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One of the most under-rated albums ever!!!!!
on 17 May 2011
Well, I think the review title says it all!
Although I'd been a serious 60s fan for a number of years, I didn't know much about The Hollies, apart from their hits of course. I'd always dismissed them as being too "poppy" and lightweight. However, I'd heard "All The World Is Love", the B-side to "On A Carousel" on a psychedelic compilation, and was totally blown away by it; I had to hear some more. I picked this CD up really cheaply; from the cover, I could tell this was going to be a psychedelic effort.
From the first time I heard this album I loved it. In fact, as soon as it had finished, I put it on to play again (the mono version is much better than the stereo one!). Since buying this album, I have gone on to collect the Hollies entire 60s output - it was the greatness of this album that inspired me. For me, highlights are Graham Nash's wistful "Stop Right There" and the slightly trippy "Heading For A Fall". Nearly every review of this album criticises "Lullaby For Tim" and "Ye Olde Toffee Shoppe", but I don't even find these bad; loads of people experimented with this sort of thing in the 60s (Mark Wirtz even made a career out of it)and The Hollies efforts were no worse than most.
My one criticism is that, unlike the Hollies first four albums which were issued in two lots of "2 on 1" CDs, this one is on it's own, with both mono and stereo versions of the entire album. Maybe I'm just not an audio buff, but who really cares about these slight differences? It would have been much better to release mono versions of this and "Butterfly" on the same CD. Ah well, you can't have it all..