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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 February 2016
INTRODUCTION:

The Hollies is a pop-rock group formed in 1962 in Manchester, England, initially consisting of Allan Clark (vocals), Graham Nash and Tony Hicks (guitars), Eric Haydock (bass), and Don Rathbone (drums). Clarke and Nash had worked as a duo, th eGuytones, added other members, became the Fourtones, Deltas, the The Hollies. First recorded for Parlophone in 1963. Rathone left in 1963, replaced by Bobby Elliott (the set up for the first 3 albums in the current series). Haydock left in 1966, replaced by Bernie Calvert (first heard on Bus Stop). Nash left in December 1968 to join David Crosby and Stephen Stills in new trio; replaced by Terry Sylvester, formerly in The Swinging Blue Jeans. Shuffling personnel since then, Clarke, Nash, Hick and Elliott regrouped briefly in 1983.

CONTENT:

The Hollies has released 26 albums in UK, from 1964 to 2009 (on Parlophone label from 1964 to 1972, on Polydor from 1972 to 2009). The first 5 albums on Parlophone in UK (with label & no., chart positions in UK and US & year) are included in this series:
1. Stay With The Hollies (Parlophone 1220)(UK 2/1964) – 14 songs*containing the rare single: Lucille
2. In The Hollies Style (Parlophone 1235)(1964) – 12 songs
3. Hollies (Parlophone 1261)(UK 8/1965; US 145/1965) – 12 songs
4. Would You Believe? (Parlophone 7008)(UK 16/1966) – 12 songs
5. For Certain Because (Parlophone 17011)(UK 12/1966; US 71/1966) – 12 songs*containing hit singles: Pay You Back with Interest, and Stop Stop Stop

POSITIVE POINTS:
1. Individual Hollies’ albums are hard to come by. In this case, you get their first 5 albums in one set.
2. Each album comes with their original album front and back covers in a miniatured hardboard case.
3. There is a song listing on the back of the case that holds the 5 CDs. (For older folks like me, it is hard to read the small print song title on the back cover of the small hardboard case, or in some cases, like For Certain Because, no song listing was present.
4. The sound is excellently remastered, with good bass and no hiss. The songs were released in their original Mono mix.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1. Slightly expensive.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Hollies is a group with great harmonies and distinct sound. If you are looking for their singles, please look elsewhere. Their first 5 albums have good sound and very enjoyable. If you are interested in re-collecting major artists’ albums on CDs at a reasonable price, the Original Album Series or Original Album Classics is the way to go. I managed to get back a lot of albums on CDs from artists, like Linda Ronstadt, Bobby Darin, Rascals, Monkees, KC and The Sunshine Band, Tommy James & The Shondells, etc. This set is recommended for all Hollies fans and collectors of individual albums from major artists.
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on 23 March 2014
Another reviewer said that "You really cannot go wrong with this 5 Cd set" but a better bargain is 'The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years: The Complete Hollies, April 1963-October 1968'. It is a 6CD set, with booklet and sleeve notes, all tracks remastered (from 1997 onwards), most of them in stereo, and includes all seven LPs and all seven EPs (and more) from this period for only £3.38 more. (Or even better, only £1.00 more if you get it from Play.com.)
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You really cannot go wrong with this 5 Cd set for the Price of 1 Cd set by the Hollies.

However since writing this review 'Bill TDK' has advised me you can do better.
Her is what Bill wrote
'but a better bargain is 'The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years: The Complete Hollies, April 1963-October 1968'. It is a 6CD set, with booklet and sleeve note, all tracks remastered (from 1997 onwards), most of them in stereo, and includes all seven LPs and all seven EPs (and more) for only £3.38 more.' read Bill's comments for further suggestions.

Back to my review!

On an historical note The group took their name from their musical hero Buddy Holly,

The 5CD set comes in card LP replica sleeves which I love because storage is so easy. Some however hate them- each to their own.

The track listing is the same as the original LPs so you may need to get out the magnifying glass to read them!
BUT the good news is that the first CD is in Phil Spector like glorious Mono the rest however have been remastered which may mean that people who already have a couple may be tempted to get the improved sound?
On the other hand if you have then on vinyl and they are worn out or scratched then you really are on to a winner.

The 5 LP titles are
"Stay With The Hollies" (1964), "
In The Hollies Style" (1964),
"Hollies" (1965),
"Would You Believe?" (1966) and
"For Certain Because" (1966).

PS Two years down the road volume two has been relesed.

Here is a linkOriginal Album Series
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on 6 April 2014
This is a fantastic value purchase of the first 5 Hollies albums in their authentic mono sound. Retailing at about a tenner you can't go wrong. I like the way the CDs are presented as facsimiles of the original LPs.

The mastering appear to date from the late 1990s, so before the loudness wars took hold. You can really crank these CDs up on your system without fear of distortion. The Manchester Sound comes thundering out of the speakers. It's how this band should be heard. It's how these recordings were originally conceived.

Artistically the albums show some minor signs of development up until For Certain Because, which is a very very good pop album indeed, with fantastic melodies and harmonies. The Hollies were fairly recently inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. They were a very good 1960s band. To understand them you should first listen to their first five albums. Then check out the next two called a Evolution and Butterfly. At this point the stereo becomes as interesting as the mono and worth having both.
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on 25 June 2015
Unlike the other albums (1963-68) these are in the original running order! You get to know what track is next I don't really care what order they were recorded in this is a much better solution. Am buying the next collection just for the upgraded Out on the Road rare lp from 1973.
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on 18 March 2014
This is a really good collection of original albums from one of the top groups of the 60s.It is really good value if you like The Hollies you will love this. :)
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on 28 January 2014
Although always a fan of the Hollies, saw them live in the 60's,even bought an guitar amplifier from Tony Hicks! never actually bought any of their Lps back in the day; recently bought a "best of" type Cd, but this is an opportunity to hear some of their early stuff - well pleased, great value!
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on 5 May 2015
I enjoyed this series of CD's and found treasures that I had not known about before.
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on 2 May 2016
Saw them live recently and still enjoy the music greatly
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on 8 October 2015
They were one of my favourite groups during the 60-70@s
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