Crystal Jacqueline and the Honey Pot — Crystal Jacqueline and the Honey Pot
(Fruits de Mer Crustacean 47, 2014, 2x7")
by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-02-25This new slab of FdM vinyl is Crystal Jacqueline’s second release on the label. What started out as a cover of the Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” rapidly grew to seven songs across a double 7-inch. On her previous FdM single Crystal was joined by bandmate Icarus Peel. On this new release the entire band, The Honey Pot, contributes to reinvent/reinterpret a number of pop-psychedelic treats from the past: Pink Floyd’s “Remember a Day,” Fleur de Lys’ “Tick Tock,” Mighty Baby’s “Egyptian Tomb,” Curved Air’s “Puppets,” and The Electric Prunes’ classic “I Had Too Much to Dream.” In addition, they also play Icarus Peel’s original tune “It’s Raining.” This is one strong set of cover tunes setting the pace with “Remember a Day.” This song never sounded so fresh and inviting and I think it takes the Pink Floyd original to a new level of trippiness. It is difficult to take iconic recordings like “White Rabbit” and “I Had Too Much to Dream” and make them your own — people will always be comparing them to the originals. And of course, I fall into that trap as well. “White Rabbit” doesn’t have the raw edge of the Airplane, but it is just as sinister. But I am a bit disappointed with “I Had Too Much to Dream.” The Electric Prunes hit you hard with this song, and this closing track is like Crystal Jacqueline and The Honey Pot did have too much to dream and are having difficulty waking up. The performance is a bit slow for me and it takes a while to build some momentum. But that is only a minor complaint. The other songs are great and demonstrate a wide range in playing, vocalizing, harmonizing, and styles. This new double EP will be released in March 2014, so there is still an opportunity to grab a copy from Heyday Mailorder before this limited edition sells out and you are faced with paying exorbitant amounts on eBay.
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more