Belafonte Sings The Blues
Belafonte Sings The Blues
Belafonte Sings The Blues
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Belafonte Sings The Blues
Belafonte Sings The Blues
Belafonte Sings The Blues

Belafonte Sings The Blues

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Harry Belafonte – vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Harry Belafonte]

Conductors : Alan Greene (A4), Bob Corman (A6, B5), Dennis Farnon (A1-3, A5, B3-4)

Written by Ray Charles (A1, A5, B3), Charles Calhoun (A2), Johnny Mercer-Harold Arlen (A3), C. C. Carter (A4, B1), Fred Brooks (A6), Arthur Herzog (B2), Jr., Billie Holiday (B2), Lowell Fulson (B4), Fred Brooks (B5)


1 LP, Old style tip-on heavyweight jacket by Stoughton Printing

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Analogue Productions

Original Label : RCA

Recorded in New York, January 29, 1958 and March 29; in Hollywood, June 5 and 7, 1958

Produced by Ed Welker

Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound

Originally released in 1958

Reissued in June 2022



Side A:

  1. A Fool For You
  2. Losing Hand
  3. One For My Baby
  4. In the Evenin' Mama
  5. Hallelujah I Love Her So
  6. The Way That I Feel

Side B :

  1. Cotton Fields
  2. God Bless the Child
  3. Mary Ann
  4. Sinner's Prayer
  5. Fare Thee Well


Reviews :

« This 1958 release was Belafonte’s first stereo release and 1958 was the dawn of the RCA Living Stereo sound. It featured a great example of well done stereo, and Belafonte’s later Carnegie Hall albums became audiophile standards. Sing the Blues has often been compared unfavorably to his other work as understated, but given the range of expression Belafonte brings to these tunes, I don’t consider that a negative. He sings three Ray Charles tunes, a Billie Holiday standard (“God Bless the Child”), and a couple of Charles Carter tunes that were Belafonte staples. Belafonte nails every song on the album, with the exception of the Johnny Mercer tune “One for My Baby”. I just don’t see Belafonte drunk at the bar spilling his heart out to a bartender. But his version of “Cotton Fields” is as good as there is and his “God Bless the Child” is outstanding.

This reissue was mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio and the 45 rpm set pressed at RTI in California. A few reissue companies have taken a stab at the RCA Living Stereo catalog, but this is the most successful execution yet. I was struck by how much more emotional impact this issue has. The two LPs are packaged in a handsome fold-out cover with lyrics inside the fold and an insert bio of Belafonte inside the sleeve. Top recommendation! » DENNIS DAVIS, HIFI+ , JANUARY 2013

« After flirting with traditional African-American material in his previous albums, Belafonte, for the first time, devotes an entire album to the blues. However, of the eleven songs, only two could be classified as traditional blues: "In the Evenin' Mama" and "Cotton Fields," the latter given a five minute treatment. Belafonte would take this song on the road as part of his live act for the next decade. Of the other songs, three were covers of Ray Charles standards ("A Fool For You," "Hallelujah I Love Her So," "Mary Ann"). Another highlight is Belafonte's rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." With few exceptions, the entire album is understated and not as exciting or riveting as other Belafonte records. Still, it's solid listening, and taken track by track, thoughtful performances. Footnote: this was the first Belafonte album recorded in stereo. Some releases feature a thick, dark blue spine. » AllMusic Review by Cary Ginell


Ratings :

AllMusic : 3 / 5 , Discogs : 4,41 / 5

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