Evolution (Hollies album)

Evolution is the first of two albums released in 1967 by British pop rock band the Hollies. It is their sixth UK album and peaked at number 13 on the UK Albums Chart.[6]

Studio album by
Released1 June 1967
Recorded11 January – 17 March 1967
StudioEMI, London
ProducerRon Richards
The Hollies chronology
For Certain Because
Professional ratings
Review scores
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
The Village VoiceA−[5]

In 1978, Parlophone reissued the stereo version of Evolution, along with Butterfly and Confessions of the Mind.

Background edit

Like its predecessor, For Certain Because, this album comprises only songs written by group members Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, and Tony Hicks. None of the songs on the album were selected for single or EP release in the UK, although "Carrie Anne" from the American release was issued as a single in the US. Drummer Bobby Elliott only played on three songs on the album due to appendicitis and, as a result, he was substituted for by Dougie Wright, Clem Cattini and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.[7]

The song "Have You Ever Loved Somebody?" was released earlier (in September 1966) both by the Searchers and Paul and Barry Ryan as single a-sides. It was first released by the Everly Brothers on their Two Yanks in England album.

Recording edit

Evolution and its respective singles were recorded at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in just six days spread over three months in early 1967, at the same time the Beatles were recording Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The first session occurred on 11 January where "When Your Lights Turned On", "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" and the B-side "All the World is Love" were completed. Work began on, but was not completed for, the eventual single "On a Carousel". That song was completed during the next session on 13 January along with the album track, "Lullaby to Tim". Two songs sung in Italian, "Non Prego Per Me" and "Devi Avere Fiducia in Me" (the former composed by Lucio Battisti and Mogol), were also recorded on that day specifically for release as a single in Italy. The next session on 22 February was dedicated to two more songs meant specifically for release in Italy, "We're Alive" and "Kill Me Quick". "The Games We Play" as well as the Graham Gouldman-penned "Schoolgirl" were also begun during this session. The bulk of album work took place on March 3, 8 and 17. "Schoolgirl" was attempted again on the 8th but was ultimately left unfinished for reasons unknown. It was completed years later, in November 1997, by Tony Hicks (who also recorded additional guitar) and his son Paul at Abbey Road studios and released on the "Abbey Road 66-70" CD. The final songs recorded before the album's release in June were "Carrie Anne" on 1 May and its B-side, "Signs That Will Never Change", on the following day.

Album cover edit

The album cover artwork was created by the Fool, with the psychedelic cover photo by Karl Ferris, who is credited with creating the first truly psychedelic photograph for an album cover.[8]

Ferris commented on the making of the album cover during a special signing of cover prints in 1997:

... they wanted to break from their 'Pop Beat' sound into something more psychedelic. So I listened to the music that they were recording at Abbey Road Studios, and got an image of them pushing through a membrane into 'the Psychedelic world', and so in summer of 1966 I took a studio shot of them pushing out their hands and the lead singer pointing through clear plastic. Over this I superimposed a shot of William Morris Art Nouveau wallpaper with an illustration and 'Love' lettering drawn by my girl friend Anke. This combination created the image of the Hollies 'pushing through to a new wave of music style and consciousness'. I worked with the Fool (lead by Simon Posthuma) on this, and they did the lettering, the back cover design and the group's costumes.[9]

Track listing edit

All tracks written by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash.

Side one
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Then the Heartaches Begin"Clarke2:48
2."Stop Right There"Nash2:28
3."Water on the Brain"Clarke2:27
4."Lullaby to Tim"Nash3:04
5."Have You Ever Loved Somebody?"Clarke3:04
6."You Need Love"Clarke and Nash2:32
Side two
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
7."Rain on the Window"Clarke3:16
8."Heading for a Fall"Clarke2:23
9."Ye Olde Toffee Shoppe"Nash and Clarke2:22
10."When Your Light's Turned On"Nash and Clarke2:37
11."Leave Me"Clarke and Nash2:30
12."The Games We Play"Clarke and Nash2:46

US version edit

Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1967
Recorded11 January – 17 March 1967 (except 1 May 1967 for "Carrie Anne")
StudioEMI, London
ProducerRon Richards
The Hollies US chronology
The Hollies' Greatest Hits
Dear Eloise / King Midas in Reverse
The Hollies Canadian chronology
The Hits of The Hollies
Love N' Flowers

Evolution was also the name of the Hollies' debut album for their new US label, Epic Records. But, like many American issues of British albums, this album was remixed using heavy echo and reverb.[citation needed] In addition, three songs were left off the album (with only "Carrie Anne" added).

The cover shown is the US/Canadian cover, which used the same Karl Ferris photograph but differed from the UK cover by dispensing with The Fool's overall cover design. Instead, the US/Canadian cover put the Hollies' name on the cover in different lettering, placed the album title on the cover, and then overlaid a paisley-patterned image.

The 1998 US CD reissue of Evolution by Sundazed presents the original US Epic Evolution LP using the original EMI stereo masters. In addition, two of the songs that appeared on the UK Evolution, "Water on the Brain" and "When Your Lights Turn On" appear here as well as "Jennifer Eccles," "Signs That Will Never Change", and "Open Up Your Eyes."

Track listing edit

All tracks are written by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash

Side one
1."Carrie Anne"2:54
2."Stop Right There"2:23
3."Rain on the Window"3:10
4."Then the Heartaches Begin"2:41
5."Ye Olde Toffee Shop"2:16
Side two
6."You Need Love"2:27
7."Heading For a Fall"2:15
8."Games We Play"2:45
9."Lullaby to Tim"2:57
10."Have You Ever Loved Somebody?"2:57

Personnel edit

The Hollies

Additional personnel

Charts edit

Chart performance for Evolution
Chart (1967) Peak
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[11] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 13
US Billboard 200[13] 43

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Planer, Lindsay. Evolution at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  3. ^ Fielder, Hugh (2 September 1978). "Stop stop stop". Sounds. p. 33.
  4. ^ Williamson, Nigel (September 2015). "How to Buy... The Hollies". Uncut. p. 91.
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (20 December 1976). "Christgau's Consumer Guide to 1967". The Village Voice. New York. p. 69. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  6. ^ Evolution number 13 on the UK album chart. http://rockpopgallery.easystorecreator.com/items/karl-ferris/the-hollies-evolutions-ltd-edition-s-n-print-lep-spspthe1-detail.htm Archived 7 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 08/26/07
  7. ^ a b c d "Session Listing". www.hollies.co.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  8. ^ Evolution cover by Karl Ferris http://rockpopgallery.easystorecreator.com/items/karl-ferris/the-hollies-evolutions-ltd-edition-s-n-print-lep-spspthe1-detail.htm Archived 7 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 08/26/07
  9. ^ "RockPop Gallery featuring Evolution by the Hollies". Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Bernie Calvert | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Hollies – Evolution". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  13. ^ "Billboard 200: Week of September 2, 1967". Billboard. Retrieved 7 February 2023.