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Butterfly [Extra tracks, Import]

Hollies Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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From 1963 through to the mid-70’s, the Hollies had more hits than the Beatles. In that period alone, they had 17 Top ten hits, while “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” gave them a second No 1 hit when re-released in 1988. “I’m Alive” had been their first chart topper back in 1965. At the heart of the band since 1963 are two original members, ... Read more in Amazon's Hollies Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Magic
  • ASIN: B000B6TQYY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise! 17 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Hollies have been ignored for too long. There are so many 'Greatest Hits' albums available covering the Hollies 30 + years in the industry, all of them unavoidably good. However, this is an album that really works. Few of the songs that appear on this album appear on your average 'Hollies Greatest' releases, but this is in no way a reflection of the material on 'Butterfly'.

Never a band at the forefront of the British Psychedelic movement but here they prove that they are able to tap into the sixties spirit as well as (and better than) most other bands of the time. This album deserves more recognition alongside other albums of a similar ilk eg: 'Sgt Pepper', 'S.F. Sorrow' and 'Odessey and Oracle'.

This was one of the last Hollies releases to feature Graham Nash and the Hollies dynamic harmony acrobatics are present throughout the album.

Well worth a place in your collection if you're a fan of 60's music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollies In Best Of Company 18 Dec 2007
By Mr. A. Craddock VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Probably, the most consistent group of hitmakers during the 1960`s. Regular chart visitors in Musics golden period. Clarke, Nash, Hicks, Elliot and others including Eric Haydock, Bernie Calvert and after Graham Nash`s departure into Crosby, Stills, & Nash they had former Swinging Blue Jeans Guitarist Terry Sylvester and since they have kept going with other line-ups. During the mid sixties this gem of an album cam,e out in the summer of love period and was so different from their singles. It is still refreshing to hear it today with Nash and Clarke at their brilliant best and Tony Hicks outstanding as a lead guitarist. Stand out tracks are Butterfly, Pegasus the flying horse and especially Would you believe which surely would have been a great choice for a single. In fact would you believe was the working title for this album and was changed down the line. Produced by Ron Richards Try this C D you will love it because those oh so consistent Hollies could live with the best and even in their experimental stage they didn`t disappoint.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars missing psychedelic masterpeice 12 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
ive just listened to this album and the Hollies Confessions of the Mind and realised what a great psychedelic gem this album is.Repeated listens open the album up and its a real mind blower!

im now looking for a vinyl copy of the album
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hippy Hollies 24 Feb 2010
By Larts
Format:Audio CD
Interesting album. The trademark harmonies are there and there's some good playing too. It's an album I'd never heard until a bloke at work mentioned it to me. Production values are mid- late 60s with that sound George Martin created. Shows that The Hollies were not simply a singles band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Moment + 10 3 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Butterfly" is often regarded the strongest album by the Hollies. Released in 1967 it was to be last to feature high-pitch vocalist Graham Nash, who left in late 1968 to join David Crosby and Steve Stills. Sadly the Hollies were never quite the same after his departure - they did record some fine album later, but some of the magic somehow had gone.

With the "For Certain Because" (1966) the Holles had begun to write all their material for their albums, and the this continued on the following two albums "Evolution" and "Butterfly". All 3 album contains some of the finest songwriting the Hollies ever did. Their playing and singing is impeccable like on most of their recordings - some might say that their lyrics at times tend to be a little too naive or silly.

"Butterfly" is their most adventurous album and the closest the Hollies ever came to psychedelia. Apart from "Dear Eloise" which was released as a single in some countries it is very much an "album" - not just a collection of songs built up around 3 or 4 hit singles.

It seems the Nash was the dominating force at this point, taking the lead vocal on more songs than usual lead-singer Clarke. Nash abilities as lead-singer are obvíous here, but it's usually a pleasure to listen to all singer, not least when they change lead-vocals or join in on harmonies.

It's hard to bring forward particular tracks, because all are great. Tony Hicks cute "Pegasus" was always a favourite, but the songs like "Try it", "Would You Believe" and "Dear Eloise" with Allan Clarke up-front are all classic Hollies. Nash's laid back-songs like "Wish You a Wish" are "Postcard" are close to the sound of Simon & Garfunkel.
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