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.