Butterfly (Hollies album)

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Butterfly
The Hollies - Butterfly.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1967
Recorded1 August – 6 October 1967
StudioAbbey Road Studios, London
Genre
Length33:14
LabelParlophone
ProducerRon Richards
The Hollies chronology
Evolution
(1967)
Butterfly
(1967)
Hollies' Greatest
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Q3/5 stars[2]

Butterfly is the second studio album released by British band the Hollies in 1967, their seventh in England overall. It was also the last new Hollies album to feature Graham Nash until 1983's What Goes Around. This album, like its predecessors For Certain Because and Evolution, featured songs written solely by Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, and Tony Hicks. The album was a Nash-led project, and he featured as the lead vocalist more than on any prior album.

As with Evolution, none of the songs on the album were selected for single or EP release in the UK. In the US, "Dear Eloise" was issued as a single A-side while "Try It" and "Elevated Observations?" were issued as B-sides of the "Jennifer Eccles" and "Do The Best You Can" singles, respectively. In Canada the single "Dear Eloise" reached No. 36. The mono single and stereo CD versions of "Try It" differ greatly in terms of sound effects and vocals.

In 1978, Parlophone reissued Butterfly with new cover art, and again in 1999.[2] Almost all current CD issues of this album contain the original cover art.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Dear Eloise"3:04
2."Away Away Away"2:19
3."Maker"2:52
4."Pegasus"2:38
5."Would You Believe?"4:08
6."Wishyouawish"2:04
Side two
No.TitleLength
7."Postcard"2:17
8."Charlie and Fred"2:56
9."Try It"3:04
10."Elevated Observations?"2:32
11."Step Inside"2:51
12."Butterfly"2:42

Dear Eloise / King Midas in Reverse (US version)[edit]

Dear Eloise / King Midas in Reverse
Hollies Dear Eloise.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 November 1967
Recorded1 August – 6 October 1967 (except 3 March 1967 for "Leave Me")
StudioAbbey Road Studios, London
Genre
LabelEpic Records
ProducerRon Richards
The Hollies US chronology
Evolution
(1967)
Dear Eloise / King Midas in Reverse
(1967)
Words and Music By Bob Dylan
(1969)

The US version of Butterfly was retitled Dear Eloise / King Midas in Reverse, given a totally different full-color cover featuring a picture of the group in front of a shop, and released on Epic Records on 27 November 1967. It included the single "King Midas in Reverse" and the UK Evolution track "Leave Me", while deleting the UK Butterfly songs "Pegasus", "Try It" and "Elevated Observations".

The 1998 US CD reissue of Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse by Sundazed presents the original UK Butterfly track line-up with "King Midas in Reverse", "Leave Me" and "Do The Best You Can" added to the track listing.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Dear Eloise"2:33
2."Wishyouawish"1:58
3."Charlie and Fred"2:54
4."Butterfly"2:41
5."Leave Me"2:06
6."Postcard"2:04
Side two
No.TitleLength
7."King Midas in Reverse"3:07
8."Would You Believe"3:02
9."Away Away Away"2:19
10."Maker"2:33
11."Step Inside"2:52

Personnel[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Review: Butterfly". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b Leonard, Michael. "Review: The Hollies, Butterfly". Q. EMAP Metro Ltd (July 1999): 148.
  3. ^ "Goldmine". www.hollies.co.uk. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Everything you ever wanted to know about 'Butterfly' | Elevated Observations". elevatedobservations.proboards.com. Retrieved 4 June 2019.