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I've got to agree with Paul above: "Facing Future" has some nicely recorded tracks (with others being very over-produced), especially "Over/Wonderful" from "Finding Forrester" (and "Meet Joe Black" and the eToys commercial). These folks chose it for a reason and I think you'll find brudda Iz' voice irresistable. I have noticed that my CD-R dubs of Israel's CD's sound better than the originals.
Also, I'd check out the Dancing Cat series of ki ho'alu music (Dennis Kamakahi, Cyril Pahinui, etc.). These were fairly well-produced by George Winston.
Finally, there are a few modern Hawai'ian CD's that aren't too shabby. John Cruz - "Acoustic Soul", Colon - "The Groove Machine", Guy Cruz - "Judgement Time". I haven't listened critically to these CD's, but I'll throw 'em in the Theta tonight. They're not 5 star audiophile recordings, but probably 3-4 star recordings of acoustic guitar and vocals. Email me for other suggestions if you like these - I've got over a hundred Hawai'ian CD's (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PS Kevin, thanks for the heads up, I'll have to add your CD to my collection.
At the moment, I am listening to Keola Beamer playing a duet from an album called Wooden Boat. Then Keola playing something from another album, Moe 'Uhane Kika on Dancing Cat. Both very good recordings.
I have a collection of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters on Dancing Cat Records, which is from their series. Most of the recordings are really good and the original albums are all referenced and pictured in the booklet.
Keola Beamer "Mauna Kea"
George Kahumoka "Drenched by Music"
Bob Brozman & Ledward Kaapana "Kika Kila"
James Bla Pahinui "Mana"
I have a promo samper with cuts from these albums and what's their is primo. The first one has a duet with George Winston, also very interesting. These are from Dancing Cat as well.
Go to www.knba.org and get the live stream of one of the best radio stations in business. They play all kinds of music and I love the alternative stuff, acoustic cafe, and david dye's world cafe. In your case, listen to the broadcast a while as they play I believe on Saturday or Sunday morning from like 7 or 9am to noon a program called "Island style" This features Hawaiin music and they will have groups, bands, or individuals. I think it is a program you will enjoy/love
i was recently introduced to hawaiian music w/this great compilation: hawaiian slack key masters, vol. 2. it's available here: