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Hawaii's most famous pop singer! Includes Tiny Bubbles , along with E Lei Ka Lei Lei; Pearly Shells; Down by the Shack, Down by the Sea; The Windward Side (of the Island); Beautiful Kauai; I'll Remember You , and more.


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002KOL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2000
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This is not a good example of classic Don Ho Hawaiian music. The addition of audiance participation takes away from the songs. Also the addition of accordian and harmonica is not traditional for Hawaiian music. Don Ho had a smooth, deep, romantic voice and it is covered up by the amateur background singers and musicians. The style of the songs is not like the originals. Some of these songs sounds more like country/western, pop, and maybe a little Lawrence Welk added. I was very disappointed. I have several old LP's of Don Ho singing all his classics, including Tiny Bubbles, I'll Remember you, and Beautiful Kauai. Which by the way are the only good songs on this CD. I hate to pull out the old LP's when I want good Hawaiian music, but looks like that is what I'll have to do. I lived in Hawaii, so I know what the real things sounds like, and this IS NOT it. Don't waste your money.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brian Chidester on November 5, 2003
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There is no definitive Don Ho & the Aliis anthology... it's a crime, for sure. The next best thing is to buy GREATEST HITS, TINY BUBBLES and THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM, all three on CD, all three to be found used on Amazon.com for a cheap cover.
GREATEST HITS was released, originally, in 1969, and is a compilation of Don Ho hits and favorites from the apex of his career as a singer, songwriter, performer. A lot of people hate Don Ho because of childhood memories of schlock; more appropriately, however, he's the next step after Martin Denny, and his act was influenced by Elvis's success with BLUE HAWAII (probably Presley's best selling album ever). In 1965, Capitol Records' subsidiary Tower Records threw out one of the most interesting compilations of Hawaiian Lounge with the release of an LP titled WAIKIKI SWINGS. This seems to be the first album to present Don Ho to a mainland audience, under the guise of a liner note claiming that, "Don Ho, Kui & Nani Lee, and other Hawaiian Mods are all here." With a more 'In-Crowd' tailoring than that of previous imported slack key/steel guitar records, WAIKIKI SWINGS is a fantastic example of Elvis meets Kui Lee... no doubt actual Mods will take real offense and consider this whole idea stupid. But, Lounge collectors, Surf/Garage aficionados and even Mods that have a sense of humor (a rare, but existing breed) may have no problem connecting the dots and appreciating Don Ho's aesthetic without pretense. Don himself has referred to Kui Lee as the "John Lennon of Hawaii"; Lee died of cancer in 1966 after only one album, and Don Ho would be the one to take his music to a worldwide audience (Kui Lee represents a third of the songwriter credits on this CD, including the incredible "I'll Remember You").
DON HO -- GREATEST HITS! needs more songs... okay.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1998
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Twelve tiki-torch classics from the incomparable Mr. Don Ho, The Godfather of the Cocktail Nation. On this collection, Ho wraps his patented slurry baritone around such tropical 100 proof hits as "Pearly Shells"and "Night Life". The amazing Ho works his trademark magic on the suggestive audience-participation classic "E Lei Ka Lei Lei" And who could forget "Tiny Bubbles" ? Not Me! Mix the mai tais, put on your grass skirt, and ROCK!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2001
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... This mostly does not sound like traditional Hawaiian music. It's more a showcase for the stylizing of vocals by Don Ho, which seems more exaggerated than in his earlier work. At times he seems to sound like Dean Martin, with slurred words. The general impression is that you are eavesdropping on a party. I bought the CD mostly to get the words to "Ain't no big thing" and I can not understand a lot of them because of the stylizing. If you are a great Don Ho fan, this may be for you. It's not traditional Hawaiian.--by an Illinois Listener.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Windward boy on December 15, 2007
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First of all, I was looking for a version of I"ll Remember You with the Alii's. Most of his CDs do not include the Alii's, his backup singers. The Alli's were a very talented group of musicians. They enhanced the sound of whatever Don sang. I was born and raised in Hawaii. I saw Don Ho at Duke Kahanamoku's in the 60's. You had to wait in line to get into his show. If you went to his show, you know what I mean.........it was a happening thing in Hawaii. When I listened to this CD,it brought back so many memories. This CD recreated what was truly happening during this era. It gives me goose bumps listening to these tunes. Do not listen to the negative reviews, this CD is a keeper.
Aloah nui loa
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12, 2008
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The 10 tracks in this release are: 1. Tiny Bubbles (2:42); 2. I'll Remember You (3:54); 3. E Le Ka Lei Lei (Beach Party Song) (2:27); 4. Beautiful Kauai (2:52); 5. Ain't No Big Thing! (2:43); 6. Sweet Someone (2:42); 7. Pearly Shells (3:01); 8. The Following Sea (3:28); 9. Down By The Shack, By The Sea (2:26); 10. A Lover's Prayer (2:36).

When putting out multiple-artist compilations covering One-Hit Wonders many producers take liberty with the term to include in that category some who, although maybe having just the one big hit to their credit, also had one or more other charted sides, whether mid to low on the Billboard Pop Hot 100, or perhaps even scoring high on the Adult Contemporary (AC), Country and/or R&B listings.

Donald Tai Loy Ho, born April 13, 1930 in Hawaii, and former jet fighter pilot with the USAF, was one who could only garner one national hit. After becoming popular at Duke Kahanamakui's club in Waikiki, he landed a recording contract with Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records in 1965 and had turned out two LPs and three unsuccessful singles before registering his first and only hit. The three failed singles were I'll Remember You b/w E Lei Ka Lei Lei (Beach Party Song) as Reprise 0388 and La Haina Luna b/w Suck Em Up as Reprise 0441, both in 1965 and, in 1966, a re-release of La Haina Luna b/w Sweet Someone as Reprise 0451.

The hit, of course, was Tiny Bubbles, composed by Leon Pober and, with the backing group The Aliis, it seemed to be heard everywhere on radio/TV and in juke boxes in late 1966/early 1967 after its release as Reprise 0507 b/w Born Free. And yet, despite that, the best it could do on the Hot 100 was a modest # 57, peaking in March 1967, although it did go as high as # 14 AC.
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