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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2009-11-25 1:12 pm   Permalink

And yet, another rendition of "She looks familiar...."


These six lps all feature the same woman in the same sarong. Three of the photos appear to be shot in the same location, but certainly the Frankie Carle lp is somewhere else. I'd love to know the story here. I understand the budget labels all using & sharing the same set up...but RCA Victor & Liberty? Interesting.
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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2009-11-25 1:21 pm   Permalink

This is the first time I came across this lady. My grandfather had this lp, Hawaii calling by The Polynesians, with guest vocalist Marie Terangi, Crown CST 223. As a kid, I had assumed she was Marie Terangi, since I knew the guys were The Polynesians. Years later, after seeing pictures of the actual Marie Terangi, I KNEW this could NOT have been her...so, she became yet another nameless Polynesian model.


Here she is again, with friends, on Hawaiian holiday by Kane Nui & His Island Boys, Modern ST 818 (actually recordings of The Polynesians under a fake name).


She appears again, this time on Frankie Carle's interesting lp Honolulu Honky Tonk,RCA Victor LSP 2540, c1962, with yet a different model, in a different setting, but with that same red sarong...her make up & hair are identical in ALL the shots which makes me think they must have all been taken on the same day.




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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2009-11-25 1:30 pm   Permalink

She reappears with her friends on Crown CLP 5198, Hawaiian paradise with George Liberace & his orchestra...quite a good record, btw. I love the models very effected poses in this shot...I mean...what is supposed to be going on? And, btw, in case you DIDN'T know, this is the famous pianist Liberace's BROTHER, who was semi well-known before his candelabra-loving brother came along.


Here she is solo again on Tradewinds to Hawaii by Lani Lehua & The Surfers, Modern MST 820. (Again, a composite of Polynesian & "Luke Leilani" recordings)


And the LAST time I've discovered her is on the cover of Felix Slatkin's Paradise found on Liberty Premier series LSS 14001.


I've never learned her name or seen her anywhere other than lp covers..not in post cards, etc, which is somewhat unusual. She certainly is beautiful and I'd love to discover some more lps work of hers out there if there's any left to be found..
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Posted: 2009-11-25 4:56 pm   Permalink

Hmm...that waterfall could be the one at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. I've seen Scopitones that were shot there.
And that beach: Those palm trees don't look real, and the view where they hit the ground is mysteriously blocked by your fave model.


 
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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2009-11-25 5:51 pm   Permalink

Yes, I'm pretty sure none of these were actually shot in Hawaii...I just personally don't know the location. But I think The polynesians lps from my previous "she looks familiar post" were maybe shot in the same garden area. I'm sure they knew they were going to record a dozen Polynesians LPs and a bunch of other covers & just shot these women with the artists and other posed shots. I'd love to see the full set...they ones they DIDN'T use, etc. I also think that's why none of THESE particular women end up in any Hawaii post cards...cause they weren't IN Hawaii..lol.

 
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Posted: 2009-11-29 12:14 am   Permalink

On to the South Pacific, with a few highlights.....

Aloha Samoa by The Samoan Surfriders with Bill Sevesi & his islanders (Viking VP 54, New Zealand) should win some award for over-the-top record cover design....a painted-in palm tree, a blue grass skirt, and a veritable flower garden on her body.


Dance to the tamoure Tahiti by Ensemble Tahitien Tauhiti (Viking VP319, New Zealand) presents an inviting scene.


Tahitian swing 1936-1938 by Augie Goupil & his Tahitians (Harlequin HQ 2073, c1989, England) collects some jazzy, yet still very Tahitian numbers. I haven't seen this lp around too much.


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Posted: 2009-11-29 12:31 am   Permalink

It isn't the music that attracts me to this album.....it's the plastic fern, and bountiful basket filled with plastic fruits. I can't tell, but I'm sure the flower lei is plastic as well. Tahitian Paradise by Mutiny on The Bounty Drummers and Eddie Lund & His Tahitians on ABC-Paramount ABC-444 features standard Tahitian fare plus a nice number called Oriori cha cha cha or Come cha cha cha with me.


