Soulful Tapestry

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Soulful Tapestry
Studio album by Honey Cone
Released 1971
Genre R&B/Soul/Funk
Length 41:56
Label Hot Wax
HA-707
Producer Angelo Bond, Ronald Dunbar, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr., General Norman Johnson, Greg Perry, and Edith Wayne.
Honey Cone chronology
Sweet Replies
(1971)
Soulful Tapestry
(1971)
Love, Peace & Soul
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B-[2]

Soulful Tapestry is the third studio album by girl group the Honey Cone. It was released by Hot Wax/Invictus Records in 1971 (see 1971 in music).

Album information[edit]

The name of the album was based on and inspired by Carole King's Pop/Rock break-through 1971 album Tapestry. The album contained the group's three highest charting singles including; the funky soul upbeat number "Want Ads" - In the vein of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," this single became the group's highest charting single and biggest single of their career hitting number one in June, 1971; "Stick-Up" - a similar follow up to "Want Ads," the song peaked at number eleven in the US in August, 1971; and "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Pt. 1)" - a Latin flavoured slam at a lover gone cold with similar chord progressions akin to The Isley Brothers' 1962 hit "Twist & Shout", a number fifteen hit in November, 1971.

Lyrically, the material was quietly instrumental in developing the message of female empowerment through song. With the aggressive funk music fronted by lead singer, Edna Wright's gospel growl, and lyrics centered around love abandoned and love found, female commentary on modern relationships was becoming less out-of-place. Other notable moments on the album include "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Pt. 2)" - an instrumental to the first part, the gospel-inspired "Who's It Gonna Be?," the gritty ballad "All The King's Men," and the funky bass-driven ballad "The Day I Found Myself."

Though out of print, like the group's other releases, all of the tracks on this album are featured on Honey Cone's Soulful Sugar: The Complete Hot Wax Recordings (2001, Castle Music UK).

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show-Part I"   General Johnson, Greg Perry 3:30
2. "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show-Part II"   General Johnson, Greg Perry 4:16
3. "Don't Count Your Chickens (Before They Hatch)"   General Johnson, Greg Perry, Angelo Bond 3:01
4. "A Little More"   Ronald Dunbar, Edyth Wayne 3:21
5. "Stick-Up"   General Johnson, Angelo Bond, Greg Perry 3:02
6. "Want Ads"   General Johnson, Barney Perkins, Greg Perry 3:45
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Who's It Gonna Be"   Holland–Dozier–Holland 5:52
8. "How Does It Feels"   Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Ronald Dunbar, Edyth Wayne 3:09
9. "V.I.P."   Greg Perry, General Johnson, Angelo Bond 3:46
10. "The Day I Found Myself"   Ronald Dunbar, Edyth Wayne, General Johnson 3:13
11. "All the King's Horses (All the King's Men)"   Angelo Bond, General Johnson, Greg Perry 3:41

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. Soulful Tapestry review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Soulful Tapestry review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 

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