The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years (6 CD) Box set
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UK six CD collection containing of all The Hollies material recorded between April 1963 - October 1968, during their stellar period, with in-band songwriting trio of Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Graham Nash. The Hollies were one of the most successful British groups of the 1960s, scoring 17 consecutive, Top 20 UK singles. Signing to EMI in 1963, they started out scoring hits with a number of cover versions. , later of 10cc. From October 1966 until Nash's departure, all their A-sides were Clarke-Hicks-Nash compositions. Beginning with 'Stop, Stop, Stop' through 'On a Carousel' and 'Carrie Anne' to the more experimental 'King Midas in Reverse', 'Jennifer Eccles' and their final single with Graham Nash, 'Listen To Me' (UK #11), the songwriting trio crafted a series of hugely successful, imaginative pop songs, which showcased their beautiful harmonies and songwriting incredible prowess. EMI.
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1 This is the definitive edition of the Hollies, with the most complete and comprehensive coverage from 1963 to 1968, containing every single (a and b-sides), plus all the album tracks. I have done a Complete Singles Discography and found that Hollies have an amazing 85 singles from 1963 – 2006). There are many rare gems making their CD debut.
2 There are 6 CDs with 158 songs. Foreign language versions and 8 songs from “Live at Lewisham Odeon” on May 24, 1968 are also included, making their CD debut.
3 The sound is wonderfully produced and remastered: clean with no hiss. Hollies’ harmonies were in full display. All the backing instruments are clearly defined. The songs have become my new reference standards.
4 There is a wonderful 24-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Mick Houghton, with an intimate Q&A with Graham Nash. All the 45 rpm single picture sleeves and EP picture sleeves were included. Discography was included. There are also many pictures of the group, with the front cover taken at Niagara Falls.
The Hollies was a supergroup formed in 1963, originally consisting of Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks, Eric Haydock and Don Rathbone, who was replaced by Bobby Elliott in 1966. From 1966-1968, Eric Haydock was replaced by Bernie Calvert. This current set includes all the singles and album tracks during the Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years. Graham Nash left the group in October 1968. Beside the current set, I would also highly recommend the upcoming release “Changin’ Times (The Complete Hollies 1969 – 1973)(5 CDs). This latter set will cover the Hollies from 1969 to 1973. If you want part of the 70s hits, I would recommend “Best Of the 70’s” (Disky, 2000).Read more ›
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The first couple of discs cover their early days; pure Merseybeat magic, exhilarating harmonies and crack ensemble playing. In addition to the sterling (and very definably Hollies' own) harmonies, the band is tight and well-recorded. Even covers of songs I've heard a million times (Poison Ivy or Searchin' for example) sound fresh and alive in the Hollies's hands. Their originals are the real deal. Pure pop of the highest order. Discs 3 and 4 delve into the pure pop era, definable by shimmering songs like Bus Stop, Look Through Any Window and I'm Alive. The latter discs extend into a rarified psychedelic pop majesty; beautiful, strange and borderlne lysergic. Just perfect! The live tracks at the end of disc 6 reiterate what a great band the Hollies were, they certainly weren't studio puppets.
If you love classic pop music, this is the set for you. Short on fluff and record company marketing cynicism, long on harmony and hooks, this is the ultimate Hollies collection. Those seeking the later hits will have to look elsewhere, but they are easily acquired on myriad releases. This is pure 60s Hollies, and one of the best purchases I have ever made.
In short, this is a goldmine for fans of the very best British 1960s pop . The group had during this period 17 top twenty hits, several successful EPs and released 7 albums on Parlophone, which was also the label of the Beatles. Several of these albums have rightly attained classic status.
Songwriter team Clarke / Hicks / Nash, who initially wrote under the pseudonym L. Ransford, wrote in the period a wealth of fine songs and you can't help regretting that Nash in 1968 chose to seek new pastures - with David Crosby and Steven Stills. Although the group continued to release excellent singles such as "He Is not Heavy, He's My Brother, " "I Can not Tell the Bottom From the Top" and "The Air That I Breathe", some of the magic had disappeared with Nash - emphasized by the fact that the majority of the group's subsequent singles were no longer Hollies originals.
The box contains 6 CDs, which are filled to the brim with very fine music. It contains a brief 24 page booklet, with key information about the group and the songs.
It would have been nice to sit with the original covers, but at this price you can obviously not get everything. Moreover, all originals are still available as individual albums.
At any rate a great purchase.
This 6 CD set is crammed full of great music-much of it relatively unheard by a lot of people, including me, which I'm embarrassed to admit. Yes their 7 albums (all here) had some lightweight clinkers ("Lullaby To Tim" with it's gurgling, "underwater" vocal, from the "Evolution" album, also the maudlin tale about "Fifi"), but the majority of their original songs and a bunch of well chosen covers more than makes up for it. THE HOLLIES' sound was a mix of pure pop, English style beat, Everly brothers, r'n'r, and a bit of THE BEATLES, all mixed together. This box set includes many well known tunes-hits, almost hits, and songs that should have been hits (but were unknown to many listeners at the time), and just plain great sounding music. Combined with their wonderful vocals, several cool cover tunes and some electric guitar, and you have one heck of a band. Listening to this collection you can hear the evolution of the band's sound-from r'n'r to strings and horns-on their later albums. But through it all the group's wonderfully full, exciting vocals are front and center. For a good example of how the group sounded live, there's several previously unreleased tracks from the period-proving that not only could they sing on stage, they could play as well. Throw in some rarities-an unreleased stereo version of "The Times They Are A'Changin'", four tunes with French lyrics, and the group's earliest releases-and you have a very nice package of what THE HOLLIES were doing during this period.
Many people have been satisfied with a "Greatest Hits" package of THE HOLLIES. But after hearing this ear-opening collection from their (arguably) most vital period, that greatest hits album simply won't suffice. Listen to this set (which is now at a lower price) and see if you don't change your mind. There's nothing truly startling here-just well written/arranged/sung tunes. All British/Sixties fans (SEARCHERS/ZOMBIES fans especially) need to hear this set. I'm embarrassed that I wasn't aware of just how good this group was beyond the usual radio hits-but this fine collection set me straight, and it'll probably do the same for you.
One very small caveat-I wish the booklet was more inclusive and informative, it's okay as far as it goes-but it could have been better. A concise overview of the band, their music, and the period included would have been a nice tie-in. Plus (and this is really niggling), a better, more atmospheric period photograph on the cover would've added to the overall feel of this great collection-look at the photos on the inside, front and back trays for examples. But the music is the important thing here-and that couldn't be a better look at a group, who didn't really garner the accolades they should have at the time. Check this out.
There are a lot of songs on here I've never heard before, having been born in 1964, so I was delighted with discovering something new. "Butterfly" is absolutely stunning, and "Stewball" is just an all-out great tribute to a horse. There are too many good things on here to list, but it was the first time I ever heard their own version of "Tell Me to My Face," which is ten thousand times better than the Fogelberg/Weissberg version I'm used to. Hats off!
There is also an eye-opening interview with Graham Nash inside the booklet and recording dates of each track. To say I'm pleased with this box set is a modest assessment. If you like the Hollies a considerable amount, for the very reasonable price, this collection is worth obtaining. It's hours of great music instead of what generally becomes known as a typically disappointing release. Get it for yourself, and then consider buying a copy for someone close to you who also knows great music when they hear it.