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Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Best of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole [Import]

Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'oleAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

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The growing success of Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, a Hawaiian vocalist known to many simply as "IZ," is an amazing story just waiting to be told.

In 1993, following a successful recording and performing career as part of the Mäkaha Sons of Ni‘ihau group, Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole released his solo CD “Facing Future” which launched an impressive solo ... Read more in Amazon's Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 18, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B004KBSQOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Over the Rainbow
2. Hawai'i '78
3. White Sandy Beach
4. Wind Beneath My Wings / He Hawai'i Au
5. Kaulana Kawaihae
6. 'Ulili E
7. Hele On to KauaI
8. Ka Pua U'I
9. Hi'ilawe
10. La 'Elima
11. 'Opae E
12. In This Life
13. What A Wonderful World

Editorial Reviews

'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' collects some of Hawaiian ukulele player Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's most famous songs. His reworking of 'Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World' propelled Kamakawiwo'ole into the public eye after appearing on numerous film and television soundtracks. The album features his unique covers as well as a selection of traditional Hawaiian songs. Available for the first time ever, the definitive collection of Hawaiian music legend -- the gentle giant behind the world-renowned version of `Over The Rainbow', one of the most recognised songs of the last twenty years. Over a decade after his death, his unforgettable music and legacy are captured here in these beautiful renditions of `What A Wonderful World' and `Wind Beneath My Wings' alongside traditional Hawaiian melodies on this truly breathtaking new album.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere over the rainbow by Israel ( IZ ) December 7, 2011
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Love his voice and all songs were a joy to listen to. We finally found the singer that sang that so so beautifully along with the Ukelele.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole April 19, 2012
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His voice will haunt you for a long time. His passing is a sad loss because I have only recently discovered his music, and his oh so unique voice.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iz does it. March 13, 2012
By joer
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Iz does it best in this album. Great orchestral arrangements; somewhere over the rainbow and wonderful world are excellent renditions.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite CD March 20, 2012
By BB
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I've always loved Iz's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". I think the version on this CD is shorter than others I have heard. The other songs are great. Listing to this CD reminds me of everything I love about Hawai'i'.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Greatest Hits November 8, 2012
By millie
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I love this CD it reaches my soul. When I listen to it I feel calm and relaxed. I recommend this to anyone who wants to relax and enjoy good music and singing
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Island Vacation! June 25, 2013
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Want to go on vacation without leaving your home? well...this CD is your ticket to an Island paradise destination. It 's a calming collaboration of a gifted man's music to share!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful IZ June 16, 2013
By PA RAY
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I love this cd. IZ's rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow is simply beautiful! All tracks are wonderful as well. I have a renewed appreciation of Hawaiian music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IZ is a favorite December 26, 2012
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IZ's "Over the Rainbow" is one of my favorite covers of this song. I bought a copy for me and one for my dad. I enjoy it very much. I can only feel happy when listening to it.
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