Honeybus

At Their Best

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A 25-song compilation containing The Honeybus Story as well as all of the singles, including "I Can't Let Maggie Go," and lots of rare takes. Strangely enough, "Maggie" doesn't hold up as that good a song next to some of the rest, and many of Ray Cane's numbers actually come off as more memorable than many of Dello's songs. The group's 1969 recordings, featuring Kelly's guitar in lieu of an excess of overdubbed instruments, are generally the strongest body of work here. Hare's "Would You Believe," a country-style number (making him the group's "Ringo Starr") also comes off as a refreshing change of pace. Some of the songs suffer from a degree of sameness, but most of the music contains enough surprises to make it interesting.

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