Another album sporting a great jacket... as you might notice from the sticker, formerly in the collection of the Hawaii State Library system...which has pretty much liquidated most of their phonograph record holdings. Presented by Eddie Lund, the liner notes say "[he], in this album, has given the world it's first discs of authentic Tahitian music as recorded in the islands themselves....Many performers had never before seen a microphone." Seems unlikely.


I consider this album a gem. I mean, realistically, how many records of Wallis & Futuna Islands music are OUT THERE anyway? It's not bad either...maybe something between Tahitian and the more melodic Hawaiian songs. Titles include Welcome to Uvea, Song of the flowers, I'm in the mood for you, Lonsome Wallisian, Leap your lament, and a few Hawaiian songs whose popularity apparently spread far. Viking VP 304, c1963, New Zealand.


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Posted: 2009-11-29 12:48 am   Permalink

This one is actually a bit of a mess of a record cover, however Johnny Sablan's Guam U.S.A. contains a few GREAT treasures. Unlike most of his albums, this one features a very mainland sounding combo and vocal chorus and aside from the title track, Guam U.S.A. contains an AWESOME track called "A Place In Micronesia." It's a total lounge group vocal bosa nova cheese..."There's a place for you & me in Micronesia...where the weather's sunny & food is yummy, etc etc." Someone in the tiki world NEEDS to cover this song. Other tacks include Legends of Guam, On the island of Guam, Do you remember Guam?, Chamorro festive songs, etc. (Hafa Adai RecordsHALP-3311, p1974.)


Real flowers & real fruit in this welcome change from the usual femme fatale. Tropical Fiji by Suva Fijian Drama Group, Salemstereo XPX 5070 p1971, New Zealand.


For your listening & relaxing pleasure, The Reef Lodge Trio offers such varied selections as Steel guitar rag, Hawaiian wedding song, I sailed away to Fiji Islands, Isa buna, Wildwood twist & Deep in the heart of Texas..all in a lilting Polynesian style. Holiday in Fiji: Moments to remember was recorded live at the Reef Lodge in Korotogo, Fiji with a written warning on the back cover that it is NOT for distribution in Fiji. I guess they wouldn't want the workers to get TOO relaxed. Mai tai anyone? Viking VP184, New Zealand)


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Posted: 2009-11-29 01:02 am   Permalink

It seems that this is a sought-after recording. And WHY, I ask? This album of Australian aboriginal "music" (and I use the term very loosely) is good for about 5 minutes at a time. There are women's chants, men's chant, chants about ground wasps, a mouth-organ, Duralko aka the Home Of the dead, and Santa Claus and aluminum foil crafts for all I can tell. When you've heard one, you've heard them all. I hear there's an "all-aboriginal, all-the-time" radio station...I suspect they just play this record over & over & no one knows the difference. Well, just kidding. sorta. Corroboree! Hi fi dances, chants & songs by native Australian aboriginals, Capitol, Capitol of the World series, T10037.


A few years ago, I came across a stash of a dozen or so Tahitian albums at Salvation army, all 1970s...these are pictures of a few of them.


Love the necklace action on this one...




A while back, I posted a number of the colorful 49th State Hawaii Record Company covers. Most of their output was, naturally, Hawaiian, but they delved into the Far Eastern Cha Cha market with several Japanese releases and THIS rarity Singapore by the Malayan Select Orchestra. My good Singaporean friend wretches violently when exposed to the music on this record. He says this is exactly what seedy old men listen to in the old bars back home. Sounds good to me.
I would subtitle this album "Wanna buy me drinkie?"



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Posted: 2009-11-29 1:33 pm   Permalink

New today...





















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Posted: 2009-12-04 3:30 pm   Permalink

Three more today...







