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The Hollies Greatest Hits

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2003 audio CD release

Notwithstanding the entirely acceptable omission of 1981's rather desperate Stars-on-45 style retro-medley Holliedaze, this rather definitive Greatest Hits collection contains every single Hollies song that ever tickled the mass fancy of record buyers … see full wiki

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Comprehensive collection of a group that will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

  • Dec 20, 2008
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 I have been biding my time for a good many years waiting for just the right Hollies collection.   There have been several issued over the years but not a single one of them included all of the groups great hits on both Imperial and Epic.   Happily, EMI has finally corrected this oversight in a huge way.  Issued in 2003 "The Hollies Greatest Hits" features 47 Hollies classics including all of the groups American hits as well as nearly 30 tunes that hit the charts in their native England.   The Hollies were not only popular on both sides of the Atlantic, but they also made quite a splash in Australia as well.  In fact, over the years The Hollies have had charted hits in around two dozen nations including Finland, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel and Singapore to name but a few.  And oddly enough, there were numerous instances where a song would be a hit in two or three nations and not make the charts at all anywhere else.

This magnificent collection features all of the groups major hits including classics such as "Bus Stop", "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)", "On A Carousel" and "The Air That I Breathe".  In addition, it also features hard to find songs like "Just One Look" and "I Can't Let Go".  I have been trying to find that one for years.  I was also happy to sample a good many Hollies songs I had never heard before.  Many of these tunes had been huge hits in England in the 1960's.  Among these, I particularly enjoyed a tune written by Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary called "The Very Last Day".  The group also does a nice job on George Harrison's "If I Needed Someone" and on "I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top"Disc 2 also includes "How Do I Survive", a song the group recorded in 2003 especially for this project.  Much to my surprise the group sounds just as good as ever.

"The Hollies Greatest Hits" features a unique 12 page booklet spotlighting the groups chart history in 24 countries around the world.  I have never seen anything like it.  When I first became aware of this collection I figured there was an awful lot of filler.  This is absolutely not the case.  Rather, what we have here is a pretty complete anthology of an extremely important British Invasion group.    Very highly recommended.
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