Taste of Honey

Taste of Honey (By Special Request)

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Taste of Honey makes you wonder a number of things. What happened to them? Did they get sued over their name? Even in anything-goes 1975, just what were they thinking? The jacket is some hideous "modern art" travesty of orange and green triangles on white. On the back we see a quartet looking like Brady Bunch rejects, except with facial hair more reminiscent of late Creedence Clearwater Revival. The female singer and keyboard man, yearbook-photo scary in both appearance in sound, seem to be the only ones with presence. But the chutzpah! They dare cover both disco classic "Lady Marmalade" and War's funky "Me and Baby Brother." And, they actually do a passable job. "Lady Marmalade" won't fool many, but enough drinks and someone might mistake it for a bootlegged live version. (Jaded and cynical disc jockeys would love it.) Unfortunately, the sound is sub-amateurish: obviously a home recording with too little high end, as if recorded with the dreaded Dolby "B". The disc label even disclaims, "recorded from client's furnished tape." But that just makes it so much more authentically 1975. Pressed in New Jersey, this may be the last great (terrible) lounge-act album of the hi-fi era.

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