LP mono RCA LPM2695
LP stereo RCA LSP2695
LP Victor: RA5253 Japan
LP RCA 5122
Reel to reel: FTP1196
Excerpts on EPA2695.
Recorded in 1963.
Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Howard Roberts. William
Eaton, Ernie Calabria, guitar, Jay Berliner, guitar, John Cartwright, bass, Percy Brice, drums, Ralph MacDonald, percussion
|This is another of Belafonte's attempts to musically
circumnavigate the globe, performing songs from a variety of world cultures.
Songs from the West Indies, once a major portion of his repertoire, were
reduced to one on this album. Joining him on this album is a junior high
school choir from Queens, New York. The album is geared more toward children
than Belafonte's previous efforts; included are such favorites as Woody
Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," the Australian classic "Waltzing
Matilda," and the American cowboy song "My Old Paint (I Ride an Old Paint)."
Highlights include the Japanese court song, "Sakura," the beautiful Israeli
love song, "Erev Shel Shoshanim," and a South African song of celebration, "Mangwene
Mpulele," which was also sung by
Theodore Bikel on his first Elektra 12-inch LP, An Actor's Holiday. By
Belafonte was becoming somewhat of a world ambassador; he relates his
experiences in the album notes, his first. ~ Cary Ginell, All Music Guide