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The best example of Ki ho`alu and Steel Guitar existing. I fell for this the first time I heard it and would love to see more related recordings. Unfortunately Uncle Barney has passed and Dancing Cat (George Winston) has folded its tent. George Kuo is still touring and producing unbelievable ki ho`alu, currently with Aaron Mahi and Martin Pahinui.
I purchased this with the hopes of staving off some late winter blahs (influenza with toddlers trapped in the house, anyone?). I can't say it really recalled that serene feeling that I had on our honeymoon. The tracks were authentic but came over as flat and related with no true upbeat bably exactly what it was supposed to be, just not the kind of album I will play over and over, unlike Putamayo's "Animal Playground" "Folk Playground" and "Latin Playground." I also recommend They Might Be Giants, Father Goose, and the Hipwaders for kid-music.
The melody on this album is very Hawaiian except for a jazzed selection or two. Raiatea's voice is very nice, and I especially liked "E Ku'u Tutu" (I Love my Grandma). The tempo of that song is fast, and most grandmas I know of would be out of breath tapping their toes to it, but it is very pleasant. This will be one of your favorite Hawaiian albums, I am certain.
Not only is the mele overwhelmingly nani no ho'i, but when George begins to himeni the leo is more than nahenahe.. Only he can bring any justice to my favorite Hawaiian falsetto song of all time, Kalama'ula. Hu ka ue!I grew up listening to his awesome voice on my Mom's old vinyl; please don't pass up the possibility to hear him on CD. Although his life & career was tragically shortened, George's voice is timeless. Any fan of Hawaiian melody will tell you that George Helm was one of the greats.If you wish the best male falsetto singing amazing Hawaiian music, look no further. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could. The liner notes are well written with info (which happened to victory a '97 Hoku award).
I just knew I would love this CD, and it even surpassed my greatest expectations! These duets, with just an acoustic steel guitar played by an older master, Alvin "Barney" Isaacs, Jr. and one of the younger generation's amazing slack key players, George Kuo, make a most attractive blending of old and fresh is CD is so attractive you will be hoping it will never end. I can only hope they will record more of such dreamy and easy-listening Hawaiian music. In my estimation, together they create one of the sweetest sounds this side of heaven!! Do bless us again true soon, Barney and George!!
When Raiatea Helm sings in Hawaiian, she is truly magical. Hers is a rare gift. The liner notes with"Hawaiian Blossom," although fetching in a macabre way, are almost totally illegible. Black letters on a pink background would have been a more fortunate choice. The latest song on the record, sung in English, is nice but not exceptional. Perhaps Raiatea needs an entire CD of famous jazz offerings in order really to strut her stuff.
If you're expecting hawaiian music, don't buy this...cd. It is the most insipid, monotonous collection of [crud] i've ever heard. I have a lot of hawaiian cd's and there is nothing about this cd that sounds hawaiian, except perhaps, the C & H Sugar song on track four. The instrumentals sound synthisized, and almost every track sounds the same. No self respecting hawaiian elevator would ever play this music. That said, it turns out to be a amazing baby lullaby cd, as long as you're not interested in developing babys' musical pallat. It's boring, repetative, uninspiring and dull. My baby was asleep in minutes.
This beautifully produced set is a refreshing, 40-song collection of vintage Hawaiian music. If you're expecting two redundant hours of muffled, scratchy records and languid, lazy rhythms, you're in for a surprising treat. First and foremost, the original recordings have been expertly remastered, giving them fresh sparkle and immediacy. Second, the producers have hand-picked a fine cross-section of Hawaiian melodies, showing the gradual evolution of the Hawaiian musical stage as the form became more famous in the e oldest tunes are the most straightforward. Traditionalists will have fun these no-frills, native-tongued songs like Mike Hanapi's "Hano Hano Hei," a disarmingly easy recording with the Hawaiian equivalent of barber harmony. The emergence of hot jazz resulted in breezy, up-tempo novelties peppered with Hawaiian expressions (exemplified by Sol Ho'opi's crowd-pleasing "I Like You" and "Hula Girl"). The influence of American dance bands is heard in such ballads as Andy Iona's "Hawaiian Paradise" (vocal by Bob Cutter, who has @#$% Powell's range and phrasing) and Ray Kinney's "My Hula Lady" (with its high tenor vocal soaring over the steel guitars). Then, American performers dabble in tropical themes, as Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Tony Martin and Red Nichols sideman Mannie Klein, and Frances Langford take the microphone (Langford's "in Waikiki" is slower and shorter than the ver seen in the 1941 movie "Navy Blues"). Finally, swing mania hits the islands with brassy, bouncy arrangements: Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiian Hotel Orchestra are at the top of their game, with the Hawaiian lyrics giving method to all-American slang ("Honey, Let's Go for Broke" is outstanding). One unique surprise is "Hawaiian Smiles" by "Waikiki Swingsters," neither a swing tune nor a huge band; the only musicians are (uncredited) guitarists Johnny and Ralph Kolsiana, playing a slow, haunting music that is more evocative of the islands than a lot of Hawaiian-styled hits. The programming on the CDs is not chronological, so listeners can have fun the traditional tunes alternating with the commercial me dealers offer this two-CD set at relatively higher prices. Don't worry, it's worth every penny. These magnificent restorations offer hours of listening pleasure. (The manufacturer offers sound samples on its "take2records" website.) Highly recommended.
