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Somewhere Over The Rainbow - The Greatest Hits

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Biography

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 (10 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0040X46TE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Over The Rainbow 3:32Album Only
  2. Hawai'i' ?78 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. White Sandy Beach 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Wind Beneath My Wings / He Hawai'i Au 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Kaulana Kawaihae 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. 'ulili E 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Hele On To Kaua'i 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Ka Pua U'i 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Hi'ilawe 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. La 'elima 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. 'opae E 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. In This Life 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. What A Wonderful World 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Somewhere Over The Rainbow collects some of Hawaiian ukulele player Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's most famous songs. His reworking of "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" propelled Kamakawiwo'ole into the public eye after appearing on numerous film and television soundtracks. The album features his unique covers as well as a selection of traditional Hawaiian songs.

Available for the first time ever, the definitive collection of Hawaiian music legend "IZ" captures his his unforgettable music and legacy.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sassy56 on 15 Jan. 2011
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This is a very pure and gentle album that is real chill out stuff. It is nice to hear the wonderful quality and tone in Israel K's voice and to hear him sing about his homeland is uplifting. Naturally, most buy the cd for the cover of Somewhere Over the Rainbow which is amazing, but do please take the time to listen to the rest of the album as it is different, yes, but well worth a listen. It is fine for people to download single tracks if that is what they want to do but to do that would mean not hearing this wonderful (sadly no longer with us) mans beautiful voice. We all have our own opinions and views but I love to buy CD's and hope to be able to do so for many years to come. This is a must album in any collection. Buy it, play it, love it!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. Sadler on 4 Feb. 2011
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I have given this 5 stars because I have been absolutely bowled over by Iz's music - I had never heard of him before. After playing the cd halfway I took it out the player and sent it back to Amazon. Instead, I ordered ALL of Iz's full cd's, plus three of the cd's he made with his former band. There is so much beautiful music on all of his cd's, the "Greatest Hits" one simply does not do him justice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kateiain95 on 4 Oct. 2011
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What a wonderful surprise this album was, so spiritual, relaxing, beautiful voice, meaningful, for summers in the garden for winters by the fire, so adaptable and very very beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clair on 12 Dec. 2013
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This is a real chill out CD. The vocals and tracks make you feel you are forever in the sun.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on 4 Feb. 2011
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Heard the song Somewhere over the Rainbow and just loved it so bought the CD, some of the songs are quite different and not as good but his voice and the ukelele come across so beautifully definitely recommend buying this - its a pity he is not with us anymore to make more of this beautiful music
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Re Symonds on 28 Feb. 2011
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This was a gift to the wife, she played it once and never stopped playing it.She is over the moon with it, Says the songs and music are great and his voice is so soothing and smooth.We would another cd later on from the same singer.
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By Astronomer on 10 Jun. 2014
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I have heard IZ's version of 'Over The Rainbow' many time on radio and in movies, so I decided to buy this record. It is one of the few I have seen that does NOT have 'Over The Rainbow' and 'What A Wonderful World' as a medley, they are separate tracks on this CD. Two other songs caught my attention on this CD, 'White Sandy Beach Of Hawai'i' and 'In This Life'. most of the other songs are sung in Hawaiian, but that does not take anything away from the album overall. Whether singing in Hawaiian or English, IZ's voice is a delight to listen to.
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Sadly, CD was bought to play the title track for my brother's funeral, his favourite track in recent times. I prefer the haunting choral version sung by my Edinburgh, senior secondary, school choir in the 60s, but it never made it to the recording studio for obvious reasons. Still, the haunting calm of his voice is not a bad alternative, and the ukele doesn't overpower.
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