The Honeydrippers were formed by Robert Plant in 1981 to satisfy his long-time goal in having a rock band with a heavy rhythm and blues basis. "The Honeydrippers, Vol. 1," is an unabashedly retro-rock project that hauled out five golden oldies from the pre-Beatles era and served them up authentically, or at least as authentic nostalgia. Some may find this kind of pastiche a bit distancing, even campy, but there's a genuine warmth in Plant's performance, and his group of Honeydrippers -- including Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page in uncredited cameos -- have a great time running through these handful of oldies, particularly "Rockin' at Midnight." It may not be much more than a lark, but it's truly fun, even if it might have been slightly more fun making it than it is listening to it.
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