If you have any interest in Hawaiian melody from the 20's to the 40's, the time before condos and time shares, you need this collection. It's just fun to listen to. Kick back with a tall drink and turn up the stereo for a trip to another time and place. An Island paradise for the ears. Shuffle it up with some Tiki and Lounge melody and you got a party going on.
We bought this CD in Maui latest year and it's one of our favorites. Never before has there been so complete a musical, visual and written pack embodying the music, sites, history, and spirit of Hawai'i. We really have fun the attractive visual photos of Hawaii when we play this from our computer. Pure Hawaiian is a excellent blend of the very best in contemporary Hawaiian and Island music, slack key guitar and traditional Hawaiian chants. You'll have fun listening to sweet sounds of Keali'i Reichel, Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole, Gabby Pahinui, and 15 other Hawaiian musical artists as your mind drifts to a warm sunny beach on your favorite island. The dozens of artist's and the range of Hawaiian melody is what sets this CD apart from most of the rest. This is a must have for the Hawaiian melody lover and perfect choice for someone who is buying Hawaiian melody for the first time. Much like Hawaii this CD will leave you longing for more ...
This review is by a misplaced Hawaiian in Florida. Bruddah Waltah's Hawaiian Reggea album is awsome. You can hear its influence in all Jawaiian music, also known as Hawaiian Reggea. The melody as a whole is light hearted and fun loving but Brudah Waltah does it with such passion that other Hawaiian artists took message and followed suit making there own Jawaiian albums.
In 1954 Alfred Apaka recorded the original 10" LP of "Hawaiian Favorites," which contained 8 tracks. A later 12" LP reissue added four more tracks - and fake echo. That is the tape that MCA/Universal used for this CD reissue, as opposed to the master tapes, which for all I know have been lost in the Universal vault fire of a few years ago. At any rate, Apaka's gorgeous voice shines through the echo and if you wish to hear Hawaiian standards sung to perfection, this should be on your short list.
Best live radio station application I've ever used ! Clear controls, Now Playing list, button to record a notice to send to them, song find function and On Demand episodes and podcasts. Unlike a previous reviewer I've never had to uninstall it, it works flawlessly. I'm super impressed with this app!
I was looking for something a bit more authentic. I heard one of the songs from this soundtrack being played in a toy store, and loved it. So I asked the salesperson who the artist was. Most of the other songs on the album are sort of cheesy and too modern for my taste. Having grown up in Hawaii may have colourful my views.
About 2 years ago, I was at the Cazimero's May Day Concert when out booms this voice like no tomorrow. HO ka, Aunty can sing! I was full-on blown away.. it gave me chicken-skin that I remember to this day. Such amazing fun! My favorites: Hale'iwa Hula (very catchy, playful song & was on KCCN for the longest) & I Ali'i never fails to inspire that mane'o feeling.. =^^= I highly recommend this album if you like falsetto like Aunty Genoa (cover look familiar, eh?).. a fresh generation to carry on the tradition with a modern twist here & there.
The title is reflective of what's on the CD, i.e. Hawaiian Memories. If you have been to Hawaii or have listened toHawaiian music, you will have fun listening to the various artist on this CD and your memorieswill create you wish to visit the Islands again. Nice melody to accompany hula dancing.
Requires uninstall and reinstall whenever opening application after 1st use in order to obtain updates on playlist. Only works on Wi-Fi. "Slow network connection" Error 633 otherwise. (I can stream video using the same connection, so...NO. Not a slow network. Now unable to stream KINE 105 on Easy Radio and Tune in apps since Hawaiian 105 application was released.
