Post by madprofessorblyth on Jun 19, 2019 1:18:55 GMT
Ever since I got into the Hollies I always noticed the extreme lack of official releases with true unreleased material - something that still essentially plagues us today. I remember being really excited seeing that article on here from the 2018 tour book of Ron Furmanek's story and the plan for Searchin' For Survival and whatnot and between that and Allan's new album and all that, it seemed to be the most exciting time to be a Hollies fan!
However it's been at least a year later now and still nothing as close as a word of this happening... We all know the various reasons of why not in a sense; not pretenses we as a collective are unused to (being a small and particular fan base who would go after it, etc;). I am confident as both a fellow fan and a renowned historian and tape archivist, few people would do a better job of doing such a task and few if anyone could be more qualified. I had given up all prospects of it at this point but after all of this time we are finally going to get Allan's new studio album - does that mean for this project, there may still be hope?
Obviously WMG/Parlophone saw it necessary to release the Changin' Times and Head Out Of Dreams sets where the now-nonexistent EMI left off with Clarke Hicks Nash Years... I'd be curious to see at this point in time what the members here think... any optimism or has the pessimism we've been left to have taken all the way over?
Based on previous experience I bet one of these days/months it will just appear on websites/catalogues with a release date.
Perhaps you're right. I'm stuck in the stage of whether it'll even ever get to the point of being made, let alone released...! I'm guessing everything would be newly remixed into stereo and remastered and I can't imagine anyone but the Hollies themselves would pay for and permit studio time for this to be done - which I can't imagine they'd *really* want to put cash into...maybe I'm too much on that pessimistic side
The common theme with the CHNY set, Changing Times and Head Out Of Dreams was that they were announced within weeks of them appearing in the shops. No big PR campaign, no widespread advertising, just a quiet announcement on Facebook from the Hollies' official account. My bet is that the same route will be taken with the proposed rarities set. Three different people now have told me that Ron Furmanek has just about finished his end of the deal, it's up to the Hollies Ltd to look over it all and then the record label to decide what to do with it. So although the real work has been done, the hard work is only just beginning for the project. I don't expect it to appear in the next 12 months. The last Hollies Rarities set in 1988 took nearly three years to come to fruition.
Sadly there's no "big fat update", just that Ron Furmanek is pushing full steam ahead with the project now. He's taking his time to explore all of what's available in the vaults and give us the best rarities project imaginable. There's no dates mentioned for release, but behind the scenes, wheels are in motion. We just need to be patient!