A Taste Of Honey - Twice As Sweet - Sexy 1980 LP SEALED

  • Sold for: Start Free Trial or Sign In to see what it's worth.
  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 01, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

A Taste Of Honey : Twice As Sweet
Sealed 12" Vinyl Album : Capitol EMI Records 1980 #ST-12089 Stereo

A Taste of Honey had two huge hits that were very dissimilar from each other, "Boogie Oogie Oogie" and a cover of Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 gold hit "Sukiyaki." The former was foot-stomping disco and the latter was languid and lush. Around 1971, singer & guitarist Janice Marie Johnson and keyboardist Perry Kimble decided to start a band after meeting at an audition for vacation cruise gigs for Princess Cruises. Taking their group name from one of their favorite songs, the band added several friends to the lineup and began playing Southern California bars and military bases in the U.S. and abroad. Their lead singer, Greg Walker, quit to join Santana and guitarist Hazel Payne was added. After meeting with producer Fonce Mizell and his brother Larry, the group were signed to Capitol Records. The group's first single, "Boogie Oogie Oogie," was inspired by an unresponsive audience during a date at a military base; Johnson believed the crowd was chauvinistic toward the group's two female guitar players. The notorious bass solo intro came about when Johnson was warming up before the recording session, unaware that she was being recorded. The single sold more than two million copies. After hearing Linda Ronstadt's version of Smokey Robinson's "Ooh Baby Baby," Johnson decided that the group (now Johnson and Payne) should remake a classic song. In their pre-Capitol days, Johnson used to sing the lyrics to Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki" when the group toured Japan and performed at the Yamaha Song Festival. She contacted her Japanese sub-publisher, who in turn contacted the original writers, Ei Rokusuke and Hashida Nakamura Rokusuke, to get permission to redo the song with English lyrics. Two translators were employed, and one of them came up with lyrics that were close to the maudlin theme of the original song, translated into English as "I Look up When I Walk." Johnson decided to add her own original lyrics to the song. Forced by album track radio play, the label released "Sukiyaki" as a single, which went to number one R&B and number three pop in spring 1981. The Twice as Sweet LP went to number 36 pop in spring 1981. After "Sukiyaki" was a hit, the duo went to Japan and toured with Kyu Sakamoto. A Taste of Honey also covered Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "I'll Try Something New." Johnson released a solo Capitol LP, One Taste of Honey, which yielded a charting single, the softly "Sukiyaki"-ish "Love Me Tonite". The Burger King national fast food chain began using "Boogie Oogie Oogie" in a national TV ad campaign in 1999, introducing another generation to the late-'70s smash. The track has also been sampled by hip-hop and rap artists MC Lyte, Mack 10, and others. Around the same time, Johnson announced plans for an EP, Hiatus of the Heart, for her own Tastebuds label to be released in 2000. She also said she had projects with Ice Cube and Con Funk Shun founder Felton C. Pilate II. Payne tours Japan with her own Top 40 band. Perry Kimble died in 1999. Personnel: Hazel Payne, Janice Marie Johnson (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Perry L. Kibble (keyboards, background vocals); Donald R. Johnson (snare drum, background vocals). (web bio)
Album description: This album is new & sealed , very clean and flat, punch-hole near top right corner. The Sukiyaki sticker is on the outside cellophane. Thefront and back covers are shown in this listing, there may be someglare due to the cellophane shine. Check out my current and store listings for many more sealed albums along with a wide variety of LP's, 45's, cassettes, CD's, magazines and more, everything reasonably priced. I ship worldwide in very secure packaging and shipping costs will be combined on multiple purchases. Any questions, please email.
1. Ain't Nothin' But a Party
2. Rescue Me
3. Superstar Superman
4. I'm Talkin' 'Bout You
5. She's a Dancer
6. Don't You Lead Me On
7. Goodbye Baby
8. Say That You'll Stay
9. Sukiyaki