11 Songs, 48 Minutes


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4.6 out of 5

12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Each track is a masterpiece from the Islands


Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters (Volume 1), this is a CD album that I've had since the late 1990s. The CD itself is among my prized possessions, and I'm very happy that Apple iTunes finally made it a downloadable album now available as hi-quality DRM-free (256kbps) tracks. The recordings here are crisp, clear, high-quality digital audio.

This is one of the few Hawaiian albums that award-winning musician George Winston had a hand in as a producer. The tunes here are from several of the Hawaiian Islands' undisputed slack key guitar masters. Names like Keola Beamer are legend in the Islands, even though he may not be as well-known in the mainland. If you are contemplating this album purchase, let me suggest sampling at least one track, Track #7 Kalena Kai, which is a duet by both Keola Beamer and George Winston. Kalena Kai is a traditional Hawaiian song, a romantic and beautiful slow melody in about the same league as the popular "Aloha 'Oe". Once you realize just how beautiful that track is (Kalena Kai), I'm guessing you will be tempted to purchase the rest of this album. Every tune here is a masterpiece from the Islands. Some of them are upbeat tempos (like hulas or medlies, the kind you might hear at a luau), while others (like Kalena Kai) are soothing gentle melodies that remind you of the scenic beauty that is Hawaii. Aloha!

Hawaii in sound


I stumbled onto this album while on a cruise two years ago. I'd never heard of this style of guitar before, but I instantly fell in love with it. You hear the spirit of the islands and their people in this music -- smooth, mellow, melodic, lively. Listen to these tracks and you'll be convinced that you can hear a smile. The title calls these guys "masters." Believe it. At times, you'll find yourself stunned that one musician could produce such incredible blends of sound out of a single guitar.

You'll never get tired of this album...


This was given to me by a friend in 1995…my introduction to slack key. I'd never heard this style before…and this album is why I fell in love with it.

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