Aura

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Audio Texture Move over The Jacksons and say hello to the 8(!) siblings who constitute Aura. There sure was some soulful, funky good time vibes as well as lava flowing in Hawaii during the 70's. This album is choc full of uplifting soul vocals, funky drums, big horns, jazzy licks and even touches of Brazil and rock in the mix.

A really strong album start to finish and not to mention it really does sound lovely due to the use of some of Honolulu's best recording facilities. Favorite track: Magic Lover.
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    Reverse board printed jacket, includes insert sheet with liner notes by Roger Bong and interviews with band members Beverly Mendoza and Vince Mendoza. Fully remastered for Aloha Got Soul by Peter Beckmann.

    First pressing of 1,000 copies.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Aura via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Mike Lundy, Lemuria, Aura. This trifecta of inimitable Hawaiian acts descended upon Honolulu’s state-of-the art Broad Recording Studio in late 1979 to create what have now become the most coveted Hawaiian funk/soul/jazz albums of the era.

But whereas Lemuria functioned as a short-lived studio band and Mike Lundy saw little success from his album’s release, Aura — comprised of eight siblings from the Mendoza family — remained a key figure in the nightlife scene of Hawaii of the 1970s and early 1980s.

Each tune on their 1979 LP showcases the band’s unmatched musical talent that continues to astonish listeners in the 21st century, including Juno Records:

“Raw funk... honey-coated soul… grooves and big smiles… lavish Hayes-level horns… dynamic and luxurious full spectrum harmonies. Stunning.”

Available on vinyl and digital for the first time since its initial release, Aura is a rare example of an album that in today’s crowded reissue landscape really does live up to its mystique.

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Bandcamp exclusive: includes bonus track "Can't Waste No Time".

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released August 31, 2016

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