5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
These two albums reveal a band who, though regulars in the top 10 singles charts, were still developing their style. 'The Hollies' doesn't progress significantly from 'In The Hollies Style', but is nevertheless solid. 'Would You Believe', however, sees them broadening their style and writing better songs. Of the 24 tracks, just 9 are self-penned, with 'So Lonely', 'Oriental Sadness' and 'Fifi The Flea' among the highlights. Their playing and harmonies are much stronger and tighter than when they made 'Stay'. This results in some decent performances of the r&b covers included here, but not all are convincing, in particular a lightweight version of 'Sweet Little Sixteen'. Their strongest recordings come toward the end of 'Would You Believe', which point toward the direction of their next, and possibly best album, 'For Certain Because'.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2006
These two original albums were first released in 1965 and 1966. Compared to their two previous albums, the first thing that strikes you is how the songwriting partnership Clarke/Hicks/Nash had grown. On the first albums most their songs were more or less filler. Strangely enough they still used the psudonym "Ransford" for their song-writing credit.
Here most of their songs are highlights on the albums. On "The Hollies" "Very Last Day", "Too Many People" and "So Lonely" stand out. Their version of "That's My Desire" is great too!
On "Would You Believe Me" their material is even stronger. "Hard Hard Year", "Fifi the Flea" and "I've Got a Way of My Own" are simply great. On this album the material is generally much stronger, making it one of the essential albums of 1966. They bring new life into Buddy Holly's "Take Your Time". The single "I Can't Let Go" is incredible catchy and irressistable. And finally my favorite on the CD the old country classic "Stewball" - magnificent vocal harmonies!!
Especially "Would You Believe" is a clear indication that even greater songs and albums were to come. After this album the band began to write many of their hit-singles themselves, and the vast majority of the songs on their following albums were Clarke/Hicks/Nash material.
on 8 May 2013
I think Hollies and Would You Believe are two of The Hollies' best albums together with For Certain Because. Many of the songs on these albums could have been hits, if they had been released as singles. "The Very Last Day" and "Stewball" are really great, and both were big hits in Sweden. Other great songs are " Put Yourself In My Place", "So Lonely" from Hollies and "Take Your Time", "Hard Hard Year", "I've Got A Way Of My Own", "Don't You Even Care" and of course the hit single "I Can't Let Go" from Would You Believe. I recommend this to all lovers of melodic music from the 60's!