During the decade that bridged the first flowering of rock'n'roll and the rise of self-sufficient writer-performers such as Bob Dylan and the Beatles, the record charts were dominated by artists who, in the main, did not write their own material. At this time an exciting crop of talented young songwriters began to emerge.
Over the last couple of years Ace have built up an impressive series of songwriter-based compilations focusing on the work of Burt Bacharach, Jackie DeShannon, Randy Newman and the Leiber & Stoller, Pomus & Shuman, Greenwich & Barry, Mann & Weil and Goffin & King teams.
"Honey & Wine" is Ace Records' second foray into the songbook of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, one of the most lauded songwriting partnerships of all-time. As with the earlier volume, the set includes familiar hits such as Maxine Brown's `Oh No Not My Baby', the Drifters' `Up On The Roof' and Gene McDaniels' `Point Of No Return', overlooked gems (Chuck Jackson's `I Need You', Jan & Dean's `The Best Friend I Ever Had' and `I Happen To Love You' by the Myddle Class, to name just three and new-to-CD rarities `Stage Door' by Peter James, `They're Jealous Of Me' by Connie Stevens and Carolyn Daye's `A Long Way To Be Happy'.
Compilation and notes by Mick Patrick and Tony Rounce
Volume One still available: CDCHD 1170