Updated:- June 22, 2007

8) Harry Belafonte, Island In The Sun
The Complete Recordings 1949 - 1957
(Yr 2002)
Bear Family Records BCD 16262 EL
(5 CD Boxed Set, 12" x 12" Format)

Here is the definitive Belafonte collection covering the first decade of his extraordinary recording career. Happily, it takes in all of the long-out-of-print jazz, pop and folk sides laid down for Roost, Capitol and Jubilee Records (circa 1950). Then there's his entire RCA Victor catalogue for the period from 1952 through 1957. The repertoire encompasses a wide range of music styles and tunes from all corners of the globe.  Included are  13 previously-unreleased recordings, 10 of which are alternate takes of Belafonte standards, while the remaining 3  are songs being issued for the first time as part of this set. A companion hardcover book (a collectors piece in its own right) provides historical perspectives, as well as a detailed discography  and many rare pictures from his early years as an actor, singer and performer. There is some mystery, and a little controversy, associated with a number of the 112 remastered tracks. For more on this you should consult the Guest Book exchanges. It is worthy of note that the alternate takes in this set are every bit as moving as those that were originally chosen for the albums (4) which, in themselves,  are now regarded as classics.

Man Piaba (CD 2, Track 18) ¯ Remix?
The length and content are the same as the track on the "Mark Twain" LP but, mysteriously, the order of the verses has changed.

Sylvie (CD 2, Track 20) ¯ Alternate Take
From the "Belafonte" LP recording sessions.

Baby Darlin' (CD 2, Track 22) ¯ "New Song" (not previously issued)

Melda Massi (Lemme Go, Melda Marcy)  (CD 3, Track 18) ¯ "New Song" (not previously issued)
From the "Calypso" LP recording sessions.

The Blues Is Man, Part 2 (CD 3, Track 22) ¯ Alternate Take

Merci Bon Dieu (CD 3, Track 24) ¯ Alternate Take
From the "Evening" LP recording sessions.

Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma (CD 3, Track 25) ¯ Alternate Take
From the "Evening" LP recording sessions.

Hava Nageela (CD 4, Track 2) ¯ Alternate Take
From the "Evening" LP recording sessions.

Mama Look At Boo Boo (CD 5, Track 1) ¯ Alternate Take
From the "Caribbean" LP recording sessions.

Cocoanut Woman (CD 5, Track 2) ¯ Alternate Take
From the "Caribbean" LP recording sessions.

Fifteen (CD 5, Track 16) ¯ Original Recording (not previously issued)

How Green Was My Valley (CD 5, Track 17) ¯ Standard Revisited

The Lord Is My Shepherd (CD 5, Track 18) ¯ "New Song" (not previously issued)

I'm Goin' Away (CD 5, Track 19) ¯ Original Recording (not previously issued)

Special Note:
The importance of the Bear issue warrants a departure from the established protocols for this page. The following tabulation is introduced to serve as a checklist for fans wanting to relate the individual tracks to singles and LPs already in their possession. Serious Belafonte aficionados will want to refer to the companion book for session dates and matrix numbers.

BEAR SET, COMPLETE TRACK LISTING

CD No. 1 (Duration 79:02) :

Label

Year

Time

First Issued

01

Lean On Me

Roost

1949

3:11

Single

02

Recognition

Roost

1949

2:51

Single

03

How Green Was My Valley (1st of 2)

Capitol

1949

3:11

Single

04

Deep As The River

Capitol

1949

2:54

Single

05

They Didn't Believe Me

Capitol

1949

3:18

Single

06

Close Your Eyes

Capitol

1949

2:27

Single

07

Whispering

Capitol

1949

2:15

Single

08

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

Capitol

1949

3:16

Single

09

I Still Get A Thrill (Thinking Of You)

Capitol

1949

2:40

Single

10

Farewell To Arms

Capitol

1949

3:08

Single

11

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Jubilee

1950

2:53

Single

12

The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

Jubilee

1950

2:46

Single

13

Annabelle Lee

Jubilee

1950

2:37

Single

14

Venezuela (1st of 2)

Jubilee

1950

2:38

Single

15

Simple, Simple, Simple

Jubilee

1950

3:04

Single

16

Only One Like Me

Jubilee

1950

2:39

Single

17

Chiminey Smoke

RCA

1952

2:03

Single

18

A-Roving

RCA

1952

3:21

Single

19

Man Smart (Woman Smarter) (1st of 3)

RCA

1952

2:29

RCA 3CD Box ('00)

20

Jerry (This Timber Got To Roll) (1st of 2)

RCA

1952

2:16

German LP ('81)*

21

Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) (1st of 2)

RCA

1952

2:43

Single

22

Shenandoah (1st of 2)

RCA

1952

3:17

Single

23

Man Smart (Woman Smarter) (2nd of 3)

