The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years: The Complete Hollies (April 1963-October 1968)

The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years: The Complete Hollies (April 1963-October 1968)

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Overview

Just as the subtitle says, this six-CD, 158-track collection has "The Complete Hollies April 1963-October 1968." That's everything recorded when singer Allan Clarke, guitarist/singer Tony Hicks, and guitarist/singer Graham Nash, who were the three constants in the band (though drummer Bobby Elliott was there for all but the earliest of these recordings, too). As such, it's a major British Invasion document. Even if it's missing some work postdating Nash's departure in late 1968 which is highly regarded by some fans (including their hits "He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother," "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress," and "The Air That I Breathe"), most fans would agree that the Nash era is by far the band's most significant. This package has all the hits from this period, of course; all the B-sides; every album track; some material that even big Hollies fans didn't suspect existed, like French versions of some of their songs (the ones of "Stewball," "We're Through," and "You Know He Did" are released for the first time here); their mucho obscure 1967 Italian-language single "Non Prego Per Me"/"Devi Avere Fiducia in Me," and rarities that have only appeared on the box set The Long Road Home 1963-2003, or out-of-the-way compilations. There are also eight previously unreleased recordings, most of them big hits, from a good-fidelity recording of a live performance on May 24, 1968. It's all presented in almost exactly the sequence in which the tracks were recorded, giving about as precise a record of their evolution as could be envisaged. There are drawbacks, of course, to so much Hollies in bulk. It's a lot to listen to at once, even for serious fans. For every unheralded fine track (and there are a good number), there are unremarkable, sometimes even mediocre cover versions of rock & roll oldies, as well as some not-so-hot original tunes. And there's no escaping that the band did not artistically evolve nearly as much, or nearly as fast, as their main British Invasion rivals, such as the Beatles, did. They were still doing some run of the mill covers in early 1966, and their attempts to evolve with the times on post-1966 albums, while producing some good music, could not disguise that they were for the most part still writing fairly straightforward pop
ock songs. The frustration a listener feels at this relative lack of progress could be similar to the frustration Graham Nash himself felt when he was itching to go into more adventurous directions near the end of his time in the band, leading to his departure for Crosby, Stills, & Nash. Still, any Hollies fan would be able to compile a fairly lengthy list of excellent songs here that are still largely unknown to most listeners, whether top-notch 1964 Merseybeat-style rockers like "When I'm Not There" and "When I Come Home to You"; the odd but excellent, offbeat cover, like their version of the little-known Gerry Goffin-Carole King composition "Honey and Wine," and their cover of Peter, Paul & Mary's "Very Last Day"; songs that grew out of the writing they did for the Everly Brothers, like the uncommonly hard-nosed "Hard Hard Year," and the occasional victory from the psychedelic era, like the 1968 B-side "Open Up Your Eyes." For such a big compilation, it's also quite affordably priced, and if that might be in part because the packaging isn't that elaborate, the liner notes do include an interesting Q&A with Graham Nash.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 5099909624221
catalogNumber: 0962422

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Whole World Over
  2. (Ain't That) Just Like Me
  3. Hey What's Wrong with Me
  4. Now's the Time
  5. Little Lover
  6. Zip a Dee Do Dah
  7. I Understand
  8. Searchin'
  9. Stay
  10. Poison Ivy
  11. Memphis
  12. Talkin' Bout You
  13. It's Only Make Believe
  14. Lucille
  15. Baby Don't Cry
  16. Do You Love Me
  17. Mr. Moonlight
  18. You Better Move On
  19. Whatcha Gonna Do 'Bout It
  20. What Kind of Girl Are You
  21. Rockin' Robin
  22. Keep Off That Friend of Mine
  23. Just One Look
  24. Candy Man
  25. When I'm Not There
  26. What Kind of Love
  27. Here I Go Again
  28. Baby That's All

Disc 2

  1. Time for Love
  2. Don't You Know
  3. You'll Be Mine
  4. It's in Her Kiss
  5. Come on Home
  6. Too Much Monkey Business
  7. I Thought of You Last Night
  8. Come on Back
  9. Set Me Free
  10. Please Don't Feel Too Bad
  11. What Kind of Boy
  12. We're Through
  13. We're Through
  14. To You My Love
  15. Nitty Gritty/Something's Got a Hold on Me
  16. Put Your Self in My Place
  17. She Said Yeah
  18. Yes I Will
  19. When I Come Home to You
  20. Nobody
  21. You Know He Did
  22. Yes I Will
  23. Mickey's Monkey
  24. That's My Desire
  25. Very Last Day
  26. Honey and Wine

