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Honeycombs, The: 304 Holloway Road Revisited

Sixties pop music has always had a special place in my heart. One such band was the short lived The Honeycombs forming in 1963 and breaking up in just a few short years after having a major hit with "Have I The Right?", two albums and an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Group founder Martin Murray had been reminiscing of those early days and decided to reform the band giving these old tunes a fresh rearrangement. The sound is still pure '60s pop rock albeit with a much glossier sheen and revised sound.

Highlights include the irresistible and acoustically driven "It's Crazy But I Can't Stop", the feel good '60s flavoured sheen on the upbeat "Leslie Anne" and "Mary Joe" and of course the reworked "Have I The Right?" with its slow building guitar arpeggios and beautiful melody. The sound is quite lush and the vocal harmonies are spot on as they are throughout the album as is the exceptional guitar work. The catchy keyboard melody and head sticking arrangement in "Love In Tokyo" is another highly listenable earworm as is the heartwarming ballad "Without You It's Night" supplemented with lovely acoustic guitar and violin.

You won't find anything progressive here, just fourteen well written pop songs that drip with '60s nostalgia rearranged for the modern era. Released on Angel Air Records.

Track Listing:
1. Leslie Anne
2. Mary Jo
3. Bring Your Heart With You
4. Please Don't Pretend Again
5. It's Crazy But I Can't Stop
6. That's The Way
7. Love In Tokyo
8. Have I The Right?
9. Colour Slide
10. Without You It's Night
11. It's So Hard To Love You
12. Something I've Got To Tell You
13. Totem Pole 9 (instrumental theme from Howards Way)
14. Too Way Out

Added: April 20th 2016
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Label's Official Site
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Language: english

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