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  • Released: September 14, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Jamie / Guyden


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Personnel includes: Honey & The Bees, Kenny Gamble, Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, Earl Young.
Includes tracks digitally remastered by Tom Moulton.
Honey & the Bees: Jean Davis, Nadine Felder, Gwendolyn Oliver, Cassandra Wooten.
Audio Remixer: Tom Moulton.
This disc has 14 of their Arctic sides (four previously unreleased), nine of which are from 1966-1969 singles. Lamentably, the liner notes do not include any dates or original release information. Although Honey & the Bees were more competent than distinctive as vocalists, the material and arrangements amount to some pretty decent Philadelphia soul from a time when the genre was starting to coalesce around the Gamble-Huff-Bell sound. What's here is not as slick or commercially successful as the Gamble-Huff-Bell blockbusters of the early and mid-'70s, which is fine, as it has an airiness that often escaped such blockbusters. The Gamble-Huff-Bell comparisons, however, are not gratuitous: Huff himself plays piano on some of the cuts, and the rhythm section includes Ron Baker, Earl Young, Bobby Eli, and Norman Harris, all of whom were present on many Philly soul smashes in later years. Honey & the Bees were versatile performers who could handle styles and songs ranging from emotional, melodic ballads ("Make You Mine") and midtempo dance tunes ("Why Do You Hurt the One Who Loves You") to harder, funkier outings betraying the influence of more progressive soul trends ("Love Addict," "Music (Makes You Want to Dance," "Baby, Do That Thing"). Fred Wesley of the JBs, who married group member Gwen Oliver, wrote the liner notes. ~ Richie Unterberger

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Dynamite? No...Maybe a Firecracker Music Lover: from GULFPORT, FL US -- March, 3, 2017

In a way, I was fortunate to purchase this from Oldies.com at a sale price of .99 cents. That's a great price compared to the price as I write this...and one of the joys of shopping on Oldies.com - you can experiment at a low cost.

The unfortunate part is the quality of the group.
According to Fred Wesley, James Brown's music director (Honey and the Bees opened for James' concerts for a while) this group should have been right up there in stature with the Supremes. He was, I think, a bit biased as he married one of The Bees.

I listened to the disc straight through while on a drive today. Two things are immediately obvious:

Although these recordings are from different times, bands and probably studios, the one thing they have in common is a very heavy low end and a terribly shrill mid and high end sound - almost painful to my ears.

However, that comes in second only to the lack of hit material. I did not hear one potential top ten song out of the 14 tracks. The writing just isn't there. (can't say that about The Supremes).

In third place...the voices are OK - but at times, out of tune. Simply not star material anywhere to be found.

If you want mediocre second-rate "girl-group" music...then this will fit the bill. If you simply want to collect some more 60's R&B for your collection, get it. Just don't expect to be knocked out by what you hear. And lastly - wait until it hits a sale price again.

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