Archive for March 10th, 2011
It’s Hollies-mania all over again! Back on February 15, we tipped you to a vinyl box set due April 19 collecting some of the Manchester quintet’s toughest-to-find tracks. But it gets better. On the same date that Sundazed releases the Lost Recordings and Beat Rarities box, the label will also continue its vinyl LP reissue series for the band with brand-new releases of Beat Group! and Bus Stop. These 1966 albums for Imperial Records were, respectively, The Hollies’ third and fourth American albums. The reissue of Beat Group!, in particular, is exciting as the album has been out-of-print for decades. Both titles will be heard in their original mono mixes.
As if that weren’t enough, U.K. label BGO Records will soon deliver a follow-up to its Bus Stop/Stop! Stop! Stop! two-fer which is comprised of the fourth and fifth Imperial titles. The label will look backwards to combine the group’s first two American titles for Imperial, Here I Go Again (1964) and Hear! Here! (1965) onto one disc. These two titles were released stateside last year, on vinyl by Sundazed in mono. Ironically, BGO’s series seems to be neglecting Beat Group! for an overdue CD reissue.
Hit the jump for a bit of background on these four LPs, plus full track listings and discographical information! Read the rest of this entry »