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Editors’ Notes

ots of folks in the '60s thought The Hollies harmonized better than The Beatles, especially in their early beat-band days. And like The Beatles, The Hollies could take melancholy and make it anthemic, as on “Pay You Back with Interest.” This set collects the aforementioned qualities and almost all of the band’s biggest American hits—from their 1964 cover of Doris Troy’s R&B great “Just One Look” to 1974’s mounting ballad “The Air That I Breathe.” Best of the best include the 12-string guitar and handclaps of “Look Through Any Window” (cowritten by future 10cc man Graham Gouldman), the psych-era hits (“Dear Eloise,” “King Midas in Reverse”), and “Carrie Ann,” a wondrous sing-a-long that’s a missing link between Merseybeat and psychedelic. The Hollies' fortunes kept rising even after band cofounder Graham Nash split to join Crosby, Stills & Nash (The Hollies rejected Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” which became huge for CS&N). Subsequent hits were the civil rights tearjerker “He Ain’t Heavy... He’s My Brother” (featuring Elton John on keys) and “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” which many thought was a Creedence Clearwater Revival tune.

Customer Reviews

The Hollies Greatest Hits

This is a GREAT album. Brings back wonderful memories. I had the original--too bad we have to repurchase all of old favorites again.

YEAAAAA

HOLLIES are sweet if u like REMEMBER THE TITANS u will love the song Long Cool Woman

The Air I Breathe is on here, though not listed.

And no, don't ask me why this version has TAIB has a thirteenth track, when it isn't listed here, but there you go. For the reviewer who can't understand why the lead voices are in one channel, with guitar in the other on a couple of songs, I'm guessing that's the Mono mix. I don't always like that, but here it really is not a problem. I guess it might be if you are listening to this through IPod headphones, but it sounds fine through a Klepsch 2.1 Promedia set.

Biography

Formed: 1962 in Manchester, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When the Hollies — one of the best and most commercially successful pop/rock acts of the British Invasion — began recording in 1963, they relied heavily upon the R&B/early rock & roll covers that provided the staple diet for countless British bands of the time. They quickly developed a more distinctive style featuring three-part harmonies (heavily influenced by the Everly Brothers), ringing guitars, and hook-happy material, penned by both outside writers (especially future 10cc...
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