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Question: Rate Wild Honey
5 - 65 (39.4%)
4 - 71 (43%)
3 - 24 (14.5%)
2 - 3 (1.8%)
1 - 0 (0%)
0 - 2 (1.2%)
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« on: December 25, 2005, 09:14:06 PM »

Discuss, review and rate Wild Honey, released December 1967.

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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2005, 12:38:48 AM »

Are five stars enough? Groovy, funky, organic, and a lot of fun. Plus great songs. What's not to like?
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2005, 06:48:08 AM »

one of the most underated albums in the history of music!
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2005, 07:44:05 AM »

I like it, but do wish they'd have Desper engineering it. The songs are generally pretty cool, with so much energy coming out of the guys. I'd love to hear it in a quality, remastered, stereo release (and I usually don't care much to get into those kinds of things), because the Let the Wind Blow on Hawthorne is really interesting.
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2005, 01:16:10 PM »

A joy to listen to. Mike's finest lyrics and Carl's finest vocals.
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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2005, 01:18:39 PM »

5. Perfection.
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2005, 05:02:58 AM »

The live versions of all of these fantastic songs are so much better than what's here (Darlin', Let the Wind Blow and Aren't You Glad especially) that it has really turned me off the album.

The songwriting is stunning, some of the best white soul and Bacharach-impressions ever... but it sounds like sh*t.

3 1/2, a little notch above Smiley.  More focussed, and more impassioned.
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2005, 12:10:36 PM »

Scary and fun at the same time. Brian's still using the scary organ and so it gives a blusy demented feel. I like most of the songs even though Mama Says shouldn't have been there. Without the rest of Vega - Tables it loses the humor. I was sad to figure out it wasn't Bruce on How She Boogalooed It. Don't really like I Was Made To Love Her. To me, it seemed kind of stiff. Everything else is pretty cool, especially Here Comes The Night (the disco versions made it suck). A Thing or Two is pretty neat. I'd Love Just Once To See You makes me laugh always.

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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2005, 02:00:16 PM »

I agree that the production could have been better, but it's still a 4 star effort.
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2005, 02:38:52 PM »

Got this at the same record show in '85 with Smiley. I didn't so much care for this album at first- but it took roots and grew fast, like! I'd put it in my top 7 BB LP's. Why 7?
Got these other 6 contenders: Sunflower, Pet Sounds, SMiLEy SMiLE, 20/20, Today, Surf's Up!
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« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2005, 04:20:31 PM »

I agree that the production could have been better, but it's still a 4 star effort.

The shitty production is part of the album's charm!
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« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2005, 04:23:09 PM »

Exactly. And a lot of people imitated it. McCartney, HELLO?!
And apparently the entire indie lo-fi movement is something that the Honey detractors are unaware of.
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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2005, 04:28:55 PM »

Exactly. And a lot of people imitated it. McCartney, HELLO?!
And apparently the entire indie lo-fi movement is something that the Honey detractors are unaware of.

Ian, I've always contended that Smiley Smile and Wild Honey were the first lo-fi albums.
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« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2005, 04:30:12 PM »

Then you're a very, very perceptive cat.  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2005, 05:00:01 PM »

I've always contended that "Surfin' Safari" was the first lo-fi album...

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« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2005, 05:04:25 PM »

Like lo-fi was a good thing.

That's like saying you like watching a black and white TV more than a HDTV set.

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« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2005, 05:53:36 PM »

It was a good thing.
But then again, I prefer the Ramones to Yes.
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« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2005, 06:07:53 PM »

I would like to say that I believe that some records are produced so well they sound sterile, so I like a range of production techniques, but Smiley...



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« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2005, 06:10:13 PM »

If a record sounds sterlie, it has NOT been produced well.
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« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2005, 06:13:33 PM »

Well, take Alan Parsons for instance. Great engineer, but sometimes the APP records sound 'sterile' to me.



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« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2005, 06:16:44 PM »

Well, take Alan Parsons for instance. Great engineer, but sometimes the APP records sound 'sterile' to me.





They sound like utter crap to me!

I mean, does anyone want Louie Louie and Papa Oom Mow Mow and Surfin' Bird to be clean and perfectly produced?
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« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2005, 06:28:00 PM »

Nope, that's why Surfin' USA is one of my favorite BB's records. I wish the Boys would have played on all their records, Pet Sounds included. Who needs players like Carol Kaye and Hal Blaine anyway.
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« Reply #22 on: December 27, 2005, 06:29:56 PM »

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Who needs players like Carol Kaye and Hal Blaine anyway.

I do. Considering they are two of the greatest players to walk the Earth. I can't imagine Spector and Jan and Dean records without Blaine.
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« Reply #23 on: December 27, 2005, 06:40:09 PM »

That's fine that they were on Spector's and J&D's records, but I don't see why Brian had to use them as much.

How many session guys did the Beatles use, strings and horns excluded?



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« Reply #24 on: December 27, 2005, 06:42:51 PM »

That's fine that they were on Spector's and J&D's records, but I don't see why Brian had to use them as much.

How many session guys did the Beatles use, strings and horns excluded?





I definitely agree on Blaine, considering Denny aced songs as complicated as When I Grow Up. I believe Carol was perfectly utilised however, as was the great Ray Pohlman.
The Beatles used no session men, excluding strings, horns, Indian musicians and the odd guest spot (Eric on "Gently Weeps", Billy Preston on "Get Back").
With the ONE exception of drummer Alan White on the 2nd version of Love Me Do and P.S. I Love You.
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