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Ka 'ano'i Original recording reissued, Import

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Israel “IZ”Kamakawiwo‘ole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow


Israel Kamakawiwo’ole - The Man behind the Music

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole was born in Honolulu in May 1959 and throughout the later part of his life became obese. At one point IZ carried 757 pounds on his 6-foot 2-inch frame. He endured ill health caused by his weight and sadly died aged 38 on June 26 1997. As his body lay in state, an estimated 10,000 filed past his casket to ... Read more in Amazon's Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Feb. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Tropical
  • ASIN: B00000I3US
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Better known among his fans as "Iz," Israel Kamakawiwo'ole was a phenomenon in the Hawai'ian Islands totally below Mainland radar. So important was Iz's singing to Native Hawa'ians and Hawai'i residents alike that Governor Ben Cayetano declared a statewide day of mourning when Iz passed away in 1997--this despite his controversial Hawai'i-sovereignty politics. Ka Ano'i was the 1991 winner of the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award for best contemporary Hawai'ian album, and Iz himself won for best male vocalist that year. This album is appealing mainly for its honesty and simplicity: simplicity of tone consistent with the casual ukulele and slack-key sound, and honesty of voice through Hawai'i-enhanced allegorical tracks like "Coney Island Washer Woman" and "I'll Be There." A later version of Iz's "Over the Rainbow" was featured in the 1998 film Meet Joe Black, as well. Despite his imposing stature, Iz was an embodiment of the simplicity and gentleness in the music itself, more noticeable in this early album than in his later work. --Erik Macki

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chloe Hughes on 8 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Very difficult to get hold of outside the USA.

There are some great tracks on this CD.
Well worth it. Love it!
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142 of 159 people found the following review helpful
Not the version I was looking for. 15 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album by IZ, however was looking for the version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" that I heard on a tv toy commercial. The CD "Facing Future" is the one with the correct version.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Heaven for the Ears 16 Mar. 2000
By Kathy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you can't appreciate the whole CD--go buy the soundtrack for Meet Joe Black! If you enjoy IZ, you'll like both versions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World. By the way, the Meet Joe Black version can be found on the Facing Future CD.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars... 25 Feb. 2001
By Vicki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
is only because of the sound quality. This early CD was before Israel signed with Mountain Apple Company and the recording quality isn't quite as good as his later CDs. Having said that, the music is great. For an Iz fan it's a must-have. It's the only recording on CD of Men Who Ride Mountains and I love his version of You Don't Know Me. Again, a must-have. Look for the video, Island Music Island Hearts - The Man and His Music. It's the only video, produced after his passing, and it gives you the sense of this man's immense love for people and their love for him.
50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
The legend The myth The man The haunting voice...Braddah IZ 27 Jun. 2002
By mypetconcubine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a hawaiian and hawaii born and bred islander, I am blessed by the fact that my parents brought me up with hawaiian music but most of all the late great Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole. The day that shocked hawaii I was out and about with my family when my father stoppped at a gas station as he came out of the gas station a newpaper in his hand and a heartbroken look on his face..." what's the matter daddy" he handed me the paper and i started to cry there it was "Braddah Iz passed away at the age of 38 in his sleep last night" I couldn't beileve it such a beautiful voice silenced he will never make another record.But just to have had Braddah Iz on this earth for just this short time to hear the music with and without the makaha sons of Niihau is truly magical..so his music lives on. I've read all these amazing reviews of Braddah IZ...I am happy and touched that so many people have been touched by his music. Unforunately i didn't know braddah iz but in a way all us hawaii born islanders always seem to truly know braddah Iz, his music touched us all. to understand how huge Braddah Iz was he is still mourned and celebrated in hawaii and his music is still played constantly on the radio.The day of his birth and passing is celebrated like a national holiday. When you listen to any of the LATE and GREAT Israel Kamakwiwo'Ole's cds..you will hear one the most beauitful voices god ever put on this earth. But when you look at this man ,this giant man with this amazing angel like voice you will be blown away. god gave this late singer the voice of angel. a voice that must have been blessed and touched by god himself and it was...the songs , music and lyrics will leave you speechless and breathless ..his voice and the way he delivers the songs with that teardrop in his vocal chord...will send chills up and down your spine..any of this mans cds is excellent and it is a must of anyone who wants to get a cd that reflects the spirit of islands this man , this legend was the spirit of hawaii, BRADDAH IS WAS AND STILL IS HAWAII. even thou IZ passed away some time ago his voice his music his legend still lives is the islands thru his voice and music.his voice alone will leave you with a tear in your eyes... buy any one of his cds..trust me it's worth it...also braddah iz was with a hawaiian group called Makaha sons of Niihau pick up those cs as well, and let the memory of Braddah IZ and his music live on for the future generations to hear and love
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
There's more to an album than a 30 second soundbite 28 Jan. 2000
By Marc A. Healy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for ethereal melodies, "Kana'i Aupuni" is hauntingly beautiful. The version of "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" here isn't the one most are familiar with (it's found on the Meet Joe Black soundtrack and Iz's "Facing Fututure" album) but it's pretty groovy in its own right with its reggae inspiration. This is an early album, and it does suffer somewhat from overproduction, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This album will most likely appeal more to people who are already fans of Iz than people who have never heard him before, but everyone should have one of his albums in their collection.
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