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Great band, but beware of the audio quality
on 12 April 2014
These are four albums well worth the time of any Motown appreciator.
Unfortunately, although the disk with Soulful Tapestry and Love, Peace & Soul has played without problems, the other disk with Sweet Replies and Take Me With You has terrible clipping on several songs. The unedited (and by far best) version of the iconic Want Ads suffers to the point of being virtually unlistenable, while my personal favourite song Sunday Morning People is also ruined. For some reason this only seems to affect a few songs, but it's truly disgraceful on a release of this nature. It's only by chance that I already owned their greatest hits that I knew what these songs sounded like "clean" and have been able to patch up my library accordingly. Mercifully most of the songs seem fine, but when you shell out for a set like this it's not unreasonable to expect that the audio quality will be that of the original recordings.
On the whole, yes this will give you a good impression of the Honey Cone. But for heaven's sake, please don't judge any of the low-fi songs here - seek out better-quality versions which do exist and which will do justice to the fine songs they are.