Sunday, 28 April 2013

Retro Vinyl: The Hollies (Music For Pleasure, 1972)

EMI's budget label Music For Pleasure knocked out a phenomenal amount of albums in the early 1970s.

A particular trend was to release albums featuring popular bands from the 1960s either by compiling albums of rare material (Walkin With The Shadows) or simply just repackaging a deleted album.

The Hollies 1967 album Evolution was simply retitled The Hollies for this 1972 reissue (MFP5252). It featured tracks written by group members Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Tony Hicks.

Despite a popular trend at the time of using modern photographs of artists to repackage the older material,  MFP did do The Hollies the courtesy of using an in-keeping photograph of the 1967 line-up of the band for the album cover, (Graham Nash having left The Hollies in 1968).

Evolution is often regarded as a bit of  a groundbreaking album for The Hollies featuring such classics as You Need Love and Have You Ever Loved Somebody (which was also a single for The Searchers).

Overseas versions of the album featured singles such as King Midas In Reverse and On a Carousel, but this was hardly the done thing at the time in the UK so they stayed off the album. 

Co-incidentally Evolution was released the same month (June,1967) and label (Parlophone) as The Beatles'  Sgt Pepper.

Visit The Hollies Official Website for latest news on the band.

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