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Digitally remastered reissue of the U.K. edition of the hit British Invasion act's 1967 album in a digipak. Their first record to flirt with psychedelic sounds, it contains three tracks ('Pegasus', 'Elevated Observations... more »
Digitally remastered reissue of the U.K. edition of the hit British Invasion act's 1967 album in a digipak. Their first record to flirt with psychedelic sounds, it contains three tracks ('Pegasus', 'Elevated Observations?' & 'Try It') NOT included on the U.S. edition, 'Dear Eloise/ King Midas In Reverse'. Contains both mono & stereo versions of all 12 tracks, for a combined total of 24 selections. Also features the original cover art. Digipak. 1999 release.
Their Finest Moment + 10
Morten Vindberg | Denmark | 01/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Butterfly" is often regarded the strongest album by the Hollies. Released in 1967 it was to be last to feature high-pitch vocalist Graham Nash, who left in late 1968 to join David Crosby and Steve Stills. Sadly the Hollies were never quite the same after his departure - they did record some fine album later, but some of the magic somehow had gone.
With the "For Certain Because" (1966) the Holles had begun to write all their material for their albums, and the this continued on the following two albums "Evolution" and "Butterfly". All 3 album contains some of the finest songwriting the Hollies ever did. Their playing and singing is impeccable like on most of their recordings - some might say that their lyrics at times tend to be a little too naive or silly.
"Butterfly" is their most adventurous album and the closest the Hollies ever came to psychedelia. Apart from "Dear Eloise" which was released as a single in some countries it is very much an "album" - not just a collection of songs built up around 3 or 4 hit singles.
It seems the Nash was the dominating force at this point, taking the lead vocal on more songs than usual lead-singer Clarke. Nash abilities as lead-singer are obvíous here, but it's usually a pleasure to listen to all singer, not least when they change lead-vocals or join in on harmonies.
It's hard to bring forward particular tracks, because all are great. Tony Hicks cute "Pegasus" was always a favourite, but the songs like "Try it", "Would You Believe" and "Dear Eloise" with Allan Clarke up-front are all classic Hollies. Nash's laid back-songs like "Wish You a Wish" are "Postcard" are close to the sound of Simon & Garfunkel. On the instrumental side, there is a lot experimenting with various instruments like citar, different keyboards and several tracks feature string-arrangements.
The Hollies actually recorded at least an albums worth of material before Nash finally left. With strong material like "Wings", "Open Up Your Eyes" , "Tomorrow When it Comes", "Man With No Expression", "Do the Best You" and the two fine singles "Listen to Me" and Jennifer Eccles" another fine Hollies album (with Nash) could have been made; insted they gave us the deeply disappointing "Hollies Sing Dylan"
"Butterfly" is probably their finest moment.
Here we have as bonus-tracks most of these potential final-album songs. The Nash version of "Blowing in the Wind" was another possible inclusion. As song called "Ashes to Ashes" is also said to have been recorded.
The music on this release is all great, but the lack of additional notes is very disappointing."
Extra Tracks VS. Mono & Stereo
Derek | Brooklyn, NY | 09/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is most definately my favorite Hollies album and I have bought several versions of it, this one being nice for having what I think is the superior mono mix, but I would like to point potential buyers to the French import on Magic Records. THAT edition features several tracks recorded for the abandoned follow up tp Butterfly. Also included are period era b-sides and singles. The nine extras include "Open Up Your Eyes", "Relax", "Wings", "Like Everytime Before", "Man With No Expression", "Tomorrow When It Comes", "Jennifer Eccles", "Listen To Me", & "Do the Best You Can". While I wouldn't argue that the inclusion of "Jennifer Eccles" makes it better, the appearance of "Wings" and "Relax" most certainly do. For fans of this era of the Hollies, the french version is a nice roundup of the last of the Nash period."