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Album Review

This live album is a byproduct of the Hollies' 1983 reunion tour with Graham Nash, mixing new songs off of the accompanying album, What Goes Around..., with their classic material. Instrumentally, lead guitarist Tony Hicks and drummer Bobby Elliott (who is recorded exceptionally well) are supported by Steve Stroud (bass), Alan Coates (rhythm guitar), Pete Anderson (piano), and Paul Bliss (keyboards), who make a smoother, more polished sound; the openings of "Bus Stop" and "Just One Look," for example, are more keyboard-dominated than they ever were on the original records or any prior concert release, including the mid-'70s Hollies Live LP. Luckily, the middle sections of most of the songs better represent the band's classic sound, and there's no complaining about the singing or the harmonies. The new repertoire presented here, including "Casualty," doesn't have the staying power of the group's vintage work, and it's clear that the crowd is there to hear the oldies, not the new songs, to judge by the gradations in applause. "On a Carousel" evokes far more enthusiasm than the newer stuff — as an added benefit of this disc, it captures the group's first performance on this tour of "King Midas in Reverse," which is everything one would wish for in delicacy and nuance, as well as radiant harmonies, and here they get the guitar sound (a mix of acoustic and low-amplification electric) exactly right. And when they do "Wasted on the Way" and "Teach Your Children," it's worth the price of the disc (as well as the price of admission — the crowd's delight is almost palpable). The disc isn't quite essential for Hollies fans — some of its desirability depends upon how one felt about that tour and the What Goes Around... album — but it's extremely close to it, and shouldn't be overlooked (and CSN and Graham Nash completists will have to own it).

Customer Reviews

Down Memory Lane

I attended this tour in Detroit --Pine Knob-- in 1983. I remember being embarrased for the Hollies because there were about 500 people in the stands (I think the Knob holds about 15,000). I recall that their harmonies were pitch-perfect, and the crowd (such as we were) really responded to Nash's two song accoustic feature. The set order is the same as my recollection, and I know I was bummed that they started with I Can't Let Go (should have been saved for the encore). Stop In The Name Of Love was getting airplay at the time, but the rest of the reunion album was cutout bin material. Summary -- buy this for the hits. This was as good as they ever sounded live!

Great Live CD

Graham Nash played on the U.S. tour that resulted in this cd. The 10 minute + version of Long Cool Woman is worth the price alone


Fabulous vocal on "The Air that I Breathe"'s rough-edged but you hear the quality in his voice...lyrics take you away. Great live song of this recorded classic.


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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