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The Hollies: Epic Anthology from the Original Master Tapes

3 Ratings: 3.3
1990 audio CD release

best of their late-'60s to mid-'70s output for the label, ranging from the soaring "Carrie Anne" to the swaggering "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)" to "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and all points in between. The collection reaffirms the Hollies' … see full wiki

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Okay in its day......but a much better alternative now exists.

  • Jan 12, 2009
If you grew up in the 1970's and were a big fan of the Hollies, then "The Epic Anthology" just might be your ticket. This collection features all of the great Hollies tunes you would have heard on Top 40 radio.  The Hollies actually began their stint at Epic Records in the summer of '67 with their Top Ten smash "Carrie-Anne". They would go on to have another dozen or so more charted hits over the next 7 or 8 years including "The Air That I Breathe", "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and of course their biggest hit ever "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)" from 1972.  "The Epic Anthology" includes each and every one of these charted hits along with a half dozen other tunes from albums they recorded during this period. I can honestly say that there is really not a bad track on this CD.
But for many collectors like myself, "The Epic Collection" had one major flaw. Originally released in 1990, this collection did not include for obvious reasons the Hollies earlier hits recorded for the Imperial label in the mid-sixties. Tunes like "Bus Stop", "Look Through Any Window" and "I Can't Let Go" were among the best and brightest pop tunes of that era. It was extremely frustrating for collectors because for a good many years was not a comprehensive Hollies collection that included their output from both labels. Finally, in 2003 EMI corrected this oversight by releasing the 2 CD set "The Hollies Greatest Hits".  This was a godsend for collectors as it contains virtually all of the hits from both labels and remains to this day the very best Hollies collection around. It does cost a bit more but for me it was worth every penny.
So if you are thinking about picking up a Hollies collection I recommend you carefully compare each of these collections. Again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with "The Epic Anthology". The package contains an exceptionally well done 24 page booklet (better than the EMI package) that chronicles the history of the group. What it really comes down to is how fanatical a fan you are. In either case, you can not go wrong.  The Hollies were one of the most talented and enduring groups to emerge from the British invasion.   Recommended.
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