Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World
Personnel: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (vocals, ukulele, Hawaiian salt); Roland Cazimero (guitar, bass); Del Beazley (guitar).
Producers: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Jon de Mello.
Recorded at Audio Resource, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Released in 1993, Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's second solo album, Facing Future, found a world-wide audience nearly a decade later thanks to its ukulele-led "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" medley appearing on several TV and film soundtracks. Co-produced with Jon de Mello, the follow-up to Ka 'Ano'i includes a combination of Hawaiian-language material, hapa haole tracks, and Jawaiian- (Island reggae) based songs, alongside a cover version of John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads." ~ Jon O'Brien