Our Hollies' reissue campaign continues with this incredible 1967 Epic album, plus 5 rare bonus tracks - all from the original master tapes, providing the most breathtaking fidelity ever, a new insightful interview with Ho... more »llies' bassist Bernie Calvert, vintage photos, and more--a gorgeous sonic smile from Sundazed!« less
Our Hollies' reissue campaign continues with this incredible 1967 Epic album, plus 5 rare bonus tracks - all from the original master tapes, providing the most breathtaking fidelity ever, a new insightful interview with Hollies' bassist Bernie Calvert, vintage photos, and more--a gorgeous sonic smile from Sundazed!
""Evolution" was the first of two Hollies albums released in 1967. The band did a lot of experimenting in those years, both in songwriting and arrangements. Some of it worked, some of it didn't. "Butterfly" is often hailed as their finest and most consistent, whereas "Evolution" suffers from being anything but consistent. The songwriting is more or less on par with "Butterfly", but some arrangements in various degrees ruin the songs.
Worst is the "underwater" effect put on Graham Nash's voice on "Lullaby to Tim". It could have been a great track, but as it is, it's almost unlistenable. I have often wondered if a version with unruined vocals exists.
The distorted guitars put on the opening track "The the Heartaches Begin" and "Have You Ever Loved Somebody", give a forced feeling that does not help the songs, which are really good Hollies songs. The Searchers proved that "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" even had hit-potentials.
Enough negative words said, because there are plenty of succesful tracks that make the album quite enjoyable after all.
Like on the previous album all songs were written by Clarke, Hicks and Nash and Allan Clarke and Graham Nash more or less share the lead vocals with Tony Hicks joining in on choruses etc.
"Stop Right There" is a nice quiet Graham Nash ballad; fine violin solo. Nash also takes the lead vocals on one of the big highlights on the album "When Your Lights Turned On"; classic up-beat Hollies with great guitars and harmonies.
The nostalgic "Ye Olde Toffee Shop" featuring harpsichord is quite charming, but no more.
On "Games We Play" Clarke and Nash share the lead vocals. Incredible that this song was not released as a single. Extremely catchy with funny ( naive ) teenage lyrics.
Allan Clarke demonstrates his powerful vocals on several tracks such as "You Need Love" and "Leave Me".
"Water on the Brain" is another example; a song which also features a charming trombone solo.
So all in all you could call it a hit and miss album, mostly hits!
By the way, this review refers to the British version of the album."
SUMMER OF LOVE SOUND
David Insinga | CLIFTON,NJ | 06/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"1967 was the year things started to change in music as ive been told i was only 2 at the time.But the music speaks for it self the BEATLES had SGT.PEPPER.THE WHO had SELL OUT the HOLLIES had EVOLUTION not nearly as earth shattering as PEPPER but very experimental CARRIE ANNE was the hit and yes its a little corny but the rest of the album was deffinately trying to be a step the HOLLIES needed to take to be taken seriously has a pop band.i think GRAM NASH had a lot to do with this.the album is on the psycodelic side but its great fun to listen to in 2007 a big departure from what music is today.but a definate pop rock cd from a band very underated and too associated with an AIR SUPPLY sound .This is a far cry from air that i breathe.
Must have cd for 60's music fans
c. m. d. | marshfield mass. usa | 11/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"yes its true !!!! if you like the mid 60's sound of the beatles or the stones than you will love the songs on this cd. i have been a hollies fan for years and i just bought this cd from amazon and i was blown away by how good it is. thid cd is one of the very few i can listen to two or three times in a row without getting sick of it."
S A Abrahamsson | Scania | 04/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The song list here is not quite the same as that of the British-European Evolution LP, which started off with the tense When then Heartaches Begin. Some singles have been added also. But to those who cannot get the Brit original, this is nevertheless an opportunity to relive the sixties and the magic years 1965-1969 when so much happened. 1966-67 in particular. Some complain that these songs have a fair share of silliness - well, then you haven't been young in those days when your mother really should not know the games you play. In particular the singing was so good here, and the instrumental playing also. I even learned to bear with the rather clichéish string arrangements. All in all, get it and play it loud. No politics, nothing very deep. It is just music, and as such fantastic."
One of my favourite albums
Eriko Sugo | California | 04/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Another great album by The Hollies! They are definitely one of my favourite bands, and this album contributed to my loving them so much. This was the second album by The Hollies that I have ever owned so it's pretty precious to me, though my most favourite would be the album,"Butterfly". Now I have a lot more of their albums, and I've still got lots more to buy! This, I will recommend to anyone who loves The Hollies. Even if you've only heard their hits, you should try listening to some of their other songs, since they are all so good!"