I bought this CD a couple years ago and immediately fell in love with it. I had been listening to it in my vehicle for about 2 weeks straight when I loaned it to a friend. Since he loves Hawai'i, and slack-key AND steel guitar music, I knew he would absolutely love this CD. This was around the holidays, so with all the chaos of that time, I'd forgotten he had it. After the holidays, I remembered he had it, told him I really missed it, and required it back. Well guess what -- he'd LOST it! Arrrghhh... his daughter had moved it from the CD player, and place it in a wrong case. We looked forever, but couldn't search it. I've been jonesing for it since, so I just bought another copy. If he finds it, I told him to hold it as a 'gift.' :-)If you love slack-key style, and you love the singing sound of a steel bar on the Hawaiian steel guitar, you will love this CD. It's the excellent CD to place on for enjoying tails with mates on the lanai while the sun goes down, and really sets a relaxing mood. Barney was a real treasure, and sadly no longer with us. Thankfully though, his attractive playing here with George Kuo is doented for us to have fun forever. This is one of my favorite steel CD's in my collection.Highly recommended!
Rainy, cold and windy here in Vegas today. Received this CD and it just created the mood so mellow. Great...excellent choice. This is my first Raiatea CD and I'm looking forward to getting another. Any suggestions which one? Her voice is so pure and sweet and melodic. Chicken skin on Ei Nei. I love the sound of this "Hawaiian Blossom Raiatea". She is a real treasure from Hawaii. Love Love Love Love Love. Mahalo plenty girl.
My husband & I heard this CD, Hawaiian Lullabies, while dining in a little Mediterranean-French bistro in Honolulu, and agreed it was the most angelic melody we had heard in a long time. The voices are soothing, soft, lilting, and a feast for adult as well as babies ears. The instrumental portions of the songs are what heaven must sound like, and the background nature sounds are Hawaiian at its best. We bought the CD the next day, and marvelled at how our cats seemed to enter a state of bliss while listening and lounging peacefully to this exquisite music. We love it too; it is a attractive CD.
The Scots have amazing taste in music, as the other review giving this product five stars is dead on, word for word. This is second CD I have bought from Take Two, the other being their Latin collection, and the selections and the quality of the fidelity is superior. One wonders, how does a little company like produce such finely crafted products. And such amazing memories at such a reasonable price, for I have these amazing 1928 to early 1940s performers in my living room and what a joy their visit is.
This is indeed a rare collection of vintage native Hawaiian and non-native Hawaiian music. It includes some huge band and some authentic instrumentation. This may not be in the taste of contemporary listeners, but it is a unbelievable search for those who have fun vintage music.
This is the third time that I have bought this CD, Hawaiian Favorites, by Alfred Apaka. One for my Mom, Grandma and me. We used to live in Hawaii when these songs were relatively new, so it brings back amazing memories! This seller is wonderful. They shipped the CD directly to Grandma and created her day. Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lovely Amy Hanaiali`i Gilliom is a classically trained falsetto singer from Maui.With an unmatched vocal range. She is a multi award champion of the Na Hoko HanohanoHawai`ian melody awards for best female vocalist and best e is an extremely famous recording artist in Hawai`i and in the U.S.Her attractive sublime singing is always accompanied by the best musicians in Hawai`e combines her island heritage with a special take on traditional hula mele andhapa haole songs to make gorgeous Hawai`ian stening to her melody you are transported to Paradise. The Hawai`ian Islands.If you love Hawai`i, Amy Hanaiali`i Gilliom CDs are absolute must buys."Hawai`ian Tradition" CD (5 Stars) with Willy K is attractive traditional hula meleuniquely performed to perfection. Wonderful singing. Very Recommended."Contemporary Hawai`ian" CD (5 Stars) with Willy K is her follow up release with moretraditional hula mele and hapa haole songs creatively produced. Recommended.
This cd captured this young, revolutionary ukulele artist before the end of his short ace activist George Helm disappeared while paddling on a longboard from Kaho'olawa Island to Maui, to save Kaho'olawa from being bombed to hell, while the military practiced and experimented with lethal bombs of all types.And because of the Hawaiians who protested the bombing, it was the first time the US military backed down.Kaho'olawa Island now belongs to the Hawaiians, as it should ank you George Helms. Rest in sing like an r legend lives on.
Classic recordings from a real Hawaiian, this is George Helm. Falsetto vocals unmatched in time, beautifully re-mastered in this album. His haunting vocals and instrumentations are beyond explanation. You have to sit back, relax and float away on this gorgeous Hawaiian wave. We lost George Helm at a very young age. Thank God we have this album to hear and remember him. This album is a real treasure. Highly recommended.