RCA

1952

2:32

Single

24

Jerry (This Timber Got To Roll) (2nd of 2)

RCA

1952

2:33

Single

25

Gomen Nasai (Forgive Me)

RCA

1953

2:31

Single

26

Springfield Mountain (To-Roo-De-Nay)

RCA

1953

2:30

Single

27

Suzanne (Every Night When The Sun Goes Down) (1st of 2)

RCA

1953

3:11

Single

28

Matilda, Matilda (1st of 2)

RCA

1953

2:28

Single

CD No. 2 (Duration 78:57) :

01

Venezuela (2nd of 2)

RCA

1953

2:55

Single

02

Kukla-Mu

RCA

1953

3:03

EP Promo

03

Pretty As A Rainbow

RCA

1954

2:22

Single

04

Acorn In The Meadow

RCA

1954

2:41

Single

05

I'm Just A Country Boy

RCA

1954

3:03

Single

06

Hold 'Em Joe

RCA

1954

2:35

Single

07

Kalenda Rock (Mourning Song)

RCA

1954

3:24

Mark Twain LP

08

The Drummer And The Cook (1st of 2)

RCA

1954

2:03

Mark Twain LP

09

The Fox

RCA

1954

2:45

Mark Twain LP

10

Delia

RCA

1954

3:00

Mark Twain LP

11

Soldier, Soldier

RCA

1954

1:37

Mark Twain LP

12

Lord Randall

RCA

1954

4:11

Mark Twain LP

13

Tol' My Captain

RCA

1954

2:46

Mark Twain LP

14

John Henry

RCA

1954

3:28

Mark Twain LP

15

The Next Big River

RCA

1954

0:21

Mark Twain LP

16

Mark Twain

RCA

1954

3:43

Mark Twain LP

17

Mo Mary

RCA

1954

2:15

Mark Twain LP

18

Man Piaba                VERSE ORDER CHANGED !

RCA

1954

3:30

Mark Twain LP

19

Take My Mother Home

RCA

1955

5:54

Belafonte LP

20

Sylvie (1st of 2)

RCA

1955

5:18

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

21

Noah

RCA

1955

4:51

Belafonte LP

22

Baby Darlin' NEW SONG!

RCA

1955

2:59

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

23

Hello Everybody

RCA

1955

2:14

Single

24

Troubles

RCA

1955

3:42

Belafonte LP

25

Matilda, Matilda (2nd of 2)

RCA

1955

3:11

Belafonte LP

CD No. 3 (Duration 79:15) :

01

Man Smart (Woman Smarter) (3rd of 3)

RCA

1955

3:33

Calypso LP

02

Waterboy

RCA

1955

3:42

Belafonte LP

03

Scarlet Ribbons (2nd of 2)

RCA

1955

3:14

Belafonte LP

04

Sylvie (2nd of 2)

RCA

1955

5:21

Belafonte LP

05

In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'

RCA

1955

3:16

Belafonte LP

06

Jump Down, Spin Around

RCA

1955

1:57

Belafonte LP

07

Will His Love Be Like His Rum?

RCA

1955

2:33

Calypso LP

08

Hosanna

RCA

1955

2:37

Calypso LP

09

The Jack-Ass Song

RCA

1955

2:52

Calypso LP

10

Banana Boat Song (Day-O)

RCA

1955

3:03

Calypso LP

11

Star-O

RCA

1955

2:02

Calypso LP

12

Suzanne (2nd of 2)

RCA

1955

3:18

Belafonte LP

13

Unchained Melody

RCA

1955

3:20

Belafonte LP

14

Jamaica Farewell (1st of 2)

RCA

1955

3:01

Calypso LP

15

I Do Adore Her

RCA

1955

2:47

Calypso LP

16

Dolly Dawn

RCA

1955

3:13

Calypso LP

17

Brown Skin Girl

RCA

1955

2:44

Calypso LP

18

Melda Massi ("Lemme Go, Melda Marcy")      NEW SONG !

RCA

1955

3:10

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

19

Come Back Liza

RCA

1955

3:04

Calypso LP

20

The Blues Is Man, Part 1

RCA

1956

2:52

Single

21

The Blues Is Man, Part 2 (1st of 2)

RCA

1956

2:50

Single

22

The Blues Is Man, Part 2 (2nd of 2)

RCA

1956

2:50

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

23

Mary's Boy Child (1st of 2)

RCA

1956

2:59

Single

24

Merci Bon Dieu (1st of 2)

RCA

1956

2:54

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

25

Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma (1st of 2)

RCA

1956

4:59

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

CD No. 4 (Duration 57:27) :

01

Once Was (1st of 2)

RCA

1956

2:56

Single

02

Hava Nageela (1st of 2)

RCA

1956

3:08

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

03

Jamaica Farewell (2nd of 2)

RCA

1956

2:48

Single

04

When The Saints Go Marching In (1st of 2)

