This record was $1. Lyman’s reputation in the field of exotica makes it hard to pass up his records. Since I have posted several of his records in the past, there is not much more to say on the subject. I chose this by design since it made for an easy post to write.
I believe this effort was Lyman’s third album under his own moniker. Released in 1958, the songs all have a Hawaiian connotation as the title would suggest. Good stuff. I mean, it is consistent with Lyman’s other works.
For a sample, I went with what is one of my favorite songs, “Hawaiian War Chant”. Written by Prince Leleiohoko in the 1860’s, the song has become sort of a jazz standard being covered by jazz bands of the 30’s and 40’s as well as its inclusion in the Tex Avery 1952 cartoon, “Magical Maestro” . Oddly enough, the original song is not a war chant but a clandestine meeting between two lovers.