LEGENDARY

Legendary


Legendary is a three-CD Harry Belafonte compilation assembled by David Rowe for the various international territories of BMG from Belafonte's RCA Victor recordings of the 1950s and '60s. It's an unassuming package, a double jewel box containing little more than the discs and a three-page booklet listing the song titles with an unsigned seven-paragraph appreciation. But the value of the collection lies in the contents, not the trappings. Rowe well deserves his credits for researching and compiling the album. With a generous choice of 50 tracks and a running time of over three hours, Legendary offers an excellent overview of the bulk of Belafonte's most successful recordings. As of 2001, RCA had not given Belafonte the honor of the kind of box set retrospective other artists of his stature (and many of considerably less) had been given. In the absence of such a consideration, Legendary may be the next best thing, albeit without the lavish annotations typical of box sets. In roughly chronological order, it takes the listener from Belafonte's early triumphs with such albums as Calypso and Belafonte, through his exciting live recordings on Belafonte at Carnegie Hall, and on to the varied albums devoted to such genres as gospel and blues during the '60s. Rowe identifies and includes Belafonte's best-known songs, such as the hits "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" and "Jamaica Farewell"; key album tracks; and occasional rarities in the form of material originally issued only on singles. (The only real hit that is missing is "Island in the Sun.") With the waning of the folk revival he helped lead and his own turn toward social work and away from music, Belafonte saw his status as a major musical star erode after the '60s. Legendary reminds listeners of the breadth of this prolific artist's work. There was a lot more to the story than calypso, and the album suggests the actual outlines of that story. It would be nice to have better packaging, but that no doubt would drive up the price of an album that is available at modest expense in most of the world. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: BMG (distributor)
  • UPC: 743218642920
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Track listings

  • 1. Jerry (This Timber Got To Roll)
  • 2. Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
  • 3. Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)
  • 4. Man Piaba
  • 5. John Henry
  • 6. Sylvie
  • 7. Banana Boat Song (Day O)
  • 8. Come Back Liza
  • 9. I Do Adore Her
  • 10. Jamaica Farewell
  • 11. Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma
  • 12. Mary's Boy Child
  • 13. Danny Boy
  • 14. Star O
  • 15. Mama Look A Boo Boo
  • 16. Coconut Woman
  • 17. Cotton Fields
  • 18. Darlin' Cora
  • 19. All My Trials
  • 20. Matilda, Matilda
  • 21. Haiti Cherie
  • 22. Delia's Gone
  • 23. Ezekiel
  • 24. Wake Up Jacob
  • 25. Take My Mother Home
  • 26. March Down To Jordan
  • 27. Oh Let Me Fly
  • 28. Goin' Down Jordan
  • 29. Jump In The Line
  • 30. Go Down Emanuel Road
  • 31. Crawdad Song
  • 32. Jump Down Spin Around
  • 33. Old King Cole
  • 34. La Bamba
  • 35. Angelina
  • 36. Round The Bay Of Mexico
  • 37. Land Of The Sea & Sun
  • 38. In My Father's House
  • 39. Midnight Special
  • 40. Muleskinner
  • 41. Sit Down
  • 42. Michael Row The Boat Ashore
  • 43. Mr Bojangles
  • 44. Day In The Life Of A Fool, A
  • 45. Scarborough Fair
  • 46. Irene (Erene)
  • 47. This Land Is Your Land
  • 48. Try To Remember
  • 49. If I Were A Carpenter
  • 50. Fare Thee Well
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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