This two-fer contains two of the U.S.A. Hollies albums from 1966. As with The Beatles & Peter and Gordon, The Hollies' then-U.S.A. label took the liberty of recompiling the artists' music for the U.S.A., including singles & E.P. tracks that had not appeared as album tracks in the Uk. The "Bus Stop" album contains the title track and its' B-side "Don't Run and Hide", plus the catchy "We're Through" and a number of selections from the group's third Uk album "Hollies", and even one 1963 track with early drummer Don Rathbone("Little Lover", which sounds a bit out of place here).
By the time of the "Stop Stop Stop" album, Imperial Records stopped recompiling the group's music. The album is(excepting the title and album artwork), the same as the group's 5th Uk album "For Certain Because". This superbly recorded eclectic album consisted entirely of original Clarke/Hicks/Nash compositions including the hits "Stop Stop Stop" & "Pay You Back with Interest"
There are two possible approaches to presenting U.S.A.-compiled albums on CD: use the U.S.A. compilation masters, which some would call true to the original vinyl, but which gives distorted 3rd generation audio......or recompile the albums(using the exact same songs/takes) but from the finest existing Uk source tapes....which gives much better sound. Fortunately, for this Hollies CD, UK/EMI has supplied quality UK source tapes. The "Bus Stop" album has 10 songs in high quality true stereo & 2 songs in pure mono.(This album was the first Hollies album that I bought back in 1968, but my vinyl L.P. is the mono edition. If it is true, as some have said, that the original stereo vinyl was mostly fake stereo, then EMI & the BGO label have done a wise thing reassembling the album from quality Uk original masters). The "Stop Stop Stop" album has been taken from the original 1966 Uk stereo "For Certain Because" masters, excepting "It's You", which is a 1993 remix(the original 1966 stereo mix of "It's You" had stark instruments left/vocals right separation. The 1993 mix has the vocals in the center/ instruments left)
Avid fans will note that this CD marks the CD debut of the original 1966 stereo mix of "Don't Run and Hide", the mix originally featured on a continental European L.P. release[with a slightly different song line-up] of the "Bus Stop" album.
This CD documents the group's transition from a group playing cover versions of American rock n'roll and specially written songs from Uk songwriters, to a group playing all-original material. And you get the superb, incomparable vocal harmonies of The (then) mid-20-ish Hollies in their heyday, and the underappreciated instrumental fire from guitarist Tony Hicks & drummer Bobby Elliott