Sweet Replies

Infobox Album | Name = Sweet Replies
Type = Album
Artist = Honey Cone


Released = 1971
Recorded =
Genre = R&B/Soul/Funk
Length = 30:04
Label = Hot Wax
HA-706
Producer = Ronald Dunbar, George Perry, and William Weatherspoon.
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://www.allmusicguide.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:4m2tk60xlkrd link]
*Robert Christgau (B+) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=3029&name=Honey+Cone link]
Last album = "Take Me with You"
(1970)
This album = "Sweet Replies"
(1971)
Next album = "Soulful Tapestry"
(1971)|

"Sweet Replies" is the second studio album by American R&B/Soul/Funk Girl group the Honey Cone. It was released by Hot Wax/Invictus Records in 1971 (see 1971 in music).

Album information

Although the album was no major commercial success, it contained two songs that would later become hits within a year after the release of "Sweet Replies." The number one smash "Want Ads" makes its first appearance on this album (it later appears on the follow up to "Sweet Replies," "Soulful Tapestry" along with "The Day I Found Myself" (a top 30 hit in 1972).

When this album was released, it was a moderate success, but with the release and eventual success of "Want Ads," as with many releases during this time, a new album was released featuring an extended mix of the track along with a longer version of "The Day I Found Myself." "Soulful Tapestry" would outsell "Sweet Replies" with the clever use of such strategic marketing.

Highlights on the album include; "Are You Man Enough, Are You Strong Enough" - a song where the female protagonist asks her man if he's willing to raise the child of another man, "The Day I Found Myself" - is, in classic Honey Cone fashion, a kiss off to an unappreciative man. The song tells the story of a woman who found herself after leaving him. "Are You Man Enough, Are You Strong Enough" makes its second appearance on this album as it was previously included in the previous year's release "Take Me with You."

All of the songs from "Sweet Replies" can be found on Honey Cone's "Soulful Sugar: The Complete Hot Wax Recordings" (2001, Castle Music UK).

Track listing

# "Want Ads" - 2:45
# "You Made Me Come to You" - 2:25
# "Blessed Be Our Love" - 2:56
# "Are You Man Enough, Are You Strong Enough" - 3:15
# "When Will It End" - 2:52
# "Sunday Morning People" - 2:40
# "Deaf, Blind, Paralyzed" - 3:03
# "Take Me With You" - 2:59
# "My Mind's on Leaving, But My Heart Won't Let Me Go" - 2:56
# "The Day I Found Myself" - 3:03

Credits and personnel

* Honey Cone: Lead and Background Vocals
* Robbie Dunbar: Piano
* Gary "Gazza" Johnson: Bass, Guitar
* R. Miner
* Eddie Wayne

Production

* Producer: Ronald Dunbar, George Perry, and William Weatherspoon.
* Engineer: Barney Perkins


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