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on 10 August 2014
A very different style from the earlier Hollies with Mikael Rickfors taking on the lead from Allan Clarke, but there is much to enjoy. Terry Sylvester and Tony Hicks blend in beautifully with Rickfors to produce both lovely ballads and lively rockers. Of particular note is the opening song Won’t You Feel Good That Morning, Touch, Romany (which shows the softer side of Rickfors voice), the beautiful ballads Jesus Was a Crossmaker and Indian Girl (both supremely sung by Terry Sylvester) and the ‘soft rock’ Oh Granny (again sung by Terry). Tony Hicks plays a range of guitar and sitar, reinforcing what an amazing talent he has, and not least to complete the musical array is Bobby Elliot and Bern Calvert (the latter also playing on electric organ). Whilst not everyone will necessarily like everything on this CD, there is still something for everyone.
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VINE VOICEon 4 April 2009
This 1972 release is one of my favourite Hollies albums. Drummer Bobby Elliott is on record as saying this was a bland period for the band, but I disagree. The opening track rocks hard and Michael Rickfors' 'Touch' is beautiful. The rest of the album is pretty much on the same plane. Most of the material was written for the band by outside contributors and there are a few covers, but the band put their own stamp on it all. The titles reveal a preoccupation with Western themes.

Rickfors sounds much more like a hard rock singer than Allan Clarke, his timbre being similar to David Coverdale's, though he isn't as good. This doesn't affect the sound too much, with their harmonies still in evidence. They also feature guitars more prominently than on their previous album, 'Distant Light', which was heavy on keyboards, with the result that it rocks more effectively.

There are eight bonus tracks and these are of a high standard. They include the line up's only hit, the sadly neglected 'The Baby'. 'Indian Girl' is far too good to be a b-side and I am puzzled as to why nothing was done with the unreleased tracks, especially 'Papa Rain'. For me, this is probably only bettered by the 'For Certain Because' album.
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on 2 May 2018
Like the different sound to this cd, Alan Clarke very good but just nice to listen to another voice
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on 3 September 2013
Have bought almost all Hollies on CD now. With or without Graham Nash they are brilliant. You certainly get a lot of good music for your money here. Recommended.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 18 August 2016
The 1972 album "Romany" by The Hollies can be found on CD in two places – the now deleted 2007 EMI singular CD reissue with 8 Bonus Tracks (has become very pricey since deletion) – or inside "Changin' Times: The Complete Hollies - January 1969 - March 1973". I'd suggest getting "Romany" inside the 5CD set because its easily accessible and offers so much more on top of that great album (five other LPs worth as well as non-album 7" singles, outtakes and rarities). "Romany" was also issued with different track lists in the UK and USA and the "Changin' Time..." set will allow fans to sequence both. Here are the finite details...

UK and USA released July 2015 - "Changin' Times: The Complete Hollies - January 1969 - March 1973" by THE HOLLIES on Parlophone 0825646336111 (Barcode 0825646336111) is a 5CD Set in a multiple-layer double-sized jewel case. The "Romany" album had different tracks lists in the UK (12) and USA (11) and either can be sequenced from this 5-disc set as follows (3/5 = Track 3 on Disc 5 - 6/4 = Track 6 on Disc 4 etc.):

"Romany" - November 1972 UK 12-Track LP on Polydor 2383 144
Side 1:
1. Won't You Feel Good That Morning [3/5]
2. Touch [6/4]
3. Words Don't Come Easy [17/4]
4. Magic Woman Touch [13/4]
5. Lizzy And The Rainman [15/4]
6. Down River [12/4]

Side 2:
1. Slow Down [2/5]
2. Delaware Taggett And The Outlaw Boys [15/4]
3. Jesus Was A Crossmaker [11/4]
4. Romany [7/4]
5. Blue In The Morning [10/4]
6. Courage Of Your Convictions [18/4]

"Romany" - November 1972 USA 11-Track LP on Epic E 31992
Side 1:
1. Magic Woman Touch [13/4]
2. Touch [6/4]
3. Words Don't Come Easy [17/4]
4. Won’t We Feel Good [aka Won’t You Feel Good That Morning] [3/5]
5. Down River [12/4]

Side 2:
1. Slow Down [2/5]
2. Delaware Taggett And The Outlaw Boys [15/4]
3. Jesus Was A Crossmaker [11/4]
4. Romany [7/4]
5. Blue In The Morning [10/4]
6. Courage Of Your Convictions [18/4]

