James Michener's Favorite Music of Hawaii
Back in the late 50's and early 60's RCA Living Stereo were the ultimate in sound quality for the new stereo technology and represent as much a showcase for the new technology as for the music contained within.
For this release in 1959, the author, James Michener chose a selection of songs native to Hawaii. So what we get is quite a rag tag mix of music, from percussion led pieces to ballads by both choirs and soloists, male and female. It's a nice varied collection and although the choirs in particular can sound a bit muddied the close miked soloists and percussion sound very agreeable to these ears. Its warm, impressive enough, and a joy to listen to.
Many of the classical Living Stero items are very highly sought after and have been re-releaesed by audiophile labels on both vinyl and sacd. I haven't yet seen this title though.
Packaging is exemplary and the vinyl presssing itself impeccable although age has taken its toll slightly.