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May 25th, 2011

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12:10 pm - back to the chud farm
Yesterday, I went back to the thrift store I found last week and picked up 8 more Hawaiian lps. I was charged $7.25 for them. Add the one I got last week and suddenly I have a faux+++ Hawaiian music collection for $8.25.


As it turns out, The Waikikis are from Belgium and had many European composers providing them with tunes. The Hawaiian Holiday album has stereo mixes of the very same music that is on the Hawaii lp I bought last week, which is good since I like that stuff and it sounds pretty different with the guitars split up between the stereo channels, but odd since their is no credit for the musicians on it. With a little research I learned that it was recorded by session musicians in Boston, led by the steel guitar player Ernie Cunningham. I also learned that this very same recording session was first used for an album released on Coronet by "Harry Kaapuni and his Royal Polynesians"!
The record on the lower left corner by the Polynesians was the only one that completely missed the mark for me with it's cheesy, swingin', square vocals. The middle record on the bottom row had 2 or 3 interesting cuts and a big booklet insert. The best find musically, after the Holiday in Hawaii, was the Buddy Merrill lp. Buddy Merrill plays a mean, dreamy pedal steel backed with some tasteful accompaniment from a full band with vibes and overdubbed seagull sounds. I'll be keeping an eye out for more Buddy Merrill albums. There're a bunch of his LPs on ebay, mostly very cheap. This one apparently can be had sealed for 99¢ + postage....

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Date:November 1st, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
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