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Honey Cone: Soulful Tapestry [Hot Wax, 1971]
Just as Sweet Replies repeated two cuts from the dud debut Take Me With You, this one repeats two from Sweet Replies--only not verbatim, which must make it all right. Wish they'd improved "The Day I Found Myself," rearranged and lengthened at a slower tempo, and "Want Ads," dulled with a bassier mix and stretched with orchestral break and vocal coda. I do like "Stick-Up," by "ABC" out of "Want Ads," and "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show," by "La Bamba" out of "Come a Little Bit Closer." But I don't like "Monkey" so much I want the encore. And filler is filler, even Dozier's and Holland's. B-