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THE HONEYDRIPPERS, VOLUME I

Robert Plant

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2.28 | 15 ratings | 2 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side A
1. I Get A Thrill (2:37)
2. Sea of Love (3:01)
3. I Got a Woman (2:55)

Side B
1. Young Boy Blues (3:28)
2. Rockin' At Midnight (5:55)

Total time 17:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Plant / vocals,
- Jeff Beck / guitars
- Jimmy Page / guitar solos
- Wayne Pedziwiatr / bass
- Nile Rodgers / guitar, co-producer
- Paul Schaffer / keyboards
- Dave Weckl / drums

Releases information

EP Es Paranza /Atlantic Records (1984)

CD Rhino (2007, remastered)

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2.28
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
7%
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Review by Finnforest
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1 stars Artistically adrift on the sea of love

The Honeydrippers was a band Plant threw together in the early 1980s to scratch an itch he had to lead an R/B 50s retro project. He enlisted some high-profile cohorts like Page, Brian Setzer, Paul Schaeffer, and Jeff Beck and they cranked out a 5-track EP called "Volume One." This collection, which featured hits like "Sea of Love" and "Rockin' at Midnight," was a diversion of cover music, a break from Plant's main solo career, and likely just a bunch of guys out to have some fun. I'll cut to the chase here. The problem with this project is that it is so forgettable and so completely soulless. At least Lennon's "Stand By Me" had some bite and some John in it. Zappa's visits to the doo-wop stuff he enjoyed were filled with a humor and a passion which I think holds up years later.

The Honeydrippers in contrast lacks any sort of true personality I can sink my teeth into. It's empty calories even as nostalgic background music and something I can barely stand listening to. The low rating has little to do with performance, technically everyone is great and the presentation as professional as you'd expect. Plant croons, big horns bounce back and forth, and the spotlight guitar solo appears right on schedule. But the overall experience is as dry as the desert floor, starving for some grit, and in my opinion of interest to only the staunchest Plant completists. As backing music for television commercials this album may have life, but as something I want to spend my free time listening to? Ahh, No.

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4 stars This is not a progressive rock album This album is a post-Led Zeppelin side project for singer Robert Plant. A tribute to his sincere love for vintage R&B. A way to return to his pre-Zeppelin roots in American blues and R&B. Here we have five golden oldies from the pre-Beatles era and Pla ... (read more)

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