I certainly wish I could say I own this record, however I once again face the options of not sharing this at all, or going with a virtual facsimile I was able to procure by the grace of file sharing platform Soulseek. I learned of Hollins Ferry a few years ago, upon doing a random power-pop search on Ebay. Amidst all the Yellow Pills comps and Matthew Sweet disks, I stumbled upon a listing for this ostensibly ultra-rare LP from Baltimore's Hollins Ferry, yet another in a long line of Wilfully Obscure entries where I have minimal background details to allow me to expound at greater length. As was the case with all the crucial proto-power pop bands of the '70s, this trio were clearly groomed on the Beatles, particularly Paul McCartney's contributions. Furthermore, Hollins Ferry wear a myriad of period influences on their collective sleeve, including Emitt Rhodes, Badfinger, and somewhat less pronounced, Pilot, CSNY, and Big Star circa Radio City. I've decided not to be a spoiler, and will instead let you play "spot the influence" on a song-by-song basis at your leisure, but there are several highlights lurking in the grooves here including "Surprise," '"Too Bad About Sorrows," and the sublime opener "Take My Love." Though not a through-and-through goldmine, this album is special enough to warrant a reissue (not to mention an "Extremely, Highly Recommended" touting from Not Lame Records' Bruce Brodeen). Maybe someday.
An insightful review of the record can be read here, while guitarist Rob Fahey has his own site, but divulges virtually no details on Hollins Ferry, save for a pic of the record sleeve. Fahey found greater success in the eighties with his subsequent band, The Ravyns (featured on the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack), and continues to perform solo on a fairly copious basis.
01. Take My Love
02. Downtime Menagerie
04. Lonely CIty
06. Love From Above
07. Too Bad About Sorrows
08. Morning Breezes
09. Turn Your Back
10. Patent Leather Lady
11. The Journey
12. Love You Forever
This was very enjoyable. Thanks for finding/sharing this!
Thanks for the Hollins Ferry! I live in Baltimore and was lucky enough to see The Ravyns quite few times - looking forward to this one.
Many many thanks for let me know this gem!
I didn't know this band. Is excellent!
I live in Baltimore and had the pleasure of knowing and seeing Hollins Ferry perform many times. They covered Badfinger's "No Matter What" and "Baby Blue" better than any other cover band I've heard to this day,not to mention a ton of others songs. There musicianship and vocal and lead harmonies were superb. Listenin to this album has brought back many memories!
T. Vega here(Hollins Ferry Drummer)..I appreciate all of your comments very much. The Hollins Ferry album is soon to be available in a remastered digital format. A new Hollins Ferry Album will follow..Stay tuned...TV
I have a sealed copy of this, are you interested in buying it??
link is dead... please!!
Dead link, or at least I can't download it. Since I discovered this blog just a few hours ago, is there any chance to reupload this album, please? Thanks.
I just refreshed the link. Give it another try.
Thank you so much!!!
Thanks a lot for the reupload!
It is still up as of 10-2-16
The first time I ever heard this band was on my 18th birthday and Maryland had reduced the drinking age to 18. We came to hear Hollins Ferry everytime they played. I just purchased the item online and am so excited ! I loved their music then and it all came flooding back when I heard it. They were a great group !! As I turn 60 thi year my appreciation of that era of music only deepens.
Could you please re-up it? Thank you.
Reading this post and the comments have brought me so much joy!! Nick is my grandfather that I unfortunately never had the chance to meet since he passed away when my dad was very young. With that being said there are not many memories to be shared and the only pictures I have ever seen are online. If any of you have any memories or pictures to share or any memorabilia please let me know!
Hi Katie, I was a good friend of Nicks an saw Hollins Ferry perform a lot. Thought you might like the link below. I own the guitar Nick is playing in the video, Tony
Hi Katie, Please contact me as I was a great friend and fellow band member with Nick when he visited California back in the late 70s. I have photos, recordings, and great memories with your grandfather. Call me anytime at (760)-447-7378 looking forward to hearing from you and by the way I just received my Hollins Ferry album yesterday that I bought off of ebay. I do have an older one that your grandfather gave me when he was here back then. Thanks Wayne
Any chance you could re-up this?
The link is always dead. Any chance you could re-up it?
Please reupload if possible?
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