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Harry Belafonte - Belafonte Sings the Blues (1958/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Harry Belafonte
Title: Belafonte Sings the Blues
Genre: Blues, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening, Traditional Pop
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1958/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 45:09
Recorded: January 29, March 29, 1958 in New York, June 5 and 7, 1958 in Hollywood

Impex's line of classic RCA Living Stereo releases now includes the inimitable vocal stylings of Harry Belafonte singing the timeless words and music of American blues in truly breathtaking sound. Belafonte Sings the Blues was recorded over four sessions during the first half of 1958, and released by RCA later that year. The album features thrilling performances of numerous Billie Holiday, Johnny Mercer, and Ray Charles songs, interpreted in a way that only Belafonte can. The blues are close to Belafonte's heart and it clearly shows here on his renditions of such classics as "One For My Baby", "Cotton Fields" and "God Bless the Child" among others!
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Harry Belafonte - Belafonte Sings of The Caribbean (1957/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Harry Belafonte
Title: Belafonte Sings of The Caribbean
Genre: Pop, Folk, Vocal, Traditional Pop, Calypso, Caribbean Traditions
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1957/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:18
Recorded: 1957, Webster Hall, New York City

Belafonte's second album of songs from the West Indies expanded the scope in both style as well as geography from the Calypso album. As in that album, his chief collaborator was the prolific Irving Burgie. For the first time, we hear Belafonte sing one of the famous wry calypso tunes based on historical happenings. "Love, Love Alone" dealt with the abdication of King Edward VII to marry the American widow, Mrs. Wallis Simpson. Also on the album are the ballads "Haiti Cherie" and "Island in the Sun," the latter the theme song from the motion picture starring Belafonte and Joan Fontaine. The songs are catchy and melodic, and the accompaniment has been stepped up to feature an orchestra, conducted by longtime Belafonte orchestra leader Robert DeCormier (aka Bob Corman). Note: the Japanese release replaces three tracks with "I Do Adore Her," from Calypso, plus two RCA Victor singles that were never on LP in the U.S.: "Venezuela" and "Mama Look a Boo Boo." --AllMusic Review by Cary Ginell
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Harry Belafonte - Belafonte at the Greek Theatre (1963/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Harry Belafonte
Title: Belafonte at The Greek Theatre
Genre: Pop, Folk, Vocal, Traditional Pop, Calypso, Caribbean Traditions
Label: © RCA Records | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1963/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:14:37
Recorded live at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, August 23rd, 1963

By 1963, Harry Belafonte's live act had taken on the proportions of a theatrical event, tightly choregraphed and rehearsed with elaborate production numbers. For a solid month during the summer of 1963, the act sold out Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, an open-air amphitheatre nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Fans who couldn't get in would climb trees surrounding the theatre to get a glimpse of the show (Belafonte may have coined the phrase "nosebleed section"). This live, double album, Belafonte's third, was edited from performances recorded during that month, and despite a nagging echo, captures the excitement of the concerts, which helped make the Greek world renowned. Belafonte's keen sense of humor ("Excuse me, miss, do you really need binoculars from there?") and rapport with his audience are in evidence here, especially in the epic sing-along of the moment, "Zombie Jamboree," from The Many Moods of Belafonte, which takes up an entire side and nearly seventeen minutes. Very few of the songs are retreads ("Look Over Yonder" and "Try to Remember" are the only songs presented that Belafonte had recorded in the studio). A surprise inclusion is "Merry Minuet," written by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), a song Belafonte had sung a decade earlier in his Broadway debut, John Murray Anderson's Almanac, but had never committed to record. This album marks the end of Belafonte's most artistically productive period on record. Other excellent albums followed Greek Theatre, but not with the consistency of those from 1959-63. --AllMusic Review by Cary Ginell
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Harry Belafonte - Belafonte (1955/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Harry Belafonte
Title: Belafonte
Genre: Pop, Folk, Vocal, Traditional Pop, Calypso, Caribbean Traditions
Label: © RCA Records | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1955/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:26
Recorded: RCA Victor's Manhattan Center and 24th Street Studios, August 10 – 19, 1955

Belafonte is the second studio album by American recording artist Harry Belafonte, released at the end of 1955. The album became his first to debut at number one on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, topping the chart for six weeks before being knocked out of the top spot by Elvis Presley's self-titled debut album.
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George Frideric Handel - Water Music - Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Artist: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Title: Handel: Water Music HWV 348-50 (1717)
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 48:22
Recorded: juillet 2015 à l'Arsenal de Metz

On 17 July 1717, King George I of England ‘went up by Water to Chelsea, and was entertain’d with an excellent Consort of Musick . . . composed specially by the famous Handel’. The fifty musicians cost the . . . princely sum of £150 – but their hunting horns, trumpets, flutes and the rest so delighted the company that the concert was repeated three times in the course of the evening. No doubt the matchless virtuosos of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin will repeat that feat in your living room!
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