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Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Legend Of Pele - Arthur Lyman

The Legend Of Pele
Arthur Lyman
HIFI Record R813
1958

This is a fabulous Lyman exotica album. All the bells and whistles... not to mention bird calls are to be heard on this LP recorded in the Aluminum Dome on the grounds of the Kaiser Hawaiian Village Hotel on Waikiki.

This, like many other Lyman albums can be had on CD. However, there are some folks on Amazon complaining about quality as if the CD as if it was produced from a mono copy of the album.

What a treat it must have been to see these four guys do this piece live. This record is a concept piece based on the story of Pele as told in copy on the back cover. The album plays out like a story, each song seems to blend into the next. The sound is dramatic, rich and full. Terrific stuff.

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