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ukezouk
03-13-2012, 07:14 PM
G'day there friends,
I'm sure there's a zillion Ukulele CD's out there..so I'd like to ask if anyone could recommend some good 'Compilation' type Albums featuring different players that could broaden my Uke horizons !
I think this would serve as an introduction to different players and if I like their playing, then I could get their CD..
Any opinions ?

kapahulu50
03-13-2012, 08:27 PM
Check out "island Style ukulele", it's a great compilation with recordings by many established veterans and some spectacular younger players (lots of MGMs pals who do the HMS demo videos). Absolutely worthwhile!

laundromatt
03-13-2012, 08:44 PM
Legends of the Ukulele. http://www.amazon.com/Legends-Ukulele-Various-Artists/dp/B0000TG9LU/ref=pd_sim_m_1

If you're going to get one compilation album, this is the one to get.

Hippie Dribble
03-13-2012, 08:57 PM
not sure of too many compilations, but here's 3 that I have...

1. "with my little ukulele in my hand" (4CD set). mainly old stuff from 1st half of last century. BRILLIANT. trad Hawaiian, country/folk, George Formby etc, wonderful historical record too with beautiful accompanying booklet
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/My-Little-Ukulele-My-Hand-Various-Artists-Audio-CD-/220965303934?pt=AU_Audio_CDs&hash=item33728ef67e

2. "Square Pegs and Round Holes" (American Aspergers Assoc. benefit CD). more modern/contemporary stuff including Victoris Vox, The Barnkickers, Jim beloff, Ian Whitcomb, James Hill, Gerald Ross, John King. Sweet compo
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/squarepegs

3. "Bosko & Honey's Ukulele Safari"...oops, just looked it up and it's sold out...but that is a great one if you can find it on ebay...more way out and bizarro left of centre stuff from all round the world..but awesome

I can recommend stacks of brilliant solo CD's by individuals...I have a pretty decent collection these days of old and new. PM me if you'd like me to send you some. My fave artists are Cliff Edwards, Lil Rev, James Hill, Azo Bell and the Old Spice Boys, Ian Whitcomb, Lyle Ritz, Rose Turtle Ertler, John King, Janet Klein, George Formby, Roy Smeck, Uni & her Ukulele, Victoria Vox etc pretty much anyone who plays the ukulele. :) There is also an awesome record by a member here, 'Dr Bekken' worth checking out...

edit: if you tell us what style of music you're into we could narrow down some particular artists for you that fit in that ball park

bazmaz
03-13-2012, 11:42 PM
Seeing as you want a compilation, the Bosko and Honey CD is hard to beat, so a +1 from me on that.

I'd get in touch with them through their site to check on getting a copy. It's superb and features artists and diverse styles from around the globe.

My review here

http://www.gotaukulele.com/2011/04/bosko-honey-present-ukulele-safari.html

ukezouk
03-14-2012, 05:44 PM
Thanks folks...there's plenty of choices for me there..
As I'm new to Soprano Ukulele,I dont really know what I want as regards a 'style' (brilliant,I hear you say !!) ..
I've been thinking a bit about this and have come up with three styles that I'd be interested in
1.Traditional Hawaiian ..
2.Modern players .........like Jake....and ...
3.Vintage players.... GeorgeFormby ..etc..
The boxed set .."With a Ukulele in my hand" seems to be a good starter (thanks Eugene) ..
Thanks also to Laundromatt (I like it !)...Bazmaz and Kapahulu...I'll check out those links ..
great website this one :)

jackwhale
03-14-2012, 06:05 PM
Also, I'd add Kimo Hussey to Jon's list. I can listen to him all day.

smellofstrings
03-14-2012, 09:42 PM
As Eugene mentioned, I also suggest "With My Little Ukulele in My Hand"! Enjoy!

ukezouk
03-14-2012, 10:34 PM
''With My Little Ukulele in My Hand" .....just bought it from Mr Ebay.... Aussie$25.00 for 4 Cd's...sounds like good value to me ....

salukulady
03-14-2012, 11:16 PM
The Best of Ka'au Crater Boys. Good modern Hawaiian music.

drbekken
03-15-2012, 12:23 AM
The Audiophile CD of Cliff Edwards recordings from the 1940s (SINGIN' IN THE RAIN). Just him with the ukulele and an occasional bass player...to my mind, the finest solo ukulele album of all time.

Gwynedd
03-15-2012, 12:35 AM
Suggestions (I also love Hawaiian music, a passion since childhood.)

1. IZ-- (http://amzn.to/wexaAZ) you have to have this one, he was the patron saint of Hawaiian music and of uke players.
2. Hawaiian Style Uke (http://amzn.to/Ais8bh) (with my fave tune, E Ku'u Morning Dew, which is easy enough to play for beginners, yay!)
3. World's Greatest Hawaiin Uke Songs (http://amzn.to/zRFavt)
4. Solo Uke Songs (http://amzn.to/A6Fpcl) Great for us players without a band or people to jam with
5. Eddie Vedder (http://amzn.to/AxVqzA) Great for strumming with singing, if that is your desire.

This is a good spectrum of Hawaiian uke covering various ways it can be enjoyed; band, solo, strum and sing, etc.

