Gone Digital: Larry Carlton, The Honeycombs, Neil Innes, Soul Asylum, and Betty Wright

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Soul Asylum MADE TO BE BROKEN Cover

If it’s Tuesday, then it must be time for Gone Digital, our weekly look at five recent additions to Rhino’s digital catalog. As ever, the types of music we’ll be covering will be all over the place, but that’s Rhino for you: we’re all about variety!

•    Larry Carlton, EIGHT TIMES UP: LIVE (1982): Released the same year as his SLEEPWALK album, this was the second live album by the jazz guitarist in only a few years’ time, since he’d only just put out MR. 335 – LIVE IN JAPAN in ’79. By all reports, MR. 335 was the better representation of Carlton’s concert experience, but fans will still enjoy having the opportunity to revisit it.

•    The Honeycombs, ALL SYSTEMS GO! – EXPANDED EDITION (1965): This was the sophomore effort by the British band that made its mark with the 1964 single “Have I The Right?” While it failed to produce as successful a single as their debut album, it did deliver a minor US hit single with “I Can’t Stop,” although it failed to produce a significant hit in the UK.

•    Neil Innes, HOW SWEET TO BE AN IDIOT – EXPANDED EDITION (1973): After years as part of the Bonzo Dog Band (but before he was part of the Rutles), Innes released his debut album as a solo artist. As he told Goldmine in 1994, “United Artists had been very kind to me [and] in my own way, I wanted to repay them – by making a bunch of silly singles at a time when the music industry still seemed to have a sense of humour. Wrong again.” It’s probably worth noting that the title track led to a lawsuit between Innes and Oasis when the former made a highly credible claim that the latter’s single “Whatever” borrowed its melody from “How Sweet to Be an Idiot,” and by “highly credible,” we mean to say that Innes now has a co-writing credit on “Whatever.”

•    Soul Asylum, MADE TO BE BROKEN – EXPANDED EDITION (1986): We’ve just added all three of the Minneapolis band’s Twin/Tone Records albums, a trifecta which also includes SAY WHAT YOU WILL... and WHILE YOU WERE OUT, but we figured we’d go with this one because it has the most bonus tracks. If you’re a Soul Asylum fan, though, you’ll obviously want to dive headlong into all three of these expanded editions.

•    Betty Wright, EXPLOSION! (1976): Wright’s fifth full-length LP, this album contained two top-40 R&B singles (“Slip and Do It,” which hit #21, and “If I Ever Do Wrong,” which hit #23), but several other songs have found repeat plays over the years as well, including “Open the Door to Your Heart,” “Smother Me with Your Love,” “Keep Feelin’,” “If I Ever Do Wrong,” “I Think You Better Think About It,” and “Life.”