Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Hollies - 60' complete (1966 - 1967) Patr 4

The Hollies - 60' complete part 4 1966 - 1967


01 - Yes I Will

Lp   For Certain Because (1966)
The group still seems out of touch here, with Clarke often draggging them into rock-free pop with off-the-shelf orchestration. But Nash's contributions are far more interesting, and they finally start to experiment a bit with complex production values. Hicks' "Stop Stop Stop," the only single here and big hit, is a bizarre gimmick tune with a goofy 2/4 country beat and a reverb-heavy banjo lead, vaguely like the Rolling Stones' contemporary joke tunes. "Pay You Back With Interest" was released in the U.S. only as a single. Bassist Calvert's first album (he joined the group for "Bus Stop"). At about the same time the group released an unsuccessful single (Bacharach & David's "After The Fox") that came from a movie soundtrack.
02 - What's Wrong With The Way I Live
03 - Pay You Back With Interest
04 - Tell Me To My Face
05 - Clown
06 - Suspicious Look In Your Eyes
07 - It's You
08 - High Classed
09 - Peculiar Situation
10 - What Went Wrong
11 - Crusader
12 - Don't Even Think About Changing

13 - On A Carousel
14 - All The World Is Love
15 - King Midas In Reverse
16 - Everything Is Sunshine

Lp Evolution (1967)
The group's most important artistic contribution: everything is credited to Hicks-Clarke-Nash, and although they're still working with a two-minute pop song format, the kitschy, frequently orchestrated arrangements are clever, Nash has an agreeably prominent role, and almost every track features a daring bit of experimental instrumentation. It's not like the Hollies had suddenly turned into the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but Hicks slathers blaring, psychedelic riffs onto the entertaining "Then The Heartaches Begin" and "Have You Ever Loved Somebody"; the perky "Ye Olde Toffee Shop" is driven by harpsichord; the gentle "Games We Play" has a bizarre, watery vocal effect; etc. Only the pedestrian "Games We Play" is relatively straightforward. The ecstatic "You Need Love" is the high point, with a rapturous melody. But most of the rest shines: Nash's mid-60s McCartney-like ballad "Stop Right There"; the shuffling, goofy "Rain On The Window"; the lurching, Pet Sounds-influenced "Heading For A Fall." I'd rate this higher if there weren't so many other fantastic records in this period. The U.S. version, reviewed here, omits three tracks and adds in the uplifting, unforgettable, collaboratively written hit "Carrie-Anne," with its traded lead vocals and bizarre steel drum solo. The CD includes five excellent Hicks-Clarke-Nash single sides, two important (the playful sing-along "Jennifer Eccles," with an incongruous Hicks pedal steel part, and "Open Up Your Eyes," one of their most exciting up-tempo songs); there's also the run-of-the-mill "When Your Lights Turned On," the soothing "Signs That Will Never Change," and the wacky, Dylan-influenced "Water On The Brain," complete with tuba solo. They released three major singles this year ("On A Carousel"; "Carrie-Anne"; thee experimental "King Midas In Reverse," mostly by Nash), and none of them were on the U.K. album or the next one. The first two were massive hits, but "King Midas" sold relatively poorly and they temporarily fell off the charts in the U.S

17 - Then The Heartaches Begin
18 - Stop Right There
19 - Water On The Brain
20 - Lullaby To Tim
21 - Have You Ever Loved Somebody
22 - You Need Love
23 - Rain On The Windows
24 - Heading For A Fall
25 - Ye Olde Toffee Shoppe
26 - When Your Light's Turned On
27 - Leave Me
28 - The Games We Play

29 - Sweden Bildjournalen
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