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listen  1. Coconut HatJim West 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. LanikeleJim West 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Keiki TimeJim West 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. KoaliJim West 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 'ulupalakua SunsetJim West 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Kai MokuJim West 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Isa LeiJim West 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Holoholo Helen StyleJim West 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. CereusJim West 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. PalikuJim West 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. A Lei for JamesJim West 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Na Manu IkiJim West 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Aloha, Uncle LawrenceJim West 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: February 23, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Westernmost Records
  • ASIN: B00000IIVF
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jim West is a Los Angeles musician who happily found his way to Hana. In that tranquil, isolated Maui community, he discovered the heart of Hawaii and it's ki ho 'alu (slack-key guitar) stylings. His debut CD is the result of that blessed romance. Most of the selections convey a mellow manner reflective of the unassuming Hana lifestyle.

And the wonderful thing about any ki ho 'alu tune is how much it communicates, despite the lack of lyrics. "Ulapalakua Sunset", for example, paints a picture of forthcoming twilight from upcountry-with subtleties like gentle wind, rustling branches and take-off-the-shoes informality.

"Coconut Hat", the title cut, suggests a hat-maker weaving his fronds, then selling his wares to tourists-or perhaps a simple sunny day with the head shielded from the sun.

"Holoholo Helen Style" depicts a spunky auntie on her merry way-at least in his nimble guitar fingerings.

West says his influences were the likes of Gabby Pahinui,the Sunday Manoa and Sons of Hawaii-pioneers, indeed-and his embrace of slack key is reassuring evidence of its impact among those who play and perpetuate Island music.

For fellow slackers, West provides tuning notes in his liner, for the rest of us, a quick listen is a satisfying lesson in the art of strumming with slack tunings.

A tip of my coconut hat to West.

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Revitalizes the heart and mind!
BetsyM
Received this cd last week and found the music so soothing and relaxing.
Patricia A. Leneghan
You can really tell his love for ki ho'alu.
D. Nyberg

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BetsyM on November 10, 2000
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After all the madness of being the guitarist for "Weird Al's Traveling Circus and Freak Show", one might wonder what this taciturn guitarist might do to stay sane. Wonder no longer. Jim's lacey and beautiful guitar playing is the elixir required to tame the savage beast after anyone's hectic work day. Relieves tension! Revitalizes the heart and mind! Energizes your aching limbs!
Let Dr. West weave his magic spell and bring you to the islands of Hawaii. And all this can be yours for this amazingly low price! Hurry, hurry, hurry! Now Relax and Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2000
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This is one of the most beautiful albums I have. It is so relaxing after a stressful day...just gets the knots right out of my soul! I highly recommend this CD to anyone who cherishes great music. Oh, yes, one more thing...he treats his fans very nicely, very patient and sweet, even late at night after a long and tiring Weird Al concert!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill on May 28, 2000
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I told Jim I'd been looking for his album in stores and couldn't find it. He told me, to my dismay, that it was only on sale online and in Hawaii. Unfortunately, I don't buy online. You can imagine how happy I was when he gave me an autographed copy and how listening to it made me even happier. The only thing that can challenge Jim on sweetness is the music that comes from his album. I visited Hawaii once when I was a child and now when I listen to Coconut Hat and close my eyes, the memories of Hawaii come rushing back. The talent and feeling Jim puts into his music makes the slow, relaxing sounds of Cereus just as exciting to listen to as the bright, intricate sounds of Na Manu Iki. All I can say to Jim West is, mahalo nui loa!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Nauert on July 23, 2000
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Think of Leo Kotke, Ry Cooder and John Fahey all rolled up into one guy. Ship him off to Hawaii for a gentle bake in the sun and surf... feed him tropical fruit drinks, invite him to luaus, let him enjoy the beauty of God's islands. You do this, and "Coconut Hat" is what you'll get back.
I loved this recording... was immediately transported from the mainland back to the islands with their relaxed sense of time and nature, friendly people and a comfortable, casual lifestyle that suits me just fine.
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I have been fan of Al and the band since the beginning in the early 80s, and have known for many years that the band was extremely talented. I am sorry it took me several years to stumble upon Jim West's amazing collection of Hawaiian acoustic guitar instrumentals. This CD instantly transports the listener to a tropical island paradise, with barely a hint of hula girls or tourist stuff. I already knew that Jim could make a guitar sound like any musical group or genre, but this is something else again. Just heavenly. I think the music could inspire some Hawaiian travel on my part -- if the islands are as serene as Jim's music, I need to go there soon. Even if Weird Al is not your cup of tea, don't miss this treat!
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Think of Leo Kotke, Ry Cooder and John Fahey all rolled up into one guy. Ship him off to Hawaii for a gentle bake in the sun and surf... feed him tropical fruit drinks, invite him to luaus, let him enjoy the beauty of God's islands. You do this, and "Coconut Hat" is what you'll get back.
I loved this recording... was immediately transported from the mainland back to the islands with their relaxed sense of time and nature, friendly people and a comfortable, casual lifestyle that suits me just fine.
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By Pete Poley on April 11, 2002
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I use Celtic and other types of folk music for meditation and also when I am walking a labyrinth. This is one of my very favorite CD for that use. I find it very mesmerizing. It is one of the most played cds in my collection of over 160. I and it very relaxing and never tire of listening to it.
I am anxiously waiting for Jim to release at new cd. I vacation in Hawaii every and plan to go to Maui this year and I will make an attempt to locate him. I hope he performs in the Hana area.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 25, 2000
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I have been a Weird Al Yankovic maniac for about four years. I got "Coconut Hat" for Christmas, and I thought it would be some cheesy music thing. But, to my surprise, Jim West is a greatly talented musician. I have never been to Hawaii, but when I listen to this CD, I can picture the beaches with sparkling blue water. I highly recommend this album to anyone on your Christmas list!
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