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Hawaiian Torch
Barney Isaacs, George Kuo
Hawaiian Torch
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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This is the first album ever recorded of duets between Hawaiian acoustic steel and slack-key guitars. Isaacs, whose professional career began in 1948, cut electric steel duets in the '50s with his brother Atta and with Gab...  more »

      
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All Artists: Barney Isaacs, George Kuo
Title: Hawaiian Torch
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Windham Hill Records
Original Release Date: 8/1/1995
Release Date: 8/1/1995
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Pacific Islands, Hawaii
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 080223802629, 080223802643

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This is the first album ever recorded of duets between Hawaiian acoustic steel and slack-key guitars. Isaacs, whose professional career began in 1948, cut electric steel duets in the '50s with his brother Atta and with Gabby Pahinui. He usually serves up a very quiet kind of reverie; even his "hot" playing, on songs like this CD's "Hula Blues," demonstrates softness and subtlety. The young Kuo's style works better as support than when he's out front. Together, they not only conjure up a bygone era in Hawaiian music, but they bring it into modern times. --John Morthland

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Just buy it
10/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own about 10 Hawaiian music CDs, and this one is my all-time favorite. It's perfectly relaxing and mellow. Just hearing the first chord is enough to (mentally) transport me to a secluded beach on Maui."
Hawaiian Tough
P. D. Sanderson | Santa Rosa, CA, USA | 07/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The best example of Ki ho`alu and Steel Guitar existing. I fell for this the first time I heard it and would love to see more similar recordings. Unfortunately Uncle Barney has passed and Dancing Cat (George Winston) has folded its tent. George Kuo is still touring and producing wonderful ki ho`alu, currently with Aaron Mahi and Martin Pahinui."
What a Great Blending of Hawaiian Instruments!
Joan | Athens, PA USA | 08/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just knew I would love this CD, and it even surpassed my greatest expectations! These duets, with just an acoustic steel guitar played by an older master, Alvin "Barney" Isaacs, Jr. and one of the younger generation's great slack key players, George Kuo, create a most beautiful blending of old and new sounds. This CD is so beautiful you will be hoping it will never end. I can only hope they will record more of such dreamy and easy-listening Hawaiian music. In my estimation, together they make one of the sweetest sounds this side of heaven!! Do bless us again real soon, Barney and George!!"