BONUS TRACKS:
The eight Bonus Tracks on the 2007 'Expanded Edition' CD of "Romany" are:
13. The Baby - a non-album UK 7” single A-side released 4 February 1972 on Polydor 2058 199 (Track 5 on Disc 4). For the non-album B-side "Oh Granny" see Track 4 on Disc 4
14. Magic Woman Touch (Acoustic Version) – Track 14 on Disc 4
15. Indian Girl – non-album B-side of "Magic Woman Touch" – a UK 7” single released 10 November 1972 on Polydor 2058 289 – Track 9 on Disc 3
16. If It Wasn’t For The Reason – recorded between the sessions for “Romany” and “Out On The Road” – Track 4 on Disc 5
17. Papa Rain – Previously Unreleased until 2007 on the 'Expanded Edition' – Track 8 on Disc 4
18. Witchy Woman - Previously Unreleased until 2007 on the 'Expanded Edition' (Eagles cover version) – Track 1 on Disc 5
19. Oh Granny (Terry Sylvester Vocal Version) - a non-album UK 7” single B-side to "The Baby" released 4 February 1972 on Polydor 2058 199 - Track 4 on Disc 4
20. I Had A Dream - non-album B-side to the US 7" single of "Jesus Was A Carpenter" (Judee Sill cover) release May 1973 on Epic Records 5-10989 - June 1973 German 7" single (in picture sleeve) of "Jesus Was A Carpenter" on Hansa 12 728 AT – Track 16 on Disc 5

OUTTAKE:
If It Wasn't For The Reason That I Love You – recorded September 1972 after the "Romany" sessions - from the November 1988 LP and CD compilation "Rarities" on EMI Records EMS 1311 – Track 4 on Disc 5

THE HOLLIES (December 1971 to March 1973)
Tony Hicks, Bobby Elliott, Bernie Calvert, Terry Sylvester and Mikael Rickfors

The 24-page booklet features a witty and clever introduction called 'Elucidating Observations' by the band's long-standing drummer BOBBY ELLIOTT (reminiscences of Graham being rescued from the beer-swilling Hollies by David Crosby to join him on the CSNY odyssey) - a UK Discography for the singles and LP – pages of rare European, US and Japanese 7” single picture sleeves – album covers – and track by track recording details. It's well done - the colour centre pages photo sees the boys staring out of set of broken windows somewhere in Nuremberg - and for such a huge haul of music is priced cheaply too.

Across 92 tracks are the A&B-sides of eight British 7" singles, six full albums (five British on Parlophone and one European on Hansa), six LP and CD compilation exclusives, non-album European/USA single releases and the bonus tracks that came with the ‘Extended Version’ CD of “Romany”. The six albums are: "Hollies Sing Dylan" (May 1969), "Hollies Sing Hollies" (November 1969), "Confessions Of The Mind" (November 1970), "Distant Light" (October 1971), "Romany" (November 1972) and "Out On The Road" (Germany-Only, June 1973).

By all accounts the "Romany" LP shouldn’t work. The band’s mentor and one of their principal songwriters Allan Clarke had jumped ship for a solo career and that other great tune contributor and original member Tony Hicks coughed up only one song - "Blue In The Morning" – a co-write with fellow Englishman Kenny Lynch. Swedish singer Mikael Rickfors gave them the gorgeous "Touch" whilst "Down River" and "Jesus Was A Crossmaker" were covers of David Ackles and Judee Sill songs. The remainder were primarily from the pen of Colin Horton-Jennings – the Vocalist and Guitarist with obscure Harvest Records act The Greatest Show On Earth. It shouldn’t work but it does...

Instead of feeling like an LP of disparate songs written by other people – it feels like a grown up Hollies album – gorgeous harmony vocals allied with superb Abbey Road production values (Produced by The Hollies but engineered by Pink Floyd men Alan Parsons (The Dark Side Of The Moon) and Peter Bown (The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn). In fact I’d argue that if "Romany" had been the next Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young after 1970’s "Deja Vu" – they’d have even more garlands laid at their holy CSNY feet than they already do.

