Reissue label Light in the Attic have decided to touch upon the short-lived all-girl pop group Honey Ltd. with a 180 gram royal blue pressing, and if you’re an LP subscriber to the label, then you have access to one of the 150 on “red velvet wax.” With country singer Lee Hazlewood at the helm of production, it seems like the group would’ve lived for a while longer than it did, and had some success at that. However Honey Ltd. only released one album, and it flopped. They went on to tour with Bob Hope for the USO during the Vietnam War, but one of their members got married and the group was finished. The group has an interesting story which Light in the Attic tells on the site even interviewing/quoting one of the members, Marsha Jo Temmer. I’ve put the story in the Details section below if you’d like to read it, and I’ve put a Spotify stream of two of the tracks Honey Ltd. made in their short, short time (which are actually a part of a compilation noise experimentalist/artist Boyd Rice made).  See what you think! Cheers!

The Details

AVAILABLE: July 23, 2013

Lee Hazlewood’s LHI label only put out interesting albums. Yet despite the psychedelic cowboy’s success with Nancy Sinatra and more, being on Lee Hazlewood Industries was no fast-track to success. Gorgeous and talented Detroit, Michigan girl group Honey Ltd had all the makings of a hit band, yet they disappeared after releasing just one album in 1968, a vinyl rarity that now regularly fetches upwards of $2,000.

Light In The Attic Records is now looking to set the record straight. Having previously explored both the back catalog of Lee Hazlewood and his LHI label via the You Turned My Head Around 45s Box Set, Honey Ltd’s The Complete LHI Recordings presents everything the group ever recorded. Fans of The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las and Pentangle are in for a treat – Honey Ltd’s music blended social commentary with harmony-drenched, psych-soul pop. Even opening track, ‘Warrior’, describes the mood of the times, as America sunk into the Vietnam war: “We must kill more people; strong men are what we need!"

Laura Polkinghome, Marsha Jo Temmer and sisters Joan and Alexandra Sliwin are the girls with the angelic voices. Hailing from Detroit, the four members of Honey Ltd grew up in a culture of soul music and dance shows, yet forming a band was never part of the plan. It simply happened after they sung together in a Wayne State University cafeteria and found they’d silenced the room. By 1967 they had formed a group known as the Mama Cats and were playing shows with local singer Bob Seger. By 1968, against a backdrop of rioting in Detroit, they’d hauled over to Los Angeles to give music a go, and it’s there that they hitch-hiked to an audition with Lee Hazlewood on Sunset Boulevard. At the time, Lee Hazlewood Industries was in its prime: the money flowed and the roster swelled. “I think Lee just sat there for a while and listened, looking at us,” Temmer recalls. “He said, ‘Yeah, I think we can do something.’ You know – immediately!” Before long, LHI had the band in the studio with crack session music unit The Wrecking Crew.

These were not enlightened times for girl groups. The group were re-named Honey Ltd by Hazlewood, and were put to work on an album without even realizing it. The band were under the impression they were simply recording singles. As a result, the band were unphased by Honey Ltd’s commercial failure.

The parent label, however, did notice the album’s failure but the girls continued on. By the end of 1968, the band joined Bob Hope on the USO tour and headed to Thailand to perform for soldiers. In 1969, Alex married and quit the band, their tenure on LHI was effectively terminated and the remaining members regrouped as country-rock group Eve. But like their music, the girls’ outlook remained resolutely sunny.

“Its all a karmic equation, isn’t it?" Temmer recalled. “So many things to experience and learn and humbly let go of in this journey. Our friendship is based on love – we love each other… always have… always will.”

First time ever reissued
Remastered from the original mono tapes
Comprehensive liner notes by Jessica Hundley interviewing all four band members, including unseen photos
180 gram LP housed in gatefold tip-on jacket and includes 18×24 fold-out poster (repro of original Billboard advert)
First pressing of CD and LP include die-cut Honey Ltd. sticker (shown above)
ON-LINE ONLY: First 150 pre-orders get limited pressing on Royal Blue wax! Don’t sleep!
LP SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: Limited pressing of 150 on Red Velvet wax!

Price $16

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