The Hollies, Stop! Stop! Stop!, Imperial 12339, 1967
The Hollies were a British Invasion group that had real legs. Their North American successes were nothing compared to their boatload of UK hits, but they still had hit after hit here into the 80s. This title track became just the group’s second top 10 US hit at Chrstmas 1966, and Imperial put out this album. It has both sides of the single with the rest of the album made up of songs from an earlier British album called For Certain Because.
It must have driven the band crazy to have their music be released chopped up like that. Modern singles paired with old album tracks doesn’t help anyone build a career. In early 1967, the group signed with Epic records. I’m sure the lack of any sort of creative direction on the part of Imperial was a motivating factor. The back copy of this record is frankly really appalling.
But other changes were coming too. Graham Nash soon got really tired of the pop direction the band was heading. With serious creative differences going on, he left the band in 1968 with the thought of being a songwriter. Running songs by some friends one day, they decided they sounded pretty damned good and Crosby Stills Nash & Young were born.
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