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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 anywhere in the world, ever. Even the sleeve notes dispense with the scantest of biographical detail to present a veritable Wisden's Cricketer's Almanac of impressive global chart statistics, including mentions of Number One singles in Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Holland, South Africa, Singapore, Ireland, Switzerland, as well as the UK. Of course, the Hollies were nothing if not adaptable. The grinning beat pop and "pap pap she waddy wops" of "Stay" through to the folky overtures of "I've Got a Way of My Own" (like an oestrogen-free version of the Mamas and the Papas) were obviously marvellous and yet entirely generic responses to the overriding cultural dominance of the Beatles and Bob Dylan. But much the same thing can be said for the majority of their peers.

Still, the 1960s were a golden age for the Hollies and to hear the Graham Gouldman penned "Bus Stop", "Carrie Anne" (part Kinks, part Beach Boys, part calypso) or the sweet-shop bubble gum of "Jennifer Eccles" is to be reacquainted with a sunny lost world of short skirts, mini coopers and policemen on bicycles. Even the knee-jerk cod-psychedelia of "King Midas in Reverse"--a full-on trumpets-blaring, cello-charging microcosm of Revolver and Sgt Pepper-isms--deserves revisionist plaudits. There is one newly recorded track on the album (featuring Allan Clarke's replacement, the former Move vocalist Carl Wayne) called "How Do I Survive". Regrettably, it's a disco-cum-AOR rock thing that sounds like the result of an unfortunate liaison between James Ingram and Foreigner. Still, when faced with the spine-tingling, classic gold timelessness of "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" and "The Air That I Breathe" it would matter not one jot if the bonus track was a three-part harmony rendition of a page out of the telephone directory. --Kevin Maidment

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40th anniversary compilation for one of the best & most commercially successful pop/rock acts of the British Invasion. Features 46 Hollies hits from the UK & the rest of the world, plus one more (final) track which is a brand new recording made at Abbey Road Studios in Feb. 2003. EMI. 2003.

1. I'm Alive
2. Sorry Suzanne
3. Here I Go Again
4. On A Carousel
5. King Midas In Reverse
6. Look Through Any Window
7. Blowin' In The Wind (Nash Version)
8. The Air That I Breathe
9. Pay You Back With Interest
10. I've Got A Way Of My Own
11. Stay
12. The Very Last Day
13. We're Through
14. Carrie Anne
15. Magic Woman Touch
16. I'm Down
17. Gasoline Alley Bred
18. I Can't Let Go
19. Sandy (4th of July, Asbury Park)
20. Long Cool Woman In a Black Dress
21. Stop Stop Stop
22. If I Needed Someone
23. Dear Eloise
24. Long Dark Road
25. I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top

Disc: 2
1. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
2. Bus Stop
3. Jennifer Eccles
4. The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee
5. Too Young To Be Married
6. Listen To Me
7. Just One Look
8. Searchin'
9. (Ain't That) Just Like Me
10. Yes I Will
11. What's Wrong With The Way I Live
12. Lonely Hobo Lullaby
13. Daddy Don't Mind
14. The Baby
15. Hey Willy
16. Son Of A Rotten Gambler
17. Write On
18. Star
19. Boulder To Birminghan
20. Soldier's Song
21. The Woman I Love
22. How Do I Survive
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Artist:  The Hollies
Label:  Capitol/EMI
Genre:  British Invasion
Release Date:  May 20, 2003
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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 …
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