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The Bright Side

by The Alonzo Spirit Band

Pop, island, upbeat, country/pop, great singers, beautiful harmonies filled with the spiritual vibe of the island of Hawaii -- 9 original songs plus 3 covers (Beatles, Van Morrison) recorded on the Big island by All-Star vocalists and musicians.
Genre: Pop: Sunshine Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Bright Side of the Road
3:52 $0.99
2. Island Dream
3:57 $0.99
3. The Word
3:56 $0.99
4. Sweet Soul Singing
3:27 $0.99
5. Across the Universe
3:46 $0.99
6. You Oughta Know
3:52 $0.99
7. Noon Day Sun
4:08 $0.99
8. Almost There
3:03 $0.99
9. The Bright Kona Moon
2:53 $0.99
10. Going Thru Time
4:04 $0.99
11. Time Plus Time
3:03 $0.99
12. Find the Light
3:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
“The Bright Side is The Alonzo Spirit Band’s happiest musical offering yet. The same uplifting, soul soothing, pure pop/island sound, highlighted by more guitars, horns and harmonies…I put the disc is in my car CD player and I haven’t taken it out, I want to hear it again and again…”
- Ma’ata Tukuafu, Journalist, Ke Ola Magazine

THE ALONZO SPIRIT BAND -- an All-Star Studio band from the Big Island of Hawaii -- is back with their newest CD, once again sharing the upbeat, joyful, soulful and spiritual vibe of the island through their unique sound and style, “guaranteed to lift your mood and brighten your day” as one Hawaiian journalist phrased it.

“The idea,” says songwriter and producer, Alan “Alonzo” Rosen, “is to put something positive out there into the world.” And so we have The Bright Side.

This All-Star studio group of musicians and singers, including Grammy Award and Hoku (Hawaiian Music Award) winners was recruited by Rosen, former television writer/producer (Archie Bunker’s Place, Elvis Meets Nixon), to record the songs that came to him initially through meditation and dreams.

Featured first: Damon Williams - a star in Hawaii for two decades since a teenager - is here with wonderful versatile results on six tracks, each one unique in its own Alonzo/island way. Highlights are newly imagined reggae versions of The Beatles’ “Across the Universe” and Van Morrison’s infectious “The Bright Side of the Road.” Another Beatles’ song, the insightful “The Word” receives the island/pop sound featuring Damon, Grammy nominated guitarist Pat Eskildsen, and the backing of the Bump City Horns. Other Damon/Bump City highlights are “Going Thru Time,” and the Steely Dan vibe on “Find the Light.” Lastly is the ukulele, upbeat, loving life in Hawaii song, “Noon Day Sun” with joyful harmonica by guitarist Luke Clebsch.

Two more tracks highlight life in Hawaii: “Island Dream” sung by sisters Melissa Samura and Ginger Bertelmann, with elegant guitar work by Grammy and Hoku award-winning musician Sonny Lim; and the lovely ballad, “The Bright Kona Moon” sung and played by Sonny Lim.

Seductive vocalist Iris Downey is back featured on the Motown-like/girl group pastiche “Sweet Soul Singing” along with Ginger and Melissa. And Rupert Tripp (vocals) and Chadd Paishon (ukulele) return for “Time Plus Time,” again supported by sisters Ginger and Melissa on backing vocals.

The Bump City Horns add flavorful colors throughout the CD as a quartet or as individuals on many tracks, especially Jesse Snyder on both saxophone and flute, and Andrea Lindborg on trumpet solo on Melissa’s “You Oughta Know.”

Three classic songs and nine originals by Alan “Alonzo” Rosen, and as always the guarantee is no sad songs, no heartbreak, and no cynicism -- the Alonzo Spirit Band is all upbeat, positive, spiritual vibe of the island.

We’ve said it before: if you live in Hawaii you can’t be unhappy -- and if you listen to sound of The Alonzo Spirit Band, you’re guaranteed to smile.

So “Aloha” and welcome to The Bright Side!



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