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Kaiwaza
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From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-10-17 8:52 pm   Permalink

I have a "soft-spot" for Belgium's "The Waikikis" as I had some of their LPs at a very early age..6 or 7. THeir music, oddly, imprinted am image of what I thought it would be like to live in a "modern Hawaiian city" somehow. At any rate, here's a seldom seen LP in the U.S., their Canadian issue of "On The Beach" with typical Waikikis renditions of songs like "Cecilia You're Breaking My Heart", "Anchors Aweigh", "Strike Up The Band", and great originals like "Hula Party" & "Exciting Noise."


Here's a rarity...Soundscapes Creative Dynamic Records (no, I've never heard of them either) release "Polynesian Interlude" by Al Wagner & The Philharmonic Strings..a few standards, plus "Avarua", "Beautiful Lagoon", "Samoa", "Paradise For Two" etc. Typical orchestral offering, just a seldom seen LP and a strange hut on the cover that seems to be either incomplete or for very short natives...? Or maybe they just took a picture at one of the "Survivor" camps.


I like the directness here. In case you didn't know what this was a recording OF...it's "Hawaiian Songs." I like the photo, too...looks like she's a little pissed off that the ship is coming in.



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Kaiwaza
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From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-10-17 9:04 pm   Permalink

A lovely LP jacket....very 1950s Hawaiiana. Featuring "Popular Hawaiian Orchestras...The Royal Garden Islanders (aka Hal Aloma), Ray Kinney, etc.


New Zealand's Viking Records did a lovely job of re-issuing a lot of their older Bill Sevesi, George Tumahai, & Daphne Walker material into spiffy new LPs . Here's one of several in my collection..I like this one as it features a seldom seen yet common item on Hawaiian beaches...the floatation device. Selections on this one include "Id Like To See Samoa Of Samoa", "Vikings On The March", "Nothing Else To Do In Ma-La-Ka-Mo-K-Lu", among others.


Here's an absolutely beautiful recording, and a rarity.."Singing Bamboo" the songs of (well-known composers) Maddy Lam & Mary Pukui. I've only seen this LP once or twice & it's a beauty. Classic hapa-haole & hula tunes by various artists..."Ka Lehua I Milia", "My Hawaiiana", "Our Paradise", "When The Orchestra Plays Aloha Oe", etc. a 1958 gatefold with lyrics inside by Island Recording Studio.


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Kaiwaza
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From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-10-17 9:14 pm   Permalink

Well, the appeal here is obvious. An Italian release of steel guitarist Roy Wiggins instrumentals.



I don't know who Johnny Hoes is, but the Dutch person "presented" at least two "Hawaiian" LPs featuring The Honolulu Strings and various singers. The usual European mix of Indonesian, Hawaiian, & European numbers. I like the cover.


Love this German release! The Waikiki Party Band & The Hilo Singers take us to a "Hawaiian Beach Party." 24 songs arranged in groovy steel/vocal chorus medleys. Kind of "James Last-ish." Songs include "Hawaii Tattoo", "Fern Am Strande Von Samoa", "Vaya Con Dios" (found on a shockingly LARGE number of European-Hawaiian records...did they think this was actually a Polynesian song??), "Blume Von Hawaii", etc., etc. It's a party disc..



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Posted: 2009-10-20 10:33 am   Permalink

Don't mean to hijack the thread but I just posted in the Marketplace a bunch of cheesecake LP's which I'm offering up for FREE to anyone who wants 'em. I'm just asking for $4.00 shipping.

Follow the linky...

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=34272&forum=12&2
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Kaiwaza
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From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-10-21 4:44 pm   Permalink

My personnal record colecting tastes are a bit odd & I have always had a GREAT love of the budget labels....Crown, Diplomat, Spin-O-Rama & a dozen other labels mostly sold in grocery stores & department stores. In the pop music field, they'd usually have one or two tracks by a known artist, and slap them on a record with 8 other tracks by some unknown person or studio orchestra and package it to look like it was all by the known artist "PETULA CLARK....and others" Anyway, obviously there weren't any "known" Hawaiian stars at the time, so they made up ridiculoius artist & song titles and took about 40 songs and repackaged them into 1,000 LPs. Today, I'm just posting some of my faves from the budget category, mostly because they actually did some fun cover art.

Obviously, we all love the tiki action here. They folks at Wyncote records need to be given special recognition for their multiple spellings of "Hawaii" & "Hawaiian". So MANY of the LPs have a variety of misspellings on the labels & liner notes.."Hawai", "Hawaiia", "Hawiin", etc etc. I mean, really, is it THAT difficult??


I've always found this a lovely cover. One LP of MANY containing a rip-off version of Any Williams "Hawaiian Wedding Song."



I'm guessing this one is actually somewhat rare. I've only seen it once. It's a later budget release..post 1970 as it features an orchestral "Hawaii Five-0" attached to the usual suspects. Kind of a groovy image.


Even Montgomery Ward stores got into the budget label Hawaiian action. This picture was, of course, used on many budget LPs. "Montgomery Ward Presents Aloha From The Islands"



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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2009-10-21 4:49 pm   Permalink

I have a sentimental soft spot fr this budget LP. I was 6 or 7 and I saw it at our local candy/convenience store and bugg
ed my parents every day for a week before they relented and bought it for me...lol. I still find the jacket fetching.


