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The Complete Singles: 50th Anniversary Collection
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music but poor QA at Real Gone, 17 Mar. 2016
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Five stars for the music but two for quality assurance at Real Gone as disc 1 has no label on it. It arrived sealed.
Has anyone else experienced this?
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The road is long: THE HOLLIES STORY
The road is long: THE HOLLIES STORY
by Brian Southall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable read, but, 14 July 2015
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Well as others have said it's a short-ish read with some 130 pages devoted to the 1960s, just over 20 to the 1970s and about the same again for the last 35 years. Errors apart it is well written and thoroughly enjoyable, particularly the record reviews.
In the back of the book the publisher advertises a Bob Dylan book which include 164 pages of biography and 115 pages of discography; so why oh why didn't the Hollies story include something similar, certainly for the main UK releases. Similarly the family tree which I first created for 'Carousel' (and as used in the boxed CD set) is there for the asking.

So here's a stab at a mainly Parlophone discography. Post Parlophone albums are listed, as are hit singles. Given EMI’s recent and comprehensive CD sets for the Parlophone years and those on Polydor with Mikael Rickfors (totalling 11 discs covering April 1963 to March 1973) we may yet see a further re-issue of the other 1970’s recordings.
The first line-up of the Hollies to record comprised Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Eric Haydock, Tony Hicks and Don Rathbone. After five recording sessions which included a couple of singles, EP & LP tracks and one which remained unreleased until a 1985 compilation. Don was replaced by Bobby Elliott and this line-up completed the first LP and three more. In 1966 Eric left with Bernie Calvert who had played with Tony & Bobby in the Dolphins back in 1961 joining. Three albums followed after which Graham Nash decided to move on; in his place came Terry Sylvester (ex Swinging Blue Jeans). This was in 1968 and four further LPs take us up to 1971 when Allan Clarke went solo. Carl Wayne (ex Move) was approached but ultimately Mikael Rickfors joined for two LPs one of which was only issued in Germany. Allan rejoined in 1973. Allan, Tony, Bobby, Bernie & Terry then stayed together until 1981 recording seven studio albums on Polydor. From this point until 1999 the core of the group was Allan, Tony and Bobby, supported live by such stalwarts as Dennis Haines, Ian Parker, Ray Stiles (ex Mud) and Alan Coates. Even Graham Nash stopped in the name of love (a ‘45’) and came back for the 1983 tour and an album. In 1999 Allan, for family reasons, retired and his place was taken, until his death in 2005, by Carl Wayne. Prior to this sad event, the settled touring line-up was Carl, Bobby, Tony, Alan C, Ray S & Ian P. This great line-up gave us the Hollies hits plus some Move and even the odd song from Mud. The first studio album for many years was 2006’s ‘Staying Power’ with: Bobby Elliott – drums (1963 to present),
Tony Hicks – guitars, backing vocals, banjo, mandolin, bass, sitar, keyboards (1963 to present),
Ray Stiles – bass, backing vocals (1986 to present),
Ian Parker – keyboards, woodwinds, backing vocals (1991 to present),
Peter Howarth – lead vocals, guitar (2004 to present),
Steve Lauri – guitar, backing vocals (2004 to present).
The same line-up recorded the album ‘Then, Now Always’ which came out in late 2010 with the track of the same name craftily featuring on the hits compilation ‘Midas Touch’, not the first or last time this ploy has been adopted.
The discography comprises Parlophone non-compilation LPs, EPs & 45s. Parlophone LP re-issues on CD include those by BGO records (between 1988-91) and in 1997/99 by EMI. The latter were digitally remastered typically with both mono & stereo versions on a single CD in card covers (some titles stereo only). These were followed in 2004 by the first in a series of 2-fers and in 2015 by 5 LPs in card covers in a box.
' (Ain’t That) Just Like Me/Hey What’s Wrong With Me (Parlophone R5030), 5/63, #25
' Searchin’/Whole World Over (R5052) 8/63, #12
with a couple of early exceptions, Bobby Elliott drums on:
' Stay/Now’s The Time (R5077), 11/63, #8 ()
' STAY WITH THE HOLLIES (PMC 1220 & PCS 3054), 1/64, #2
' Just One Look/Keep Off Of That Friend Of Mine (R5104), 2/64, #2
' Here I Go Again/Baby That’s All (R5137), 5/64, #4
' EP: The Hollies (GEP 8908), 6/64, #6
' EP: Just One Look (GEP 8911), 7/64, #10
' We’re Through/Come On Back (R5178), 9/64, #7
' EP: Here I Go Again (GEP 8915) 10/64
' IN THE HOLLIES STYLE (PMC 1235), 11/64
' EP: We’re Through (GEP 8927) 12/64
' Yes I will/Nobody (R5232), 1/65, #9
' EP: In the Hollies Style (GEP 8934) 4/65
' I’m Alive/ You Know He Did (R5287), 5/65, #1
' Look Through Any Window/So Lonely (R5322) , 8/65, #4
' EP: I’m Alive (GEP 8942) 9/65, #5
' HOLLIES (PMC 1261) 9/65, #8
' If I Needed Someone/I’ve Got A Way Of My Own (R5392), 12/65, #20
' I Can’t Let Go/Running Through The Night (R5409), 2/66, #2