RCA

1956

2:56

RCA 3CD Box ('00)

05

Merci Bon Dieu (2nd of 2)

RCA

1956

2:51

Evening LP

06

Once Was (2nd of 2)

RCA

1956

4:45

Evening LP

07

Hava Nageela (2nd of 2)

RCA

1956

3:14

Evening LP

08

Danny Boy

RCA

1956

5:48

Evening LP

09

The Drummer And The Cook (Cockney Air) (2nd of 2)

RCA

1956

3:55

Evening LP

10

Come O My Love

RCA

1956

4:24

Evening LP

11

Shenandoah (2nd of 2)

RCA

1956

3:45

Evening LP

12

Mary's Boy Child (2nd of 2)

RCA

1956

4:20

Evening LP

13

Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma (2nd of 2)

RCA

1956

5:29

Evening LP

14

Eden Was Like This

RCA

1956

2:59

Evening LP

15

When The Saints Go Marching In (2nd of 2)

RCA

1956

3:39

Evening LP

CD No. 5 (Duration 60.05) :

01

Mama Look A Boo Boo (1st of 2)

RCA

1957

3:00

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

02

Cocoanut Woman (1st of 2)

RCA

1957

3:00

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

03

Island In The Sun (1st of 2)

RCA

1957

2:46

RCA 3CD Box ('00)

04

Mama Look A Boo Boo (2nd of 2)

RCA

1957

2:58

Single

05

Cocoanut Woman (2nd of 2)

RCA

1957

3:16

Caribbean LP

06

Scratch Scratch

RCA

1957

2:42

Caribbean LP

07

Don't Ever Love Me

RCA

1957

2:46

Caribbean LP

08

Cordelia Brown

RCA

1957

2:54

Caribbean LP

09

Island In The Sun (2nd of 2)

RCA

1957

3:21

Caribbean LP

10

Angelique-O

RCA

1957

2:40

Caribbean LP

11

Haiti Cherie

RCA

1957

3:16

Caribbean LP

12

Judy Drownded

RCA

1957

3:25

Caribbean LP

13

Lead Man Holler

RCA

1957

4:14

Caribbean LP

14

Love, Love Alone

RCA

1957

3:17

Caribbean LP

15

Lucy's Door

RCA

1957

3:43

Caribbean LP

16

Fifteen

RCA

1957

3:24

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

17

How Green Was My Valley (2nd of 2)

RCA

1957

2:29

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

18

The Lord Is My Shepherd                 NEW SONG !

RCA

1957

2:36

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

19

I'm Goin' Away

RCA

1957

3:31

Bear 5CD Box ('02)

9) Petula Clark, The Ultimate Collection
Sanctuary Records, SANDD111
(Feb 2002)

On The Path Of Glory (Track 6, CD 2)¯Previously Unreleased
This is a duet with Harry Belafonte from the Petula Clark TV Special from 1968 on NBC. Controversy flared over a tender gesture towards the end of the number when Petula took
Harry by the arm . This sequence was eventually included without any editing.
The 2CD set has 45 tracks but Belafonte shows up on only this one song.

 

10) Merci Bon Dieu
BMG-74321-157542-3
(Year 1993)

Me'ci Bon Dié¯Disco Mix
The original studio master from 1956 overdubbed as disco music.
This is a CD single with 2 different arrangements and 4 distinct versions (2 long, 2 short).
As this is not an original recording, but rather a remix, it does not figure in the "Track Count."
Submitted by Carlo.

11) Harry Belafonte, Simply The Best, His Greatest Hits
Woodford Music WMCD 5643
(Year 2003)

Little Bernadette (Track 5) ¯ Alternate Take
At 4:16 minutes this alternate take is considerably longer  than the one issued on single in 1958 (3:06 mins). It is delivered in a lower key with some altered phrasing. See "Guest Book - Fan Forum 3," entries for Feb 8 & 23, 2004. Contributed by Hans-Peter.

 

12) Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall
RCA/BMG-09026-62690-2 
(Recorded in 1960 and released on compact disc  in 1994.)

Four (4) out of 19 tracks on this CD album of live recordings are different versions of songs which appear on the double LP set from 1960. The circumstances under which these alternate recordings were made remain a mystery. Please consult Volume 6 of Fan Forum  to read more about this intriguing puzzle. You will find entries on this subject dated Jan 11, 2006, Dec 16, 2006, Jan 7, 2007, and Apr 14, 2007. The information contained there is quite extensive and so no further comment will be offered here. Thanks to Menno for bringing these mysterious recordings to our attention and also to our collaborators for  taking the time to scrutinize them. 

Jump Down, Spin Around (Track 01) ¯ Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording

Hene Ma Tov (Track 16) ¯ Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording

I Know Where I'm Going ( Track 17) ¯ Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording

La Bamba (Track 19) ¯ Previously Unreleased Alternate .Recording

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