As Honeybus's leader and songwriter, Pete guided them into the hearts of critics and onto the UK charts-but he loathed touring and soon quit. He still had many superb songs in his notebook, though, and they came out on this 1971 LP. Psych collectors hail this as a masterpiece, an irresistible set of songs both beautiful and whimsical. Four bonus tracks; limited to 3000 copies!
Originally issued in 1971 by Nepentha Records—presided over by Kinks/Troggs manager Larry Page—Into Your Ears is the sole full-length offering from Honeybus founder member Pete Dello (assisted by a coterie of close friends).
The album is a wonderful, timeless work of incisive, plaintive folk-pop balladry and buoyant, idiosyncratic creations, led by Dello’s honeyed voice (and expertly executed arrangements.
This LP represents the zenith of Dello’s songwriting, comprised primarily of tunes written specifically for this project, supplemented by a few tracks intended for Honeybus which were re-cut for the occasion.
The songwriting reflects a jovial playfulness, but also feelings of intense lovelorn longing, hope, wistfulness and moments that could serve as a great soundtrack to a break-up with the brightness of delivery never making them ache with depression.
Widely regarded by Honeybus fans, ‘60s-‘70s collectors and anyone who’s happened into its beatific orbit, Into Your Ears is a lost classic deserving of further exposure.
*Exhaustive liner notes culled from interviews with Jeremy Cargill (Ugly Things / Got Kinda Lost), presenting the most thorough examination of Dello’s career to date.
*Original Roger Dean gatefold LP artwork.
A1 It's What You've Got
A2 There Is Nothing I Can Do For You
A3 I'm A Gambler
A4 Harry The Earwig
A5 Do I Still Figure In Your Life
A6 Uptight Basil
B1 Taking The Heart Out Of Love
B2 On A Time Said Sylvie
B3 A Good Song
B4 It's The Way
B5 Go Away
B6 Arise Sir Henry