Harry Belafonte Love Songs
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- Released: January 11, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: RCA
- 1.Hallelujah, I Love Her So
- 2.And I Love You So
- 4.My Angel (Malaika)
- 6.Bess, You Is My Woman - (with Lena Horne)
- 7.Try To Remember
- 8.There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York - (with Lena Horne)
- 9.Summertime Love
- 10.I Do Adore Her
- 11.My Love Is A Dewdrop
- 12.Sweetheart From Venezuela
- 13.Suzanne (Every Night When The Sun Goes Down)
- 14.In The Name Of Love
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel: Harry Belafonte (vocals).
Arrangers: Hugo Montenegro; Robert Freedman; Marty Manning; William Eaton.
Harry Belafonte's stylistic range is vast, encompassing pop, jazz, folk, and world music. A compilation that restricts itself to Belafonte's love songs could not and should not be deemed comprehensive in any sense ("Day-O," for example, which would not make an appropriate courting anthem, is not included here). But the love song may be Belafonte's forte--his sophisticated style, smooth delivery, and radiant voice have such sultry qualities that smoke rises off even his most casual vocal inflection.
The opener, a cover of Ray Charles's "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," is a case in point. A slinky, toned-down version of the original, Belafonte's performance is a study in seduction. Though the collection focuses only on Belafonte's swoon-inducing material, there are samples of his famed West Indies flavor with Calypso songs like "Angelina" and "My Angel (Malaika), a duet with Miriam Makeba. The two tunes from PORGY & BESS (with Lena Horne sharing vocal duties on "Bess, You Is My Woman") are among the highlights on this well selected and--yes--romantic collection.
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