The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
I don’t know much about the Beamer brothers, but apparently they’re one of the biggest things to come out of Honolulu.
The album opens with the title track, “Honolulu City Lights” – which is a slow song, but still pretty nice. I know I was expecting one of the Hawaiian sounding songs you hear in movies, but nope, it’s slow and relaxing. Next up comes “Kaliponi Slack Key” – which seems to be an instrumental, which kind of reminds me of the Allman Brothers “Whipping Post” – but with less Southern Rock. So far, this album is pretty relaxing. Gives me the feel that Hawaii is laid back and relaxing. Then comes the track “Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua” – which is sung ins Keola & Kapano’s native Hawaiian language – I don’t understand the words, but the musicianship is so relaxing. The Beamer brothers are really good. Then comes the track “Love You All the Time” – which is much like the first track, slow and relaxing, laid back. It’s a good track, I can’t say many of the songs had memorable lyrics until we got here. The A-Side ends with another Hawaiian track, “Kamakani Ka Ili Aloha” – all I know is that Aloha means Hello… other than that the track is good, and a nice way to end the A-Side.
The B-Side opens with “Seabreeze (Puamana)” – which has quite the build up to the main part of the song, and is just absolutely amazing. The song is half in Hawaiian, and half in English. Then comes another Hawaiian track, “Nanakuli” – which has really good musicianship, and Hawaiian lyrics, which makes it hard for me to describe it. “Please Let Me Know” follows next, and it’s not bad. I think by this point it’s safe to say that most of the tracks are slow, as is the whole album. It’s not a bad thing, just slow. Then comes the track “Pua Tubrarose” – which has some pretty neat flute playing at first, then it goes into some really nice jamming with some Hawaiian vocals. The album closes with “Only Good Times (The Three Friends Theme)” – which is a good song, and a rather nice way to end the album.
A1 – Honolulu City Lights
A2 – Kaliponi Slack Key
A3 – Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua
A4 – Love You All the Time
A5 – Kamakani Ka Ili Aloha
B1 – Seabreeze (Puamana)
B2 – Nanakuli
B3 – Please Let Me Know
B4 – Pua Tubarose
B5 – Only Good Times (The Three Friends Theme)
SLP – 808
Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Produced by Teddy Randazzo at Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, Wally Heider Studios, Hollywood, Sounds of Hawaii, Honolulu
Mastering – Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Strings – Arranged and Conducted by Teddy Randazzo
Album Design – Ken Nicol
Photography – Robert Knight (Cover)
Photography – David Thompson (Back)
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