Harry Belafonte

Art of a Legend

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Harry Belafonte was instrumental in bringing Third World music and rhythms into the pop mainstream in the insular 1950s. Although born in Harlem, Belafonte spent a good part of his childhood in his mother's native Jamaica, and the breezy Caribbean folk songs he learned there were transformed by his clear, strong voice and careful arrangements into sparkling pop songs. This single-disc career retrospective features his biggest hits, including the work song "Day-O (Banana Boat Song)," the mento classic "Jump in the Line," and the beautiful ballad "Jamaica Farewell." Other highlights here include a live duet with Odetta on the old fiddle tune "A Hole in the Bucket" and a version of Leadbelly's "Midnight Special" that features a 20-year-old Bob Dylan on harmonica.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:59 Spotify
2 3:24
3 3:04 Spotify
4
3:12 Spotify
5 3:32 Spotify
6 3:43 Spotify
7 3:34 Spotify
8 3:12 Spotify
9
2:49 Spotify
10 3:18 Spotify
11 3:58 Spotify
12 3:17 Spotify
13 2:36 Spotify
14
3:16 Spotify
15 3:13 Spotify
16
3:01 Spotify
17 2:40 Spotify
18 3:29 Spotify
19
feat: Bob Dylan
3:45 Spotify
20 5:19 Spotify
21
feat: Lena Horne
2:40 Spotify
22
feat: Odetta
4:16 Spotify
23 2:57 Spotify
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