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Ke'alaokamaile

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Keali'i Reichel's Ke'alaokamaile is a concept album about his immediate ancestors, specifically his grandmother. This allows him to choose songs touching on various aspects of Hawaiian culture and fill the sepia-toned CD booklet with photographs of his relatives and nostalgic reminiscences of his childhood. Despite the thematic frame, however, the album, as a collection of material, follows essentially the same formula as other Reichel albums, combining originals and songs by his musical associates with some older and traditional Hawaiian material and a few covers of songs in a soft rock/adult contemporary vein. In this case, those covers include Sting's "Fields of ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Keali'i Reichel's Ke'alaokamaile is a concept album about his immediate ancestors, specifically his grandmother. This allows him to choose songs touching on various aspects of Hawaiian culture and fill the sepia-toned CD booklet with photographs of his relatives and nostalgic reminiscences of his childhood. Despite the thematic frame, however, the album, as a collection of material, follows essentially the same formula as other Reichel albums, combining originals and songs by his musical associates with some older and traditional Hawaiian material and a few covers of songs in a soft rock/adult contemporary vein. In this case, those covers include Sting's "Fields of Gold," Babyface's "You Were There," and Karla Bonoff's "Goodbye My Friend." Typically, such Western pop fare is contrasted with native pieces, such as the traditional chant "Lei Hana I Ka Makani Ualau'awa" sung over only a drum accompaniment, which follows right after the Babyface song; "Na 'Ono O Ka 'Aina," a less ancient traditional song complete with ukulele, and "Pupu A'o 'Ewa," the first song Reichel remembers learning to sing as a child, follows "Fields of Gold." This sort of mixture of styles is typical of Reichel's albums as he tries to marry the different aspects of his musical influences into a multicultural whole. He wants to hold onto Hawaiian music in its long heritage and add to that repertoire, at the same time that a part of him seemingly would like to sing adult contemporary pop in English. On this album, he claims these different styles as his own by casting them as a part not only of his autobiography, but also of his genealogy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: Punahele Productions
  • UPC: 702681122926
  • Catalog Number: 11229
  • Sales rank: 26,289

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keali'i Reichel Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Matt Catingub Guest Appearance
Jamie Lawrence Bass, 12-string Guitar
Radical Rob Onekea Keyboards
Lehua Kalima Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jeff Rasmussen Guitar
John Koko Bass, 12-string Guitar, Guest Appearance
Dave Tucciarone Keyboards
Alan Villaren Guitar
Kapono Beamer Guitar, Bamboo Flute
Karen Bechtel Cello
Clay Mortensen Background Vocals
Glen Smith Group Member
Hung Wu Violin
Mark Butin Cello
Clyde Pound Guest Appearance
Christin "Tina" Washington Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Judy Barrett Violin
Ama Aarona Group Member
Manu Boyd Group Member
Claire Hazzard Violin
Kalei Kahalewai Bass, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Chris Kamaka Bass, Group Member
John Kolivas Bass, Guest Appearance
Paulettes Background Vocals
Nalei Kanoho Harris Background Vocals, Group Member
Tish Manganag Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Karen Fujimoto Cello
Na Palapalai Guest Appearance
Angie Blaisdell Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Nanette Dudoit Background Vocals, Group Member
Catherine Gola Background Vocals, Group Member
Glenn Goto Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Henohea Kãne Chant
El Manganang Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Lori Nagasako Guitar
Oahu Church Of Christ Gospel Choir Background Vocals
Sharon Pascual Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Punahele String Sextet Guest Appearance
Cammi Saba Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Dean Saba Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Maya Shiraishi Violin
Naomi Stephens Background Vocals
Kehau Tamure Group Member
Kuana Torres Guitar, Group Member
Lance Winston Background Vocals
Uncle Willie K. Guitar, Ukulele, 12-string Guitar, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Karla Bonoff Composer
Dan Fogelberg Composer
Sting Composer
Matt Catingub String Arrangements
Peter Moon Composer
Jud J. Friedman Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Keali'i Reichel Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Adaptation
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Composer
Carlos Villalobos Producer
Fred Krauss Producer, Liner Notes
Jim Linkner Producer, Engineer
Al Hoffman Composer
Kapono Beamer Producer
Dick Manning Composer
Larry Lindsey Kimura Composer
Traditional Composer
Scott Johnson Graphic Design
Damon Williams Composer
Charles Ka'upu translation
Puakea Nogelmeier Composer, Liner Notes
Clyde Pound String Arrangements
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