Mure, Mure, Mure, How D'Ya Like It?
:: Hawaiian War Chant ::
:: Pink Hawaii ::
:: Hawaiian Drums ::
:: Blue Hawaii ::
:: Sleep Walk ::
:: Drifting and Dreaming ::
I sure would like to be in Ft. Lauderdale this weekend, wouldn’t you? If we were, we’d don loud shirts and head out to the annual Hukilau to guzzle delicious fruity rum cocktails and revel in the exotic guitar sounds of Billy Mure. The nonagenarian legend is still kickin’ out the jams down there in Florida, and is apparently available for parties and Bar Mitzvahs.
Well, since we can’t be there, we can at least listen to some good tunes that he had to offer back in 1961. This is the first of four Hawaiian percussion-themed albums that Mure recorded for the cheapy Strand Record label in the sixties. The wild, frenzied guitar playing that he introduced on his previous three “Supersonic Guitars” LP’s for RCA Victor is downplayed for a simpler sound fused with unusual percussion instruments – wind bells, temple blocks, bamboo logs, trees and tom-tom drums. The result is pure hau’oli. So go ahead, relax. Mix yourself a Blue Hawaiian, put on your best grass skirt, and let Billy take care of ya.