The UK LP opens with "Won’t You Feel Good That Morning" – the first of two songs written by the Trio of Cy Crane, Herbert Weiner and John Gluck Jr. – the other is "Slow Down" – both still mysteriously credited to M. Leslie and B. Day in the booklet (whoever they are). After the semi-rocker of "Won’t You Feel Good That Morning" – the beautiful "Touch" establishes the true tone of the album – melodious ballads. I love the understated guitar playing on this track and that ever present comfort organ. "Words Don’t Come Easy" is the first Colin Horton-Jennings song – a crying Spanish lady song with the shadow of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young lingering over the entire melodious production.

He also contributed the winner of "Magic Woman Touch" – a co-write by Horton-Jennings with his fellow 'The Greatest Show On Earth' band member Norman Watt-Roy (who also did a stint with Deram Prog Rockers East Of Eden). "Magic..." first showed on The Greatest Show On Earth's 2nd UK LP "The Going's Easy" in November 1970 on Harvest SHVL 786. Worlds away from Prog or complicated rhythm patterns – The Hollies cover of "Magic Woman Touch is pure pop brilliance - taking the original's warmth of melody and only amplifying it. Why the November 1972 UK 7” single on Polydor 2058 289 wasn’t a Top 5 smash for The Hollies is an absolute mystery (it didn't even make Top 40).

Americans Kenny O’Dell and Larry Henley penned "Lizzy And The Rainman" and even put it out as a US 45 on Kapp K-2178 in July 1972 (as "Lizzie And The Rain Man"). Both it and David Ackle’s "Down River" feel right – piano ballads that work. The rocker "Slow Down" feels like bad Status Quo at times and slightly out of place. Better is another Colin Horton-Jennings tale of dodgy cowboys "Delaware Taggett And The Outlaw Boys" that has more than a passing musical resemblance to the slick guitar chug of "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress". May 1973 saw The Hollies release their sublime cover of Judee Sill’s "Jesus Was A Crossmaker" in the USA on Epic 5-10989 with the non-album "I Had A Dream" on the flipside (Track 16 on Disc 5). But that’s trumped by the final Colin Horton-Jennings composition – the superb title track "Romany" – The Hollies sounding so damn good. It ends of "Blue In The Morning" – a ‘as soon as I saw the look in her eyes I knew it was over’ song penned by Tony Hicks and Kenny Lynch – while the poppy guitar of "Courage Of Your Convictions" is from Alan Rush and Randy Cullers both of whom have contributed songs to Kris Kristofferson, David Linde and Elvis Presley in his final years.

Further glory would follow for The Hollies on Polydor with Alan Clarke taking the song-writing ascendancy ("The Air That I Breathe") - while Graham Nash went on of course to conquer the West Coast of America and then the entire world with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young and all of the CSNY off-shoots.

"…Cast your spell upon me one more time..." - THE HOLLIES sang on the wonderful "Magic Woman Touch".

"Romany" is a blindingly good album and you want it in your home. Let this 'Elucidating Observation' touch your life and roam over your undulating hills (if that’s not too fruity for 2016)...
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on 29 September 2007
This is the second UK CD reissue by EMI of the only Hollies LP by the Mikael Rickfors lineup to be issued in Britain. In its original format it reached the shops on the Polydor label in November 1972. A typically solid, varied Hollies recording, "Romany" manifested two distinct sides to the group - ballads and electric rockers in keeping with their then current worldwide "Long Cool Woman" hit single. Despite the inclusion of only two group originals (Rickfors' "Touch" and Hicks/Lynch's "Blue In The Morning") the material is of top quality, sourced from writers including Colin Horton-Jennings, David Ackles and the late Judee Sill.

The excellent songs, musicianship and production are further enhanced by the digital remastering and this present, expanded version also benefits from the inclusion of a generous eight bonus tracks. Aside from the revised lineup's introductory hit "The Baby" and the acoustic "unplugged" version of Romany's extracted single "Magic Woman Touch", collectors are treated to three tracks new to CD. The Terry Sylvester version of "Oh Granny" (previously locked on the B-side of "The Baby") makes its digital debut alongside two previously unissued tracks originally recorded during the "Romany" sesssions. The eerie but enticing "Papa Rain" contrasts with a storming version of the Eagles' "Witchy Woman" but both songs are great.

The CD retains the original 1972 artwork and the booklet contains recording sessionography and a detailed, informative song-by-song commentary by Hollies' "Carousel" fanzine contributor Geoff Coles.

An excellent reissue.
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