BETWEEN April 1963 and October 1968 - a period of just five and a half years - The Hollies released seven albums (eight if you count the Greatest Hits). Seven EP's and 19 singles. 18 of the singles and five (or six) of the albums charted.
This highlights the consistency of the quality of music from this group.
Throughout this period of time, the ever-presents in the band were Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Tony Hicks (drummer Bobby Elliott joined the band in July 1963 and bassist Eric Haydock departed in March 1966),
Clarke, Hicks and Nash perfected the trademark three-part harmony that is still a recognisable facet of the band today - nearly 50 years on (but now it's Howarth, Hicks and Lauri).
They also formed a songwriting partnership that was on a par with Lennon & McCartney or Jagger & Richards; sometimes using the name Chester Mann, but more usually L Ransford.
Eventually, L Ransford was `outed' as Clarke, Hicks and Nash.
This writin partnership was responsible for many of the band's hits and a vasy number of b-sides and album tracks.
This six CD collection gathers together all the tracks from the albums, singles and EP's recorded during the Clarke, Hicks, Nash timeframe, and for good measure some previously unreleased material which includes some foreign language versions of songs and an octet of songs recorded at a live show in 1968.
We are all aware of The Hollies' hits, but amongst the rest of the tracks are some gems such as Keep Off That Friend Of Mine - a rare Bobby Elliott co-composition - and both sides of an Italian release from 1967.
In actual fact, of 158 tracks in this release, the trio were responsible for writing 86 of them!
It's a superb retrospective of an important era, not just in The Hollies career, but in British pop music as a whole.
Included with the discs is a 24-page booklet full of photos and an interview with Graham Nash.
I can't wait for the Clarke, Hicks, Sylvester years.