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The Bees

The Bees (known as "A Band of Bees" in America, owing to a rights conflict over their name) started out as the duo of Paul Butler and Aaron Fletcher, both of whom hailed from the Isle of Wight. They recorded their debut album, Sunshine Hit Me, in a home studio in a shed in Butler's parents' garden. Butler and Fletcher, both multi-instrumentalists and singers, were avid record collectors and, even more so, avid record listeners with interests that extended back to the roots of British rock and into American soul, as well as a multitude of other directions. Sunshine Hit Me, released by We Love You as a U.K.-only issue and credited to the Bees, reflected their interests and listening, melding '60s freakbeat and psychedelic sensibilities with '70s power pop, and was nominated for the coveted Mercury Music Prize in 2002. Their prospects were further enhanced when the duo's rendition of Os Mutantes' "A Minha Menina," from Sunshine Hit Me, was licensed for use in a car commercial in England.

The Mercury nomination and the album's critical success led to the assembly of an actual band, and a couple of years of steady touring. When the smoke cleared, the Bees were officially a sextet with everyone writing songs and switching off on instruments (and Fletcher writing their lyrics). And instead of recording their second album in the Butler family garden shed, as they'd intended, Butler's stint producing another act at EMI ended up with the group booking three weeks there. It took that long for the six members -- Kris Birkin, Michael Clevitt, Tim Parkin, Warren Hampshire, Butler, and Fletcher (all of them except lead guitarist Birkin multi-instrumentalists) -- to create Free the Bees. Released in the summer of 2004 on the Virgin imprint, the album got rave reviews in England and earned notice in the United States as well, working its way into better stores and eliciting positive reviews from critics who normally would never have known about it. The group's work has been variously compared to that of the Small Faces (and the Faces), the Beatles, the Byrds, Donovan, the Kinks, the Temptations, and early Pink Floyd, with some other interesting permutations. Butler, for example, counts his own influences as Lee Perry, King Tubby, and Fela Kuti. They saw further commercial success when the tracks "Chicken Payback" and "Wash in the Rain," off of Free the Bees, were both picked up for use in television commercials.

In 2005, in the wake of the success with Free the Bees, the band was also prominently featured on the soundtrack of the Brian Jones biographical film Stoned. Their contribution, doing some finely executed and nicely inventive covers of songs from the Rolling Stones' repertoire (including a version of "The Last Time" that managed to rock as hard as the original and get the guitar nuances right, even as it was decked out with sitar), provided some of the very few bright spots to be found in a film that was otherwise greeted as wrong-headed and tedious by most critics, and their tracks made the soundtrack CD well worth picking up. In 2007, reduced to a quintet with Clevitt's departure, they released Octopus, a brilliant, wide-ranging pop/rock opus that had inventiveness and unexpected influences quietly oozing out from between every note and chorus. Its feet were planted in 2007, but its musical influences looked back to the Kinks of Village Green Preservation Society and the Small Faces of "The Universal." As with much of their earlier work, the album seemed to demand attention as much as it elicited delight, like a book the reader can't put down. They followed the album with 2010's similarly eclectic Every Step's a Yes. For all of their seeming '60s influences, the Bees come off as startlingly contemporary, just willing to reach back to artists and styles they admire when it suits them and the music at hand. ~ Bruce Eder
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Track List: The Cosimo Matassa Story

Disc 1

1. Got A Brand New Baby

2. Four O'Clock Blues

3. Don't Jive Me

4. Tra-La-La

5. Teejim

6. Agreeable Woman

7. Two Faced Woman

9. Stormy Weather

10. My Ding-A-Ling

11. Reeling And Rocking

12. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

13. Chee Koo Baby

14. Sweethearts

15. I'm Gone

16. Teachin' And Preachin'

17. Bouncin' The Boogie

18. Early Sunday Morning

20. Country Gal

21. Baby

23. Got No Use For You

24. Long Distance Blues

26. Little School Girl

27. I-Yi

29. Don't Leave Me Baby

30. The Things That I Used To Do

Disc 2

1. Well, I Done Got Over It

2. Tipitina

3. Let's Have Some Fun (Honey)

5. I Didn't Want To Do It

6. You're The One

7. Blue Monday

8. Baby's Gone

9. Sister Lucy

12. Bluesy Me

13. Give It Up

16. That's Enough

19. Drunk Drunk Drunk

20. Ain't Gonna Do It

21. I Want To Be Loved

22. Toy Bell

23. You Know Yeah

24. Runnin' Wild

25. It's Too Late Now

26. Real Gone Lover

27. Low And Lonesome

29. Say Baby

30. That Night

Disc 3

1. What's It All About?

2. Handwriting On The Wall

3. Mardi Gras Mambo

4. Your Time's Up

5. Eternally Yours

6. Boom Boom

7. Feel So Good

8. I Hear You Knocking

9. Travelin' Mood

10. I Remember

11. Baby

12. So Glad

14. I'm Just A Lonely Guy

15. Tutti Frutti

16. Do Baby Do

17. Who's Been Fooling You?

20. I'm In Love Again

21. On Bended Knee

22. See You Later, Alligator

24. My Blue Heaven

25. Try Rock'n'roll

26. No No No

27. Long Tall Sally

28. Slippin' And Slidin'

29. I'm Wise (Slippin' And Slidin')

30. Take It Easy, Greasy

Disc 4

1. Rip It Up

2. Ready Teddy

3. Let The Good Times Roll

6. Teardrop Eyes

8. Rock 'n' Roll Dance

9. The Girl Can't Help It

10. Heebie Jeebies

11. Don't Blame It On Me

14. Down Yonder (We Go Ballin')

15. Shame, Shame, Shame

16. Oooh-Wow

18. Rockin' At Cosimo's

20. I Feel Good

21. I'm A Fool About Your Love

22. All The Time

23. I'm A Country Boy

24. Ain't Got No Home

27. Oooh-Wee Baby

28. Back Home To Me

30. Those Lonely, Lonely Feelings

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