' EP: I Can’t Let Go (GEP 8951) 6/66, #9
' WOULD YOU BELIEVE, (PMC/PCS 7008), 6/66, #16
Bernie Calvert joins for:
' Bus Stop/Don’t Run And Hide (R5469), 6/66, #5
' After The Fox (with Peter Sellers)/B-side not the Hollies (UA UP 1152), 9/66
' Stop Stop Stop/It’s You (R508), 10/66, #2
' FOR CERTAIN BECAUSE (PMC/PCS 7011) 10/66, #23
' On A Carousel/All The World Is Love (R5562), 2/67, #4
' Carrie Anne/Signs That Will Never Change (R5602), 5/67, #3
' EVOLUTION (PMC/PCS 7022), 6/67, #13
' King Midas In Reverse/Everything Is Sunshine (R5637), 9/67, #18
' BUTTERFLY (PMC/PCS 7039), 10/67
' Jennifer Eccles/Open Up Your eyes (R5680), 3/68, #7
' Listen To Me/Do The Best You Can (R5733), 9/68, #1
farewell Graham Nash; hello Terry Sylvester
' Sorry Suzanne/Not That Way At All (R5765), 2/69, #3,
' HOLLIES SING DYLAN (PMC/PCS 7078), 5/69, #3
' He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother/’Cos You Like To Love Me (R5806), 9/69, #3
' HOLLIES SING HOLLIES (PCS 7092), 11/69
' I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top/Mad Professor Blyth (R5837), 4/70, #7
' Gasoline Alley Bred/Dandelion Wine (R5862), 9/70, #14
' CONFESSIONS OF THE MIND (PCS 7116), 11/70, #30
' Hey Willy/Row The Boat Together (R5905), 5/71, #22
' DISTANT LIGHT (PAS 10005) 6/71, last Parlophone album.
Later Hit Singles
' The Baby/Oh Granny (Polydor 2058 199), 2/72, #26 (Polydor debut with Mikael Rickfors)
' Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress/Cable Car (Parlophone R5939), 4/72, #32, from DISTANT LIGHT (#2 hit in US so issued here)
Allan Clarke rejoins for
' The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sammy Mcghee/Born A Man (Polydor 2058 403) 10/73, #24
' The Air That I Breathe/No More Riders (Polydor 2058 435), 1/74, #2
' Soldier’s Song/Draggin’ My Heels (Polydor 2059 246), 6/80, #58
' Holliedaze/Holliepops (medley) (EMI 5229) 8/81, #28
' He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother/Carrie (EMI EM74), 8/88, #1
' The Air That I Breathe/We’re Through (EMI EM80) 11/88, #60
' The Woman I Love/Purple Rain (live) (EMI EM264), 3/93, #42
Post-71 Albums (UK releases on Polydor unless stated otherwise)
' Romany (Polydor 2383 144) 11/72, Polydor debut with Mikael Rickfors (on FMO*)
' Out On The Road (German Hansa 87119 IT), 4/73 (included on ‘Changin’ Times’)
' Hollies, 3/74 (2383 262) #38, return of Allan Clarke (FMO)
' Another Night (2442 128) 2/75 (on FO*)
' Write On (2442 141) 1/76 (FMO)
' Russian Roulette (2383 421) 12/76 (FO)
' Hollies Live Hits (2383 428) 3/77, #4 (in ‘The Long Road Home’ box)
' A Crazy Steal (2383 474) 3/78 (FMO)
' 20 Golden Greats (EMI EMTV 11) 7/78, #2, Parlophone recordings
' Five Three One – Double Seven O Four (2442 160) 3/79, (FO)
' Buddy Holly (POLTV 12 10/80 (FO), last on Polydor
' What Goes Around (WEA 250 139-1) 7/83, featuring Graham Nash
' Staying Power (EMI 355983 2) 2006
' Then, Now, Always (EMI 9 17502 2 8) 2010
The Polydor albums were re-issued in 1995/96 as two boxed sets entitled ‘Four Originals*’ and ‘Four More Originals*’ but some can also be found on single discs. The 2015 CD Changin’ Times includes from Sorry Suzanne to the Out On The Road German LP.
CD Compilations include:
' All the Hits and More (dbl) (#51), 1988
' At Abbey Road 1963 – 89 (tpl), (also available singly), 2000
' Greatest Hits (dbl) (#21), features ‘The Woman I Love’ and new song ‘How Do I Survive’ sung by Carl Wayne, 2003
' The Long Road Home 1963 – 2003, (6CD boxed set), 2003
' Midas Touch – Very Best of (dbl); new songs ‘Then, Now, Always (Dolphin Days)’ & I Would Fly (live), 2010
' Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years: Apr 63 – Oct 68, (6CD, 158 tracks), 2011
' 50 at Fifty (3 CD set including new song ‘Skylarks), 2014
' Changin’ Times: Jan 1969 – Mar 1973 (5CD, 90 tracks), 2015
In January 2014 I bought a decent copy of the LP Stay with the Hollies for £1.50. Probably 2/6d less than it would have cost on its first release exactly 50 years ago in 1964.
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Lost Hits of 60's
Lost Hits of 60's
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some rarities, 31 Mar. 2015
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An unusual compilation including a few rarities. Mrs Elva Miller I won't listen to again but the People's version of the Zombies song 'I love you' is a cracker.
01. Let's have a party - Wanda Jackson (1960, #37)
02. (You've got to) Move two mountains - Marv Johnson (1960, #20)
03. Brontosaurus stomp - Piltdown men
04. Look for a star - Gary Miles (1960, #16)
05. This time - Troy Shondell (1961, #6)
06. My girl Josephine - Jerry Jaye (1967, #9)
07. Sometime - Gene Thomas
08. Haunted house - Gene Simmons (1964, #11)
09. Lovey Dovey - Buddy Knox (1961, #25)
10. Close to Cathy - MIke Clifford (1962, #12)
11. A wonderful dream - Majors (1962, #22)
12. Downtown - Mrs Eva Miller
13. Universal Soldier - Glen Campbell
14. Party girl - Bernadette Carroll
15. He's got the the power - Exciters
16. Niki Hoeky - P.J. Proby (1967, #23)
17. Back on the street again - Sunshine Company (1967, #36)
18. Where you gonna go? - Unrelated Segments
19. I love you - People (1968, #14).
20. Keem-o-sabe - Electric Indian (1969, #16).


