Harry Belafonte - Belafonte At Carnegie Hall - Hybrid 3-Channel Stereo SACD + CD
This edition of the album has three bonus tracks! Comments by Belafonte after the end of the concert, an encore selection ("Scarlet Ribbons") and a closing medley of the songs in the concert done instrumentally by the orchestra.
"Sometimes, the best things are worth waiting for. That's certainly the case with this week's long-awaited release of the Living Stereo album Belafonte at Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert in 3 Channel SACD Stereo on the Analogue Productions label. ... The album's producer and recording engineer chose to record the album with the musicians in the background and Belafonte up front. On the 3-channel SACD version of the album that makes Belafonte's bold singing style and energy even more dramatic and electric. ... The 3-channel SACD of Belafonte at Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert is a standout. The SACD has excellent imaging, sonics, acoustics and sound." — Brian Moura, Positive Feedback Online, March/April 2015.
Praise for the Analogue Productions LP version of Belafonte At Carnegie Hall
"Belafonte brought 'world' music to the masses, starting with 'Calypso.' ... By the time these two benefit concerts were performed on April 19th and 20th 1959, Belafonte had amassed a catalog of hits familiar to a wide swath of Americans. ... One can argue that originals are the best but not here. No way! Unlike the original pressings mastered from 2-track mix down from the 3-track original tape, Classic Records' reissue on both 33 1/3 and single-sided 45 RPM records and this new mastering are sourced directly from the 3-track tape. ... However, while I didn't think there was more to get from the tape than what Bernie Grundman got for Classic Records, I think Ryan K. Smith and the Sterling team have done just that, showcased by the utter black QRP backgrounds. ... it is among the greatest, if not the greatest live concert recordings ever made and Belafonte's and the orchestra's performances make it well-worth revisiting." Music = 10/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.
*Disc 1 is a hybrid SACD containing the complete album on the SACD layer (stereo & 3-channel). Due to the time constraints of the CD format, the performance is split between Discs 1 & 2.
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original 3-track analog tapes
Hybrid Multichannel SACD plays in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players
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