(2012) Day-O

Harry Bellafonte

... read moreThis brief collection is heavy on the Caribbean-based material that most people associate with Harry Belafonte. Songs like "Banana Boat (Day-O)," "Matilda," "Mama Look a Boo Boo," and "Jump in the Line" are undeniably infectious and went a long way toward introducing world music rhythms into Western...

44′:45″ 16 Songs

1
Matilda
Harry Bellafonte
3:38
2
Man Plaba
Harry Bellafonte
3:33
3
Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
Harry Bellafonte
3:05
4
Jump Down, Spin Around
Harry Bellafonte
2:01
5
Jamaica Farewell
Harry Bellafonte
3:04
6
Scarlet Ribbons
Harry Bellafonte
3:16
7
John Henry
Harry Bellafonte
3:29
8
Kalenda Rock (Mourning Song)
Harry Bellafonte
3:26
9
Tol' Me Captain
Harry Bellafonte
2:48
10
The Fox
Harry Bellafonte
2:46
11
The Drummer And The Cook (Cockney Air)
Harry Bellafonte
2:06
12
Mo Mary
Harry Bellafonte
2:17
13
Delia
Harry Bellafonte
3:01
14
Soldier, Soldier
Harry Bellafonte
1:40
15
The Next Big River
Harry Bellafonte
0:24
16
Lord Randall
Harry Bellafonte
4:11
Released 04 January 2012, ℗ Black Sheep Music

Review

This brief collection is heavy on the Caribbean-based material that most people associate with Harry Belafonte. Songs like "Banana Boat (Day-O)," "Matilda," "Mama Look a Boo Boo," and "Jump in the Line" are undeniably infectious and went a long way toward introducing world music rhythms into Western pop music. Belafonte was more than a one-trick pony, however. His jazzy, saxophone-led version of Leadbelly's "Cotton Fields," included here, shows how innovative his arrangements were for the time. There are several collections of Belafonte's work on the market, and while this one is fine for what it offers, a more comprehensive and balanced anthology is probably the way to go. ~ Steve Leggett