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LP mono: RCA LPM1248
LP pseudostereo: RCA LPE1248
LP stereo (?!): RCA LSP1248
LP RCA AYL1-3801
LP RCA 741.006 France
LP RCA NL13801 The Netherlands
LP RCA CL83801 Italy
LP Victor SHP5095 Japan
LP Victor RCA5119
LP Victor LS550 10"
LP RCA A10V-0102 10"
LP RCA L10244 Australia
MC RCA PK-1982 Canada
MC RCA NK-13801 The Netherlands
Stereo8 RCA P8S-1982
Reel to reel RCA BP48
CD BMG 7863-53801-2
All songs are also on the album BCD16262
and on the CD box RGMCD006
Released in 1956.
Tony Scott and His Orchestra (A2, A3, A5, B3-B6)
Millard Thomas , Guitar (A1, A4, B1-B2)
The Norman Luboff Choir (B3-B5)
Producers: Ed Welker, Herman Diaz Jr., Henri René (B6)
Conductor: Tony Scott
Musicians : Irving Burgie, Frantz Casseus
Chorus Leader: Broc Peters
Recorded at Webster Hall
Aug 18, Oct 20 and Nov 9, 1955
Cover Photo: Roy Stevens
Liner-notes: William Attaway.

All A10V-0102 LS550  
A1 A1 A1 Day O # 3:02
A2 A2 - I Do Adore Her # 2:48
A3 A3 A2 Jamaica Farewell # 3:02
A4 A4 - Will His Love Be Like His Rum? # 3:02
A5 A5 - Dolly Dawn # 2:48
B1 B1 B1 Star O # 3:31
B2 B2 B2 The Jack-Ass Song # 2:52
B3 B3 B3 Hosanna # 2:34
B4 B4 B4 Come Back Liza # 3:03
B5 - A3 Brown Skin Girl # 2:43
B6 B5 A4 Man Smart # 3:31

This is the album that made Harry Belafonte's career. Up to this point, calypso had only been a part of Belafonte's focus in his recordings of folk music styles. But with this landmark album, calypso not only became tattooed to Belafonte permanently, it had a revolutionary effect on folk music in the 1950s and 60s. The album consists of songs from Trinidad, mostly written by West Indian songwriter Irving Burgie (aka "Lord Burgess"). Burgie's two most successful songs are included: "Day O" and "Jamaica Farewell" (which were both hit singles for Belafonte), as are the evocative ballads "I Do Adore Her" and "Come Back Liza" and what could be the first feminist folk song, "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)." Calypso became the first million-selling album by a single artist, spending an incredible 31 weeks at the top of the Billboard album charts, remaining on the charts for 99 weeks. It triggered a veritable tidal wave of imitators, parodists, and artists wishing to capitalize on its success. Years later, it remains a record of inestimable influence, inspiring many folk singers and groups to perform, most notably the Kingston Trio, which was named for the Jamaican capital. For a decade, just about every folk singer and folk group featured in their repertoire at least one song that was of West Indian origin or one that had a calypso beat. They all can be attributed to this one remarkable album.

Despite the success of Calypso, Harry Belafonte refused to be typecast. Resisting the impulse to record an immediate follow-up album, Belafonte instead spaced his calypso albums apart, releasing them at five-year intervals in 1961, 1966, and 1971.
~ Cary Ginell, All Music Guide

LPE1248 front

LPE1248 back

LSP1248 front

LSP1248 back

AYL1-3801 front

AYL1-3801 back

741.006 front

741.006 back

NL13801 front

NL13801 back

PK-1982 Canada

Stereo8 P8S-1982