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Honeydrippers, The - 1984 The Honeydrippers - Vol 1

ARTIST: Honeydrippers, The
ALBUM: The Honeydrippers - Vol 1
LABEL: Es Paranza Records (USA), Atlantic (Europe)
SERIAL: 90220-1-B (USA), 790220-1 (Europe),
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2007, Rhino/Es Paranza, 8122-74160-2 (EUR), R2 74160 (USA)


LINEUP: Robert Plant - vocals * Nile Rodgers - guitar, co-producer * Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck - guitars * Brian Setzer - guitar (guest appearance) * Paul Shaffer - keyboards * Wayne Pedziwiatr - bass * Dave Weckl, Keith 'Bev' Smith - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Get A Thrill * 02 Sea Of Love * 03 I Got A Woman * 04 Young Boy Blues * 05 Rockin' At Midnight

The Honeydrippers came into being during 1981. Lep Zeppelin had more or less run it's course, though the 'Coda' album was just around the corner, along with Robert Plant's solo career. It's been said that Plant wanted to do something more aligned with the R&B genre, and I guess The Honeydrippers was the vehicle for that. For me personally by the time the EP came out in 1984, I couldn't really see what the fuss was all about. I did buy the EP at the time, but I can certainly say it didn't receive much love in my household. There was a 1981 line-up upon inception, but if differed significantly by 1984, as you can see from the line-up above, a stellar cast was involved.

The Songs
It's not really AOR nor melodic rock, but more big band swing-oriented rockabilly. Does that make sense? Certainly when you listen to songs like the opener 'I Get A Thrill' or the finishing touches of 'Rockin' At Midnight' you get this impression. The big song on the EP is 'Sea Of Love', which hit big around the world, but again, despite it's general popularity worldwide, did very little for me. Probably because artists like Ratt, and Orion The Hunter were turning my '1984' upside down and inside out. 'Young Boy Blues' sounded like it was stuck in the 1960's while 'I Got A Woman'.. wow, what can I say about this load of shite.. sorry.

In Summary
Released during September 1984, the EP made waves in 1985, and despite talk of their being a full album, this did not eventuate. Thank god for that. 'Sea Of Love' went high into the charts (#3), and I guess overall it was a reasonable song and the best pick from the EP, but incredibly, 'Rockin' At Midnight' also made it into the Billboard Top 40 singles (#25). Apart from a SNL live performance in late 1984, and a reunion charity gig which Plant put on for his ill nextdoor neighbour, the band have not been sighted. [word count 338]

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#1 | jefflynnefan on January 09 2016 02:26:22
I always liked Del Shannon's version better of 'Sea Of Love' from his great album 'Drop Down And Get Me' that came out 2 years earlier in 1982. I think the single reached #31 on the charts.
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