The Kings of psychadelic Photography and Art Karl Ferris and the founding member of the (Fool) Simon Posthuma joined creative forces to create this Iconic artwork for Evolution, and 40 years on worked with St. Pauls Gallery to produce a signed limited edition print signed by them and Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliot of the band.
By mid-1966 The Hollies had practically sealed their reputation as one of the most successful British bands of the decade. Their version of Graham Gouldmans "Bus Stop" was sitting at number 5, the latest in an almost unbroken three-year run of Top 10 hits.
Up to this point, all but one of the Hollies hits had been either cover versions or songs written for them by outside songwriters. The exception was "Were Through", the sombre samba-tinged 1964 single credited to L Ransford, a pseudonym concocted by the bands three principal songwriters, vocalist Allan Clarke and guitarist / vocalists Tony Hicks and Graham Nash, after being told that Clarke / Hicks / Nash would take up too much space on the record label! Subsequent Ransford compositions appeared on B-sides or tucked away on albums over the next year or two, obviously inspired by the seemingly limitless hit-making abilities of Lennon and McCartney. Ironically it was their version of "If I Needed Someone" which had interrupted The Hollies flow of hits after their version was publicly denounced by its author George Harrison. Even The Rolling Stones, those bastions of snotty R&B purity, had released their adventurous and entirely self-composed Aftermath LP to huge acclaim earlier in 1966. The months that followed saw the release of Revolver, Blonde On Blonde, Pet Sounds, The Byrds Fifth Dimension and The Kinks Face To Face.
The Hollies knew they had to keep on top of the changing times or risk disappearing into the middle of the road. Nash in particular was hip to the brave new sounds emanating from the other side of the Atlantic and embraced the Californian vibes with abandon. So, with a head full of Beatles, Byrds and Dylan, the correctly and alphabetically re-Christened Clarke/Hicks/Nash team set about writing material which reflected these new-found sensibilities. Thus, The Hollies embarked on their most creative period, resulting in a string of perfect pop singles and three deliriously great albums and leading to their eventual internal combustion.