August 6, 2011 – 5:02 am

Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork.

Hollie Days [Planet Records, 1CD]

Compilation of radio and TV broadcasts? Sound varies from good to very good, hiss and static included.

Like something out of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, sometimes one gets the feeling that this site, apart from challenging music and articles - also offers the reader/listener a chance to re-live the past.

Well, in this follow-up to the Hollies’ In A Spin and for those who picked up the recently-released six-CD The Complete Hollies - April 1963-October 1968: The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years, here’s to those Saturday or Sunday afternoons listening to the radio… and just too bad that Jennifer Eccles was nicked at the beginning!

This is what Dave Thompson wrote in

There are several bootlegs purporting to tell the story of the Hollies’ TV and radio broadcasts, most notably the BC label’s In A Spin, which combines careful annotation with a genuinely delightful trawl through the archives. Hollie Days, on the other hand, simply jams the tracks in, regardless of quality and variety - there cannot be too many people who need two hamfisted renditions of “Too Much Monkey Business” after all.

The band’s Christmas greetings to their Swedish audience don’t bear repeated listens either. But judicious programming is all it takes to reduce an overstuffed compilation into a storming recreation of the Hollies at their peak, alternating their own hits and other peoples’, and demonstrating a great sense of humour, too. There’s a fine Beatles pastiche as the Hollies assault “A Hard Day’s Night,” while the absence of any chronological map allows them to slip effortlessly from “Jennifer Eccles” to “Shake” and back again with barely a smirk.

Thanks to Phil 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.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. I Can’t Let Go (4.6MB)
Track 02. Times They Are A Changin’ (5.2MB)
Track 03. Reach Out I’ll Be There (4.7MB)
Track 04. Stop Stop Stop (4.4MB)
Track 05. You Don’t Know Like I Know (4.3MB)
Track 06. What’s Wrong With The Way I Live (4.0MB)
Track 07. Too Much Monkey Business (4.4MB)
Track 08. Merry Christmas (3.3MB)
Track 09. Carrie Anne (4.9MB)
Track 10. Bus Stop (4.8MB)
Track 11. Stop Stop Stop (4.6MB)
Track 12. On A Carousel (5.0MB)
Track 13. Just One Look (2.5MB)
Track 14. Look Through Any Window (3.6MB)
Track 15. Very Last Day (4.6MB)
Track 16. I Can’t Let Go (3.6MB)
Track 17. Jennifer Eccles (4.2MB)
Track 18. I’m Alive (3.6MB)
Track 19. Just One Look (3.5MB)
Track 20. Too Much Monkey Business (3.1MB)
Track 21. If I Needed Someone (3.5MB)
Track 22. Shake (3.4MB)
Track 23. She Said Yeah (2.9MB)
Track 24. Nobody (4.3MB)
Track 25. You Know He Did (2.9MB)
Track 26. Yes I Will (4.3MB)
Track 27. Keep Off That Friend Of Mine (3.2MB)
Track 28. Reelin’ And Rockin’ (3.9MB)
Track 29. What Kind Of Love (2.6MB)
Track 30. Whatcha’ Gonna Do ‘Bout It (3.7MB)

