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Friday, December 7, 2012

The Magic Islands Revisited - Axel Stordahl

Return To The Magic Islands
The Magic Islands Revisited
Axel Stordahl
Decca Records DL 79096

This is an industrial strength effort by Decca to cash in on period exotic music trends. The gate-fold jacket, very expensive to produce, features a die-cut cover (the window through which you see the model's face). That whiz-bang is follow by a lushly printed 10 page full color insert that is bound to the cover.

The music plays through, to my ear, as a mixed bag of various period styles. The presentation is pleasant for the most part, but some elements, at moments, may seem out of place. The sample comes from the first part of side two (tracks tend to blend together).

Return To Paradise
E Naughty Mai Nei
The Hukilau Song
My Tani
Return To The Magic Islands
Frangipani Blossom
I Will Always Love You
Song Of Old Tahiti
The Bamboo Is Bending

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