Liner-notes offer glimpses into an artist's career as it is unfolding. When penned
by those most closely associated with his works, they take on special meaning.

Some of you must be wondering to yourselves, "why doesn't he just go ahead
and scan in the backs of those albums and save us all a whole lot of trouble?" Well,
the answer is really quite simple. It's all to do with tradition. Yes that's right, that age-old
tradition of picking up the album cover, settling into a comfortable chair and then
engaging in the total experience of text, photos, and artwork.

No.

Album Title

Date

Author

A01

Capitol-EAP-1-619 ¯ Close Your Eyes

195?

none

A02

Jubilee-EP-5006 ¯ Sings Ballads

195?

none

A03

RCA-EPA-412 ¯ Sings Man Smart

195?

Anonymous

This very first set of liner-notes takes the form of a biography.

A04

RCA-LPM-1022 ¯ Mark Twain

1954

Leonard Feather

Another early biography along with perceptions on the artist

and his music.

A05

RCA-LPM-1150 ¯ Belafonte

1956

William Attaway

An intimate look at Harry Belafonte from the vantage point of an insider.

A06

RCA-LPM-1248 ¯ Calypso

1956

William Attaway

West-Indian music, and its unique interpretation by Harry Belafonte,

take centre stage. This is one of three such profiles (see A8 & A27)

by a close associate who shares the artist's passion for the songs

of the Islands.

A07

RCA-LPM-1402 ¯ An Evening With Belafonte

1957

John S. Wilson

An analysis of the Belafonte phenomenon.

A08

RCA-LPM-1505 ¯ Belafonte Sings Of The Caribbean

1957

William Attaway

The writer again demonstrates his in-depth understanding of

West-Indian music and culture. Lyrics were made available in a

companion booklet offered separately.

A09

RCA-LOP / LSO-1006 ¯ Belafonte Sings The Blues

1958

Nat Hentoff

Discussion of the Blues idiom.

A10

RCA-LPM / LSP-1887 ¯ To Wish You A Merry Christmas

1958

Watson Wylie

Presenting Harry Belafonte, the consummate artist. Lyrics were

made available in a companion booklet offered separately.

A11

RCA-LPM / LSP-1927 ¯ Love Is A Gentle Thing

1959

Paul Ackerman

A study of the performer and his repertoire.

A12

RCA-LOP / LSO-1507 ¯ Porgy And Bess

1959

none

A13

RCA-LOC / LSO-6006 ¯ Belafonte At Carnegie Hall

1959

Bob Bollard

The plan, the risks, the magic of the live performance, the phenomenal

success of the overall project, and a review of the spontaneous tracks

that make up this collection.

A14

RCA-LPM / LSP-2022 ¯ My Lord What A Morning

1960

Langston Hughes

Visits the world of Spirituals.

A15

RCA-LPM / LSP-2194 ¯ Swing Dat Hammer

1960

Bob Bollard

Explores the domain of the chain gang and work song.

A16

RCA-LOC / LSO-6007 ¯ Belafonte Returns To Carnegie Hall

1960

Bob Bollard

Reviews Harry Belafonte's re-appearance at Carnegie Hall

together with a formidable roster of Friends.

A17

RCA-LPM / LSP-2388 ¯ Jump Up Calypso

1961

Anonymous

Celebration of Harry Belafonte's return to the Calypso arena,

with a brand new program. Lyrics were made available in a

companion booklet offered separately.

A18

RCA-LPM / LSP-2449 ¯ The Midnight Special

1962

Bob Bollard

The creative process and Harry Belafonte's evolution as a performer.

Lyrics were made available in a companion booklet offered separately.

A19

RCA-LPM / LSP-2574 ¯ The Many Moods Of Belafonte

1962

Anonymous

The emphasis is on the individual tracks.

A20

RCA-LPM / LSP-2695 ¯ Streets I Have Walked

1963

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte talks of his world travels and introduces

these "songs of people, places and traditions."

A21

RCA-LSO-6009 ¯ Belafonte At The Greek Theatre

1963

Bob Bollard

Harry Belafonte's triumphant return to the outdoor stage 

with his one-man show.

A22

RCA-LSP-2953 ¯ Ballads, Blues, & Boasters

1964

Anonymous

The artist, his music and the album tracks.

A23

RCA-LSP-3415 ¯ An Evening With Belafonte / Mouskouri

1965

Anonymous

Nana Mouskouri is profiled along with her music from Greece. 

Attention is drawn to Harry Belafonte's close association with

talented performers from other countries.

A24

RCA-LSP-3420 ¯ An Evening With Belafonte / Makeba

1965

Harry Belafonte

Belafonte introduces Miriam Makeba and her Sounds of Africa.

A25

Philips-BEL 1 ¯ Belafonte-En Gränslös Kväll På Operan

1966

none

A26

RCA-LSP-3571 ¯ In My Quiet Room

1966

Anonymous

The focus is primarily on Harry Belafonte's artistry.

A27

RCA-LSP-3658 ¯ Calypso In Brass

1966

William Attaway

The last of three excellent articles by Attaway on the interpretation

and popularization of West-Indian music by Harry Belafonte.

A28

RCA-LSP-3779 ¯ Belafonte On Campus

1967

William Attaway

Describes the 44 day campus tour, while introducing Harry Belafonte,

the activist-humanitarian.

A29

RCA-LSP-3938 ¯ Belafonte Sings Of Love

1968

none

A30

RCA-LSP-4255 ¯ Homeward Bound

1969

none

A31

RCA-LSP-4301 ¯ Belafonte By Request

1969

none

A32

RCA-LSP-4481 ¯ The Warm Touch

1970

none

A33

RCA-PRS-295 ¯ For The Love Of Life, Harry & Lena

1970

none

A34

RCA-LSP-4521 ¯ Calypso Carnival

1970

none

A35

RCA-VPSX-6077 ¯ Belafonte... Live!

1972

Ron Evans

A sampling of rave reviews for concerts given across Canada

and the U.S. tells it all.

A36

RCA-APL-0094 ¯ Play Me

1973

none

A37

RCA-R4P5054 / Victor RCA-9101 / 9102 ¯ Belafonte In Japan

1974

Yes

The text is in Japanese and part of an integral booklet of lyrics

and stage banter.

 

A38

CBS-CB86045 / CBS-Sony-25AP-1581 ¯ Turn The World Around

1977

Harry Belafonte

Belafonte speaks of the musical contributions of the many cultures

that inhabit America. Lyrics are displayed on the inner sleeve.

A39

Columbia-FC-37489 ¯ Loving You Is Where I Belong

1981

none

A40

EMI Capitol-EI-46971 ¯ Paradise In Gazankulu

1988

none

A41

EMI Electrola-198-7924441 ¯ Belafonte In Germany '89

1989

Harry Belafonte

A few words of appreciation for the opportunity to perform in Germany.

Lyrics can be found on the inner sleeve.

A42

Hallmark- 295 XPR 9708 ¯ The Tradition Of Christmas

1991

Hallmark

A brief introduction of the featured performers.

A43

Island-314-524384-2 ¯ An Evening With Belafonte And Friends

1997

Harry Belafonte

Belafonte delves into his influences, musical directions,

and future plans.

A44

Buddha/BMG-99756 ¯ The Long Road To Freedom

2001

Harry Belafonte
An Anthology Of Black Music Mari Evans
This is what Harry is all about! What a profound and powerful
statement! Let the compelling forward and accompanying essay
speak volumes.

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