With the passing of Iz in 1997, Hawaii lost a major star and musical ambassador. There have been a few albums since his death, including a fine retrospective, also on Mountain Apple. On this album, Jon de Mello, whose father, Jack, was one of the key players (if not the key player) in Hawaiian exotica and string arrangements in the late '50s and early '60s, overlays some of Iz's lighter fare with lush string arrangements. The key here is the soft and smooth nature of his vocals -- they're gorgeous, and always have been. The songs, however, probably don't need the string arrangements in order to help transfer them to a new audience, as much of the exotica movement did in the past. De Mello does an admirable job of keeping the strings in the background, allowing Iz's vocals to remain the true star of the album, but they're ultimately just not needed -- Iz's music stood on its own just fine. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the end result; it's simply redundant with the catalog of existing Iz material. True fans of Iz may find it worthwhile to pick up as part of the collection, but newcomers to his music are likely better served with some of his other albums -- E Ala E and N Dis Life in particular will show a fair amount of his range.
|Label:||Big Boy Records|
Performance CreditsIsrael Kamakawiwo'ole Primary Artist,Vocals
Technical CreditsEddie Kamae Composer
Richard Morrison Contributor
Bob Thiele Composer
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Composer
Alfred Alohikea Composer
Sam Alama & His Hawaiians Composer
Larry Lindsey Kimura Composer
Jon de Mello Executive Producer,Concept
Lawrence Yurong Engineer
Keith Usher Concept
Gavan Daws Liner Notes
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Soothing sound. The only problem I have with Iz albums is that a lot of the songs are repeated from one to the next, but they are all good.