Hula Girls

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The soundtrack to the Japanese indie film Hula Girls is perhaps not Jake Shimabukuro's most outstanding work, confining him more to mood music than his usual showcases of virtuosity for much of the album. In truth, it's not so much Shimabukuro's playing that takes a tamer turn, but the inclusion of other artists on the soundtrack. While the album opens with something from his usual style -- complex, multi-faceted contemporary ukulele music, it's soon followed by the extra-soft pop vocal title track that seems to have come directly from the early-'90s archives and Vanessa Williams' songwriting staff. While Shimabukuro can pump out some high speed classic ukulele vaguely ...
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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The soundtrack to the Japanese indie film Hula Girls is perhaps not Jake Shimabukuro's most outstanding work, confining him more to mood music than his usual showcases of virtuosity for much of the album. In truth, it's not so much Shimabukuro's playing that takes a tamer turn, but the inclusion of other artists on the soundtrack. While the album opens with something from his usual style -- complex, multi-faceted contemporary ukulele music, it's soon followed by the extra-soft pop vocal title track that seems to have come directly from the early-'90s archives and Vanessa Williams' songwriting staff. While Shimabukuro can pump out some high speed classic ukulele vaguely in the vein of a Bill Tapia, he's soon followed by the strictly adult contemporary-Hawaiian sounds of Na Leo. The ukulele music itself is quite good here, somewhat subdued compared to a lot of Shimabukuro's previous work, but with hints of his abilities and a few tracks from previous successful albums. As instrumental scores go, it's quite good, but for fans of the high-flying ukulele that's been the trademark of Shimabukuro's rise to stardom the album and its give-and-take between energy and lethargy may not prove the best choice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Hitchhike Records
  • UPC: 689076763479
  • Catalog Number: 767634
  • Sales rank: 56,946

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On the Road (3:51)
  2. 2 Walking Down Rainhill (4:01)
  3. 3 The Dance (1:33)
  4. 4 Touch (3:36)
  5. 5 Hawaiian Eyes - Na Leo (3:28)
  6. 6 Opening Day (0:38)
  7. 7 Hula Girl - Jennifer Perri (3:46)
  8. 8 Heartbeat (1:36)
  9. 9 Heartbeat (Reprise) (2:46)
  10. 10 Touch (3:35)
  11. 11 Hula Girl (3:39)
  12. 12 Local Boys (2:31)
  13. 13 Walking Down Rainhill (1:47)
  14. 14 Wishy on My Star - Jennifer Perri (3:34)
  15. 15 Graduation (1:56)
  16. 16 Hula Girl - Miho Teruya (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jake Shimabukuro Primary Artist, Ukulele
Randy Aloya Bass, Acoustic Bass
Kiyotsugu Amano Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Michael Grande Piano, Keyboards
Akira Okazawa Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jeff Peterson Acoustic Guitar
Dean Taba Bass, Acoustic Bass
Tomio Inoue Bass, Acoustic Bass
Hiroyuki Noritake Drums
Hitoshi Watanabe Acoustic Bass
Anna Womack String Quartet
Noel Okimoto Drums
Karen Bechtel String Quartet
Hung Wu String Quartet
Garin Poliahu Drums
Bryan Kessler Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Claire Hazzard String Quartet
Takashi Nishiumi Acoustic Guitar
Takashi Furuta Drums
Yasuharu Nakanishi Piano
Steve Jones Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jeff K. Acoustic Guitar
Miho Teruya Vocals
Jennifer Perri Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Grande Engineer
Na Leo Pilimehana Audio Production
Gaylord Holomalia Engineer
Kenneth Makuakane Producer, Audio Production
Nalani Choy Composer
Jake Shimabukuro Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Koji Suzuki Mastering
Preston Terada Graphic Design
Takaoki Saito Engineer
Kazuhisa Saito Producer
Jon Osorio Composer
Dr. Trey Audio Production
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