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More Imperial-Era Hollies Reissues Headed Your Way

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It’s Hollies-mania all over again! Back on February 15, we tipped you to a vinyl box set due April 19 collecting some of the Manchester quintet’s toughest-to-find tracks. But it gets better. On the same date that Sundazed releases the Lost Recordings and Beat Rarities box, the label will also continue its vinyl LP reissue series for the band with brand-new releases of Beat Group! and Bus Stop. These 1966 albums for Imperial Records were, respectively, The Hollies’ third and fourth American albums. The reissue of Beat Group!, in particular, is exciting as the album has been out-of-print for decades. Both titles will be heard in their original mono mixes.

As if that weren’t enough, U.K. label BGO Records will soon deliver a follow-up to its Bus Stop/Stop! Stop! Stop! two-fer which is comprised of the fourth and fifth Imperial titles.  The label will look backwards to combine the group’s first two American titles for Imperial, Here I Go Again (1964) and Hear! Here! (1965) onto one disc. These two titles were released stateside last year, on vinyl by Sundazed in mono. Ironically, BGO’s series seems to be neglecting Beat Group! for an overdue CD reissue.

Hit the jump for a bit of background on these four LPs, plus full track listings and discographical information!

While recording in Europe for Parlophone, The Hollies were signed to the Imperial label in America. 1964’s Here I Go Again was largely an American repackaging of the band’s first album for Parlophone, Stay with The Hollies. Five tracks were dropped from the British LP and three tracks replaced them to create a unique 12-track album, including singles “Here I Go Again” and “Just One Look,” The Hollies’ cover of the Doris Troy song. The LP performed so poorly, however, that Imperial declined to issue in America the band’s second U.K. album In the Hollies Style. When “Look Through Any Window” went Top 40 and finally broke the band in America in late 1965, Imperial issued a belated follow-up.  Hear! Here! was based on the Parlophone LP simply entitled Hollies. Hear! Here! removed the covers “Fortune Teller” and “Mickey’s Monkey” in favor of the band’s first American Top 40 single, “Look Through Any Window,” and Clint Ballard Jr.’s “I’m Alive,” another single. On the strength of these songs, the album charted, albeit only at No. 145. BGO’s two-fer will mark the first CD release of both Here I Go Again and Hear! Here!

The rare LP Beat Group! arrives in April as part of Sundazed’s 180-gram vinyl mono series. It was actually released in May 1966, one month prior to Would You Believe? in the U.K. A number of tracks from Would You Believe? unused on Beat Group! were held over for what would be the next American album, Bus Stop, and so Beat Group! drew on a number of sources, some as far back as 1964. Its version of “A Taste of Honey” was unique and not repeated in the U.K.; it is also a different version than the 1968 track heard on the box set The Long Road Home. Beat Group! ironically didn’t emphasize that aspect of the group’s evolving sound; there are smashing performances of Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni’s rocking “I Can’t Let Go” as well as Buddy Holly’s “Take Your Time” and Isaac Hayes and David Porter’s “I Take What I Want,” plus forward-looking songs composed by the group. Of these, “Oriental Sadness” is mesmerizing, while “Hard, Hard Year” has a folk-rock appeal.

Sundazed’s next LP release, Bus Stop, arrived boasting the band’s Graham Gouldman-written hit single, their first track to go Top 10 in America. They also applied their trademark harmonies to Roy Orbison’s “Candy Man,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “I Am a Rock,” and the relocated “Mickey’s Monkey.” “We’re Through,” “Don’t Run and Hide” and “You Know He Did” showed off the band’s ever-growing abilities as songwriters. The Hollies would have just one more LP (Stop! Stop! Stop!) on the Imperial label before signing a new deal with Columbia’s Epic division.

Sundazed’s 180-gram mono LPs of Beat Group! and Bus Stop will arrive in stores on April 19, while BGO’s two-on-one release of Here I Go Again and Hear! Here! will finalize a release date shortly. It hasn’t been yet announced whether BGO’s CD will feature the albums in authentic mono or “fake stereo.”

