Thursday, January 04, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
Nat Mara and his Tahitians - Welcome to Tahiti
I don't know much about Tahitian pop music but I do know that some of the more traditional sounding tamure type stuff usually has a very frenzied tempo. These romantic pop tunes are of a much more sweetly languorous style that I, for some unknown reason, associate with Yves Roche.
If you know Tahitian pop standards then you'll find many of them here.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Hilo Hattie - at the Hawaiian Village
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Hilo Hawaiians - Honeymoon in Hawaii
This was a booklet plus LP that was sold or given away to tourists by City Bank of Honolulu. Its a fairly large book that gives an overview of all of the islands, Hawaiian history, language, culture as well as current attractions. The art and photos suggest to me that it was made in the late 60s or very early 70s. The album that was included is "Honeymoon in Hawaii" by the Hilo Hawaiians. Its a beautiful little slab of island goodness and one of my very, very favorite Hawaiian music LPs.
There are at least two versions of this LP that I've seen and in both instances the song lists on the covers do not match those on the labels (the labels being correct). The only questionable thing about the label listings is that Aloha Oe is at the end of side one, whereas on the cover (and as common sense would suggest) it closes side two. Since the labels are correct in all other aspects I have continued to use that track list order for my files.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Mele Kalikimaka: A Hawaiian Christmas Party
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Tak Shindo - Brass and Bamboo
While it's not the best exotica album of all time, Brass and Bamboo does contain what I consider to be one of the top three exotica tracks of all time, Tak's version of "Bali Ha'i."
There are several other great tracks such as "Caravan" and "The Song of Delilah."
Reminder: if you request a repost of a dead link you have to state which LP it is in your comment. Blogger emails me your comments but does not tell me to which post the comment was attached.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Frankie Carle - The Tropical Style of Frankie Carle
Piano based Exotica Lite. Frankie was a legendary big band pianist that continued to record and play live long after the demise of big band as a popular genre. This one is from 1966 and has yer "Bali Ha'i" and yer "Quiet Village" and yer "Ebb Tide," "Pearly Shells," "Yellow Bird" etc etc.
Nice to play around the pool whilst sipping Rum Barrels.
Tickling the ivories
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Webley Edwards - Hawaii The Island of Dreams
I'm sure most of you are familiar with the Webley Edwards series. For those who are not, the short story is that for 3-plus decades Mr Edwards hosted a radio show out of Waikiki called "Hawaii Calls" where he showcased the best of Hawaiian music, which was then re-broadcast by hundreds of radio stations around the world. The LPs are compilations of some of the best music from the shows. Each LP was usually at least loosely based around a central theme.
This album's music is more on the ethno-traditional side with the exception of tracks 5 and 10 which are a little more popular sounding. Highlights for me include "Canoe Song," "Thoughts of Love," "Fire Goddess" and "Island of Dreams."
Here it is.
If any of you are curious as to why there's been such a flurry of activity on this site as of late...if you look back at the start of this blog you'll see that I started with a similar burst of uploads because I was sick at home with pneumonia. So guess what...I broke my flippin' right ankle in a freakish accident(!) and where the pneumonia laid me up for about 10 days or so this should keep me somewhat homebound for several farking weeks. My loss is your gain I suppose, as I will probably turbo-plow through most of the rest of my Hawaiian and Exotica collection over the next few weeks.
God bless Trader Vic Bergeron for inventing the mai tai and also whoever it was that invented oxycodone. Cheers!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Roy Holland & Milt Holland - Perfect Percussion
Perfect Percussion by The 44 Instruments of Roy Harte & Milt Holland. From 1961 on World-Pacific Records. Roy Harte and Milt Holland, percussion and special effects; Buddy Montgomery, vibes; Monk Montgomery, electric bass; Wes Montgomery, guitar; Richie Crabtree, piano; Benny Barth, drums.
Eight popular songs done with an array of exotic percussive instruments. No bird calls, but you know with a vibes player on the recording that it'll sound great in your tiki bar. And it will!
Wynton Kelly - Comin' In The Back Door
A nice piece of fairly standard piano jazz from 1963. Wynton Kelly, piano; Kenny Burrell, guitar; Paul Chambers, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums; with orchestra arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman.
You may be thinking: "Why Kono? Why? This isn't exotica!"
Well, because it has a cover of "Quiet Village." That's why!
Lots of music coming up over the next few days (I think)!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Tiny and His Hawaiian Bubbles - Hawaiian Luau Party
This one's quite a bit better than it might appear to be, if you are one who tends to judge an LP by its cover. Its a faux live album, recorded in a studio with a fake live audience. A few of the tracks are very haole but many of the others have a more trad-pop feel. Most of side two is instrumental and quite sweet.
All in all its a strong addition to the soundloop for your next luau. Enjoy!
I should have a couple other uploads this week. Stay tuned...