Monday, 24 November 2003
was I doing around the time that this album came out? I was touring
with Yes, and working in the U.K. with "medieval rock band" Gryphon.
The Ohio Players never even showed up on my radar screen. As a result,
this 5.1 reissue of the quad mix provided me with an unusual
opportunity to hear a 25-year-old album for the first time.
The Honey album virtually documents where studio technology was at the
time. There is enough material on the (probably 24-track) masters to
make for a full, satisfying surround mix, while the instrumentation and
effects used on the recording tell a tale of technology in transition.
We can hear what sounds to me like the very first string synthesizer,
by Ken Freeman, on many of the numbers. In addition to a little
flanging, there’s what sounds like a Countryman phaser on several
tracks. Yet here we are in a time before ...