Georgie Auld

Hawaii On the Rocks

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This is one of the best and most interesting "Hawaiian" records -- actually exotic rock with an emphasis on Hawaiian standards -- for a variety of reasons. First, George Auld is otherwise known as an orchestra leader and soloist. Second, records on the Jaro label are very rare, at least for this type of pop music. Third, personnel includes two steel guitarists, Candido Dimanlig and Dennis Regor; both men performed regularly at New York's Hawaiian Room in the Hotel Lexington. The twin steel players contribute heavily to a unique sound, but the arrangements, excellent performances, and mild rock tempo really set this album apart. "Song of India" and "The Sheik of Araby" can be considered exotic rock of a sort. Finally, the group has a little fun with "My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua Hawaii," the fun-but-embarassing warhorse of haole tourist records in the 1950s.

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