Friday, June 12, 2009

Moondance - Moondance  (North Shore Appeal, 1977)

A lot of musicians have recorded albums on the North Shore of Oahu: David Cassidy, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Pebbles, just to name a few. But none of these folks have remotely captured the "North Shore Sound" (except maybe Pebbles). And yes, there is such a thing as the North Shore Sound, just as there is a Motown Sound, and a Waco Sound. The North Shore Sound is basically the sound of guitars with a strong undercurrent of the sea, the sky, and the wind of the Islands. Those natural elements make all the difference in the world.

Why the name 'Moondance', you ask? Thankfully it had nothing to do with Van Morrison. Instead the name originated on a night when the band was really cookin' at a place called The Proud Peacock in the shabby jungle of Waimea Falls Park. A fine foxy lady called "Moon" waltzed in, and naturally Harry (pictured below on the far right) asked her to dance. Believe it? Believe it!

North Shore Appeal was released on Hula Records in Honolulu. The banana on the cover was courtesy of Bananas, Inc. (yes, that's actually written on the back of the record)


Alex said...

loved this one—thanks! that banana reminds me of something, but I can't think of what it is.

Lucie said...

Alex, I think maybe it reminds you of all those brown bananas you gobbled up last week (you could have just made banana bread, ya know)