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Lani McIntire and His Aloha Islanders, “Aloha Hawaii”

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lani McIntire and His Aloha Islanders, “Aloha Hawaii”

Paradise Island Trio, “Soft Lights and Sweet Music”

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Paradise Island Trio, “Soft Lights and Sweet Music”

Ray Andrade and his Orchestra “South Seas Serenades” Album

It’s Ray Andrade and his Orchestra! Playing some South Seas Serenades on 78!

Sunday November 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ray Andrade and his Orchestra “South Seas Serenades” Album

Al Perry’s Favorite Chants & Hulas (from vinyl LP)

Al Kealoha Perry and the Singing Surfriders “Al Perry’s Hawaiian Chants & Hulas”

Here’s a pdf of a booklet that came with the record!

It looks like that booklet was for a 78 10 inch record album with the same songs as side A. The “Chants”. I’m guessing there is also a 78 album of the “hulas” on side B..

Side One: Chants

  1. Pua Hau O Maleka
  2. Pele
  3. Kalanianaole
  4. Kalakaua
  5. Lanakila
  6. Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai

Side Two: Hulas

  1. Poki
  2. The Hula Oni Oni E
  3. Hawaiian Cowboy Polynesian Love Song
  4. Twilight In Hawaii
  5. Under A Spreading Cocoanut Tree

mp3s uploaded here as 2 sides here:

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Tuesday March 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Al Perry’s Favorite Chants & Hulas (from vinyl LP)

Lani McIntire “Hawaiian Festival” House Party LP

Straying a little from my usual era to the 1950s. Here is a microgoove hi-fi 10″ LP I found up last weekend. Pretty common hapa-haole tunes, but fun anyway.

Lani McIntire “Hawaiian Festival” Columbia House Party LP (CL 2526)

Uploaded as 2 sides:

Side A: Song of the Islands, O-K0-Le Ma-Lu-Na, Sweet Leilani

Side B: Hawaiian War Chant, Little Brown Gal, To You Sweetheart, Aloha

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Tuesday February 23rd, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lani McIntire “Hawaiian Festival” House Party LP

Guest post: Sol Ho’opi’i sacred music on Haven Of Rest label

The greater 78rpm record collecting world is sparsely populated with its largest worldwide Facebook collectors group just recently surpassing the 4000 mark.  Those of us passionate weirdos who devote huge chunks of our money and collection space specifically to Hawaiian steel guitar are a thin sliver of that elite group.  But this is what initially brought Jim and I together.  When I first met “Angry Jim” (virtually via Facebook Messenger) this is what he wrote. “Hi Christo! I have a feeling you may be my eBay nemesis!! I see on Instagram you have been collecting Sol Hoopii.”  He had seen a post of mine about finding the records we share with you below.

Sol Hoopii is the undisputed “King of Hawaiian Steel Guitar”.  Anyone who is even slightly familiar with the instrument and style undoubtedly brings his name up first.  It’s with good reason!  His hot jazz steel playing has cross genre appeal. He was both an amazing technical player and a passionate emotional improviser.  Sol was one of the first to really blend Jazz improvisation with traditional Hawaiian repertoire.  After traveling from Honolulu as a cruise ship stowaway he arrived in San Francisco and then moved to Los Angeles by 1924.  This happened during the “Hawaiian Craze”, a time period when there were more Hawaiian records sold than any other style of music across America.  Sol quickly got swept up in record deals and cameos in movies. He became a star and a hero for the native Hawaiian people!

Over the course of his spectacular career, life in the fast lane began to wear on Sol.  He went through a personal and religious transformation and eventually converted to Christianity.  By 1938 he had totally abandoned his secular career to join Foursquare Church founder, Aimee Semple McPherson as a part of her evangelical tours. After this conversion Sol signed contracts to record with various Christian record labels including Eldee, Sacred Records, and Campus Christians.  It was during this time that Sol met and began regularly collaborating with organist and vibraphone player, Loren Whitney.  Many of these sacred recordings still featured amazing traditional Hawaiian song interpretations on the B sides of the 78 releases. But the days of fiery jazz and pop recordings were gone.

According to a contact I made who was a church member, these extremely rare circa 1941, Haven Of Rest 78s were not sold in stores.  They were distributed for “Singspiration” nights in the Foursquare Church. The main Foursquare church was in LA, but at its peak it was one of the largest church denominations with congregations scattered all over the US.  Many of them were too poor to afford a professional musician to lead music.  At ”Singspiration” events church members would get up to sing “specials”, a song they had chosen to sing solo for the congregation. Sometimes members would provide their own instrumentation, but often these church issued Haven Of Rest 78s were played as their accompaniment. It is obvious when listening to the recordings that there is ample space for singing over the music. Please enjoy these extremely rare Sol Hoopii recordings.  And if the spirit moves you…sing along!

**Special thanks goes out to Jim for giving me my copy of HR530, helping me with research for this post, and being more of a collaborator than a nemesis!  Thanks also to Keith Cordell for giving me insight into how these rare recordings were used at Foursquare from an insiders perspective.**

1941 Haven Of Rest Records, Loren Whitney – Organ and Vibraharp. Sol Hoopii – Steel Guitar

Wednesday September 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Guest post: Sol Ho’opi’i sacred music on Haven Of Rest label

Yma Sumac with Leslie Baxter

Here is some fun exotica music for your next jungle cruise. A 1951 Capitol records 78 album set:  Voice of the Xtabay by Yma Sumac with composition and orchestration by Leslie Baxter and Moises Vivanco.

I think Yma might have Mariah Carey beat for vocal range. She hits some amazingly high notes here.

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Monday June 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Yma Sumac with Leslie Baxter

Ray Kinney on Pilotone

Here’s a playlist of some Ray Kinney 78s I just got that were pressed on a sort of transluscent red “vinylite”on the Pilotone record label.

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Monday June 15th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ray Kinney on Pilotone

Felix Mendelssohn and His Hawaiian Serenaders

Here’s a few British records by Felix Mendelssohn. It was hard to find good discographical info online about these but I believe they were made between 1940 and 1943. I’m sure if you were living in Britain at that time a bit of Hawaiian escapism would have been a welcome distraction.

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Friday June 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Felix Mendelssohn and His Hawaiian Serenaders

Ray Kinney “Songs of Hawaii”

Decca Presents “Songs of Hawaii” Played by Ray Kinney and His Hawaiians. (1938)

I bought this album in Honolulu. These were the only 78s I found there on a trip in December. The cover and records were dusty and water dammaged, but the records actually cleaned up nice and sound pretty good. It was missing one record of the 5 and I recently found a replacement. So here is the complete album set!

As you can see I have rather sloppily stop the cover from decomposing completely with some packing tape… I know.. not the most archival way to save something, but at least the dust and mold wont be getting all over the records anymore..

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Tuesday June 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ray Kinney “Songs of Hawaii”