Harry Belafonte, Belafonte Sings Of The Caribbean [EP] (1957)
I’ve always been a Harry Belafonte fan – maybe it was seeing Day-O in Beetlejuice that really lit it up for me (I’m guessing, age-wise, that would have been when it really clicked). And then a few years on I got really obsessed – box-sets, picking up the old, early records whenever I could. I bought the full-lengther, Belafonte Sings of The Caribbean (a great album, his second official full-length record I believe). The calypso craze was big. For me the appreciation of Belafonte comes from an understanding of who the man is and what he’s about – but obviously the music too. It’s lively and lovely in equal measures. His voice so smooth, the rhythms driving it all. Just the other day I was at the dump-shop where I found this – an EP-version of that album, just four tracks, a wee sampler as such. The woman behind the counter said, “if you want that YOU CAN HAVE IT!” I did. And so I do.
Sample Track: Haiti Cherie
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