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The Complete LHI Recordings

Honey Ltd. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Light in the Attic
  • ASIN: B00C898562
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Harmony-drenched Sunshine Pop 20 July 2013
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Originally from Detroit and going under the name of Mama Cats, the members of this four-piece female vocal group travelled to LA in 1968, signed with Lee Hazelwood Industries and were renamed Honey Ltd. Commercially the group failed and this collection gathers together everything they recorded during their brief lifespan - the eight songs that comprised their eponymous album, a couple of b-sides and three previously unreleased songs - and it's some of the finest Sunshine Pop ever recorded.

Featuring gorgeous female vocals, the music is a blend of pop-soul-psych-baroque and many of the musical and vocal arrangements are complex and there's plenty of brass and orchestrations in addition to the drums, bass and guitar (courtesy of the legendary Wrecking Crew session musicians). However, the highlight of Honey Ltd's sound is their spectacular sun-kissed vocal harmonies that elevate this music to another level.

The songs are predominately originals and there's a reworking of 'Louie, Louie' and also a cover of Laura Nyro's 'Eli's Coming'. Album opener 'The Warrior' is an anti-Vietnam war song with caustic "We must kill more people; strong men are what we need" lyrics. Overall the sound is mostly upbeat with songs about love lost and won with some mellow moments and there's not a single bad song to be found here.

Following the departure of one of the members, the remaining trio released an album under the name of 'Eve' on the LHI label in 1970 and again it was a failure. Reduced to a footnote in pop history, this fine compilation should go some way to re-addressing the balance and will hopefully introduce the music of Honey Ltd to a new audience. 4 stars and recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 60S GIRL GROUP LIKE NO OTHER 11 Oct 2013
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay sort of girl pop 19 Aug 2013
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Not quite the monster this has been talked up to be. great packaging though, but not one for repeat listening
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely packaged '60s pop rarity 6 Aug 2013
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Rather than dishing out high bucks if you can even find the original LP, this is a perfectly done issue by "Light In The Attic". Nice packaging, with 32 page full color booklet, good liner notes and photos. This is one of those '60s releases you're not sure will ever get out on CD, so it is a welcome addition to any psych pop collection. Only reason I deducted a star is that the material itself is not overly memorable or strong. Enjoyable, but definitely an acquired taste for collectors and perhaps one can see why this good looking group wasn't bigger...the recordings were done well, backed by an all-star session group...but the material is somewhat lacking. A few gems such as "I've Got Your Man" and "Tomorrow Your Heart", but you won't hear these on the radio any time soon and they certainly didn't compare with the music of the time. Definitely grab a copy for your collection though!
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This is one of those albums that's a bit hard to talk about--similar to the first few albums by the Free Design--who were a close harmony style group. When it was released Honey Ltd. (sisters Joan and Alexandra (Sandy) Sliwin, Laura Polkinghome, Marsha Jo Temmer) was pretty much the antithesis of rock'n'roll. They appeared on (among others) The Andy Williams (which I remember seeing with my parents), and had that soft, pop sound that only our parents could like. Me--well I just turned up my nose and thought this isn't "real" music. Plus--look at them--they were dressed in pseudo-hip bright outfits and had smiles a mile wide and had that scrubbed clean look. And the songs--hmmm. But that was then.

But now, with the help of time, this album (in mono) is now a good example of that pop/vaguely psyche sound many people find enjoyable--including me. Leave it to Lee Hazlewood to find something good and market it in his inimitable fashion. The four girls harmonies are really wonderful, the arrangements are typically good for this style of music-with musicians like James Burton on guitar, Don Randi-keyboards, Jim Gordon-drums, Carol Kaye-bass, and a whole host of other Wrecking Crew alumni and others loosely tied to them. Even Ry Cooder plays on a Jack Nitzsche produced (and played keyboards) track.

The songs--and here I have to differ somewhat from most people--I found to be better than I expected--even though "Louie Louie" is a bit of a stretch. True, some tunes are better suited to the group than others. But overall their lush, rich harmonizing covers over any weaker songs--at times their harmonies and vocalizations are ethereal. And the backing is never less than professional, and sometimes great. I even like the extra tracks that have been added to the album's original eight tracks--Laura Nyro's "Eli's Coming" is all shiny and upbeat, Likewise "Silver Threads And Golden Needles". Even bluesman Skip James' "I'm So Glad" (popularized by Cream) is alright--not that it could hold a candle ( dig that 2 second fuzzed up guitar solo!) to the original, or even Cream's version. The two backing track instrumentals are okay but nothing to get excited about.

