René, Jack Lewis, Joe Carlton
Recorded in RCA Victor's Manhattan Center and
24th Street Studios, Apr. 9, 22 & 29 and May 13, 1954
Cover Art: Kysar
Liner-notes: Leonard Feather

01) Mark Twain (3:44)
02) Man Piaba (3:31)
03) John Henry (3:29)
04) Tol' My Captain (2:45)
05) Kalenda Rock (3:23)
06) The Drummer And The Cook (2:03)
07) The Fox (2:50)
08) Soldier, Soldier (1:36)
09) The Next Big River (0:20)
10) Delia (2:58)
11) Mo Mary (2:14)
12) Lord Randall (4:08)

A Little Background on RCA's LP Prefixes:-

LPM (33 rpm Long-Play Monaural Record)
RCA assigned this prefix to their early LPs which were all monaural (or single channel) recordings. It remained in
use up until 1962 when they discontinued monaural pressings altogether.

LSP (33 rpm Long-Play Stereophonic Record)
RCA began to offer stereo (or dual channel) LPs as an option in 1958 and chose this designation to set them apart.

LSP(e) (33 rpm Long-Play, Electronically-Reproduced, Stereo Record)
RCA quickly came up with a mechanism to permit earlier monaural recordings to be re-processed so that they could
be played to their best advantage on modern stereo sound-systems. Belafonte's first 5 LPs (Twain, Belafonte, Calypso, Evening & Caribbean) were all recycled in this manner.

A5. RCA-LPM-1150¯ Belafonte
Matrix Nos: F2PP-7738 / 7739
1955, 33 rpm LP

Vocals: Harry Belafonte
Accompanied by:
Millard Thomas, Guitar (1, 7)
Tony Scott and His Orchestra (2, 4)
The Norman Luboff Choir (6 ,8 ,10 ,11)
Producer: Henri René
Director: Tony Scott
Sax: Bud Shank, Jimmy Giuffre
Trumpet: Buddy Childers , Conti Condoli, Maynard Ferguson
Recorded at Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood, August 10 to 19, 1955
Liner-notes: William Attaway

01) Waterboy (3:42)
02) Troubles (3:38)
03) Suzanne (Every Night) (3:19)
04) Matilda, Matilda (3:34)
05) Take My Mother Home (6:00)
06) Noah (4:53)
07) Scarlet Ribbons (3:13)
08) In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin’ (3:15)
09) Unchained Melody (3:18)
10) Jump Down, Spin Around (1:54)
11) Sylvie (5:21)

 

A6. RCA-LPM-1248 ¯ Calypso
Matrix Nos: G2PP-2984 / 2985
1955, 33 rpm LP

Vocals: Harry Belafonte
Accompanied by:
Tony Scott and His Orchestra (2 ,3 ,5 ,8 ,9 ,10 ,11)
Millard J. Thomas, Guitar (1, 4, 6 ,7)
The Norman Luboff Choir (8, 9, 10)
Producers : Ed Welker, Herman Diaz Jr., Henri René (11)
Conductor : Toy Scott
Back-up Musicians : Irving Burgie, Frantz Casseus
Chorus Leader: Broc Peters
Recorded at Webster Hall on East 11th Street in Manhattan
Aug. 18, Oct. 20, Nov. 9, 1955
Cover Photo: Roy Stevens
Liner-notes: William Attaway

01) Day O (3:02)
02) I Do Adore Her (2:47)
03) Jamaica Farewell (3:04)
04) Will His Love Be Like His Rum (2:34)
05) Dolly Dawn (3:17)
06) Star O (2:04)
07) The Jack-Ass Song (2:54)
08) Hosanna (2:39)
09) Come Back Liza (3:05)
10) Brown Skin Girl (2:45)
11) Man Smart (Woman Smarter) (3:30)

 

A7. RCA-LPM-1402 ¯ An Evening With Belafonte
Matrix Nos: G2PP-9882 / 9883
1956, 33 rpm LP

Vocals: Harry Belafonte
Accompanied by:
Will Lorin and His Orchestra (27-piece Symphonette including
Harry Sweets Edison on trumpet and Si Zentner on trombone)
Millard Thomas, Guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ,9, 11)
Frantz Casseus, Guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11)
Producers: Henri René, Dennis Farnon, E. O. Welker
Recorded at Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood from July 20-26, 1956
Liner-notes: John S. Wilson

