Belafonte’s first album entirely of blues songs is also his first stereo release. And what a stunner it is. Recorded over four days in New York and Los Angeles by Ed Welker, the power and dynamism of Belafonte’s voice is truly amazing, with a cast of top notch musicians providing confident, understated accompaniment. Much like the legendary Belafonte at Carnegie Hall—maybe even more so—Belafonte Sings the Blues puts one of the greatest voices of the century right there in your living room. Impex Records’ new 45-rpm 2 LP set releases every ounce of sonic purity from Kevin Gray’s discreet mastering and includes full lyrics inside and a bonus heavy stock insert of an historic Belafonte biography.