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


  2. Hi Phil,
    Haven’t heard from you in a while. Thanks for more Hollies.

    By Sking on Aug 6, 2011

  3. Great set! Might there be a collection from the 68 period on?Moving Finger,Romany,etc?

    By mattthecat on Aug 6, 2011

  4. my first ever published photo was of the hollies albeit the 83 reunion. it was in the long island newspaper called the aquarian weekly. thanks to bruce eder it actually got printed to a half page pic. ill never forget him. the man helped guide me in ways he will never know. sure wish i was in touch with him now. he probably has no idea this site even exists. i learned so much from him accidentally. i credit my love of the hollies to him and im not quite sure why.
    if not for graham earlier the in the day they played the bottom line that day in 83 telling me that show was moved from radio city to the bottom line i wouldnt have known in time to see the show and wouldnt have gotten the pic i took that was published in that newspaper which became my first published photo. i knew graham since 1980. he and the other hollies were appearing at tower records a block away from the bottom line and i was there to snap some pics and say hi. i havent seen him since 95 but i probably met him and talked to him a few dozen times in the 80s and 90s. he was kind enough to get me tickets and backstage passes into several csn shows. what a hell of a man he is.
    there is a magazine called record collector out of england. easily the best magazine for fans of music on the planet. in the late 80s early 90s an issue with an article on the hollies came out with a detailed listing of every session they ever did with dates etc. i mentioned this to graham and he was desperate to get his hands on it. i copied it and sent it to him but never found out if he ever got it. im hoping with the box set mentioned here that someone was able to get that info to him ultimately. there is no end to the knowledge base of info out there on the hollies.
    personally one of my fave albums i have ever owned is the all dylan one they did.
    now i hear clarke has throat issues. been having them for some years. i heard this at least 3 yrs ago. i dont know if this will prevent a possible reuinion again but my dream is that they will attempt another reunion. if they did it in 83 why not again? do they have to wait til 2013? i loved that last reunion to death. did anyone else see the tour? i dont know how well the album/cd sold but i loved it. sure would be amazing if theyd do it again. would prayer help? haha.

    thanks for this posting..

    By darth on Aug 7, 2011

  5. @Darth.

    Zero chance of a Hollies reunion I’m afraid… Allan Clarke’s voice began faltering in the mid to late 80’s and deteriorated completely across the 1990’s to the degree he lost not just the power but his range as well. Live shows were awkward affairs since his voice struggled so much most songs had to be played in lower keys and they even played strange choices from the past - such as “Not That Way At All” and even “After The Fox” with Peter Sellers on tape - simply so Clarke could get by. The issue came to a head in 1999 following a German tour which got so much negative feedback from the promoters that Tony Hicks basically said “Either he goes or I go” - Allan was also having a difficult time in his personal life due to his wife falling seriously ill and he not only quit The Hollies at the end of 1999 but announced his retirement as well.

    He did make a brave brief return last year when The Hollies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and though it was great to see him perform again, it was clear his voice is now almost non existent. So that immediately rules out any hope of a Hollies reunion… not to mention there remains much internal politics and conflict between various ex members and the keepers of the Hollies flame Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott. No way will you ever see them on the same stage as Eric Haydock or Terry Sylvester again for instance.

    By Harold Michaels on Aug 7, 2011

  6. i didnt happen to catch the songs they did at the hall of fame induction ceremony. i have never have the channel(s) that were needed to view that program when it has aired. whether it was vh1 or fuse etc. i dont want to have to look for them on youtube and risk not finding all of them. perhaps they can be posted here in audio.
    as memory serves i believe one show from the 83 reunion was posted here but thats the only item i seem to recall from anywhere near that time and nothing since.
    thanks harold for your update to my queries. at least we have our memories. right?

    By darth on Aug 8, 2011

  7. Bus Stop is one of the best Hollies songs. I wish it was played more often on radio. There are a number of Hollies gems that today’s youth have never heard and that is a shame.

    Nice share. Thanks.

    By JALtheImpaler on Aug 20, 2011

  8. Despite reading poor reviews, I tracked down the unreleased 1983 reunion album after hearing a couple of tracks on YouTube and generally enjoyed it a lot. As always, it pays to listen to music over reading reviews, especially when it is the Hollies harmonizing as few others can. Bus Stop performed by wroter Graham Gouldman both solo and with 10cc is a great song, have a listen to his version along with Heart Full of Soul and For Your Love

    By HytekFred on Sep 2, 2011

  9. And thanks for this, BigO! Appreciated as always.

    By HytekFred on Sep 2, 2011

  10. A little bit to Harold Michaels comment:
    The Hollies did not tour in 1999 Germany. The last concert with Allan Clarke in Germany was in 1997 - Mercedes Benz at Sindelfingen. It was hard for me to see this great voice die. For myself Allan Clarke was one of the greatest singers of all time in the history of Pop. In 1990 Clarkes voice was on the Germany Tour o.k. - The harmonies were nearly perfect. But in 1993 I was shocked when I saw them at Frankfurt. Allan was through the whole concert often a quarter tone too low. In 1997 at the concert for Merdedes Benz he was fighting the whole concert through. I`m sure he never can sing again. If you hear him talking you know what I mean. Take a look into the trailer for the Eagle Rock DVD 1963-1975 Look Through Any Window, than you can see it. His voice is broke down. The reason for this: Too much concerts since the mid 70th, mostly from the Hollies songs are very high and Clarke smokes too much. And so on.

