434) The Honeybus — “I Remember Caroline”
Another glorious track from the glorious Honeybus (see #6, 52, 207) — from the ’70 album Story. Sooty Chimney calls it “McCartney worship at its finest” (https://www.dreamchimney.com/tracks/12420) and Kingsley Abbott says “I Remember Caroline recalls the Fab Four’s hit sounds and feel”. (https://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/album/story) All true. As to the album, the reissue label says:
Blending the kind of pure, crystalline folk-tinged baroque pop that had characterised most of their singles with flashes of psychedelia, country and bubblegum, the twelve songs that make up Story are uniformly stunning creations, played with skill and confidence, arranged for strings and woodwind and blessed with a sympathetic, understated production.”https://www.lpcdreissues.com/item/story-2
That is not merely advertising puffery — that is the stone cold truth.
Oh, and how did they come up with the name Honeybus? Colin Hare says that “Pete Dello liked the idea of honey as he wanted his music to be sweet sounding. He was sitting with Ray [Cane] in a cafe, a bus passed by and Ray exclaimed “Honeybus”!” (https://www.psychedelicbabymag.com/2022/03/honeybus-interview-colin-hare.html)
“She is a lady of leisure. Spending her time in a number of ways. Bringing me moments of pleasure. Buying me time and changing my ways. And she’s oh so fine, I remember Caroline. She’s oh so fine, can’t get that woman off my mind. Meeting discreetly in places. Talking to someone who isn’t so young. Watching my friends and their fancies. Playing their games pretending it’s fun. And she’s oh so fine, I remember Caroline. She’s oh so fine, can’t get that woman off my mind. . . . Not looking for roses where roses don’t grow.”
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