Saturday, July 22, 2006

Honeybus "She Flies Like A Bird"
2CD Anthology (+6 bonus tracks from my collections)

In a perfect world, every reissue would be as thoughtfully and lovingly compiled as Castle/Sequel's excellent She Flies Like a Bird: The Honeybus Anthology is. There have been various reissues of the group's recordings, including reissues of their 1970 album Story, and See for Miles had previously released a 25-song compilation, Honeybus at Their Best, but this impressive two-CD set easily outshines them all. She Flies Like a Bird collects all of the band's original mid- to late-'60s recordings for their label, Deram, adding a rare Italian single, "La Cigona (She Sold Blackpool Rock)" b/w "Chi Sei Tu (Ceilings No. 2)" and a half-a-dozen previously unreleased BBC sessions. One of these -- "Maxine's Parlour" -- was written by obscure introspective singer/songwriter Bill Fay, whose very first single was issued by Deram in 1967; it was never issued as a Honeybus single, having already been promised to labelmates Crocheted Doughnut Ring. Another of the BBC tracks -- "Like an Old-Time Movie" -- was penned by John Phillips. Additional highlights include previously unreleased demos and several tracks from an unreleased 1973 album, Recital; Honeybus had recorded an album's worth of material for Warner Bros., but, due to contractual harangues, they decided to have Recital pulled before it was scheduled for release. Several early-'70s non-album tracks (some of them were previously issued on the band's out of print Old Masters, Hidden Treasures compilation) are also included. The eight-panel CD booklet unfolds to reveal insightful annotations by noted authority David Wells. Graphic designer Paul Bevoir has also done a wonderful job with his clever assemblage of rare or previously unused photos, all of the band's single sleeves and labels, sheet music, and various clippings and adverts (one side of the foldout is in color, the other is in black and white). The double-CD jewel case is housed in a nicely designed sleeve slipcase, too. There are 50 tracks in total, spread out over both CDs. Some fans might grouse that Sequel could have also found a way to include post-1970 solo recordings by various members (especially tracks from Pete Dello and friends' Into Your Ears or Colin Hare's highly regarded March Hare). Until that happens, She Flies Like a Bird is the most definitive Honeybus release yet. ~ Bryan Thomas, All Music Guide


Anonymous Anonymous said...

all wonderful stuff-hope the burglar who nicked an earlier anthology [along with a few hundred other cds] played it-need this for your bonus tracks.

22 July, 2006 23:08  
Anonymous Eduardo Martins said...

Great blog;
I see your blog every day but RAPIDSHARE don't help me; sorry;
Congratulations from Brazil !

23 July, 2006 04:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was looking around for some summery 60's pop to take on holiday in a few weeks time - I think this will fit the bill. Good timing - thanks!

23 July, 2006 04:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael said...
Thank you Lizardson for another great post. Not bad for a 'one-hit wonder' group.

23 July, 2006 07:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honeybus rocks the house! They are so perfectly early Brit rock. A shame that they never made the music impact that they should have. Always wondered what went wrong for them... excellent collection of their music. Once again, you rock! Dr. Q

24 July, 2006 01:40  
Blogger fiscus1 said...

Thank you ever so much for those six bonus tracks that were supposed to have appeared on the CD reissue as originally planned, but were dropped just before release.
Perhaps it's up to us to do a recreation of the Recital album?
I have a song book from 1969 which includes a dozen songs. Five of which haven't been issued. Perhaps this was to have been the track listing for a proposed first album?

25 July, 2006 04:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you very much for this great music, me and my friends used to listen to all their greatest songs (luckily they are all here), i still have friends from indonesia asking about their cds/vinyls..., i am attending a postgraduate study in's hard after 25 years of not being at school again.
i am looking for (is 1 of the missions my friends and my self of being here) an album of Poet And The One Man Band (S/T) from 1968. Can you help us?... or anybody else? - thank you all in advance!
best regards - agus s. - indonesia

06 August, 2006 02:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The links have expired, could you possibly repost this? =(

Thank you

23 October, 2006 07:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks especially for the extra tracks...figure I just need "writing's on the wall" and "she's a lady" now to make up my own version of tips where might be able to blag these?? This is a wonderful blog btw, please keep it up!

10 November, 2007 22:19  
Blogger Matt said...

Great blog!
thank so much for this one...really appreaciate it

14 September, 2008 22:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion, there's way too much dross on this Honeybus anthology. About a third of the songs are brilliant, a third are so-so and the other third gets close to embarrassing.

To get just the really good stuff, try:
The Best of Honeybus

09 November, 2008 18:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking about buying this collection since I recently found out that Joe Cocker's version of "Do I Still Figure In Your Life" was originally theirs and wanted to have it. Then I found this set is now OOP and commanding upwards of $50-$75 when it can be found. Thanks for posting it, so those of us with thin purses can still hear it.

10 December, 2008 04:04  
Blogger bobbysu said...

thank you so much

25 June, 2009 09:31  

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