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Harry Belafonte Christmas [Original recording remastered]

Harry BelafonteAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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listen  1. A Star In The East 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Gifts They Gave 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Son Of Mary 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Twelve Days Of Christmas 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Where The Little Jesus Sleeps 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Medley: The Joys Of Christmas/O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Deck The Halls/The First Noel 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mary's Boy Child (Remastered) 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Christmas Is Coming 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mary, Mary 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Jehovah The Lord Will Provide 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Medley: We Wish You a Merry Christmas / God, Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / O, Come All Ye Faithful / Joy to the World 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Goin' Down Jordan 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Amen 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Glory Manger 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Baby Boy 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) (Remastered) 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Silent Night 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00005O6KE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Enjoy the spiritual side of Mr. Calypso with songs such as A Star in the East; The Gifts They Gave; The Son of Mary; Goin' Down Jordan; I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day; and 13 more.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, RCA! November 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've got mixed feelings about this CD. Throughout my childhood, Belafonte's "To Wish You A Merry Christmas" was a staple Xmas album in our house and over time it became my favorite Xmas album of all. For over 20 years I have been waiting for RCA to re-release this magnificent album. They finally have, and the audio is so clean it is unbelievable. I almost wish they had left pops and skips in the album... as annoying as those can be, without them this crisp recording seems "too clean". Although I am amazed at the new quality of the original 1950's recordings, I am not terribly impressed with RCA's decision to add in 5 Belafonte cuts not original to the album, two of which aren't really Christmas or religious tunes at all and seem noticeably out of place. RCA did such a tremendous job with restoring the sound on the original recording I wonder why they didn't think it could stand alone. All in all though, a very moving album you should hear. This is probably one of Belafonte's finest albums and by far the best example of his vocal talent.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Christmas albums December 6, 2004
By eco13
Format:Audio CD
I'm actually not sure what inspired me to purchase this CD, as I am only familiar with a few of Harry Belafonte's songs (though the few that I've heard I've enjoyed greatly). However, this is one of the (unfortunately) few times I've followed my instincts, and I am so profoundly glad I did. This is not only one of my favorite Christmas CDs, but one of my favorite CDs period.

Many people are probably familiar with Belafonte's fun, fast-paced version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"; however, the best tracks on the CD are, in my opinion, the lesser-known Christmas songs such as "Jehovah the Lord Will Provide," "Mary's Boy Child," and "Amen." I also really enjoy the rousing "Goin' Down," though it is not really a Christmas song. I highly recommend this CD -- if you are like me, you play it over and over and never get tired of it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Belafonte singing November 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Harry Belafonte sings beautifully and with deep emotion on this CD. Some of the songs have no instruments but guitars, which is lovely. However, the orchestra and chorus on other songs is very Christmasy. Some of the songs are sung a little slowly, which contributes to a worshipful tone on the more religious songs. I especially like the song "Christmas Is Coming", which is very upbeat.
This CD is 46 minutes long. I'm always concerned about the quality of the digital remastering of these older records. I found the audio quality to be acceptable, especially considering the age of these recordings. Harry Belafonte's smooth melodies come through loud and clear. Recommended for any Harry Belafonte fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Belafonte Christmas January 28, 2011
By CyndiB
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard this CD in 2009 when my mother-in-law was dying of brain cancer. We played it in her room in hospice care and it was very comforting to my husband and his siblings. They grew up listening to it and it was Mom's favorite Christmas album. I love the songs and Mr. Belafonte's style and recognized some of the songs that have been done more recently by other artists (Sarah McLaughlin). It is a beautiful album. My parents were big fans of Harry when I was a child and I love his voice and style. Very nice!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Christmas albums! January 16, 2008
By C. More
Format:Audio CD
Harry Belafonte's recording delivers "Mary's Boy Child", "The Friendly Beasts" and other Christmas (not holiday) songs as only he could sing them. His voice is rich and mellow, and the songs are sung with tenderness, and joy, and the wonder of the events of that night. It was a thrill to find my long-scratched LP re-released as a CD, with a lot of new songs added, including the rousing "Amen". If you love Belafonte and/or good Christmas music, you must add this to your collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice January 3, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great recording. I bought it as a gift for my mom, and she say's it's perfect! Beautiful Christmas music. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was a childhood favorite September 5, 2013
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I was so delighted that this CD was available. It was my grandmother's favorite and my mother's and I listen to it year round.
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4.0 out of 5 stars shopping for myself May 9, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
found a c d of a record my mother use to play each christmas. good memories for me each christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldy But Goody
One of his early recordings but still geat. Love the flavor of Jamacia he brings to each of the songs. Wonderful Christmas music.
Published 17 months ago by archy 17
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Belafonte is the best!!!
I grew up with his wonderful voice. It is the most beautiful and comforting album I have. Belafonte's arrangements are unique, and the emotion in his voice gives me chills.
Published 19 months ago by N. L. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Belafonte Christmas
Another LP I grew up listening to at Christmas time, I am very happy to now own it in CD form. I do, though. miss the scratchy pops and occasionally skips of the old record!
Published 20 months ago by Laura Mondon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Have been searching for this CD--I originally had it on a record. Very great Christmas music. I will use it year after year.
Published 20 months ago by DORIS BARTLETT
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Most enjoyable selection of songs, done in his own inimitable way. Can't top his renditions of "Scarlet Ribbons" and Mary's Boy Child.
Published 21 months ago by Patricia Stockdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice holiday songs from a master singer
I ordered this CD on amazon.com and played it. One song I love is A Star in the East, which is the first selection. Beautifully done, and clear sounding with the remastering. Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by Michael Ceciliani
4.0 out of 5 stars great
Hi,
A satisfied customer here. The album arrived long before Xmas and a lot sooner then I expected. So, nothing to complain about and I sure will buy from this firm again.
Published on December 27, 2011 by S.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas classic
The Harry Belafonte album always signals Christmas is coming. We played this album every year in my house growing up, and it truly stands the test of time. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by Doodleallday
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
I received this CD very fast just in time for what I needed it for, the Christmas season. I belong to a Chorus and there are songs on this CD that I wanted to review and work... Read more
Published on March 8, 2011 by Patricia Mogus
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly soft and smooth Christmas Carols by a fine singer.
Harry Belafonte is truly a gifted singer, having a fine voice, and is able to sing a variety of lyrics and rhythms. Read more
Published on February 5, 2011 by History guy
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