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THE Definitive Anthology
THE Sound of the Time
The Very Best of Country Comfort & Billy Kaui is THE definitive anthology including all their biggest hits; Country Comfort as a group & Billy Kaui as a solo artist. Country Comfort helped change the sound and the direction of contemporary Hawaiian music. They were the locals of the baby boomer generation who sang in English rather than in Hawaiian and whose musical inspirations came more from the folk, folk-rock, and blues-rock of the Mainland than from the Hawaiian grassroots music of their ancestors. After the group self-destructed in early 1976 founding member Billy Kaui turned his life around and in late 1977 was on the verge of what would almost certainly have been an impressive career as a versatile pop vocalist and prolific composer with huge national potential. Tragically he died three months after the release of his self-titled solo album. This was THE sound of the time.


Five Stars. I love this music! I grew up in Waimanalo and used to listen to this music all the time. I love the sound and feel of this band. It reminds me of when I was young and walking home from school slurping on shaved ice, or sitting at the beach and watching the swells come in. It is a real treat to hear Waimanalo Blues or Hello Waimanalo while sitting at my desk at work in California. It makes me homesick. If you want a taste of real Hawaii, try this CD. It's da kine!

July M. Green

When Mike Cord inaugurated his catalog of digitally remastered out-of-print island classics with a series of albums representing the best of Irv Pinensky's Trim and Mele labels, he responded to criticism of the bare-bones packaging by conceding the point and promising to upgrade everything when the initial run sold out. Cord kept his promise with the rerelease of this anthology. He's added three more songs to it as well.

All the biggest hits of Country Comfort, and Kaui as a solo artist, are here. We Are The Children, Sun Lite, Moon Lite, Waimanalo Blues, Pretty Girl, Mr. Reggae and Sunny top the list. Honky Tonk Wines is a token entry from the up-tempo end of the repertoire.

Extensive annotation, photos of the group at the Sugar Mill Lounge, and a rare shot of Kaui solo, have been added to make this a first-rate retrospective, and comparable to Cord's superbly packaged anthologies of Territorial Era Hawaiian and hapa-haole music. The old black-and-white first edition is now a collectors' curiosity; this one's definitive.

John Berger Honolulu Star Bulletin

This is a wonderful CD of music from 1970s Hawaii...Waimanalo to be exact. I love every song and play it over and over. This is one of my very favorite CDs and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Buy it and enjoy. Beautiful music.

Susan Canton


 




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