Anybody who was lucky enough to have grown up in the era of music of legendary groups such as The Animals, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles in the sexy sixties will also have fond memories of The Hollies who hailed from the same Abbey Road era – but I wonder how many people know that they actually produced more hit songs than the mop-heads from Liverpool and most of the other groups as well.
The Hollies were induced to the Rock and Roll hall of fame earlier this year, a fitting tribute to one of the best, most iconic groups the world has ever known and this super double album of 48 songs is a monument to the history of rock music and the key role this famous British group played in that history.
And yes, all the Big Ones are here including personal favourites such as Searchin’, Sorry Suzanne, The Air That I Breathe, Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, Carrie Anne, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother……in fact, it’s difficult to stop because the list just on and on.
But you get my drift. It’s a great album, bursting with demdays memories of noisy oil-spitting English motorbikes, pony-tailed girls with layers of stiff petty coats, tough guy leather jackets, stove pipe jeans, duck-tail hairstyles, dance halls packed with wild crowds and good music…. Music to dance to, music to listen to and music cast in the cement of memories of those who were lucky enough to be around then.
Get this once-off double album for your grandpa, dad or for yourself and hold on to it because the first teenager to hear it will probably also want to nick it.