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Hollies Sing Dylan Import

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24 bit digitally remastered reissue of the hit British Invasion pop group's 1969 album of Bob Dylan covers in a digipak. All 12 tracks are in stereo & include 'I Want You', 'Wheels On Fire' and 'Blowin' In The Wind'. Also features the original cover art. 1999 release.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. When The Ship Comes In
  2. I'll Be Your Baby To Night
  3. I Want You
  4. Wheels On Fire
  5. I Shall Be Released
  6. Blowin' In The Wind
  7. Quit Your Low Down Ways
  8. Just Like A Woman
  9. The Times Are A' Changin'
  10. All I Really Want To Do
  11. My Back Pages
  12. Mighty Quinn


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000JAX3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Randall E. Adams on February 23, 2001
This is the album that drove Graham Nash out of the band. Nearly continually reviled as blasphemous, "Hollies Sing Dylan" is actually one of the most persuasive showcases of the band's interpretive talent. Twelve mostly familiar Dylan tunes are given the full Hollies transformation. Their version of "This Wheel's On Fire" stands confidently among any of the competing versions (such as by the Byrds). "The Times They Are A-Changin'" is equally powerful and anthemic. Allan Clarke expands his budding talents as balladeer in a moving version of "Just Like a Woman" and puts in a jaw-dropping performance on "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"--there will never be another singer like him. Tony Hicks gives his first virtuoso acoustic guitar solo on "Quit Your Lowdown Ways." Bobby Elliott's drumming is more prominent and effective than ever before. The Clarke/Hicks/Sylvester vocal blend is still a little rough in places but already hinting of the seamless sound soon to come. Gripes? In most places the additional orchestration is unnecessary and detracts from the material. The worst example is "My Back Pages" which starts with a dramatic drums and organ accompaniment to Allan Clarke's trenchant solo delivery, only to be trivialized by an invasion of fruity reed and woodwind instruments.
No one criticized Joan Baez for doing an album of Dylan songs and there is no reason to knock the Hollies for doing the same. In some ways this is the most pure Hollies album of all, forcing the group to exert itself to burn its brand on every song.
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This is the original 1969 LP reissue plus two bonus tracks.
Originally issued in the US under the title "Words & Music By Bob Dylan", this was the reported straw that broke the camel's back as far as one Graham Nash was concerned. However, the two bonus tracks are proof that Nash WAS involved in at least the early stages of the album when David and Stephen came calling.
Musically, the album is a treat for Hollies fans. The alternate version of "The Times They Are A-Changin'" is the first official release of any live Nash-era material. Track 13, "Blowin' In The Wind", was originally issued only in West Germany well ahead of the album and extraordinarily rare.
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Can't add much to the fine review above.I would probably give the album 3.5 stars(based on my treasured vinyl copy,so the CD's sound may be of higher quality).I would say it compares favorably to the Byrds' Dylan covers(and subsequent compilation album),and occasionally surpasses them."Quit Your Lowdown Ways" is my favorite cut.I gave a vinyl copy to a close,Dylanophile friend,who owns "everything Dylan"(but had never heard this) for his 50th birthday.My wish has always been that Graham Nash would have left the Hollies after this album and added his creative energies to this fine collection of songs.A must for Hollies fans,a challenge for Dylan's.All we are saying is give the Hollies a chance.
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One of England's 60s pop groups pays tribute to the music of Bob Dylan on this offering and their first album following the departure of original member Graham Nash[Who objected to recording an entire album of Dylan songs and having the group refuse his song "Marrakesh Express"]. This album has its fine moments.
The Hollies cover three Basement Tapes era songs-"Wheel's On Fire"; "I Shall Be Released"(The most covered BT song of all); and "Mighty Quinn".
I like their bluegrass arrangement of "Quit Your Lowdown Ways". They cover my two favorite BLONDE ON BLONDE cuts "I Want You" and "Just Like A Woman". The two songs of THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' interpreted here are its titled song and "When The Ship Comes In" as well as two from ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN-"All I Really Want To Do"[The title track of Cher's first solo debut album] and "My Back Pages". The only other cover here is the country sounding "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight". Let's not forget "Blowin' In The Wind"(The most covered Dylan tune of all).
It may have been sad to lose Graham Nash out on a hasty note and I don't know for sure whether he was into Dylan or not. This album would have sounded a tad better had he stayed but of course he, along with former Byrds member David Crosby and former Buffalo Springfield Steve Stills had formed a super group and the rest is history.
It's a pretty nice effort but I much desire the Byrds' covers of "Back Pages", "Really Want To Do" and "Wheel's On Fire", not to mention The Bands' covers of "Wheels" and "I Shall Be Released" and the same for Manfred Mann's rendition of "Quinn".
If you like the Hollies as well as Dylan, you will admire this album, too.
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As a fan of The Hollies since the 1960s, I honestly must say this is not one of the band's best moments. The main problem is that the Dylan songs chosen were well-known in previous renditions, either by Dylan himself or others. I think this might have worked better if more obscure tunes were attempted, thus giving the band more of a chance to breathe. As it is, there is no reason for another take on "My Back Pages", "The Mighty Quinn", or "Just Like A Woman". especially since they had recently been hit cover versions by The Byrds (the former) and Manfred Mann (the latter two). Plus most of the arrangements here tend to be a bit too upbeat for the material. But I'd say about a third of this 12-track collection works well (it would have made a great EP), especially the over-the-top take on "Blowin' In the Wind", which comes across as a campy Bobby Darin meets Dylan meets The Hollies hybrid. "(This) Wheel's on Fire" is good too, but also had been covered successfully by Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger & The Trinity. So The Hollies get marks for daring to re-interpret these Dylan tunes, but, again, the over-familiarity of the majority of the tunes ultimately works against the group.
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