01) Merci Bon Dieu (2:49)
02) Once Was (4:45)
03) Hava Nageela (3:13)
04) Danny Boy (5:50)
05) The Drummer And The Cook (3:55)
06) Come O My Love (4:26)
07) Shenandoah (3:45)
08) Mary's Boy Child (4:20)
09) Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma (5:30)
10) Eden Was Just Like This (2:59)
11) When The Saints Go Marching In (3:39)

 

A8. RCA-LPM-1505 ¯ Belafonte Sings Of The Caribbean
Matrix Nos: H2PP-4365 / 4366
1957, 33 rpm LP

Vocals: Harry Belafonte
Producer : Joe Carlton
Bob Corman (Robert DeCormier) and His Orchestra and Chorus
Featuring Millard Thomas, Frantz Casseus, and
Victor Messer on Guitars
Recorded at Webster Hall on East 11th Street in Manhattan
Cover Photo: D. C. Gunn
Liner-notes: William Attaway

01) Scratch, Scratch (2:39)
02) Lucy's Door (3:43)
03) Cordelia Brown (2:53)
04) Don't Ever Love Me (2:46)
05) Love, Love Alone (3:19)
06) Cocoanut Woman (3:18)
07) Haiti Cherie (3:18)
08) Judy Drownded (3:28)
09) Island In The Sun (3:21)
10) Angelique-O (2:40)
11) Lead Man Holler (4:18)

 

A9. RCA-LOP / LSO-1006 / LSP-1972 ¯ Belafonte Sings The Blues
Matrix Nos: J2PP-4468 / 4469
1958, 33 rpm LP

Vocals: Harry Belafonte
Accompanied By The Belafonte Folk Singers
Leaders:
Alan Greene, Jan. 29, 1958 (4), New York
Bob Corman, Mar. 29, 1958 (6, 11), New York
Dennis Farnon, Jun. 5, 7, 1958 (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10), Hollywood
Produced by Ed Welker
Liner-notes: Nat Hentoff

01) A Fool For You (3:38)
02) Losing Hand (4:16)
03) One For My Baby (4:34)
04) In The Evenin' Mama (3:29)
05) Hallelujah I Love Her So (2:53)
06) The Way I Feel (4:29)
07) Cotton Fields (5:17)
08) God Bless The Child (5:03)
09) Mary Ann (2:41)
10) Sinner's Prayer (4:42)
11) Fare Thee Well (3:00)



A10. RCA-LPM / LSP-1887 ¯ To Wish You A Merry Christmas
Matrix Nos: J2PP-4830 / 4831
1958, 33 rpm LP

Vocals: Harry Belafonte
Conducted by Bob Corman
Millard Thomas and Laurindo Almeida, Guitars (5, 7)
Recorded in Hollywood California, May 27 & 31, Jun. 1, 3, & 8, 1958
Produced and Directed by Ed Welker
Liner-notes: Watson Wylie

01) A Star In The East (4:14)
02) The Gifts They Gave (3:56)
03) The Son Of Mary (3:20)
04) The Twelve Days Of Christmas (3:46)
05) Where The Little Jesus Sleeps (2:04)
06) Medley: (5:24)
     The Joys Of Christmas
      O Little Town Of Bethlehem
      Deck The Halls
      The First Noel
07) Mary, Mary (3:18)
08) Jehovah The Lord Will Provide (2:54)
09) Silent Night (3:33)
10) Christmas Is Coming (1:35)
11) Medley: (4:26)
      We Wish You A Merry Christmas
      God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
      O Come All Ye Faithful
      Joy To The World
12) I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (3:01)

Note:-
This collection was re-issued in 1962 as LPM / LSP-2626, with the addition of Mary's Boy Child from the LP, An Evening With Belafonte. Evidently his fans did not consider a Belafonte Christmas concert complete without the inclusion of his unique reading of this spiritual. One cannot but agree.

