A Taste of Honey

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Lenny Welch recorded for numerous labels during a lengthy career, but the tracks he made for the first of these, Cadence, remain the most celebrated. That's mostly since it was on Cadence where he had what were by far his two most famous records, the 1963 number four hit "Since I Fell for You" and original 1962 vocal version of "A Taste of Honey" that was covered by the Beatles on their first album. Both of those songs are on this 20-track CD, which has all of the cuts from the singles he released on Cadence between 1959 and 1964, as well as three that only showed up on a 1963 LP. During this period Welch usually explored the very mildest edge of R&B/pop, ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Lenny Welch recorded for numerous labels during a lengthy career, but the tracks he made for the first of these, Cadence, remain the most celebrated. That's mostly since it was on Cadence where he had what were by far his two most famous records, the 1963 number four hit "Since I Fell for You" and original 1962 vocal version of "A Taste of Honey" that was covered by the Beatles on their first album. Both of those songs are on this 20-track CD, which has all of the cuts from the singles he released on Cadence between 1959 and 1964, as well as three that only showed up on a 1963 LP. During this period Welch usually explored the very mildest edge of R&B/pop, sometimes giving the impression he might have been more comfortable as a straight pop crooner than one who admitted any influence from soul and rock at all. As with many singers known only for one or two songs, there's a reason he didn't become bigger; none of the other tracks were nearly as memorable. In fact, a good number were mediocre, and sometimes the similarities in the vocals and arrangements to more successful and better talents like Brook Benton, Johnny Mathis, and Sam Cooke are too apparent. It didn't help that, prior to "Since I Fell for You," Welch also seemed to be casting about for a style, even making a strange attempt at Latin dance rock with the "Changa Rock"/"Boogie Cha Cha" single, as well as covering an obscure Paul Anka song, "I'd Like to Know." His later recordings find him settling into a more confident Mathis-like groove, but he never could get another song that stood out as readily. Ace does its usual commendable job with liner notes and vintage illustrations/press clips, but the general rock and pop fan would be better off sticking with the appearance of "Since I Fell for You" on numerous oldies various-artists compilations (though "A Taste of Honey," to be fair, is harder to locate on reissues than its stature as the original version of a tune the Beatles covered would indicate). As an interesting trivial note, a co-writer of one of the better tracks, 1964's "Father Sebastian," was Nancie Mantz, later to co-write the Electric Prunes' psychedelic classic "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667024426
  • Catalog Number: 1139
  • Sales rank: 102,918

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Don't Know Me (2:47)
  2. 2 I Need Someone (2:47)
  3. 3 Darlin' (2:24)
  4. 4 Three Handed Woman (2:31)
  5. 5 I'd Like to Know (2:46)
  6. 6 Changa Rock (2:07)
  7. 7 Boogie Cha Cha (2:23)
  8. 8 Mama, Don't You Hit That Boy (2:33)
  9. 9 It's Just Not That Easy (2:29)
  10. 10 Ebb Tide (2:37)
  11. 11 Congratulations Baby (2:20)
  12. 12 A Taste of Honey (2:38)
  13. 13 The Old Cathedral (2:40)
  14. 14 Since I Fell for You (2:54)
  15. 15 Are You Sincere (2:27)
  16. 16 You Can Have Her (2:29)
  17. 17 Stranger in Paradise (2:37)
  18. 18 I'm in the Mood for Love (2:31)
  19. 19 If You See My Love (2:35)
  20. 20 Father Sebastian (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lenny Welch Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Eddy Arnold Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Lenny Welch Composer
Robert Maxwell Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Bobby Scott Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Irv Taylor Composer
Wayne Walker Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Cover Photo
Keith Colley Composer
Billy Myles Composer
Jim Seals Composer
Nancie Mantz Composer
Ric Marlow Composer
Darrell Crofts Composer
Al Frisch Composer
Wally Zober Composer
John Herbert Composer
Karen Street Composer
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