Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Mele No Ka Oe
Genres: World Music, Pop
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Great material, poor CD
Jeff Rutsch | Oakland, CA United States | 08/07/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I got this CD because I bought a used copy of Marlene Sai's Lehua-label "Kainoa" LP on a whim, and enjoyed it very much. This CD is the only album of hers still in print, but it contained my favorites of the "Kainoa" album, along with other music, and seemed like some kind of greatest hits collection.I can't complain about the music. Marlene Sai has an old-school voice that is beautiful and very effective. Her songs are an excellent collection of traditional Hawaiian songs. The musical arrangements are hard to describe - chamber-poppish, perhaps? However you describe the arrangements, they're light, they're pleasant, they use a lot of xylophones, and they let her rich voice stand out in the song.So if I have no complaints about the music, I do have a complaint about the CD's sound. It just wasn't mastered well at all. It must have been recorded off a 2" tape that was lying around in somebody's attic - there's a very large amount of tape hiss, and even the occasional warble. It's worse than a cassette tape. I wish the original source had been cleaned up with a computer or equalizer. It's still worth getting the album, but if you have a record player and live in Hawai'i or the SF Bay Area, I'd recommend digging around in used-record stores and finding the original LP's, rather than getting this CD."