Monday, May 16, 2011
The Hollies...Everything... $20!
A long lost live Hollies recording from 1968 has just been unearthed and released and I am here to tell you, this 25 minute performance is one of the most stunning sets of music I have ever heard. Check out the set list from the Lewisham Odeon:
Stop Stop Stop
Look Through Any Window
The Times They Are A'Changin'
On A Carousel
King Midas In Reverse
Butterfly (BUTTERFLY, for Pete's sake!!))
I'm a bit of a Hollies fanatic, especially the trilogy that consists of "For Certain Because," "Evolution," and "Butterfly" released between 1966-1967. I even wrote a piece for The Huffington Post about how I thought "Butterfly" was a better record than "Sgt. Pepper." You can read that HERE, and then send your hate mail to Salisaputz@....
This live recording should make even a casual Hollies fan's hairs stand on end. Vocally, the band never sounded better, with Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash recreating the close harmonies to the point of non-belief. When has bassist Bernie Calvert ever been mentioned in the pantheon of rock musicians? Uh... never. Neither has drummer Bobby Elliott, for that matter. Big mistake! Here, that rhythm section comes to life, like you've never heard it before.
Why am I gushing? Because it's that good. As a matter of fact, I needed a cold compress right after the steel drum break in "Carrie Anne," which had been rearranged for strings at this performance.
What if I told you that this fabulous set of music could be yours for a mere bag of shells? (Ok, about $20.) Sounds fair, no? What if I told you, those 8 tracks close out the 6th disc of a 158 song box set collecting every song the classic line-up of The Hollies recorded between 1963-1968, all for the same $20?
This set is like the Ginsu Knives for 2011!
Forgive me, but this is a no-brainer.