Facing Future
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Facing Future

November 1, 1993

Song Title
Hawai'i '78 Introduction
Ka Huila Wai
Panini Pua Kea
Take Me Home Country Road
Kuhio Bay
Ka Pua U'i
White Sandy Beach of Hawai'i
Henehene Kou 'Aka
La 'Elima
Pili Me Ka'u Manu
Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man
Kaulana Kawaihae
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World
Hawai'i 78

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 1, 1993
  • Label: Big Boy Records
  • Total Length: 56:37
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B002Y4CA7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (638 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,938 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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1,188 of 1,213 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something's gotta a hold on me...... February 22, 2001
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Last year, I saw an etoys commercial that began with a boy chasing fireflies and ended with his wise and loving father ordering a firefly 'kit' from etoys. It was a good ad, but what made it great was the music --- someone playing a 4-string ukulele and humming.
It was the oddest thing. Every morning this commercial ran on the 'Today' show, I'd get....misty. Without a word, the music generated pictures of home and love and security --- images of a world in which everything works.
I mentioned this commercial to others. They also had noticed the music and had been moved by it. But no one knew who the singer was.
Then a colleague quietly played a CD in her office: the soundtrack of the Sean Connery film, 'Finding Forrester. And along came this song. Its title: 'Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World.' The singer: a Hawaiian named Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, who, as a quick Web search revealed, had died in 1997 at the age of 38.
I read up on IZ, and learned IZ called his producer and said there was a song he had to record. He showed up at the studio at midnight with his ukulele -- and, in 5 minutes, created "Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World."
In 1996, National Public Radio did a piece on IZ and played 'Over the Rainbow.' Listeners called in; sales shot up. And music insiders like Jimmy Buffett, Paul Simon and Bette Midler were no longer alone in their admiration for IZ.
The following year, when IZ died, it was clear that he was the Bob Marley of Hawaii. His casket lay in state at the Capitol, and 10,000 fans came to say goodbye. The next day, friends paddled a double-hulled voyaging canoe into Makua Bay, where IZ and his friends had camped out and played music over the years.
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357 of 364 people found the following review helpful
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I work in a large chain record store near a movie theatre. Everynight we would have 2-3 people coming in looking for the "Finding Forrester" soundtrack. I finally asked someone what was so special about it. I was told they wanted it for the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" that plays during the closing credits. I didn't know anything about IZ before then. The next day I saw an article about him and heard the song for the first time... I was blown away. I bought "Facing Future" and "IZ in concert" the next day! Since then I have bought every CD that's available. I can't stop listening to him. I'm listening to "N Dis Life" as I type. I'm constantly telling people about "Brotha IZ". His music is so pure and simple, yet so complex and amazing. I still can't believe that such gentle music can come from such a large man. In a time where corporate music is shoved down our throats by radio and TV, IZ is not just a breathe of fresh air, he's the only thing worth breathing. IZ the man may be gone, but his music has made him immortal. May he live on and bring some culture and peace to mainstream music.
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155 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawai'i '78 July 9, 2002
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"Cry for the Gods, cry for the people, cry for the land that was taken away...and then yet you'll find, Hawai'i."
A few years ago when I was a serviceman stationed in Hawaii, I first heard this beautiful, haunting song, and was first exposed to the incredible voice of Israel "IZ" Kamawiwo'ole. Already sobered by the song's theme...the regret of native Hawaiians over losing their sovereignty...I was further saddened to learn that "IZ" had died in 1997. Like his father, and his brother, Skippy (also a recording artist), IZ had died of medical problems associated with obesity (he weighed as much as 760 pounds at one time). But thankfully, IZ left a legacy of recorded music, both as a solo artist and as a member of the Hawiiana band "Makaha Sons of Niihau". And thanks to the airplay received by "Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" on the TV show ER, the movie soundtracks "Finding Forrester" and "Meet Joe Black", and commercials for E-Toys, thousands of mainstream listeners on the mainland have now discovered IZ for the first time.
In many years of listening and collecting, I've never found an album like "Facing Future" that has such a universal appeal. Kids love it, teens love it, grandparents love it. A certified hard rocker myself (check my reviews of bands like Tool and Type O Negative), I consider "Facing Future" one of the top five CDs in my extensive collection, and rarely do I go more than a couple of weeks without giving it a spin.
Every track on the CD is wonderful, and if you skip over any, it will be just to get to the album's best two tracks, which are near the end: "Rainbow/Wonderful World" and "Hawai'i '78".
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars E Ala E March 17, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
While visiting Hawaii recently I wanted to take home some music to listen to. I bought a CD "E Ala E" and I can truly say I was fortunate in choosing it. I had no idea what I had chosen until I got home. I have listened to it many times. I told my husband that if ever I could attend a concert by Iz, I would do anything to attend. I looked up his name on the computer and was shocked to find that he died in 1997. What a tragic loss! I am now going to purchase all his music and have a complete collection for my listening pleasure. He moved me emotionally and I feel blessed to have found his recording. His voice remains with me as I go about my day and I find much comfort and peace. Israel was truly gifted and I am grateful to have the chance to hear his voice and experience his artful display of what was in his heart. Yes, his music will be an important part of my life. Thank you, Israel, for your gift to all of us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooo Beautiful
Very relaxing, funny what a beautiful soul he had this is a must buy I loved the meaning and feeling he put in his songs.
Published 9 hours ago by jeanette
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album with a couple of minor quirks
I went to Hawai'i for my first time a few months ago and needed to hear some more of the music I heard while there. This album definitely satisfied that need. Read more
Published 14 days ago by S. Surasky
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful music!! I'm glad I saw his music on FB! I didn't realize how much in Hawaii they use 'k' sound - at first it was overwhelming but now I'm use to it :)
Published 14 days ago by C. Tarter
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD!
I sampled the songs from many of his CD's and this is by far my favorite. I could never get tired of listening to him.
Published 17 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Know Now That This CD Will Be A Treasured Addition To Your Collection
Iz is at his best on this stunningly gorgeous CD! He has a beautiful voice, his choice of songs will thrill you, especially song 14, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Loved "IZ" rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow.. Enjoyed this CD and all of his music. Would recommend to anyone.
Published 25 days ago by J. Sievers
5.0 out of 5 stars Israel "Izzy" CD
For those of us still using CD player or downloading them, this is one of my favorites. This man has the voice of an angel and you find you can sing along, hum along, whatever,... Read more
Published 28 days ago by MBel
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
Thank you, I love this CD. It always makes me happy to listen to Israel's amazing voice. What a shame he died so young.
Published 29 days ago by myrna prins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality fast shipping
This product was as descripted, the cd was great and the case is great, would recommend this to anyone. i am impressed
Published 1 month ago by Austin Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't even explain how wonderful this album sounds
Is is the beautiful, angelic voice of Iz or the wonderful ukulele in the accompaniment? This is my favorite Iz album, by far. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joanna Daneman
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