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The Blue Hawaiians - Christmas On Big Islanddotdotdotdot
artworkA Blue Hawaiian Yule is a mix of surf guitar, surf riffs, reverb, Hawaiian guitar, Don Ho-isms, dinner at Martin Denny's, and a nap in a little grass shack populated with hula dancers. It contains both vocals & instros, recorded with the laid-back precise stylings the Blue Hawaiians always supplies. This is a necessary addition to your holiday CD stash. The sound is clean and crisp. Vocal tracks include "Jingle Jangle," and "White Christmas."
Picks: Christmas Time Is Here, White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Have Yourself A Quiet Little Christmas, We Four Kings, Enchanted Xmas

Track by Track Review

Christmas Time Is Here dotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

A slow and shiny holiday instro version of the standard, pretty, measured, deliberate and flowing. It features a mighty nice dribbling double picked melody in the middle. Very appealing.

White Christmas dotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

A shimmering version of this classic, with all the flowing beauty you require, and all the delicacy needed as well. It's a slow and pristine performance. Nice.

Jingle Bells dotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal tom toms and a lap steel lead drenched in Waikiki-isms... so very cool. Not like Santo and Johnny, but much more Hawaiian and much more infectious. Very cool. The George Of The Jungle rhythms are perfect! What a great concept.

Have Yourself A Quiet Little Christmas dotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Martin Denny lives in this brilliant blending of Hawaiian lounge exotica and Hawaiian steel guitar. The melody is a delivered by a duet between a guitar and vibes. It's a very unusual and pretty arrangement.

We Four Kings dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Crashing waves, surf whammy chords, and the most imaginative and natural merger of "Penetration" and "We Three Kings" yields a brilliant track. This is very infectious, and very unusual. I love this!

Enchanted Xmas dotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

A slow and sinewy steel guitar number with exotica bongos and a fifties slow dance rhythm. The lead guitar is vibrato laden and smooth, and accompanied by coral "oohs." It's very pretty and moody in a sad romantic way. Quite nice.