13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lots 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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lots 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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

wendyc122 ,

Be forewarned

The mix on the first three tracks is AWFUL!!! All the voices are on the right, and all the instruments are on the left. If you like the first three tracks on this record (and I do) then get the EMI, not the Capitol versions. Otherwise, the rest of it is fine.

Bryan Hurst ,

Stop, Stop Stop! DON'T BUY THIS!!

DO NOT buy this album! Buy the other one that has all the songs except "The Air That I Breathe" for 9.90, then buy "TATIB" for .99... you'll save two bucks.

But in terms of the quality of the music, hey - it's a best-of from a great, underappreciated band. Though I can't believe "I Can't Let Go" isn't included. I'd include that one before either "TATIB" or "He Ain't Heavy."

Blackelsluck ,

Includes "The Air That I Breathe"...

"The Air That I Breathe" was not on the original release, as it was released after this greatest hits collection. Therefore, you are getting more than the original album. "TATIB" was one of my favourites from High School. I also loved "Long Dark Road" when this album came out. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" might move you to tears when you discover the story behind the song.

If you are younger and just want to sample - try songs # 1, 4, 5, 7, 10 & 13. By the time you sample 5-6 songs though, you might as well get the whole album. I don't think that you will be disappointed with it.

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