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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2009-12-29 2:01 pm   Permalink

Another edition of "She looks familiar"...actually, THEY look familiar. Here are four LPs featuring the same set of models, featuring the lady in front, Georgietta Kahalelaukoa Parker, Miss Hawaii of 1958.


Hawaiian paradise by Leo Addeo, his orchestra & chorus, RCA Camden CAS 853, c1965;


Hawaiian holiday by Hal Aloma & his Hawaiians, Columbia CL 538, [no date]. (A great LP by the way..swinging renditions of Wai o Minnehaha, Liliu e, Little grass shack and Hawaiian war chant!)


Aloha! Great instrumental favorites of Hawaii by Sam Koki & The Paradise Islanders with The Waikiki Strings, Kapp KS-3233 [no date]. (I prefer Sam's other recordings & those he made under the William Kealoha pseudonym, but his steel playing is still smooth & beautiful here, just decidedly more "easy listening" playing the standards)


And here's Garbriella solo on Songs of the South Seas by various artists, Audition AUD 33-5930, [no date]. No doubt, taken in the same location & same time.


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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2009-12-29 2:16 pm   Permalink

Here are a couple of 7 in. LPs...not too many of those floating around these days...

Sudliche klange, a German release featuring Valentinos Hawaiian Band and others. An interesting mix of Polynesian & Latin songs kind of clumped together in medleys as if no one realized they weren't the same place...Hawaiian-waltzer, Nanni hat heimweh, Tampico, Auf Jamaica, Baiao bongos, etc. Nice cover art.


I'm a bit of a fan of Harry Hougassian & have several of his LPs. This 7 inch release out of France features the titles Mello yellow, Hello Mister Brown, Est-ce que tu m'aimeras, & Aora Bounty Club....how can you not love that?


Ok, this is obviously a kiddie record, but can I tell you how much I LOVE this concept?? This is Around the world in sound: Hawaii by Mookleani & Group (Love the name). What they did is take 4 of the "Luke Leilani" tracks (Aloha, Hawaiian War Chant, Harbor Lights, & Drowsy Waters) and recorded some small male vocal group singing new vocals OVER the tracks. Drowsy Waters became "Sandy Beaches & Coconuts" and I LOVE it. Their rendition of Hawaiian War Chant became the guys (and I'm totally being literal here) singing "Wiki wiki wiki wiki wiki whack, wiki wiki wiki wiki wiki wiki whack, whick whick whick, whack, whack, whack, wiki-waki wiki-waki woo." It's a thing of unspeakable beauty




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Posted: 2009-12-30 06:00 am   Permalink

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It isn't the music that attracts me to this album.....it's the plastic fern, and bountiful basket filled with plastic fruits. I can't tell, but I'm sure the flower lei is plastic as well. Tahitian Paradise by Mutiny on The Bounty Drummers and Eddie Lund & His Tahitians on ABC-Paramount ABC-444 features standard Tahitian fare plus a nice number called Oriori cha cha cha or Come cha cha cha with me.





Another reason you might be attracted to this cover. The cover girl is Sandy Warner - the Exotica Girl herself.

Keep up the great posts Kaiwaza. The artwork on those imports are stunning!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2010-01-13 1:11 pm   Permalink

I wasn't quite sure whether to post this under "restaurant records" or even "euro-exotica", so I figured I'd just keep it with the rest of my "show us your collection" stuff. I picked this up just his past week...an interesting piece.

This is Michel Louvain, apparently a French-Canadian lounge singer performing Hawaiian "standards" in French with full orchestra. Many of the arrangements are direct rip-offs of arrangements from Andy Williams hit LP "Hawaiian Wedding Song" and several feature twin saxophones much in the style of Billy Vaughn's huge "Blue Hawaii" LP. Titles include (in French, of course).."Moon of Manakoora", "Drifting & Dreaming", "Beyond The Reef", "Ebb Tide", etc.

According to the liner notes, the cover photo was taken at Kon-Tiki in Montreal, although I don't know if Mr. Louvain ever sang there, but I would think it was likely..?




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