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

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B004KBSQOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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By joer on March 13, 2012
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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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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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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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We can't imagine a more pleasing voice. Each of these songs is a gift of love. Of course Somewhere Over the Rainbow is the reason we bought the DVD and we were mesmerized by the rendition of this old favorite, but all 13 offerings were simply beautiful. We were sad to discover that Israel passed away sixteen years ago and that happened on the same day our granddaughter was born... that makes us feel a special link to the artist wonder.

We enjoyed the English versions the best (title song & What a Wonderful World, especially), but we also really appreciated the Hawaiian songs). IZ ranks among my favorite vocalists Nat King Cole and Karen Carpenter - the sounds must be lovely in heaven! Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Best of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
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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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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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A beautiful CD...from start to finish. Though I am especially smitten with Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I think I have just about every rendition of it from soooooooo many artists! Never fails to touch my heart.
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