Hippie Dribble
03-15-2012, 12:44 AM
The Audiophile CD of Cliff Edwards recordings from the 1940s (SINGIN' IN THE RAIN). Just him with the ukulele and an occasional bass player...to my mind, the finest solo ukulele album of all time.

agreed doc. this is the one with most of his best recordings on it.

Other personal favorites are albums by The Old Spice Boys and Lil Rev.

Bill Tapia is another who I glaringly omitted from my first post. His stuff is wonderful too...

MisterRios
03-15-2012, 01:10 AM
Another vote for "With My Little Ukulele In My Hand". Lots and lots of varied stuff on there...

Nickie
03-15-2012, 02:28 AM
A personal favorite of mine is Square Pegs and Round Holes. I play it in the car a lot. The traffic here is horrendous, and it really helps.

Olarte
03-15-2012, 03:23 AM
I could only find two CDs for Bill Tapia, anyone know where other recordings are available besides the two fromitunes or amazon?

Nickie
03-15-2012, 05:14 AM
Suggestions (I also love Hawaiian music, a passion since childhood.)

1. IZ-- (http://amzn.to/wexaAZ) you have to have this one, he was the patron saint of Hawaiian music and of uke players.
2. Hawaiian Style Uke (http://amzn.to/Ais8bh) (with my fave tune, E Ku'u Morning Dew, which is easy enough to play for beginners, yay!)
3. World's Greatest Hawaiin Uke Songs (http://amzn.to/zRFavt)
4. Solo Uke Songs (http://amzn.to/A6Fpcl) Great for us players without a band or people to jam with
5. Eddie Vedder (http://amzn.to/AxVqzA) Great for strumming with singing, if that is your desire.

This is a good spectrum of Hawaiian uke covering various ways it can be enjoyed; band, solo, strum and sing, etc.

Gwynedd,
Thanks for these links. I have Eddie Vedder's CD around here someplace, I like it, but never heard of the rest. Thanks, I think I'll go shopping!

23skidoo
03-15-2012, 05:37 AM
If you like traditional American music - folk/bluegrass/old timey - I'd recommend Aaron Keim's records. Good stuff - get em here (http://www.etsy.com/shop/LazarusBooks?ref=pr_shop_more), listen to samples here (http://quietamericanmusic.com/Q/Store.html)

You also can't beat our own Eugene Ukelele's records for a quality listening experience. Not sure if he's currently selling them, but you should send him a PM - I've got several and they're all great albums.....

finkdaddy
03-15-2012, 06:25 AM
This is not neccesarily a compilation, but, in my opinion, it is one of the greatest uke-centric albums ever made by one of the greatest song writers around and for some reason is a group you've never heard of.
It's a Florida based band called The Crazed Mugs. They call themselves a "tiki" band. Which means they play hapa-haole, hawaiian, surf, exotica, jazz, etc. Last time I checked, their latest album, "Find Forbidden Island" was at number 14 on the hawaiian music charts but I'm sure it's higher by now.
Here is their website: The Crazed Mugs (http://crazedmugs.com/)
Please check out the website and give them a listen!

hoosierhiver
03-15-2012, 06:37 AM
Petty Booka is pretty fun.

mr moonlight
03-15-2012, 05:56 PM
agreed doc. this is the one with most of his best recordings on it.

Other personal favorites are albums by The Old Spice Boys and Lil Rev.

Bill Tapia is another who I glaringly omitted from my first post. His stuff is wonderful too...

And don't forget about Eugene Ukulele's own works!!!!

BasicUke
03-16-2012, 03:14 AM
And don't forget about Eugene Ukulele's own works!!!!

Does Eugene Ukulele have a CD or bandcamp or soundcloud?

mr moonlight
03-16-2012, 05:14 AM
Does Eugene Ukulele have a CD or bandcamp or soundcloud?

They were on eugeneukulele.com, but for some reason the link doesn't seem to be working. Ask the man himself.

Mr. Eugene Ukulele???

konut
01-20-2013, 04:18 PM
This is a review I posted at the Steve Hoffman forum pertaining to the "With a Little Ukulele In Your Hand" Proper boxed set.

I've been able to listen to all 4 discs. The booklet is very informative. Having lived in Hawaii from '81-'02 I was aware of some of the history of the instrument, but did not realize how pervasive its reach was internationally. The Hawaiian disc was enjoyable as I was able to hear the antecedents to the music I enjoyed when I lived there. Brought back the feeling of the islands. The country and Formby cuts were not that enjoyable to me as the music seems repetitive. Its more my failing than the fault of the music. I'm sure that aficionados of country and British dance hall will find them enjoyable. The Edwards and Marvin cuts were the highlight for me.
I was hoping that there would have been a focus of cuts, of any genre, that featured the ukulele as a solo instrument, or taking solos in the breaks. Apparently the uke was primarily utilized almost exclusively as a rhythm instrument although Edwards and Marvin were a bit more forthcoming in that respect. Even so they seemed to focus their efforts on scat as an instrumental device between vocal verses.
As far as fidelity is concerned the quality was variable. There were only a few cuts, the earliest, that were "scratchy". The outstanding examples were represented by the Columbia and Edison labels that had a "depth" to them the other cuts lacked. On the whole though no complaints in that respect. The Lyle Ritz cuts from '57 were really nice in stereo.
All in all, a nice variety of ukulele stylings from the first part of the 20th century.

I have ordered the Edwards "Singing in the Rain" CD referenced earlier in this thread. Thanks!