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Harry Belafonte - Calypso

 (Numbered Limited Edition Mono Version)


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Harry Belafonte is a superstar known throughout the world for making calypso music mainstream. When you think of Belafonte's greatest hits you think of Calypso. Released in 1956 as Belafonte's second album, Calypso changed conventional music forever. The album features the classics, "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," "Jamaica Farewell," "Hosanna," "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)" and many more. Calypso is one of the first albums to sell more than a million copies.

1. Day O
2. I Do Adore Her
3. Jamaica Farewell
4. Will His Love Be Like His Rum
5. Dolly Dawn
6. Star O
7. The Jack-Ass Song
8. Hosanna
9. Come Back Liza
10. Brown Skin Girl
11. Man Smart (Woman Smarter)

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posted on 04/28/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Michael "Bear" Arlt
This is the first time hearing Harry Belafonte's "Calypso" without loud pops, surface noise from ground in dirt, crackle, inner-groove distortion, and groove damage at loud peaks caused by those clunky medievil 1950's hi-fi tonearms that double as phonograph record torture devices. Halfway though the third track, all I kept saying to myself is "wow!" No surface noise or distortion, I can hear fingers sliding on the guitar strings and a ride cymbal, this disc is amazing.

The SACD sounds better than my 2S/1S LP, and it doesn't have the audio problems of the 57 year old wax. This disc sounds more open and sweeter than the 2S vinyl and a 1956 Japanese Victor LP I own. When I found the Japanese LP, I was expecting a sonic miracle but the Japanese LP is pretty noisy and sounds a few tape generations down from the original tape.

The two LP's are now heading to Goodwill.

The SACD is the sonic miracle I was waiting for. Thanks to Kevin Gray for a great mastering job, and to Audio Fidelity for putting out this wonderful disc.

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