Record Label: 8th Records
Before forming one of the first major rock n' roll supergroups in Crosby, Stills, & Nash, British singer-songwriter Graham Nash was a founding member of Manchester, England pop group The Hollies with Allan Clarke. Considerably popular throughout the decades, (Having over 60 singles charting worldwide over the course of the band's career) The Hollies were also noteworthy for their pioneering usage of three-part vocal harmonies, the early elements of jangle-pop in their sound, and emphasis on bright, hook-heavy melodies. Along with The Beatles, The Kinks, The Zombies, and so many other 60s groups, The Hollies were an integral part of the famed British Invasion which introduced the British sound to America, and like their contemporaries The Rolling Stones, never disbanded and continue to tour to this day.
In 1967, the Hollies had accrued a number of hit singles with their classic 60s pop sound, but the sounds of the era had begun to move in a decidedly more spacious direction. Wanting to give their take on the psychedelic movement, the band convened and recorded Evolution with new bassist Bernie Calvert, and session appearances from Elton John on keys, and Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Clem Cattini of The Tornados on drums. Evolution was not the hit that previous Hollies albums had been, but it still went on to produce several hit singles, particularly the US version, which came bundled with the Billboard Top 40 hit "Carrie-Anne." Though Evolution was not a resounding commercial success, it is considered by many to be a classic of the psychedelic era, and often compared favorably to The Beatles' psych-classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, released a week earlier. Meanwhile among Hollies fans it's considered one of their strongest, and an underdog among their more pop-centric records.