Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A voice like warm rum

Every musical legend has a particular album that is considered to be their masterpiece, and for Jamaican-born Harry Belafonte, that album is Belafonte at Carnegie Hall. Recorded at two performances in April of 1959, this album is Belafonte at his best. His most popular songs - "Day O", "Matilda", "John Henry" and "Mama Look a Boo Boo" - are all on this album, is his voice is strong and rich. I heard this album many times growing up (my father is very partial to Harry Belafonte), and it is one of my favorites. Its only shortcoming is that it does not include a rendition of "Jump in the Line", a hip-shaking song that you probably remember from the 1988 film Beetlejuice. (However, we do have that particular song on another album here at the library). With all this beautiful sunny weather, what better time to open all the windows and crank up Harry's calypso beat?

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