Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall
1960/1994: RCA Victor 09026-62690-2
This is an album I grew up with and which helped make world music a natural part of my tastes. Highlights include Miriam Makeba singing The Click Song and (with Belafonte) a charming song about marital infidelity; Odetta punctuating the silence of the hall with her guitar like an axe on Water Boy and making A Hole in the Bucket just hysterical with Belafonte; the Belafonte Folk Singers being intense but with a too-refined voice; and Belafonte himself being just marvelous throughout, especially toward the end with Old King Cole and La Bamba.
Also, as funny as the overall performance of The Ballad of Sigmund Freud is, here done by the Chad Mitchell Trio, the lyrics are pretty clever. My favorite line, though, hands down, is He adopted as his credo Down repression! Up libido! Hilarious.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.