At the time, Apaka was the talent director for the Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii. Apaka recruited the Gene Rains Group to perform in the Shell Bar at the Hawaiian Village, which was the hot spot for the Island's top performers, including Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. It was also Alfred Apaka who introduced Rains to Decca Records. Today, Rains is considered the third man of Exotica, behind Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. Although he did not achieve the level of renown of Denny or Lyman, Rains' albums nonetheless are textbook examples of the style of Exotica.
With the resurgence of the Tiki culture in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s, Gene Rains' albums have become much sought after by collectors of the genre. In July 2014, Real Gone Music released a compilation CD featuring 19 tracks and containing large portion of each of Rain's three LP's. During the production of the CD, Universal music, the holding company for Decca's catalogue, stated that the Gene Rains master tapes had been destroyed in a fire years earlier. As a result, the Real Gone Music team called upon Mark Riddle a/k/a Digitiki to supply the cleanest possible LP transfers. Riddle is the host of a popular Exotica-themed podcast "Quiet Village Podcast." Even though the compilation was LP sourced, the audio is exceptionally clean.
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