Harry Belafonte – Mark Twain and Other Folk Favorites (1954/2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

Harry Belafonte – ‘Mark Twain’ and Other Folk Favorites (1954/2016)
FLAC 2.0 Mono (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:33:43 minutes | 368 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy
Recorded: RCA Victor’s Manhattan Center and 24th Street Studios, April 9, 22 & 29 and May 13, 1954

Harry Belafonte’s first album features a solid variety of songs from American folk tradition, learned during his studies of folk music at the Library of Congress in the early 1950s. He had signed with RCA Victor in 1952, recording a series of well-received singles. Belafonte’s new-found love for music of the West Indies can be found in songs such as “Man Piaba” (which he wrote) along with songs from English and Scottish tradition such as “Lord Randall” and “The Drummer & the Cook.” Songs from African-American tradition include the chain gang song “Tol’ My Captain” and the ubiquitous “John Henry.” Mark Twain was a good initial effort, but Belafonte’s repertoire and delivery would get stronger with the next album. ~~ AllMusic Review by Cary Ginell

1. Mark Twain 03:43
2. Man Piaba 03:30
3. John Henry 03:30
4. Tol’ My Captain 02:47
5. Kalenda Rock (Mourning Song) 03:24
6. The Drummer and the Cook 02:05
7. The Fox 02:44
8. Soldier, Soldier 01:38
9. The Next Big River 00:21
10. Delia 03:00
11. Mo Mary 02:16
12. Lord Randall 04:11

Harry Belafonte – vocals
Millard Thomas – guitar
Orchestra and chorus supervised by Hugo Winterhalter