Harry Belafonte : The Midnight Special

Harry Belafonte : The Midnight Special


Harry Belafonte (vocals), Bob Dylan (harmonica), Ernie Calabria, Millard Thomas (guitar), Jerome Richardson (saxo soloist), Joe Wildes (trumpet soloist), Norman Keenan (bass), Danny Barrajanos, Don Lamond, Percy Brice (drums) and orchestra conducted by Jimmy Jones

RCA 2449

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Midnight Special
A2 - Crawdad Song
A3 - Memphis Tennessee
A4 - Gotta Travel On
A5 - Did You Hear About Jerry
B1 - On Top of Old Smokey
B2 - Muleskinner
B3 - Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad
B4 - Michael, Row the Boat Ashore

Recorded in 1962 at RCA Victor Studios in Hollywood.

No attempt has ever been made to compare Harry Belafonte with other singers of his own generation or generations following. Perhaps this is because there simply is no other singer in the American folk scene who possesses anything remotely comparable to his uniquely silky yet dusky voice, or his genial mix of calypso, blues, gospel and traditional songs. The present album provides a wonderful testimony to the Jamaican singer’s flexibility and multifariousness, which he learned to perfection of New York’s jazz clubs. It includes songs such as “Midnight Special“, a prisoner’s nocturnal prayer for freedom, and “On Top Of Old Smokey“, which Belafonte instils with intricate rhythm and Caribbean flair. And the tailor-made arrangements are no less thrilling: whether possessing all the drive of a stomping big band, filled with the intimacy of a smoochy small ensemble (with Bob Dylan on the mouth organ!) or with an earthy, folksy, blue grass sound - there’s all that and plenty more! To put it in a nutshell: a veritable feast of traditional music which doesn’t sound the least ‘traditional‘.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com