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, 20 Feb. 2015
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Jersey Beat: The Music Of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Jersey Beat: The Music Of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
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Price: £10.85

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Discography in this version, 30 Nov. 2014
Please note that this 'small box' version is not quite the same as the original 'long box' release in that the booklet has been truncated to omit the discography despite the note to the track listing which refers to it. Better to have left out the 6 page essay on the Jersey Boys stage show and retained the discography I'd have thought. Music top notch of course
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The Rolling Stones No. 2
The Rolling Stones No. 2
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Tracks, 9 Jun. 2014
So pleased that Amazon have compiled this correctly using ‘4 tracks from ’12 X 5’, 6 from ‘Now!’ & 2 from ‘More Hot Rocks’ (2002 release) including ‘Everybody needs somebody to love’ as the version on ‘Now!’ is the wrong one.
A wonderful LP as was its predecessor 'The Rolling Stones'
It's a scandal that we don't have 'proper' CD releases of these two Decca LPs.
Get 'burning'
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Some Unholy War
Some Unholy War
by Terence Strong
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read, 23 Mar. 2014
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Although not as tense as some of his other books (remember Tick Tock Man) this is a great read with a first class storyline which rings true. Highly recommended


Here Come The Nice
Here Come The Nice

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How about a simple 4 CD set?, 13 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Here Come The Nice (Audio CD)
The current box set looks amazing but I wonder about all the add-ons which no doubt boost the price substantially. For those who love this sort of stuff it all looks fantastic but in the longer term I wonder if there any chance that Universal might issue a basic 4 CD set of just the music. Perhaps if we all ask nicely!
(Have bought all the deluxe issues and going back to pre-Immediate days, I have four CD versions of 'Small Faces' and the original Decca LP
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Soviet Naval Aviation
Soviet Naval Aviation
by E. Gordon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £34.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stops just short of the Tbilisi/Admiral Kuznetzov, 21 Nov. 2013
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An excellently produced book but please be aware that although the Soviet/Russian aircraft carrier Tbilisi (later renamed Admiral Kuznetzov) was completed within the 1964 - 1991 timeframe of the book she has been given only a passing mention. The reason given is that she did not enter service until 1992.

This omission was a big disappointment.


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