Disc 3

  1. Listen Here to Me
  2. So Lonely
  3. Bring Back Your Love to Me
  4. I'm Alive
  5. Look Through Any Window
  6. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  7. You Must Believe Me
  8. Little Bitty Pretty One
  9. Down the Line
  10. Fortune Teller
  11. Too Many People
  12. So Lonely
  13. I've Been Wrong
  14. Stewball
  15. She Gives Me Everything I Want
  16. I Can't Get Nowhere with You
  17. I've Got a Way of My Own
  18. You in My Arms
  19. Don't Even Think About Changing
  20. If I Needed Someone
  21. Running Through the Night
  22. Don't You Even Care (What's Gonna Happen to Me?)
  23. I Can't Let Go
  24. Oriental Sadness
  25. Stewball
  26. Look Through Any Window
  27. You Know He Did
  28. We're Through

Disc 4

  1. I Take What I Want
  2. Hard Hard Year
  3. A Taste of Honey
  4. That's How Strong My Love Is
  5. Take Your Time
  6. Fifi the Flea
  7. Sweet Little Sixteen
  8. I Am a Rock
  9. After the Fox
  10. Don't Run and Hide
  11. Bus Stop
  12. Peculiar Situation
  13. Suspicous Look in Your Eyes
  14. Stop Stop Stop
  15. Tell Me to My Face
  16. Pay You Back with Interest
  17. Clown
  18. It's You
  19. Crusader
  20. What's Wrong with the Way I Live
  21. What Went Wrong
  22. High Classed
  23. All the World Is Love
  24. When Your Light's Turned On
  25. Have You Ever Loved Somebody
  26. Non Prego Per Me
  27. Devi Avere Fiducia in Me

Disc 5

  1. Lullaby to Tim
  2. On a Carousel
  3. We're Alive
  4. Kill Me Quick
  5. Leave Me
  6. The Games We Play
  7. Schoolgirl
  8. Rain on the Window
  9. Then the Heartaches Begin
  10. Ye Olde Toffee Shoppe
  11. You Need Love
  12. Stop Right There
  13. Water on the Brain
  14. Heading for a Fall
  15. Carrie Anne
  16. Signs That Will Never Change
  17. King Midas in Reverse
  18. Try It
  19. Everything Is Sunshine
  20. Wishyouawish
  21. Postcard
  22. Step Inside
  23. Pegasus
  24. Dear Eloise

Disc 6

  1. Elevated Observations?
  2. Would You Believe
  3. Away Away Away
  4. Charlie and Fred
  5. Butterfly
  6. Maker
  7. Open Up Your Eyes
  8. Wings
  9. Jennifer Eccles
  10. Tomorrow When It Comes
  11. Relax
  12. Do the Best You Can
  13. Like Every Time Before
  14. Man with No Expression (Horses Through a Rainstorm)
  15. Blowin' in the Wind
  16. A Taste of Honey
  17. Listen to Me
  18. Stop Stop Stop
  19. Look Through Any Window
  20. The Times They Are a Changin'
  21. On a Carousel
  22. King Midas in Reverse
  23. Butterfly
  24. Jennifer Eccles
  25. Carrie Anne

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hollies   Primary Artist
Graham Nash   Interviewee,Group Member
Allan Clarke   Group Member
Bernie Calvert   Group Member
Bobby Elliott   Group Member
Eric Haydock   Group Member
Tony Hicks   Guitar,Group Member
Don Rathbone   Group Member

Technical Credits

Conway Twitty   Composer
Arthur Alexander   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Graham Nash   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Maurice Williams   Composer
Allan Clarke   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Graham Gouldman   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Terry Reid   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Tony Hicks   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Ron Richards   Producer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Paul Hicks   Additional Production
Tim Chacksfield   Research Coordination
Naomi Neville   Composer
Chester Mann   Composer
Ric Marlow   Composer
Rod Shields   Cover Photo
Paula Flack   Marketing
Mick Houghton   Liner Notes,Interviewer

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