Hollies, Here I Go Again/Hear! Here! (BGO Records BGOCD 973, 2011)

  1. Here I Go Again
  2. Stay
  3. Memphis
  4. Lucille
  5. You Better Move On
  6. Talkin’ ‘Bout You
  7. Just One Look
  8. Keep Off of That Friend of Mine
  9. Rockin’ Robin
  10. Do You Love Me
  11. What Kind of Girl are You
  12. It’s Only Make Believe
  13. I’m Alive
  14. Very Last Day
  15. You Must Believe Me
  16. Put Yourself in My Place
  17. Down the Line
  18. That’s My Desire
  19. Look Through Any Window
  20. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  21. When I Come Home to You
  22. So Lonely
  23. I’ve Been Wrong Before
  24. Too Many People

Tracks 1-12 from Here I Go Again, Imperial LP 9266, 1964
Tracks 13-24 from Hear! Here!, Imperial LP 9299, 1965

Hollies, Beat Group! (Imperial LP 9312, 1966 – reissued Sundazed LP 5359, 2011)

  1. I Can’t Let Go
  2. That’s How Strong My Love Is
  3. Running Through the Night
  4. Oriental Sadness
  5. A Taste of Honey
  6. Mr. Moonlight
  7. Don’t You Even Care (What’s Gonna Happen to Me)
  8. Hard Hard Year
  9. Take Your Time
  10. Fifi the Flea
  11. I Take What I Want

Hollies, Bus Stop (Imperial LP 9330, 1966 – reissued Sundazed LP 5360, 2011)

  1. Bus Stop
  2. Candy Man
  3. Baby, That’s All
  4. I Am a Rock
  5. Sweet Little Sixteen
  6. We’re Through
  7. Don’t Run and Hide
  8. Oriental Sadness
  9. Mickey’s Monkey
  10. Little Lover
  11. You Know He Did
  12. Whatcha Gonna Do ‘Bout It

Written by Joe Marchese

March 10, 2011 at 14:13

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  1. It’s my concern that with any label trying to reissue “Beat Group” on CD or L.P. that they won’t use the correct(1966) take of “A Taste of Honey”, and that, instead, they’ll insert the orchestrated 1968 version(which debuted on the UK box set “The Long Road Home”).
    At present, the only CD release of the 1966 version is on a French Hollies compilation CD on the “Magic” label(“French 60’s E.P. Collection Vol.2”), where it is obviously a dub from a non-master(likely vinyl) source.

    Phil Cohen

    March 10, 2011 at 14:23

    • The Sundazed releases are both sourced from the original U.K. mono masters, so I’m so confident that the correct “Taste of Honey” will indeed be heard.

      Joe Marchese

      March 10, 2011 at 14:47

      • “Beat Club” is an Imperial Records U.S.A. creation. The 1966 version of “A Taste of Honey” was never released in the UK.

        Phil Cohen

        March 10, 2011 at 16:05

      • I meant “Beat Group”. My typographical error.

        Phil Cohen

        March 10, 2011 at 16:09

  2. It should be explained that all 1960’s Hollies album tracks exist in stereo mixes. However, after the stereo edition of the group’s Uk debut album “Stay With The Hollies” sold poorly, it was decided to release the group’s second & third Uk albums(“In The Hollies Style” & “Hollies”) only in mono in the UK, though stereo mixes were prepared and used in certain overseas territories(though apparently not in The U.S.A). The stereo mixes of the 2nd & 3rd album didn’t receive UK release until the late 1960’s.
    In reassembling the early Imperial albums on CD or L.P., I wouldn’t consider the use of stereo to be entirely inauthentic, because these ARE 1960’s stereo mixes(created at the same time as the mono’s). If Imperial Records didn’t receive the stereo mixes at the time, it is likely because they didn’t care and didn’t bother to ask EMI or Transglobal(the company that EMI set up to handle U.S.A. licensing of British artists that Capitol didn’t want).
    When the Liberty/ Imperial/ United Artists group of labels was up for sale in the late 1970’s, it was very important for EMI to buy it, especially so that the U.S.A. rights to The Beatles’ “A Hard Days Night” album didn’t end up in non-EMI hands.

    Phil Cohen

    March 10, 2011 at 14:40

    • We’re aware that “Beat Group!” is a U.S. Imperial release, as is indicated in the original post. That said, Sundazed has indeed stated that it will be sourced from the original mono masters housed in the U.K. See here for all of the information we have at this time:

      Joe Marchese

      March 10, 2011 at 17:32

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