The present album provides a wonderful testimony to the Jamaican singer’s flexibility and multifariousness, which he learned to perfection of New York’s jazz clubs. It includes songs such as “Midnight Special“, a prisoner’s nocturnal prayer for freedom, and “On Top Of Old Smokey“, which Belafonte instils with intricate rhythm and Caribbean flair. And the tailor-made arrangements are no less thrilling: whether possessing all the drive of a stomping big band, filled with the intimacy of a smoochy small ensemble (with Bob Dylan on the mouth organ!) or with an earthy, folksy, blue grass sound – there’s all that and plenty more! To put it in a nutshell: a veritable feast of traditional music which doesn’t sound the least ‘traditional‘.
2. Crawdad Song
3. Memphis Tennessee
4. Gotta Travel On
5. Did You Hear About Jerry
8. Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad
9. Michael, Row the Boat Ashore