August 12, 2009

Hot Like Hawaii

Hot, hazy days like this call for a bit of lazy, loungy summertime music. Santo & Johnny were an Italian-American pair of brothers from New York, who became best known for their instrumental hit "Sleep Walk". This was featured on their 1959 self-titled debut album and has since been used in countless films, TV shows and commercials, making it a very recognizable piece of music.

Two years later, in 1961, Santo & Johnny released this album of Hawaiian-influenced music. According to the back cover notes of this LP, "... there are only two kinds of people, those that have been to Hawaii, and those that dream about going there ... if you are one of the dreamers who have not yet made this most pleasurable of pilgrimages, this album will be your jet clipper or luxury liner straight to entertainment. The carefree joy, that urge to run away to a tropical island that is not too well hidden in all of us, is somewhat fulfilled when you sit back, close your eyes, and feel Hawaii all around you."

So there you go. It ain't quite Hawaii itself, but you'll save on airfare.

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