A11. RCA-LPM / LSP-1927 ¯ Love Is A Gentle Thing
Matrix Nos: J2PP-4421 / 4422
1958, 33 rpm LP

Vocals: Harry Belafonte
Accompanied by the Harry Belafonte Singers (2, 5, 6, 8, 11)
Conducted by Bob Corman (2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 2) and Alan Greene (1, 3, 4, 9, 10)
Recorded in New York and Hollywood, 1958
Recording Engineers: Ernest Oelrich, Bob Simpson, Thorne Nagar
Produced by Ed Welker
Cover Art: David Stone Martin
Liner-notes: Paul Ackerman

01) Fifteen (2:50)
02) I Never Will Marry (2:44)
03) I'm Goin' Away (3:08)
04) Small One (2:53)
05) Bella Rosa (3:25)
06) All My Trials (5:37)
07) Green Grow The Lilacs (3:55)
08) Times Are Gettin' Hard (3:36)
09) Turn Around (2:23)
10) Go 'Way From My Window (3:09)
11) Delia's Gone (4:34)
12) Walkin' On The Green Grass (3:22)

Just seemed to be the appropriate place to introduce these snapshots:-

          

A12. RCA-LOP / LSO-1507 ¯ Porgy And Bess
Matrix Nos: K2PP-2108 / 2109
1959, 33 rpm LP (with Lena Horne)

Vocals:
Harry Belafonte (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10)
Lena Horne (2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10)
Arrangements and Musical Direction by:
Lennie Hayton (2, 4, 5, 6 ,8, 10)
Robert Corman (1, 3, 7, 9)
Recordings Produced by Bob Bollard and Fred Reynolds
Recording Engineer: Ernest Oelrich
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, Feb., Mar. 1959
Cover Photo: Murray Laden

01) A Woman Is A Sometime Thing (2:40)
02) Summertime (3:11)
03) Oh I Got Plenty Of Nothing (3:00)
04) I Wants You To Stay Here (3:30)
05) Bess, You Is My Woman (5:57)
06) It Ain't Necessarily So (3:03)
07) Street Calls: (4:17)
      Strawberry Woman
      The Honey Man
      Crab Man
08) My Man's Done Gone (4:05)
09) Bess, Oh Where's My Bess (3:36)
10) There's A Boat That's Leavin' Soon For New York (2:37)

A13. RCA-LOC / LSO-6006 ¯ Belafonte At Carnegie Hall
Matrix Nos: K2PP-2685 / 2686 / 2687 / 2688
1959, 33 rpm LP (Live, 2 record set)

Vocals: Harry Belafonte
Orchestra Conducted by Robert Corman
Produced by Bob Bollard
Recorded at Carnegie Hall, Apr. 19 and 20, 1959
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Guitars: Millard Thomas, Raphael Boguslav
Bongos and Conga: Danny Barrajanos
Bass: Norman Keenan
Cover Photo: Les Friedlander
Artistic Rendering: G. Undelfinger
Liner-notes: Bob Bollard

01) Darlin' Cora (3:51)
02) Sylvie (4:51)
03) Cotton Fields (4:04)
04) John Henry (4:50)
05) Take My Mother Home (4:68)
06) The Marching Saints (4:23)
07) Day-O (3:24)
08) Jamaica Farewell (4:51)
09) Man Piaba (6:08)
10) All My Trials (3:49)
11) Mama Look A Boo Boo (5:01)
12) Come Back Liza (2:54)
13) Man Smart (Woman Smarter) (4:17)
14) Hava Nageela (3:41)
15) Danny Boy (5:05)
16) Merci Bon Dieu (2:46)
!7) Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma (6:28)
18) Shenandoah (3:33)
19) Matilda, Matilda (12:46)

A14. RCA-LPM / LSP-2022) ¯ My Lord What A Morning
Matrix Nos: K2PP-2457 / 2458
1959, 33 rpm LP

Vocals: Harry Belafonte
Accompanied by The Belafonte Folk Singers
Conducted by Bob Corman
Produced by Bob Bollard
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Cover Art: Herschel Levit
Liner-notes: Langston Hughes

01) Wake Up Jacob (1:51)
02) My Lord What A Morning (4:23)
03) Ezekiel (3:36)
04) Buked And Scorned (4:39)
05) Stars Shinin' (By 'n By) (1:37)
06) Oh Freedom (3:20)
07) Were You There When They Crucified My Lord (4:33)
08) Oh Let Me Fly (2:08)
09) Swing Low (3:57)
10) March Down To Jordan (3:24)
11) Steal Away (3:43)

 

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