Sol Hoopii & His Novelty Quartette


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Sol Hoopii is considered to be one of the greatest of all Hawaiian steel guitar players. He was the first Hawaiian guitarist to incorporate jazz improvisation into his playing, and his style was very influential to other steel guitarists of the 1920s-30s, including early western swing electric steel players. These recordings he made on acoustic steel guitar with his Novelty Quartette are the last before he switched to the electric guitar, and represent the pinnacle of his performing skill. This compilation includes many tracks which have never been reissued, with sound quality far superior to previous reissues of his music. This CD is a must for all fans of Hawaiian music, western swing, and early jazz guitar.

“One of the overlooked heroes of the guitar…incredibly fun. Every western swing fan needs some Sol Hoopii in their collection.”

Stomp and Stammer Magazine, July 2007.

“The quality of sound on this most-recent compilation of Sol Hoopii’s work is the best by far. If you’re new to Hawaiian steel guitar then this is the right starting point. If you already love his music you’ll be thrilled at the clarity, warmth and depth of these early-’30s acoustic-guitar recordings. The packaging is also superior, with comprehensive notes and lots of great photos.”

-J. Zeiderman

Track List

1)         I Like You

2)         Drifting and Dreaming

3)         I Want Someone to Love Me

4)         King’s Serenade

5)         King Kamehameha (take A)

6)         Kolo Pa

7)         Don’t Stop Loving Me

8)         Akaka Falls

9)         My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua Hawaii

10)         Weave a Lei – Flower Lei

11)         An Orange Grove in California

12)         Aloha Beloved

13)         The Lei Vendor

14)         On Our Parting Day

15)         There’s Nothing Else to Do in Ma-La-Ka-Mo-Ka-Lu

16)         My Hawaiian Queen

17)         Midnight’s Near

18)         Hula Girl

19)         Hula Blues

20)         Under the Tropical Moon

21)         Ten Tiny Toes – One Baby Nose

22)         Oh! Lady be Good!

23)         King Kamehameha (take B)

24)         It’s Hard to Say Good-Bye

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Weight .3125 lbs




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