A Taste Of Honey - Twice As Sweet (1980) 2011, Remastered Expanded Edition
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A Taste Of Honey - Twice As Sweet (1980) 2011, Remastered Expanded Edition

Artist: A Taste Of Honey
Title: Twice As Sweet (Expanded Edition)
Year Of Release: 2011-10-31
Label: Big Break Records (UK)
Genre: R&B, Soul/Funk, Disco
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue+.log) | MP3 320kbps
Total Time: 39:19
Total Size: 386,92 | 192,56 Mb (Full Scans)
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Twice As Sweet is the third album by American dance/R&B band A Taste of Honey. The album was produced by George Duke and released in 1980. It's notable for the heavily sampled "Rescue Me" as well as the band's cover of "Sukiyaki", which concludes the album. ~Wikipedia~
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1980 album from the Grammy-winning R&B duo. TWICE AS SWEET was their third album overall and was produced by Jazz legend George Duke. The single 'Rescue Me' returned the band to the R&B Top 20 and also quickly became heavily-sampled in early Hip Hop. However, it was the album's third single, a cover of a Japanese pop song with new English-language lyrics written by Johnson, that gave the band a massive surprise hit. 'Sukiyaki' topped the Adult Contemporary charts and gave the band a second R&B chart-topper as well as making #3 on the US Pop chart and becoming a million-selling single. A Taste Of Honey's 3rd release saw the quartet reduced to a duo of Janice Marie Johnson and Hazel Payne and the two enlisted the production skills of expert jazz musician George Duke for this intriguing outing. The results are funkier then expected. The danceable and slick numbers like AINT NOTHIN' BUT A PARTY, RESCUE ME, SUPERSTAR SUPERMAN, I'M TALKIN `BOUT YOU, and SHE'S A DANCER are all funky and sexy. The mid-tempo songs like DON'T YOU LEAD ME ON, GOOD-BYE BABY and SAY THAT YOU'LL STAY are also winners. All have a great catchy hook and the musicianship is first rate on all of them. And of course the last track on this album is the across the border smash SUKIYAKI, which placed A TASTE OF HONEY back into the Top 3 on the Pop Charts and it alone is worth the price of admission here. The song is chillingly pretty and remains a classic. The ladies are in fine vocal form as well. Long out of print, this BBR re-master has everything you have come to expect from a BBR re-master. Amazing sound quality, beautiful faithful packaging with original artwork, and informative fascinating liner notes which includes interviews with Janice Marie Johnon and Hazel Payne. Thanks BBR for another job well done. After debuting in 1978 with Capitol's sole Platinum single, "Boogie Oogie Oogie" and a disappointing sophomore affair, "Another Taste" in 1979, A Taste of Honey was reduced from a quartet to a duo and came back strong with 1980's powerful "Twice As Sweet" which featured a Top 20 R&B hit in the first single, "Rescue Me," some serious Funk in the second single, "I'm Talkin' 'Bout You" and a surprise SMASH Pop hit in it's 3rd and final single, "Sukiyaki." After dabbling in Disco/Dance stylings, it was refreshing to hear the girls come out and sink their teeth into a gorgeously arranged Pop ballad courtesy of producer, George Duke. Of course, the deliciously creamy vocals of Janice Marie Johnson didn't hurt either with her heartbreaking delivery of a Japanese classic turned AMERICAN classic with intelligent English translation via a tender R&B rendering coupled with Hazel Payne's very adroit koto playing. The rest boasts gentle lyrical ballads and funky upbeat dance grooves in their typical "Taste of Honey" vein. There is no "Boogie Oogie Oogie" nor "Do It Good" here, but what IS HERE should satisfy even the most discriminating R&B tastes with progressive Post-Disco Funk and Pop fare. Miss Hazel even turns out a sweet vocal on "Superstar Superman," while Janice Marie KILLS the opening, "Ain't Nothin' but A Party." ~Review by Big Break Records~
Release of the album: 1980 [LP Capitol Records, Cat.# ST-12089, USA]
Release of this CD: 2010, October, 25 [CD Big Break Records (UK), Cat.# CDBBR 0084 / UPC: 5013929038424]
Originally released on Capitol Records.
(p) 1980. This compilation (p)(c) 2011 Big Break Records.
Marketed and Distributed by Cherry Red Records.
Made in EU/MCPS


Credits:

Art Direction – Roy Kohara
Backing Vocals – Carl Carwell, Gregory Walker, Steve George
Bass – Byron Miller, David DeLeon, Ronald LaPread
Design – Roland Young
Drums – Ricky Lawson
Drums, Vocals – Donald R. Johnson
Engineer – Tommy Vicari
Engineer [Assistant] – Erik Zobler
Executive-Producer – Bobby Colomby, Dr. Cecil Hale
Guitar – Roland Bautista
Keyboards – Greg Phillinganes
Liner Notes, Producer [Associate] – Christian John Wikane
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Percussion – Munyungo Jackson, Paulinho Da Costa
Photography By – Charles W. Bush
Producer [Associate] – Roddie Gibb
Producer [Reissue] – Wayne A. Dickson
Producer, Keyboards – George Duke
Remastered By – Nick Robbins
Saxophone, Flute – Larry Williams
Transferred By – Alex Gordon, Christian Curtis
Trombone – Bill Reichenbach
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Jerry Hey
Vocals, Bass – Janice M. Johnson
Vocals, Guitar – Hazel P. Payne


Tracklist:

01. Ain't Nothin' But A Party (04:55)
(Janice Johnson / George Duke)
02. Rescue Me (03:23)
(Janice Johnson / Byron Miller / Roland Bautista)
03. Superstar Superman (03:03)
(Hazel Payne)
04. I'm Talkin' 'Bout You (05:14)
(Janice Johnson / George Duke)
05. She's A Dancer (03:08)
(Casey Rankin / Janice Johnson / Toshiyuki Kimori / Hazel Payne)
06. Don't You Lead Me On (03:19)
(Janice Johnson / George Duke)
07. Good-Bye Baby (04:04)
(Janice Johnson / Steve George)
08. Say That You'll Stay (04:25)
(George Duke / Hazel Payne / Janice Johnson)
09. Sukiyaki (03:45)
(Ei Rokusuke / Hachidai Nakamura)

Bonus Track:
10. I'm Talkin' 'Bout You (Single Version) (03:48)
(George Duke / Janice Johnson)

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Analyzed: A Taste Of Honey / Twice As Sweet
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -0.30 dB -10.38 dB 4:57 01-Ain't Nothin' But A Party
DR9 -0.30 dB -11.51 dB 3:25 02-Rescue Me
DR9 -0.30 dB -10.70 dB 3:05 03-Superstar Superman
DR9 -0.30 dB -10.99 dB 5:15 04-I'm Talkin' 'Bout You
DR8 -0.30 dB -10.06 dB 3:11 05-She's A Dancer
DR9 -0.30 dB -11.18 dB 3:20 06-Don't You Lead Me On
DR9 -0.30 dB -11.47 dB 4:05 07-Good-Bye Baby
DR9 -0.30 dB -11.09 dB 4:26 08-Say That You'll Stay
DR10 -0.30 dB -13.01 dB 3:46 09-Sukiyaki
DR9 -0.30 dB -10.97 dB 3:49 10-I'm Talkin' 'Bout You (Single Version)
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 973 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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