maart 13, 2015

The Hollies - Hollies Sing Dylan (1969)

“Hollies Sing Dylan” is a 1969 cover album where the Hollies sing Bob Dylan songs. It was also released in the US as “Words and Music by Bob Dylan” with a different cover but using the same band image and track order.

This album was recorded and released following Graham Nash's departure from the band to join David Crosby and Stephen Stills in mid 1968 after early sessions for a follow-up to the psychedelic concept album, Butterfly broke down. Nash became frustrated when the other band members showed opposition to lyrics in his latest compositions. By that time, Nash was the only member of the band using LSD and marijuana and a rift was forming between him and his beer drinking band-mates.

It´s also the first album with new member Terry Sylvester, who replaced Nash.

There have been claims that the album was hated by fans and critics alike. However it peaked at no. 3 in the UK.

In an interview for Billboard magazine in 1974, Clarke reflected on the album:

At the time I was pleased with the album but on reflection, I don't think it was a good move for the Hollies. People knocked it, saying, 'How could they ever relate to Dylan?' We thought we'd do it for Hollies fans, but I was really just reading Dylan's words, not singing them. I could have been a lot better.

Side A
A1.  When The Ship Comes In  (2:40) 
A2.  I'll Be Your Baby Tonight  (3:24) 
A3.  I Want You  (2:09) 
A4.  Wheels On Fire  (2:52) 
A5.  I Shall Be Released  (3:20) 
A6.  Blowin' In The Wind  (4:06)

Side B
B1.  Quit Your Low Down Ways  (2:40)  
B2.  Just Like A Woman  (3:57) 
B3.  The Times They Are A'Changin'  (3:15)   
B4.  All I Really Want To Do  (2:19)  
B5.  My Back Pages  (2:55)  
B6.  Mighty Quinn  (2:24)

Bernard Calvert – bass guitar, piano, organ, keyboards
Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica
Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
Tony Hicks – vocals, lead guitar, banjo
Terry Sylvester – vocals, rhythm guitar
String arrangements and composing on "Blowin' in the Wind" by Mike Vickers
All other strings arranged and conducted by Lew Warburton
Producer - Ron Richards
Compiled By – Vic Lanza

Composed By, Written-By – Bob Dylan
Recorded: 1969 at Abbey Road Studios
Genre: Rock/Pop
Length: 36:07
Catalog# PCS 7078
Label: Parlophone Records

© 1969

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