July 11, 2011 – 2:53 am

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In A Spin [BC 5317704, 1CD]

Compilation of radio and TV broadcasts, alternate tracks and rarities. Sound varies from good to very good.

Those who picked up the recently-released six-CD The Complete Hollies - April 1963-October 1968: The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years will find this a nice companion disc.

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Culled from a plethora of TV and radio broadcasts, padded out with a few of the pseudo rarities and alternate takes omitted from the official 30th Anniversary three-CD boxed set, In A Spin is alternately a treasure trove of lost performances, and an aural nightmare which maliciously debunks the perfection of the Hollies’ studio work. At best, the sound is typical period broadcast quality; at worst, the Hollies struggle manfully to escape a paper bag full of tape hiss and echo. Add the natural pitfalls of live television to the brew, and the wonder is that they even came close to reproducing the hits we know and love. But they did, and this CD testifies to their skills.

The released material can be dealt with swiftly: “Poison Ivy” is an alternate version, hitherto found only on the Manchester band’s Australian debut; “A Taste of Honey” was likewise released only on the US Beat Group album; and “Yes I Will” and “Look Through Any Window” are the stereo mixes included on the Hollies Greatest album. Elsewhere, there’s an hilarious (if brief) encounter between the band and Ready Steady Go TV host Cathy McGowan, preserved on a 1966 flexidisc interview; a fabulous 1966 BBC version of “Bus Stop,” the quintessential ’60s hit and quite possibly the greatest pop song ever written; a delightfully demo-like “Dear Oak Tree”; and a 1971 Australian TV special which was surely a joy for both band and audience. History has never regarded the live Hollies experience as one of those moments we should kick ourselves for missing; In A Spin suggests that history, maybe, got it wrong once again.

Thanks to Philip Cohen for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Disc and Music Echo 1966 Flexi-Disc Interview (1.5MB)
Allan Clarke and Graham Nash talk to Cathy McGowan.

Track 02. Poison Ivy (5.1MB)
From rare Australian LP - October 11, 1963.

03. Yes I Will - Omitted*
Alternate version from the stereo Greatest Hits LP - December 15, 1964.

04. Look Through Any Window - Omitted*
Alternate version from the stereo Greatest Hits LP - June 1965.

05. A Taste Of Honey - Omitted*
From US Beat Group album - March 1, 1966.

Track 06. Very Last Day (4.5MB)
Track 07. I Can’t Let Go (3.6MB)
Tracks 6-7, 1966 German TV.

Track 08. Look Through Any Window (3.5MB)
Track 09. Stop Stop Stop (4.5MB)
Track 10. On A Carousel (edit) (4.1MB)
Tracks 8-10, 1967 German TV.

Track 11. Bus Stop (5.0MB)
1966 BBC radio session.

Track 12. Dear Oak Tree (3.8MB)
Track 13. Blowin’ In The Wind (3.9MB)
Tracks 12-13, 1969 German TV.

Track 14. Carrie Anne (4.7MB)
Track 15. Medley: Bus Stop/Just One Look/I’m Alive/Sorry Suzanne (10.1MB)
Track 16. Stop Stop Stop (4.7MB)
Track 17. A Taste Of Honey (4.0MB)
Track 18. Quit Your Lowdown Ways (4.5MB)
Track 19. Maybe I’ll Settle Down (2.7MB)
Tracks 14-19, 1969 Australian TV special.

Track 20. Stewball (5.9MB)
Track 21. Gasoline Alley Bred (5.4MB)
Track 22. Let It Be (4.9MB)
Track 23. Bus Stop (5.0MB)
Track 24. Too Young To Be Married (7.0MB)
Track 25. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (6.4MB)
Tracks 20-25, 1971 Australian TV special.

* Track 3, available on 20 Golden Greats and The Complete Hollies - April 1963-October 1968: The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years.
Track 4, available on 20 Golden Greats.
Track 5, available on The Complete Hollies - April 1963-October 1968: The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years.

Tracks 2-7: Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks, Eric Haydock and Bobby Elliott.
Tracks 8-11: Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks, Bernie Calvert and Bobby Elliott.
Track 12-25: Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Terry Sylvester, Bernie Calvert and Bobby Elliott.

Click here to order The Complete Hollies - April 1963-October 1968: The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years.


  2. I have always enjoyed “Bus Stop”.
    , “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Fat Ass Brother”. Thanks for this share.

    By JALtheImpaler on Jul 11, 2011

  3. I enjoy all the usual artists found here; the Dylans, Led Zeps, Neil Youngs and so on; but the Hollies have always been a special favorite of mine. Thanks for recognizing this great pop group as worthy of attention.

    By Orlando Bobert on Jul 11, 2011

  4. Thanks for the effort to share these treats !

    By Gary on Jul 12, 2011

  5. THANK YOU for this Great Audio Post. , Todd

    By Todd on Jul 12, 2011

  6. Thank you!

    By Stephen on Jul 12, 2011

  7. Hollies were crazy. Very Last Day and I Cant Let Go. Insanely Mind-Blowing Rock! Incredible guitar work. Vastly undervalued talent. Go on YouTube and see them play live! I wish they had written more along the lines of their version of Peter Paul and Mary’s Very Last Day. Quite a different song in their hands.

    They did it all. Folk, hard fast rock, soft rock, ballad. But they should have worked more on their own material - it was so sad that one album was titled Hollies do the Hollies.

    By 3yrsnojob on Jul 12, 2011

  8. Thanks for this. But I really want the omitted tracks. They are so hard to find anywhere. Where can I find them?

    By Homer on Jul 27, 2011

  9. If a Song has never been put on CD, I’m pertaining to Hollies USA ‘Beat Group’, which unless, it came out without my knowledge, is not on CD what so ever…If it is, I need to know…

    By jpgrcat on Aug 30, 2011

  10. Thanks for sharing one of the most underrated bands. More Hollies please.

    By Matt on Sep 10, 2011

  11. Track 23. Bus Stop (5.0MB) doesn’t load…

    By thv42 on Nov 18, 2014

  12. Hey, this is some jaw-dropping sh*t ! ! ! Thanks very much, love it.

    By Robbie J. on Jan 28, 2015

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