Mark and Diane Yasuhara have wonderful voices, and Christmas Aloha is as professional a production as you're going to get. Despite the title, there's nothing campy about the proceedings, though things occasionally get a bit too praise-music-y for me (I've never been keen on that genre). No biggie, since the quality of musicianship is so high--in fact, Christmas Aloha can almost be called art praise music. If there is such a phrase (I sort of doubt it).
Art carols and concert holiday selections in the mix--Gesu Bambino, Bring a Torch..., and O Holy Night--to go along with the more pop material, such as Mele Kalikimaka (written in 1949, and recorded by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters in 1950), Winter Wonderland, and Silver Bells. And doesn't the bridge on Mele sound like it was borrowed from Happy Trails, or is it just me? (Actually, Trails came slightly after Mele.)
Charming holiday family photos on the back jacket--posed, but expertly so:
By some weird twist of fate, this is not a Diane gift to the blog, though by all logic it should be. Because not only is Diane crazy about Hawaii, she has sent me some gospel titles by this duo--it's because of Diane that I knew who they were. So, I suppose Diane gets partial credit. It's just some quirk of chance that I found this all on my own. The perfect music for 90-degree Noel. (Actually, on line, it says that low 80s are more probable during the season in the Land of Aloha. Heck, I'd take those.)
DOWNLOAD: Christmas Aloha--The Hawaiians With the Otis Skillings Orch. and Chorus, 1975.
Mele Kalikimaka (Anderson)
Gesu Bambino (Yon)
Bells Medley: I Heard the Bells..., Carol of the Bells, Winter Wonderland, Silver/Jingle Bells, I Heard the Bells (Finale)
Medley of the Manger: Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella; What Child Is This?; Go Tell It on the Mountain
Some Children See Him (Burt)
This Little Child (Fisher)
O Holy Night (Adams)
Silent Night (Gruber)
Christmas Aloha--Mark and Diane, the Hawaiians With the Otis Skillings O. and Cho. (Tempo R-7126; 1975)