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Lyman 66/Shadow of Your Smile

  • 1. Lemon Tree
    2. Taste of Honey
    3. Fiddler on the Roof
    4. Dear Heart
    5. Only Yesterday
    6. Medley: Medley From Mary Poppins
    7. Kon Tiki
    8. , The (Jungle) Cat
    9. Boy From Laupahoehoe, The
    10. Waimea Cowboy
    11. Ports of Paradise
    12. Bird Train
    13. I'll Remember You
    14. Zorba the Greek
    15. Moon Over Naples (Spanish Eyes)
    16. E Lei Ka Lei Lei (The Beach Party Song)
    17. Medley: Sound of Music Medley: (A) The Sound of Music/(B) My Favorite Things/(C) Do Re Mi/(D) Climb Every Mountain
    18. Marobi
    19. Imua Kamehameha
    20. Yesterday
    21. Shadow of Your Smile, The
    22. Kamalani O Keaukaha
    23. Hang on Sloopy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CCM896

  • Credits
    ProducerGordon Anderson (Reissue)

    Personnel: Arthur Lyman (vibraphone, marimba).
    Liner Note Authors: Kim Cooper ; David Smay.
    These mid-'60s discs present a pair of well-rounded and diverse long-players. The contents of Lyman 66 (1965) and Shadow of Your Smile (1966) are typical for the artist and era, mixing modern pop and folk numbers with songs from the stage and screen. Staying true to his environs, Arthur Lyman and his assembled combo would reach back to their roots in tiki traditionals and exotica. The material was recorded in an acoustically engineered Geodesic Aluminum Dome at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's venerable Shell Bar and even by modern standards, the uncanny ambience remains evident. Lyman 66's key inclusions are the fun and frolic of the opening update of "Lemon Tree." The intimate and romantic title song from "Dear Heart" provides tropically flavored ukuleles and Lyman's soft vibraphone touch. It joins the sublime "Kon Tiki" a pair of the album's premiere ballads. Other better-than-average-to-excellent cuts are the "Medley from Mary Poppins" boasting a toe-tappin' "Spoonful of Sugar," a jazzy and introspective "Chim Chim Cheree," as well as a whirling "Supercalifragalistic" conclusion. "(Jungle) Cat" is not to be missed by fans of space age bachelor pad kitsch. Considerably more in tune with his Polynesian audience and environs is the "Boy from Laupahoehoe" -- a Hawaiian folk song written by Irmgard F. Aluli. The format of Shadow of Your Smile is quite similar to its chronological predecessor. "I'll Remember You" is a regional favorite and this less than impassioned rendition is certainly in no danger of replacing Elvis Presley's unforgettable Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite (1973) version. Additional offerings inspired by the locals are the full-blown exotica of "Marobi," the collegiate team fight-song "Imua Kamehameha," the sumptuous "Kamalani o Keaukaha," and last but far from least is the ultra-hip "E Lei Ka Lei Lei (The Beach Party Song)." Its interminably catchy melody makes it an unqualified standout. In terms of Lyman and company's interpretation of concurrent chart hits, there is a lovely reading of the Beatles' "Yesterday," while the even-tempo treatment given to "Shadow of Your Smile" and concluding the package is undeniably the most energetic selection on either outing: a definitely youth-oriented and vibrant take of "Hang on Sloopy." Parties interested in sampling the best of what Lyman was doing in the center of the '60s are encouraged to check out this installment in Collectors' Choice Music's thorough digital reassessment of the artist's Hi-Fi Records library. ~ Lindsay Planer

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