The group admit they were involved in the anti-war movement of the day, and their anti-war song, "The Warrior" is another one of those "thought provoking" songs so prevalent at the time. But (for me) the best anti-war song from that period was "Draft Morning" by The Byrds--I could relate--I was staring at possibly being drafted. But that's another story. But I have to say that going overseas with Bob Hope (who first saw and liked the group on TV) to entertain the troops is a pretty interesting turn of events. In the booklet (that tells the musical life of the group) there's a photo of Hope and two members of the group visiting a wounded soldier in a hospital--so hats off to them for doing that.

So is this worth purchasing? If you're a fan/collector of 60's pop--yes. If you're not or have a passing interest, it's still worth hearing. The group's fine harmonizing that sounds so rich and mellifluous, and seems to breathe some sunshine into whatever they sing, makes this worth hearing. Is it something that you'll play over and over again? Probably not. But when you feel like something light, innocent sounding, and perky (and that's a compliment) this will fit the bill nicely. Check it out--it's better than you probably think.

Honey Ltd. is reminiscent of The Free Design--a two brothers/one (and then two) sister singing group--that made several (with the advent of time passed) now pretty good sounding albums from the late 60's/early 70's. Their close harmonizing is really quite good, and the group always used top-notch session musicians--including a number of well known jazz players. Check out the albums "Kites Are Fun", "You Could Be Born Again", "Heaven/Earth", and "Stars/Time/Bubbles/Love" for some beautiful singing that only comes from blood related singers. The albums have been reissued on the Light In The Attic label with extra tracks.

The booklet has a nice overview of the group, along with some period photos (plus a recent photo of the group), along with some "Back To School Tips By Honey, Ltd." for all the girls from way back when. There's track-by-track information listing all the musicians, but the font is perhaps the smallest I've ever encountered in a CD booklet--I have great close-up vision and I had some difficulties in reading the credits. But all in all this is a nice presentation of what was (at least for a time) popular music. You really should give this a listen sometime soon. You also get a "Honey Ltd." pink sticker--cool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Proof that girl-group sunshine-psych-harmony-pop once existed! 21 Aug 2013
By TheNoomz83 - Published on
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This is a beautifully and lovingly assembled package (with impeccable sound!) featuring the complete 1968-69 recordings of a gorgeous and talented female foursome from Detroit. Known as the Mama Cats in the Motor City, they decided in 1967 to give LA a shot and got signed by Lee Hazlewood's label, the very first door they knocked on. The combination of their looks and ability to create complex and appealing vocal harmonies made recording and marketing them a no-brainer. With Hazlewood producing (fresh from his success with Nancy Sinatra) and the best West Coast session musicians (the Wrecking Crew) backing them, here is their eponymous (under their new name) 1968 album and their four '68-69 singles (two A-sides did not appear on the album), plus a scant amount of unissued material.

Despite a series of major TV appearances, as well as being heavily promoted in the trades, their music went nowhere, and they soon had to briefly settle for being a Las Vegas supporting act, which fell far short of their artistic aspirations. As suddenly as they had arrived, Honey Ltd. were no more. Life and other opportunities intervened.

In my estimation, they had three superior songs on their album, and none of them was picked as a plug-side single. Their "sunshine-psych-harmony-pop" masterpiece has to be the self-referentially titled "Silk 'N Honey," written by group members Laura Polkinghome and Marsha Jo Temmer -- a real beauty that was the essence of who they were. I think it would have overwhelmed people with its sensuous wall-of-sound harmonies, orchestration and psych distortion effects if they had heard it on the radio. "I've Got Your Man" mixes sunshine with a tough attitude in a unique way, replete with a dazzling hook. "The Warrior" could have had "underground" hit potential as a paradoxical anti-war anthem. (These latter two were written by Laura Polkinghome.)

The problem here is that the rest of this CD is a bit threadbare. Besides the short running time, the other originals, while still quite pleasant, are not at the level of the previously cited three, and they tend to blend together. A-side singles 2, 3 and 4 were all covers: of "Louie, Louie," Laura Nyro's "Eli's Coming," and the country-pop standard "Silver Threads and Golden Needles." While the latter two are fine -- albeit nothing to write home about -- "Louie, Louie" is kind of a mess.

The liner notes by Jessica Hundley do a fine job recounting the entire, rather fascinating story of this group that had its brief fling in the LA (and Las Vegas) sunshine. There are superb photos, too -- but then the subjects could hardly be more photogenic.

A Honey Ltd. oddity of note: leading off their album with an anti-war song and then finding themselves on a Bob Hope USO tour in Vietnam.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely harmony Pop 22 Jun 2014
By GB - Published on
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Highly recommended for those interested in LA harmony pop. These girls should have been much bigger than they were so its great at this late stage to be able to catch up.
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