Belafonte Returns To Carnegie Hall

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Produced by Bob Bollard, Musical Directors: Robert DeCormier and Milt Okun
Musicians: (1-4, 9, 11, 15-18): Guitars: Millard Thomas, Ernest Calabria, Conga Drums, Bongos: Daniel Barrajanos, Bass: Norman Keenan.
The Chad Mitchell Trio (5-7): Guitar: Dennis Collins
Odetta (8-9): Bass: Bill Lee
Miriam Makeba (10-11): Guitar: Perry Lopez, Conga Drums: Thomas Lopez
The Belafonte Folk Singers: Guitar: Walter Raim
Recorded at Carnegie Hall, May 2, 1960
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Cover Photo: Jay Maisel
Rehearsal Photos: Peter Perri, Roy DeCarava
Liner-notes: Bob Bollard

A B C      
A1 - A1 Jump Down, Spin Around-2 # 2:35
- 1 - Jump Down, Spin Around-3 # (alternate take) 2:15  
A2 2 A2 Suzanne  # 4:35
A3 3 - A Little Lyric Of Great Importance # 2:37
A4 4 A3 Chickens # 2:40
A5 5 A4 Vaichazkem (Chad Mitchell Trio) 2:22
A6 6 A5 I Do Adore Her # (Chad Mitchell Trio) 3:23
B1 7 A6 The Ballad Of Sigmund Freud #
(Chad Mitchell Trio)
B2 8 A7 I've Been Driving On Bald Mountain-Water Boy #
B3 9 B1 A Hole In The Bucket # (Belafonte-Odetta) 4:30
C1 10 - The Click Song # (Miriam Makeba) (1) 3:45
C2 11 - One More Dance # (Makeba+Belafonte) 3:25
C3 12 - The Ox Drivers # - Ned Wright  
and The Belafonte Folk Singers
C4 13 - The Red Rosy Bush  # -  Arthur Williams
and The Belafonte Folk Singers
C5 14 - Didn't It Rain #
Ned Wright and The Belafonte Folk Singers
D1 - B2 Hené Ma Tov # 3:48
- 15 - Hené Ma Tov # (alternate take) 3:46  
D2 - B3 I Know Where I'm Going # 3:33
- 16 - I Know Where I'm Going # (alternate take) 3:27  
D3 17 B4 Old King Cole # 5:00
D4 - B5 La Bamba # 8:06
- 18 - La Bamba # (alternate take) 8:04

On May 2, 1960, Harry Belafonte returned to Carnegie Hall for what was supposed to be one of the last concerts in the venerable hall's last season. Carnegie was scheduled to be torn down, although this was an edict that was thankfully short-lived. The hall was instead renovated and remains one of New York's premier showplaces.

The first Carnegie Hall recording from the previous year had had such an impact on the recording industry that it opened up new vistas for live recordings. Belafonte faced the undaunting challenge of living up to his own legend. For this concert, he began what would be a concert tradition for him: sharing the spotlight with up-and-coming folk performers. Representing the new collegiate folk singing group trend was the Chad Mitchell Trio, currently appearing at New York's Blue Angel, where Belafonte had seen them perform. South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, another Belafonte discovery, also performed, as did folk and blues singer Odetta, and the Belafonte Folk Singers. The guest stars nearly upstaged Belafonte, but this turned out to be de rigeur for his concerts. Highlights include Odetta's powerhouse medley of the work songs "I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain" and "Water Boy," The Folk Singers' exciting "Ox Drivers Song," Makeba and Belafonte's charming duet on "One More Dance," and the Mitchell Trio's exuberant Israeli song "Vaichazkem." For a finale, Belafonte turned to the Mexican folk dance, "La Bamba," treating it to an eight-minute long heels-flying festive romp. The concert has since been remastered in its entirety by Mobile Fidelity on a superb single-CD (MFCD-782).
~ Cary Ginell, All Music Guide

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This CD has alternate takes on four songs