    By Alfons Kraft on Sep 6, 2011

  11. I saw this in a store in NJ in the 90’s. I had never seen a Hollies bootleg before but had to pass because it was very expensive. I never thought I would see it again. Thanks for bringing this to me after all these years.

    By Matt on Sep 28, 2011

  12. This post and ‘In A Spin’ bring back childhood memories. Being the youngest of the family my older siblings would be bopping to these before they went out ‘courting’. I can still hear my mothers pressure cooker hissing with the Sunday dinner whilst listening to forces favourites (or was it then family favourites)on the radio, The Hollies was always seem to be requested. Whatever, so thanks to Phil for these little memory trips. A great listen.

    By Creatist on Apr 9, 2012

  13. Top!
    Thank you very much.

    By mike on Aug 9, 2012

  14. That second version of ‘I Can’t Let Go’ is a n absolute cracker. I think it’s on Youtube from a German show.

    By Loly on Jun 20, 2013

  15. Track 15. Very Last Day (4.6MB) Doesn’t load..

    By thv42 on Nov 18, 2014

  16. thv42 - if u find a download manager where u can put the entire batch of songs all at once rather than doing them one at a time u may find that not only do they all load completely and 100% of the time but u can do every single song all at once in seconds.
    for example.. this item was 30 tracks. right? when i did this item.. it took a total of 20 seconds of my time to own the entire thing. not only that.. i copied the entire page and saved it as a text file along with the music in a folder that i named so i could refer back to it for the information later on. no clicking no saving no worries. have u thought about doing this?

    By darth on Nov 18, 2014

  17. you’re certainly right but if you click on it yu have a message “no page not found”…
    Anyway, for me i have just discovered this web site…. it’s a miracle..

    By thv42 on Nov 19, 2014

  18. thv42,

    Posting a comment here about the link not working should get it fixed, but you can also email the webmaster to let him know there’s a problem:

    [email protected]

    You’ll find this site is full of great music and some snarky comments. Enjoy the music!!!!

    By mackdaddyg on Nov 19, 2014

  19. the hollies won`t be on conan tonite.

    By a tv guide named darth on Nov 19, 2014

  20. thv42 - rather than clicking on the file. right click it then look in the drop down menu for ’save target as’. then click that.

    By darth on Nov 19, 2014

  21. It’s the real Ali Baba’s Cavern…and all the treasure is shared..

    By thv42 on Nov 19, 2014

  22. You never see much about their LP Evoloution.I bought it in England on a trip in 1970…..great Lp with Have You Ever Loved Somebody,Rain on The Roof and a bunch of great songs(also a killer psychedelic cover)

    By russ on Feb 17, 2015

  23. its not as easy to find now a days but theres a magazine called record collector. these old magazines are extremely collectible themselves. i stopped collecting them around issue 200 or maybe 225 or so. i dont remember. it became difficult for me to find them and i couldnt get to stores selling them. a subscription wasnt worth it so i was dependant on finding them in person. for music collectors it is an essential mag.
    in any event.. there was an issue with an article devoted to the hollies and every single release that they ever did. it was also what seemed to be a day by day account of every recording session they ever did and what releases these sessions resulted in. it was an extraordinary article.
    about a year or two after it came out.. if that long.. i was talking to graham who is a friend of mine.. altho i havent seen him since late 95.. at the waldorf astoria.. there was some sort of song writers thing going on there a couple of weeks perhaps after the rnr hall of fame induction ceremony. i told him about this article and he asked me to send it to him in xerox form i guess. he wrote down his address for me and i sent it a couple of days later.
    yeah at my own expense. but this is several years before the les chambers event and at far less cost of course. plus graham was a friend and had done me favors so i didnt mind at all.
    if one is able to.. and is that big a fan.. i highly recommend searching out this issue.
    each issue of the magazine has a page or two devoted to back issues and what is contained in them. if one is to find out which issue(s) has hollies articles in them i would suggest looking for a recent issue in the 200 #s finding that page and then looking for the issue #s that have hollies articles. then finding that issue or those issues. expect to pay $5-10 or more per issue. but if i found them for $15 or so i wouldnt blink twice. every single issue is worth it. i have 85-90% of them up thru #200 or so.

    By darth on Feb 17, 2015

Post a Comment