Harry Belafonte
Sings the Blues =45RPM 2LP=

  2 x LP   180grs   45rpm     LIMITED 

(Originally released in 1969)2004 issue US Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP Available for the First Time on 180g 45RPM 2LP Harry Belafonte Belafonte Sings The Blues on Mastered by Kevin Gray Impexs line of classic RCA Living Stereo releases no...

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Release date 09-12-2004(Originally released in 1969)

2004 issue US Numbered Limited  on 180g 45RPM 2LP = Available for the First Time Harry Belafonte Belafonte Sings The Blues on Mastered by Kevin Gray Impexs 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, this definitve pressing was mastered by Kevin Gray includes a historical essay insert and packaging and is individually numbered and strictly limited to 2500 pieces =sealed & stickered in gatefold picture sleeve Includes historical essay insert and packaging

 

Out Of Print! Only a few copies left!
TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
Michael Fremer Rated 9/11 Music, 10/11 Sonics!
Mastered by Kevin Gray! 1st Time On 180g 45rpm Vinyl!

Tracks:

A1 A Fool For You
A2 Losing Hand
A3 One For My Baby


B1 In the Evenin Mama
B2 Hallelujah I Love Her So
B3 The Way That I Feel

C1 Cotton Fields
C2 God Bless the Child
C3 Mary Ann

D1 Sinners Prayer
D2 Fare Thee Well

 

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Impex's line of classic RCA Living Stereo releases includes the inimitable vocal stylings of Harry Belafonte singing the timeless words and music of American blues in truly breath-taking sound.

Impex Records offers Harry Belafonte's ground-breaking blues set available for the first time on 45rpm 180g Vinyl, featuring exclusive historical essay insert on an elegant 84 lb pearlized paper stock and gorgeous high resolution mastering by Kevin Gray at AcousTech Mastering.

Harry Belafonte has never before sung on records as he does in this album. He is freer, more earthy, more exultantly identified with his material than ever before. He ha always communicated an often ferocious as well as lyrical sensitivity, but in this collection he achieves a unity of emotional strength in and understanding of his material that marks an important stage in his evolution as an artist.

"This is the area - the blues - with which I have the strongest identification," emphasizes Belafonte. It took a long time, however, before he was able to make this kind of a direct, basic blues album. By blues, incidentally, it is not meant that the songs are strict blues in terms of bar and chord structure, but that the feeling and the wryly unconquerable spirit of the blues pervade all the numbers.

"When I started singing," Belafonte explains, "I was involved with an enbironment that emphasized the modern school of jazz, and it was difficult for me to adapt the way I felt to the requirements of that kind of singing. But that was what I was exposed to at the time. I've always had a feeling for the basic blues, but it took several years of removing myself from the predominantly modern jazz environment and finding myself and my own set of balues before I had teh courage to attempt an album like this. Here I can just step out and sing wholly the way I feel."

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 performances of numerous Billie Holiday, Johnny Mercer, and Ray Charles songs performed in a way that only Belafonte can.

The blues are close to Belafonte's heart and it shows in the way he delivers such tunes as "One For My Baby", "Cotton Fields" and "God Bless the Child" among others.

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

"...this double 45 from Impex produces more detail, particularly on top and greater transparency than either the Classic or the original I have here and soundstage depth is notably superior. Working from what I suspect is a copy of the original forty four year old tape, Kevin Gray has produced the most open, transparent and detailed version yet. Impex's deluxe gatefold packaging adds to the pleasure." - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet.com, Music 9/11, Sound 10/11!

Features:
• 45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl
• Double LP
• Gatefold Jacket
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at AcousTech Mastering
• Historical essay on 84# Pearlized paper stock

Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 45
Extra info: LIMITED
Label: Impex
Originally released: 1958
This release: 2012
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