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Soulful Sugar: The Complete Hot Wax Recordings

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Soulful Sugar: The Complete Hot Wax Recordings Review

by Andrew Hamilton

Honey Cone, the girl group with the sweet name and the bumblebee persona, didn't masquerade as biker babe wannabes like the Angels, come off as fly foxes like the Ikettes, or fight their battles with tears either. They tell it like it is on "While You're out Looking for Sugar (Somebody's Gonna Take Your Honey and Be Gone)," "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show," "Stick Up," "Want Ads," and others written by a consortium of General Johnson, Angelo Bond, and Gregg Perry, with some Edith Wayne/Ronald Dunbar and HDH tracks in the mix. This complete account of Honey Cone's Hotwax recordings features the excellent "Ace in the Hole" twice -- the long album version with the funky, bubbling break and the single edit. Instead of wailing at an imminent breakup, Honey Cone gets philosophical (i.e., "Sitting on a Time Bomb (Waiting on the Hurt to Come)," "The Day I Found Myself," "It's Better to Have Love and Lost," and "Girls It Ain't Easy"). They show vulnerability behind a strong fa├žade on "Take Me With You" and cloying versions of "Ooo Baby Baby" and "Stay in My Corner." With 45 tracks, this gargantuan collection has enough soulful honey to fill a bee hive.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Honey Cone 03:15
2 Honey Cone 02:52
3 Honey Cone 03:13
4 Honey Cone 03:02
5 Honey Cone 03:10
6 Honey Cone 02:54
7 Honey Cone 02:44 Amazon
8 Honey Cone 02:28
9 Honey Cone 03:19
10 Honey Cone 03:19
11 Honey Cone 02:59
12 Honey Cone 02:57
13 Honey Cone 03:49
14 Honey Cone 03:12
15 Honey Cone 02:30
16 Honey Cone 03:00
17 Honey Cone 03:04
18 Honey Cone 04:18
19 Honey Cone 03:04
20 Honey Cone 03:49
21 Honey Cone 03:31
22 Honey Cone 04:16
23 Honey Cone 03:02
24 Honey Cone 03:24

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Honey Cone 05:55
2 Honey Cone 03:49
3 Honey Cone 03:11
4 Honey Cone 03:41
5 Honey Cone 02:45
6 Honey Cone 03:29
7 Honey Cone 03:01
8 Honey Cone 03:06
9 Honey Cone 06:21
10 Honey Cone 03:04
11 Honey Cone 03:25
12 Honey Cone 04:59
13 Honey Cone 04:02
14 Honey Cone 03:30
15 Honey Cone 03:42
16
Honey Cone 03:25
17
Honey Cone 03:09
18 Honey Cone 02:47
19 Honey Cone 03:04
20 Honey Cone 03:06
21 Honey Cone 02:59
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