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It's Hotter in Hawaii


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Blue Sparks - Master's Hawaiians
    2. Hawaiian Stormy Weather - Master's Hawaiians
    3. Caperucita - S Cortes Y Sus Hawaiinos
    4. Lirios - S Cortes Y Sus Hawaiinos
    5. My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua - Kanui & Lula/Lula
    6. Garden of Paradise - Keaumoka Louis
    7. Penei No - Keaumoka Louis
    8. Goodbye Blues - Roland Peachy & His Royal Hawaiians
    9. China Boy - Roland Peachy & His Royal Hawaiians
    10. Honolulu Stomp - H.M. Barnes' Blue Ridge Ramblers
    11. Waikiki Waltz - King Bennie Nawahi
    12. Stack-O-Lee - King/Queen
    13. Drifting and Dreaming - Lawson's Hawaiians
    14. Portena Es Una Papa, La - Les Loups Noirs
    15. Drowsy Waters - Lua & Kaili
    16. Kohala March - Lua & Kaili
    17. Moana Chimes - M.K. Moke
    18. E Mama Ea - Moana Serenaders
    19. He Mea Nui - Moana Serenaders
    20. Cat's Whiskers, The - Pat Patterson & His Champion Rep Riders
    21. Kauna Kea - Ray Kinney & His Royal Hawaiians
    22. Coral Isle - Ray Kinney & His Royal Hawaiians
    23. Milenburg Joys - Rodney Roger's Red Peppers
    24. King Kalakaua March - Kamsku & Kawaihae
    25. Pua Lima Waltz - Kamsku & Kawaihae
    26. Road to Paradise, The - Unknown German Orchestra
    27. Femmes d'Amerique, Les - Danny Stewart
    0. DISC 2:
    1. 12th Street Rag - Hauulea Entertainers
    2. Railroad Blues - Hauulea Entertainers
    3. Ellis March - Hauulea Entertainers
    4. Ama Ama - Sam Alama & His Hawaiians
    5. Akahi Hoi - Hawaiian Quintette
    6. Pua I Mohala - Hawaiian Quintette
    7. Honolulu Stomp - Hawaiian Serenaders
    8. Maui Girl - James Molkeha
    9. Honolulu March - Hawaiian Silver Quartet
    10. Kawahau - Hawaiian Silver Quartet
    11. My Little Grass Shack - Joe Keawe
    12. Ho'okipa Paka - Joe Keawe & His Harmony Hawaiians
    13. Happy Hawaiian Blues - Hawaiian Songbirds
    14. K'alu Luliluli - Helen Louise/Frank Ferera
    15. Kai Maia O Ka Madi - Helen Louise/Frank Ferera
    16. Hula Love Medley March - Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra
    17. Mindinao March - Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra
    18. Song of the Range - Jim and Bob
    19. Chimes - Jim and Bob
    20. By the Waters of Minnietonka - Jim and Bob
    21. Hula Blues - Jim and Bob
    22. Pehea Hoi Au - Kalama's Quartet
    23. O Sole Mio - Hawaiian Trio & Taki
    24. My Hawaii (You're Calling Me) - Hawaiian Trio & Taki
    25. Paloma, La - Hawaiian Trio & Taki
    26. Valse Bleu - Hawaiian Trio & Taki
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Hilo - Kane's Hawaiinans
    2. Blues of the Guitar - Andy Sanella
    3. Sliding on the Frets - Andy Sanella
    4. Pame Sti Honolulu - Bezoz Hawaiian Orchestra
    5. Palolo - Charlie Wilson
    6. Na Pua Oh Hawaii - George Ku Trio
    7. Kuu Lei - George Ku Trio
    8. Na Ali'l - George Ku Trio
    9. Na Lei - Coral Islanders
    10. Clownin' the Frets - Biltmore Hotel Trio
    11. Kaui Kahio - Biltmore Orchestra
    12. Down in Waikiki - Eddy's Hawaiian Serenaders
    13. Why My Craf Vex With Me - Emery Cournand
    14. One-Two-Three - Ferera & Franchini/Lufsky
    15. Palakiko Blues - Franchini/Dettborn
    16. Maui - Frank Ferera
    17. Melani Anu Ka Makani - Frank Ferera
    18. Honolulu March - Frank Ferera
    19. In the Heart of Hawaii - Frank Ferera
    20. St. Louis Blues - Frank Ferera
    21. Cielito Lindo - Frank Ferera/John Poaluki
    22. Iko Okamuko - Frank Ferera/John Poaluki
    23. Slack Key Hula - George "Keoki" Davis
    24. Caresses Venitiennes - Gino Hawaiian Orchestra Bordin
    25. Indiana March - Hanapi Trio
    26. Smiles - Jimmy Yates' Boll Weevils
    27. 12th Street Rag - Roy Smeck
    28. Limehouse Blues - Roy Smeck
    29. Bugle Call Rag - Roy Smeck
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Hilo March - Roy Smeck
    2. Kalima Walk - Roy Smeck
    3. Twilight Echoes - Roy Smeck
    4. Hawaiian Hula - Sam West
    5. Wangwang Blues - Sam Ku West Harmony Boys
    6. Liliu E - Louis King & the South Sea Islanders
    7. Old Timer's Hula - Tommy Solomon
    8. Lepe Ula Ula - Sol Hoopii
    9. Hawaiian March - Sol Hoopii
    10. Lady Be Good - Sol Hoopii
    11. Lehua - Sol Hoopii
    12. Pidgin English Hula - Sol Hoopii
    13. Uheuhene - Sol Hoopii
    14. Tomi Tomi - Sol K. Bright
    15. Parai'i Pararara'i - Tamari Tahiti
    16. Ghost Dance - Truett/george
    17. Mai Kai No Kauai - MM. Rivieres Hawaiians
    18. Paahana - MM. Rivieres Hawaiians
    19. E Mama Ee - MM. Rivieres Hawaiians
    20. Lupe Ua Sola, La - MM. Rivieres Hawaiians
    21. Ellis March - MM. Rivieres Hawaiians
    22. U Like, Noa Like - Tau Moe's Hawaiian Jazzites
    23. Medley of Old Time Waltzes - Walter Kolomoku
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7738

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    In the 1920s, a perfect storm of cultural changes -- the beginning of airline travel, the height of the tourist ship lines, the rise of a moneyed leisure class that could afford to take long vacations in exotic locales, and the increasing cheapness and portability of recording equipment, among others -- led to a brief passion for Hawaiian music in the United States. This was partially fed by Tin Pan Alley composers who exploited a brief vogue for Hawaiian-themed pop songs (modern-day ukulele chanteuse Janet Klein covers several of these now-obscure tunes on her albums), but it also led to many recordings of Hawaiian musicians by mainland labels. It's those songs that are compiled on the marvelous four-disc box set It's Hotter in Hawaii. These are vintage jazz age sides, most of them similar to the Western swing that was popularized in the southwestern U.S. around the same time, only with that uniquely Hawaiian instrument the slack-key guitar standing in for the pedal steel. It's remarkable how similar the two instruments sound, actually; there are a few songs here that wouldn't sound at all out of place on a Bob Wills anthology, including, somewhat surprisingly, an entirely trad version of the blues-folk standard "Stack-o-Lee." Most of these 105 tracks are instrumentals, with the occasional vocal tracks evenly split between English and Hawaiian, and the remastering throughout is quite good, or at least as well as can be expected given the age and rarity of the source material. Only the near total lack of liner notes (unusual for a JSP release, which usually at least includes recording dates and musician names when available) keeps this from being the best possible introduction to Hawaiian music. ~ Stewart Mason

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