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Harry Belafonte – Swing Dat Hammer (RCA Victor)


Media VG+
Sleeve VG+

Format : LP
Cat N° : 430.327
Style : Blues

This explosive album explores the music of chain gangs, featuring Harry Belafonte accompanied by the Belafonte Folk Singers and minimal instrumentation. It vividly portrays the harsh lives of African American prisoners through riveting songs of loneliness, grueling labor, and resentment. “Diamond Joe” stands out as a chilling performance, expressing the prisoner’s despair. The album closes with “Talkin’ an’ Signifyin’,” where Belafonte shares stories with “inmates” during a rainstorm. Based on authentic research and prison life fragments, it demonstrates how Belafonte’s commercial adaptation of folk music enhances its impact, showcasing his best work.

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A1 – Lock Over Yonder
A2 – Bald Headed Woman
A3 – Grizzly Bear
A4 – Diamond Joe
A5 – Here Rattler Here
A6 – Another Man Done Gone
B1 – Swing Dat Hammer
B2 – Go Down Old Hanna
B3 – Rocks On Gravel
B4 – Talkin’ An’ Signifyin’

Weight 0,23 kg