*Disc 1 is a hybrid SACD containing the complete album on the SACD layer (stereo & 3-channel). Due to the time constraints of the CD format, the performance is split between Discs 1 & 2.
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original 3-track analog tapes
Hybrid Multichannel SACD plays in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players
This edition of the album has three bonus tracks! Comments by Belafonte after the end of the concert, an encore selection ("Scarlet Ribbons") and a closing medley of the songs in the concert done instrumentally by the orchestra.
"Sometimes, the best things are worth waiting for. That's certainly the case with this week's long-awaited release of the Living Stereo album Belafonte at Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert in 3 Channel SACD Stereo on the Analogue Productions label. ... The album's producer and recording engineer chose to record the album with the musicians in the background and Belafonte up front. On the 3-channel SACD version of the album that makes Belafonte's bold singing style and energy even more dramatic and electric. ... The 3-channel SACD of Belafonte at Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert is a standout. The SACD has excellent imaging, sonics, acoustics and sound." — Brian Moura, Positive Feedback Online, March/April 2015. Read the entire review here.
Praise for the Analogue Productions LP version of Belafonte At Carnegie Hall
"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, AnalogPlanet.com. To read Fremer's full review, click here.
AllMusic writes: "The grandaddy of all live albums, this set captures the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity. Sampled from two consecutive performances of identical material, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall was an anomaly at a time when only comedy albums were recorded outside of the studio environment. It wasn't the first live album ever made, but it was certainly the first to be a major financial and artistic success. It stayed on the best-selling album charts for over three years and remained in print until RCA discontinued pressing LPs."
Well, wait no more if you haven't heard this marvelous record. We've gone all out for this deluxe reissue. Starting with premier mastering by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes. This Hybrid Multichannel SACD plays in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players.
Belafonte's mastery in front of an audience was never better displayed than here, a mastery that resulted in him becoming one of the most popular concert draws in history. Producer Bob Bollard and orchestra leader Bob Corman deftly integrated the 47-piece orchestra into the performance but knew when to lie back to let Belafonte sing, accompanied by a small combo of two guitars, bass, and percussion. The concert is divided in three sections: "Moods of the American Negro," "In the Caribbean," and "Around the World." All the hits are here: "Day O," "Jamaica Farewell," "Mama Look a Boo Boo," and others, plus calypso, folk songs, chain gang songs, spirituals, and songs from other lands, representing a veritable best-of package of Belafonte's first decade with RCA Victor.
From the opening trumpet fanfare and brief orchestral overture to the epic 12-minute version of "Matilda" (which set a standard for audience participation), the album never lets up. It is exciting, poignant, thrilling, intimate, and at times, spontaneously hilarious. Have a seat, sip a beverage and enjoy!
Disc 1: Hybrid SACD
2. Darlin’ Cora
4. Cotton Fields
5. John Henry
6. Take My Mother Home
7. The Marching Saints
8. Day O
9. Jamaica Farewell
10. Man Piaba
11. All My Trials
12. Mama Look A Boo Boo
13. Come Back Liza
14. Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
15. Hava Nageela
16. Danny Boy
17. Merci Bon Dieu
18. Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma
21. Harry Belafonte (Spoken Intro)
22. Scarlet Ribbons
23. Overture Medley (Instrumental)
Disc 2: CD
24. Mama Look A Boo Boo
25. Come Back Liza
26. Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
27. Hava Nageela
28. Danny Boy
29. Merci Bon Dieu
30. Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma
33. Harry Belafonte (Spoken Intro) (Bonus Track)
34. Scarlet Ribbons (Bonus Track)
35. Overture Medley (Instrumental) (Bonus Track)