Week 16: Sticky
I hope that your weekend was pleasant and relaxing. First and foremost, I want to wish a belated Happy Birthday to the “extremely old” Soul Brotha, whose birthday was last week. You could ask him how old he is now…but he may not have his hearing aid or reading glasses on, so I doubt he will respond any time soon. (Just kidding…this highly appreciated and esteemed member of 4BB hasn’t aged a day since Marvin Gaye started wearing pants!) :¬)
It’s spring time, the weather is getting warmer finally and I figured the 4bees’ knees could bring a little honey your way to sweeten things up a bit. Inspired by LP2’s flattering “4BB Phoenix” mixtape (jump approx. 20 minutes into it, and you’ll understand) I dug up “Soulful Tapestry”, a wonderful slab of Hot Wax/Invictus magic from 1971.
Honey Cone is definitely one of my favorite female soul groups to surface during the 70’s. I only wish that they had recorded and released more material before disbanding in 1972. Oh well, I guess we should be thankful for what we got right? Especially in these days and times! Although you can find just about all of the tracks from this album on greatest hits compilations, some folks like to hear it in its original format with the original album cover. So, here it is folks…Honey Cone “Soulful Tapestry”.
Now, let’s all enjoy these three lovely ladies doing their thing in “Want Ads” – probably their most well-known song of this album and one of my personal favourites (video clip courtesy of Malesh)!
And here’s some additional information on the album that I found over at Wikipedia:
Honey Cone – Soulful Tapestry (1971): The name of the album was based on and inspired by Carole King’s Pop/Rock break-through 1971 album “Tapestry.” The album contained the group’s three highest charting singles including; the funky soul upbeat number “Want Ads” – in the vein of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” this single became the group’s highest charting single and biggest single of their career hitting number one in April, 1971; “Stick Up” – a similar follow up to “Want Ads,” the song peaked at number eleven in the US in August, 1971; and “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Pt. 1)” – a Latin flavoured slam at a lover gone cold with similar chord progressions akin to The Isley Brothers’ 1962 hit Twist & Shout, a number fifteen hit in November, 1971.
Lyrically, the material was quietly instrumental in developing the message of female empowerment through song. With the aggressive funk music fronted by lead singer, Edna Wright’s gospel growl, and lyrics centered around love abandoned and love found, female commentary on modern relationships was becoming less out-of-place. Other notable moments on the album include “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Pt. 2)” – an instrumental to the first part, the gospel-inspired “Who’s It Gonna Be?,” the gritty ballad “All The King’s Men,” and the funky bass-driven ballad “The Day I Found Myself.”
Though out of print, like the group’s other releases, all of the tracks on this album are featured on Honey Cone’s “Soulful Sugar: The Complete Hot Wax Recordings” (2001, Castle Music UK).
For a complete rundown of the Honey Cone ladies – check this out!
There’s some really affordable vinyl copies of the album available here – and a more expensive sealed copy right here! The 2001 compilation “Soulful Sugar” mentioned earlier is out of stock, but some $49.99 copies are still for sale here!
UPDATE: Good news! The “Soulful Sugar” compilation is available in iTunes Music Store…at least in all European countries (not in the States!?)…including their complete Hot Wax recordings! So if you’re lucky enough to have this available to you – buy now! Can’t really find a better way to spend £7.99 (if you’re like in the UK that is)!
Happy Birthday, SB!