Offered for sale is a limited edition 8 disc, 45 RPM box set of Belafonte at Carnegie Hall by Harry Belafonte, issued by Classic Records and pressed on 200 gram vinyl.
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall, released in 1959, was the first major live album and the album that made Harry Belafonte a star. It’s also a terrific recording and the album has long been revered by audiophiles.
The granddaddy of all live albums, this double-LP set captured the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity. Sampled from two consecutive performances of identical material, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall was an anomaly at a time when only comedy albums were recorded outside of the studio environment. It wasn’t the first live album ever made, but it was certainly the first to be a major financial and artistic success. It stayed on the best-selling album charts for over three years and remained in print until RCA discontinued pressing LPs. … For sheer scope and genius of performance, this is the quintessential Belafonte package.
Classic Records earned a solid reputation by reissuing long-out-of-print and highly sought out jazz, pop, and classical titles originally released in the late 1950s and early 1960s. These pressings offered great dynamics and wide, impressive soundstages.
While most of the titles released by Classic were standard 33 1/3 issue pressings, the label also issued a number of albums cut at 45 RPM with single-sided discs in order to provide better sound quality.
About this copy: This copy of Belafonte at Carnegie Hall is a limited edition 8 disc box set, pressed by Classic Records in 2006 or so. The 8 single-sided discs were cut at 45 RPM for optimum sound quality, and the records were pressed on 200 gram vinyl.
The outer box is M-, aside from a small edge tear in the paper covering the inner box.
The gatefold cover included in the set is M-. Only two discs came in this cover; the other 6 discs came in plain black sleeves. They’re included and are M-.
The discs are M- and have clearly seen little, if any, play.
A great-sounding copy of a terrific album.
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