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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2003
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 18 December 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2011
"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. On the instrumental side, there is a lot experimenting with various instruments like citar, different keyboards and several tracks feature string-arrangements.

The Hollies actually recorded at least an albums worth of material before Nash finally left. With strong material like "Wings", "Open Up Your Eyes" , "Tomorrow When it Comes", "Man With No Expression", "Do the Best You" and the two fine singles "Listen to Me" and Jennifer Eccles" another fine Hollies album (with Nash) could have been made; insted they gave us the deeply disappointing "Hollies Sing Dylan"

"Butterfly" is probably their finest moment.

Here we have as bonus-tracks most of these potential final-album songs. The Nash version of "Blowing in the Wind" was another possible inclusion. As song called "Ashes to Ashes" is also said to have been recorded.

The music on this release is all great, but the lack of additional notes is very disappointing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2007
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
on 24 February 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2010
Like most people reading this i've always considered The Hollies as an above average pop band of the 60s. Then when cruising the airwaves of obscure radio stations I heard Pegasus from this album and had to hear more.
Immediately bought and was not disappointed. This is a beaifully crafted album that I have to admit does sound a little dated
I'm certain anyone who buys it will love it You may therefore ask why only 4 stars. The answer is that the disc has mono and stereo versions of the original which seems pointless
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2011
This period of the Hollies musical history is a special one. Much of the album's production was done in Italy (including promotional videos).I regret so say the album was underrated in a way or not well promoted even thoug the songs are beautiful. However, I like it very much. Roberto from Argentina
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2014
This is The Hollies " Sgt Pepper". Real good album!!
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on 8 July 2011
Another fine example of solid musical performances by The Hollies, this album pairs naturally with the album 'Evolution' to give the listener a couple of very enjoyable hours entertainment. Recommended listening for all.
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on 13 May 2015
What a great era the sixties was, and the Hollies were one of the best bands around. The pride of Manchester.
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