In the Hollies Style

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In The Hollies Style is the second album by the British rock band the Hollies and was released in November 1964 on Parlophone Records (see 1964 in music).[1] It missed the official Record Retailer album chart in the United Kingdom, which at the time only had a total of 20 available spots.[3][4] The album charted in the Top 10 at No. 6 in New Musical Express magazine's competitive chart.[5] In Canada, it was released on Capitol in October 1965, with an altered track listing.[6]

In The Hollies Style
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1964 (1964-11)[1]
Recorded13 April – 25 August 1964
StudioEMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, England
GenreMerseybeat,[2] pop rock
LabelParlophone (UK)
Capitol T-6143 (Canada)
ProducerRon Richards
The Hollies chronology
Stay with The Hollies
In The Hollies Style
the Hollies Canadian chronology
Stay with The Hollies
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As a result of poor sales of stereo copies of the band's debut album in the UK, In the Hollies Style was only available there in mono while stereo mixes were shipped to other markets. The stereo mix was finally released in the UK and retitled The Vintage Hollies in 1967. In 1997, British EMI put both mono and stereo versions of this album onto a single CD.

Recording, production, and songs edit

Like the album's predecessor, Stay with The Hollies, In The Hollies Style was recorded at EMI Studios on Abbey Road in London, UK – which was later re-titled after the name of the street – and was produced by Ron Richards – who worked for other Abbey Road artists and later founded Associated Independent Recording with George Martin and John Burgess. Recording for the album commenced on 13 April 1964 when the band recorded the tracks "Time for Love" and "Don't You Know". Recording continued on 27 April where "You'll Be Mine", "It's in Her Kiss", "Come on Home", "Too Much Monkey Business" and "I Thought of You Last Night" were put to tape. Three more songs, the eventual B-side "Come on Back", "Set Me Free" and "Please Don't Feel Too Bad" were recorded on 30 June.

The group then did not enter the studio for almost two months, returning 16 August to record "What Kind of Boy" and to attempt the eventual single, "We're Through". Not satisfied with the arrangement from this session, they re-recorded "We're Through" on 25 August, at which time the final two songs recorded for the album, "To You My Love" and the opening medley "Nitty Gritty/Something's Got a Hold on Me", were also recorded.[7]

A similarity between this album and its predecessor is the inclusion of many rhythm and blues songs by American writers and performers, such as Chuck Berry and Etta James. However, unlike its predecessor, In The Hollies Style also had multiple songs written by members of the band. In fact, 7 of the 12 songs on the album were written by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash and were credited to the members under the pseudonym "L. Ransford". Clarke, Hicks, and Nash continued to use the pseudonym until the For Certain Because album at the end of 1966, when the group's compositions started to become hits.[8]

Track listing edit

All songs written by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Graham Nash (credited to "L. Ransford"), except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Nitty Gritty/Something's Got a Hold on Me"Lincoln Chase/Etta James, Leroy Kirkland, Pearl WoodsClarke4:13
2."Don't You Know" Clarke, with Hicks and Nash1:57
3."To You My Love" Nash2:08
4."It's in Her Kiss"Rudy ClarkClarke, Nash and Hicks2:15
5."Time for Love" Clarke with Nash2:31
6."What Kind of Boy"Big Dee IrwinClarke2:39
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
7."Too Much Monkey Business"Chuck BerryClarke, Nash and Hicks2:28
8."I Thought of You Last Night"Ralph FreedClarke and Nash2:18
9."Please Don't Feel Too Bad" Clarke2:27
10."Come On Home" Clarke and Nash1:53
11."You'll Be Mine" Clarke2:02
12."Set Me Free" Clarke with Nash2:28

Canadian version edit

Although the Hollies had become major stars in the UK, neither their US nor their Canadian labels chose to release this album. Finally, after the release of their third UK album, Hollies, Capitol Canada chose to release this album in an altered version on 4 October 1965 and not to release Hollies. The Canadian version only includes five of the songs on the UK version, while also making room for three of the band's UK non-album hits ("We're Through", "Yes I Will" and "I'm Alive"), two B-sides ("You Know He Did" and "Come on Back"),[8] one song from Hollies ("Mickey's Monkey") and one other song from the I'm Alive EP ("Honey and Wine").

In total, the Canadian version included 6 songs written by Clarke-Hicks-Nash and credited to L. Ransford, only one less song than the UK version, and 10 different original songs were included on the two versions of the album.

Track listing edit

Side one
  1. "I'm Alive" (Clint Ballard Jr.) – 2:24
  2. "You Know He Did" (L. Ransford) – 2:01
  3. "Honey and Wine" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 2:28
  4. "Mickey's Monkey" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 2:29
  5. "Come on Back" (L. Ransford) – 2:10
  6. "We're Through" (L. Ransford) – 2:15
Side two
  1. "Yes I Will" (Goffin, Russ Titelman) – 2:57
  2. "Don't You Know" – 1:57
  3. "To You My Love" – 2:08
  4. "Time for Love" – 2:31
  5. "What Kind of Boy" – 2:39
  6. "Too Much Monkey Business" – 2:28

Personnel edit

The Hollies

Additional personnel

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Album Listing by Release Date". The Hollies. Archived from the original (PHP) on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "In the Hollies Style - The Hollies". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  3. ^ Official Charts website Hollies chart history retrieved 7 June 2020.
  4. ^ Official Charts website History of the UK charts retrieved 7 June 2020.
  5. ^ Roger Osborne (1993). Thirty Years of "NME" Album Charts. Boxtree Ltd. p. 22. ISBN 9781852838898.
  6. ^ "The 6000 Series of 33⅓ RPM Vinyl Discs". Capitol 6000. Canada: Piers Alexander Hemmingsen. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  7. ^ The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years: The Complete Hollies – April 1963 – October 1968 (CD). The Hollies. EMI Records. 2011. 50999096242 2 1.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)