1940-1945

1940-1945

by Felix Mendelssohn
     
 
In the course of music history, various ethnic music styles have been revitalized by waves of popularity well outside the source. Serious lovers of world music will inevitably want to travel to wherever home is to a particular genre, at least symbolically through their record collections. Meanwhile, the market for reissues continues to keep many hybrids from the past

Overview

In the course of music history, various ethnic music styles have been revitalized by waves of popularity well outside the source. Serious lovers of world music will inevitably want to travel to wherever home is to a particular genre, at least symbolically through their record collections. Meanwhile, the market for reissues continues to keep many hybrids from the past in circulation. The Harlequin label provided a reminder of the Hawaiian music fad that took place in England in the '30s and '40s, the response apparently good enough to merit further collections of material by Felix Mendelssohn & the Hawaiian Serenaders. Potential swimmers in these waters should wade off the beach slowly, making sure that this interpretation is to their liking. To certain ears, just about any music played in the '30s and '40s might sound corny and dated -- Mendelssohn's bunch are not the lads who are going to provide a breakthrough for this prejudice. These are fine musicians, however, playing numbers such as "My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua" with finesse and feeling, although the emotional range in the latter department is obviously limited to a kind of a giddy, silly sentimentality. 1940-1945 will fit well into a collection of popular British music from this era and it makes more sense in that context than as Hawaiian music. Harry Brooker, father of Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, was one of Mendelssohn's merry men.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/1997
Label:
Harlequin Records
UPC:
0008637209322
catalogNumber:
93

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Songs of the Islands [Medley]
  2. La Paloma
  3. Hawaii Goes to Town [Medley]
  4. Chant of the Jungle
  5. Pagan Love Song
  6. It Happened in Kaloha
  7. Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula
  8. Moon of Manakoora
  9. Pearls From Hawaii (No 2), Pt. 2 [Medley]
  10. Hula Blues
  11. Aloha Oe (Farewell to Thee)
  12. Song of the Islands
  13. Pearls From Hawaii (No 2), Pt. 1 [Medley]
  14. Hawaiian Love
  15. Hawaiian Memories, Pt. 1 [Medley]
  16. Hawaiian Memories, Pt. 2 [Medley]
  17. Estrellita
  18. My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii
  19. Hawaiian Memories (No 6), Pt. 2 [Medley]
  20. Hawaiian War Chant
  21. Hawaiian Memories (No 6), Pt. 1 [Medley]
  22. My Old Hawaiian Home
  23. Goodbye, Hawaii

Album Credits

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >