No attempt has ever been made to compare Harry Belafonte with other singers of his own generation or generations following. Perhaps this is because there simply is no other singer in the American folk scene who possesses anything remotely comparable to his uniquely silky yet dusky voice, or his genial mix of calypso, blues, gospel and traditional songs.
One thing is clear from the opening I Cover The Waterfront Billie is in full control of herself and in magnificent voice. She is relaxed and confident, as if Wein's magic has worked once again in giving her the musical surroundings she wants. Lady Day captured live at her prime in 1951 & 1953 Showcasing unique sets at Storyville in Boston.