This is where stuff that won't fit on the Shellac Shanty or AudiOddities blogs. Lounge, funk, or just stuff that I happen to like run through my addled brain. Eclectica forever!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

How about a nice Hawaiian Punch!

Again with the Hawaiian stuff! But, it's good though... this is a 1961 release from RCA Victor, on their Living Stereo (thankfully NOT StereoAction) moniker... VERY nicely performed & recorded, and a good catch for a buck at the thrift store. Unfortunately, no obligatory half-naked come-hither female on the cover (I'll post it soon), but the music makes up for it.

The liner notes are almost apologetic, but they do drivel a little about the Mauna Loa Islanders being a Hawaiian group of some reknown (at least in the Islands), but, alas, no performer credits. The only credit given was that this was recorded in New York City. Whee.

But, enough of the crabbing. Here's the cuts, enjoy!

Mauna Loa Islanders - Hawaiian Punch - RCA Victor LSP-2295 (1961)
Hawaiian Punch
Drifting and Dreaming (Sweet Paradise)
Hawaiian War Chant
Bali Ha'i
Malihini Mele
A Song of Old Hawaii
Blue Hawaii
Enchanted Island
Hawaiian Sunset
I'll Weave a Lei of Stars For You
Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song)

OK, not as exotic as Martin Denny or Esquivel, but still some pretty darn nice Hawai'ian kine.

I'll try and post something non-Hawaiian soon, promise.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Martin Denny Went Bye Bye

OK, I blew it again... the Martin Denny post I had went bye bye.

Here's the pic:

Here's Side 1:
Opening Announcements
Hilo March
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Volga Boatmen
Black Orchid

Here's Side 2
Pretty Maui Girl
Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai
Lei Aloha Lei Makamae
On The Beach At Waikiki
Ol' Man River

Quick review: Not as tiki, but some very serious swinging jazz here... lots of innovation, and done live, too! The announcer on side 1 is [Honolulu radio station] KPOI's Tom Moffatt, and the gig was recorded on-scene at Duke Kahanamoku's in more-or-less downtown Honolulu. Released on Liberty Records in the early to mid 1960s, and I don't think I have ever seen this on CD, it beats bad poi and spoiled coconut milk, definately!

Sorry about the truncated post, and we'll be back with nore stuff later!