1-CD with 16-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 74 mns.
Grass skirts and leis, hula-dancing babes with fire in their eyes, tropical nights under the palms ....that was how Hawaii appeared to Germans in the Fifties. It had the same exotic appeal then that Mallorca has now. Dozens of bands saluted the islands in music and song. The Waikikis spearheaded this movement, singing in a language that might have been Polynesian...but probably wasn't. Behind the scenes, producer Horst Fuchs promoted the band's career and pulled the strings.
Composers such as Hans Blum
and Michael Thomas
(the famous Martin Böttcher
) created songs like Hawaii Tattoo, Aloha Parade, Honolulu Parade
and Waikiki Welcome
. The Waikikis
- all of them Belgian (!) studio musicians - sold their colorful island reveries by the millions, and some of their own creations like Hilo Kiss
even made their way into the charts in several countries. Almost 40 years after they were first released, this compilation makes the Waikikis
' most beautiful songs available for the first time on CD.