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Jamaica/ Porgy and Bess
Lena Horne
Jamaica/ Porgy and Bess
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #2

These original RCA recordings also feature Harry Belafonte, Ricardo Montalban and Ossie Davis. The Original Broadway Cast album Jamaica is from 1957, Porgy & Bess is from 1959. 28 tracks. Collectables. 2003.


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All Artists: Lena Horne
Title: Jamaica/ Porgy and Bess
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Collectables
Release Date: 1/21/2003
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Classic Vocalists, Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 090431284520


Album Description
These original RCA recordings also feature Harry Belafonte, Ricardo Montalban and Ossie Davis. The Original Broadway Cast album Jamaica is from 1957, Porgy & Bess is from 1959. 28 tracks. Collectables. 2003.

CD Reviews

Classic PORGY & BESS but JAMAICA is missing something!
Mark Andrew Lawrence | Toronto | 05/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The welcome CD reissue of the famous album of highlights from PORGY AND BESS by Lena Horne and Harry Belafonte will make collectors happy. While not a "theatrical" or cast recording, it offers some exciting performances that have been long out-of-print.JAMAICA, on the other hand, is a true original cast recording. The 1957 musical was originally written for Belafonte, but when he left the project Ricardo Montalban took on the role and the show was re-written to showcase Lena Horne.RCA Victor's original cast recording has had a curious history. It was made just as the labels were transitioning from mono to stereo recording. At that time it was not possible to fit as much material on a stereo 12-inch LP as on its mono counterpart. RCA Victor issued JAMAICA in mono as LOC 1036 containing all the show's songs but leaving out the Overture and editing out the introductions to "Savannah's Wedding Day" and "What Good Does it Do?" A few months late a Living Stereo release came out as LSO 1036 and including the Overture but dropping 4 songs ("Pity the Sunset", "What Good Does it Do?", "For Every Fish" and "Savannah (Finale)") These issues were deleted in 1961. In 1965 RCA Victor re-released JAMAICA in mono and stereo as LOC/LSO 1103. Now, LOC 1103 was a direct reissue of LOC 1036. BUT...are you following all this? ... LSO 1103 had all the songs, includng the extended versions of "Savannah's Wedding Day" and "What Good Does it Do?" but like its mono counterpart, left off the Overture. The 1995 RCA Victor CD release had the complete song program and the Overture. That CD, sadly is now in cut-out limbo. THIS edition (paired with PORGY AND BESS) reissues the program as heard on the 1965 stereo LP edition (LSO 1103) and is missing the Overture.With or without the Overture, the score of JAMAICA is quite enjoyable, even more so on disc where you don't have to deal with the show's book! This is one case where the songs work better out of context. Mostly, the numbers offer a chance for Lena to take the spotlight and belt out the great Harold Arlen numbers: "Pretty to Walk With", "Push De Button", "Cocoanut Sweet", "Napoleon" and especially "Ain't it de Truth." The last song was originally written for Lena to sing in the film version of CABIN IN THE SKY. It was cut from the final release prints of the film (Censors objected to the number being staged so that she sang it in a bubble bath!) so Arlen recycled it into JAMAICA. THAT'S the kind of patchwork show JAMAICA was and although it was a minor hit (557 performances) it will never be revived and you don't hear fans of the score clamouring for a revival. It was all about Lena Horne."
At Last!!!
ellafan | MI | 02/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been waiting for the Horne/Belefonte version of "P&B" to come out on CD since CD's were invented!! And here it is! Of all the versions of "P&B" I own,this is the one I love the most.I have worn out about 5 of the LP's,since I bought the first one in '59,when I was 11,and now I will be able to listen to it forever. Harry and Lena's voices mesh together so perfectly,it's audio-heaven.Especially on "Bess,You is My Woman." What a gorgeous duet.The arrangements and orchestras are wonderful,too.If you love Gershwin;love Harry;love Lena,get this CD.
I have not listened to "Jamaica" yet,as I am so into listening to this "old friend" I found so many years ago.So this review is based only on "P&B." I will say that the audio quality is perfect,though.And if you love Lena and Ricardo,I'm sure you won't go wrong."
2 cast albums for the price of 1!
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 09/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This great double-CD from the Collectables label includes two great cast albums: the original 1958 Broadway cast of JAMAICA and the 1959 studio cast of PORGY AND BESS, both starring the gorgeous Lena Horne.In JAMAICA, one of the lovelier Broadway shows of the late 50s, Lena Horne stars as Savannah, and sings a gorgeous score written especially for her by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. The cast also includes Ricardo Montalban, Adelaide Hall, Josephine Premice and Ossie Davis.I have absolutely fallen in love with this score, which features many beguiling numbers like "Cocoanut Sweet", "Pretty to Walk With", "Take it Slow, Joe", "Ain't it the Truth" (originally written for CABIN IN THE SKY), "Napoleon" and "Pity the Sunset".PORGY AND BESS pairs Lena Horne with Harry Belafonte under the musical direction of Horne's husband Lennie Hayton. Horne is well-suited to the colorful score, and sings superb treatments of "I Wants to Stay Here" and "My Man's Gone Now". Harry Belafonte is wonderful singing "Oh, I Got Plenty of Nothin'" and "Bess, You is My Woman".2 fabulous, long out-of-print cast albums, back and better than ever! Highly-recommended."