Harry Belafonte The Best of Bel Aire Band
- Released: October 16, 2000
- Label: Sony/BMG Int'l
- 1.Island in the Sun
- 2.Mama Look at BuBu
- 3.Land of the Sea & Sun
- 4.Try to Remember
- 5.Gomen Nasai (Forgive Me)
- 6.Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
- 7.Scarborough Fair (Canticle)
- 8.Don't Ever Love Me
- 9.Midnight Special
- 10.Michael Row the Boat Ashore
- 11.Man Piaba
- 12.Scarlett Ribbons (For Her Hair)
- 13.God Bless the Child
- 14.Jump in the Line
- 15.Mr Bojangles
- 16.Suzanne (Every Night When the Sun Goes Down)
- 17.By the Time I Get Phoenix
- 18.Jump Down Spin Around
- 19.Day-O (Banana Boat Song)
- 20.Abraham Martin & John
- 21.Fare Thee Well
- 22.Jamaica Farewell
Personnel includes: Harry Belafonte (vocals); Henri Rene, Bob Corman, Ralph Hunter (conductor); Millard Thomas, Frantz Casseus, Victor Messer, Laurindo Almeida (guitar); Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra.
Producers include: Dave Kapp, Henri Rene, Dennis Farnon, Ed Welker, Joe Carlton.
Compilation producer: Paul Williams.
Recorded between 1952 & 1961. Includes liner notes by Joseph F. Laredo.
Digitally remastered by Mike Harty & Bill Lacey.
Released in 2001, this 22-track compilation presents many of the finest 1950s and early-'60s recordings by the "King of Calypso," Harry Belafonte. Although the soulful Jamaican-born singer/actor ventured into various musical genres, the set remains largely focused on Belafonte's island-themed pop songs, most notably the boisterous "Day-O (Banana Boat)" and the lilting "Jamaica Farewell." There are occasional exceptions, though, such as his elegant take on Leadbelly's blues classic "Cotton Fields." For those wanting only one Belafonte disc in their music collection, this is it.
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