Finest

Finest

by The Hollies
     
 
This double-CD set isn't a greatest-hits collection -- though it has more than a few of those on it -- nor is it precisely a best-of. The package refers to it as an "alternative" best-of, which sort of makes it roughly analogous to what More Hot Rocks was to the Rolling Stones. It is also the most ambitiously devised and

Overview

This double-CD set isn't a greatest-hits collection -- though it has more than a few of those on it -- nor is it precisely a best-of. The package refers to it as an "alternative" best-of, which sort of makes it roughly analogous to what More Hot Rocks was to the Rolling Stones. It is also the most ambitiously devised and programmed comprehensive collection to come out of the EMI Gold series to date, which, itself, is something of a tribute to the Hollies' appeal, over 130 minutes of music by the band covering 43 years in their history, from 1963 through 2006 (with a large gap between the end of the '70s and the last track). The sound is impeccable throughout, featuring the crispest state-of-the-art mastering and matching (if not surpassing) the quality on the five-disc career-spanning box, and the selection is a delightfully strange one, juxtaposing pop
ock classics like "Bus Stop" with bold creative and thematic statements such as "Schoolgirl." It's also not exactly weighted evenly across their history, as the Graham Nash material extends five tracks' deep onto disc two -- but given the mystique surrounding those early years, and the decidedly lower appeal of their '70s work, it's also an understandable accommodation. Everything here -- with the possible exception of "Russian Roulette" (a regrettable foray into disco-based pop
ock from the height of the disco boom) -- works well, and the group's singing and playing is consistent enough so that one hardly notices the 20-year-plus jump between the penultimate track and the final cut, "Let Love Pass," featuring the 2006 lineup of the band. Drummer Bobby Elliott provides the annotation to this set and his recollections fill in some interesting holes in the group's history, but one wishes that his essay were longer, and also that he'd addressed the individual cuts and their particular significance. But as a budget/mid-priced item that covers a lot of ground never touched by their U.S. catalog, this set would be a welcome addition to virtually any collection of the Hollies' music.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2007
Label:
Emi Gold Imports
UPC:
0094639112722
catalogNumber:
391127

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Searchin'
  2. Lucille
  3. Memphis
  4. Just One Look
  5. We're Through
  6. Nitty Gritty/Something's Got a Hold on Me
  7. Too Much Monkey Business
  8. It's in Her Kiss
  9. I'm Alive
  10. When I Come Home to You
  11. Fortune Teller
  12. Hard Hard Year
  13. I've Got a Way of My Own
  14. I Am a Rock
  15. Bus Stop
  16. Tell Me to My Face
  17. Clown
  18. On a Carousel
  19. Schoolgirl
  20. Carrie Anne
  21. Have You Ever Loved Somebody
  22. You Need Love

Disc 2

  1. Heading for a Fall
  2. Postcard
  3. Step Inside
  4. Away Away Away
  5. Man with No Expression (Horses Through a Rainstorm)
  6. Listen to Me
  7. The Times They Are a Changin'
  8. Just Like a Woman
  9. Soldiers Dilemma
  10. Gasoline Alley Bred
  11. Little Girl
  12. Lady Please
  13. Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
  14. To Do with Love
  15. Magic Woman Touch
  16. The Air That I Breathe
  17. 4th July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
  18. I'm Down
  19. Star
  20. Russian Roulette
  21. Amnesty
  22. Let Love Pass

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hollies   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Etta James   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Graham Nash   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Albert Collins   Composer
Allan Clarke   Composer
Graham Gouldman   Composer
Albert Hammond   Composer
Tony Hazzard   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Terry Reid   Composer
Terry Sylvester   Composer
Chris Braide   Composer
Bobby Elliott   Liner Notes
Roger Greenaway   Composer
Mike Hazelwood   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Kenny Lynch   Composer
Doris Payne   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Gregory Carrol   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Tony Macaulay   Composer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Pearl Woods   Composer
Andrew Day   Artwork

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