Another typical budget LP, but, again, I like the picture.


Ah..."Vacation in Hawaii", relaxing by a waterfall grooving to Leilani's bongo rhythm.


I like this one...enjoying the beach...which is rather obviously NOT in Hawaii.


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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2009-10-21 4:57 pm   Permalink

Hot artwork.


Nice artwork on a LP by the Plymouth Hawaiian Orchestra...who knew? Actually, these are early Hal Aloma recordings released by several earlier budget labels under various pseudonyms. I also like the misspelling of "Hawaiian".


Guadeloupe is the new Hawaii, in case you didn't know. This is a classic. The cover photo is courtesy of British West Indian Airways. It's an early Jimmy Buffett concept, I think.


And something very interesting happens when you slid these two early budget label LPs together. WE have a lovely picnic on the beach with sandwiches & beer. I've seen these same two ladies on the same beach on covers for Latin American budget records..they got around without leaving the same strip of sand..



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Posted: 2009-10-25 2:08 pm   Permalink

A few from today...













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aquarj
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Joined: Apr 02, 2002
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From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2009-10-26 1:52 pm   Permalink

Maybe it's been said, but thanks for posting all the great record covers everyone, especially Kaiwaza! This thread is a treasure trove. This one is a great observation, very cool...
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On 2009-10-21 16:57, Kaiwaza wrote:
And something very interesting happens when you slid these two early budget label LPs together. WE have a lovely picnic on the beach with sandwiches & beer. I've seen these same two ladies on the same beach on covers for Latin American budget records..they got around without leaving the same strip of sand..




Hey Kaiwaza, how about your namesake? I have one record by Kaiwaza, that has some nice gems. What do you know about him/her/them? Somehow I always thought the LP I have sounds a little more modern in the production than others, but who knows.

-Randy


 
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Kaiwaza
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From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-10-27 6:37 pm   Permalink

Yes, I have that ONE Wyncote LP by "Kaiwaza", "Hawaiian Holiday", whici Dearly love. I just LOVE the fairly simple arrangements & yes, more lush, contemporary feel to it than the other budget groups. As per usual, they reissued the Kaiwaza cuts under a hundred titles and mixed up on LPs with alll the other "Luke Leilani" groups. I have no idea who the original artist actually is or was & haven't run across any named artist LPs that sound like it might be him/her. I actually ran across a vocal rendition of "Bird of Paradise" also on a budget Wyncote LP by a fake Dean Martin. Otherwise, I've never seen the other cuts in any other version.
Thanks for the compliments...still have some things to post..haven't gotten to the exotica and South Pacific stuff yet..


 
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Kaiwaza
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From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-10-28 1:49 pm   Permalink

Earlier, I posted several LPs from the "49th State Hawaii" label which ceased after the founder left for the mainland.. Another company much in the same vein started up where "49th State Hawaii" left off & that was "Waikiki Records" which started production in 1958. They recorded literally hundreds of 45 rpms geared mainly towards the hula market. Eventually more than 30 LPs were put together of some of these 45s and packaged as compilations by "various native artists." Unlike "49th State Hawaii" though, these were studio recordings of great quality & arrangement & when I was working in Hawaiian music radio in the 1980s, we were still playing Waikiki records on a daily basiseven though they ceased p[roduction in 1966. These are just a few of their lovely compilation LPs:









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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2009-10-28 1:59 pm   Permalink

This "Waikiki" label LP (and it's companion vol. 2,) heavily features Gabby Pahinui (featured on the cover here) who became an icon of traditional Hawaiian sound, much like Genoa Keawe. There are many Pahinui tracks spread through most of the "Waikiki" LPs.


This one looks like it should be a Leetag painting, don't you think?



"The Duke" isn't performing here, but "Waikiki" gave him his own record.


This might just look like an assortment of island beauties, but there's some history in this picture. Back "in the day", instead of electing just one beauty queen, The University of Hawaii held a competition where one winner was chosen for each of the major ethnic groups of Hawaii at the time...I don't know which year this was, but from left to right, they are
Cosmopolitan (mixed race), Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Chinese, Caucasian, and, seated, Native Hawaiian.




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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2009-10-28 2:03 pm   Permalink

A couple of nice jackets from some of the Decca Hawaiian compilations...



"Waikiki Swings" featured all the hot, happening island artists of the day..Don Ho, Kui Lee, Zulu, Alvan. And it features a scene not really unlike any typical day you'd see today in Waikiki.



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Kaiwaza
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From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-10-28 2:07 pm   Permalink

Here's another in a series of..."she looks familiar" or, how many LPs can one photo shoot find it's way onto.
Here we see the same lady on a few budget labels & a New Zealand LP. Also interesting, is this SAME back drop features a different model coming up later in several shots. They got their money's worth out of that grass shack..and why not?



I think this one is particularly fetching & deserves a close-up:



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aquarj
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Posted: 2009-10-28 2:31 pm   Permalink

Nice, I've only seen two of those before.

This is one of the things I love about TC, when people are able to re-connect things from a bygone era that went different paths.

-Randy


 
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