Ladies and Gentlemen, we hope you recovered well from christmass festivities... While waiting for new year's eve party let's go JUMPIN' AT THE BAR LEA, Papeete, Tahiti. By Charley Itchner et l'Orchestre Bar Lea (Tahiti records, 1959). Produced by Eddie Lund who was already behind the record we talked about last week.
|early sixties orchestra (Quinn's)|
Not much is known about Eddie Lund exept that he was an american piano player who felt in love with the islands of Tahiti the first time he visited in the mid 30's. He then moved there and has been a major influence in modernizing the local folk music into tahitian rock & roll... Tamuré was born! He wrote most of the popular songs of the 50's and 60's (either in french, tahitian or english) and became an icon of polynesian pop culture with many "cheesy" kitch covers of the genre in exotic places such as Poland, Germany or Italy.
|Papeete nightlife (Quinn's)|
Since the 50's Eddie Lund worked on many records edition (Tahiti records) and internationnal distribution through Criterion (USA) and Viking (New Zealand). He was also active in the night clubs life (playing keys at the Quinn's). This little Ep is a great occasion to feel the atmosphere of one of those early clubs, the "bar Lea".
01 TAMURE BAR LEA
02 TEI TE ARA TAU TINO
03 HAAMOE TO OE CARICATURE
04 TIARE AUTE
Though Eddie Lund was very active producing many records like as this one, he's been also productive with his own band (Eddie Lund and his tahitians) but we'll have more time to talk about this later... We hope you're enjoying the stay!