Radio Fun

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
While the Hollies didn't break through in the U.S. with the same force as the Beatles or the Who, they were still one of the strongest groups of the British Invasion, and their prolific output and constant evolution were as bold as even the most shape-shifting of their peers. Radio Fun is a testament to the Hollies' ever-changing face as well as their strength as a live entity, collecting a dizzying 32 tracks recorded between 1964 and 1971 for various BBC programs such as Top of the Pops, Saturday Club, and Top Gear. The collection captures the band in its prime, roving from early R&B and Merseybeat-style rave-ups to Everly Brothers-inspired pop harmonies to more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
While the Hollies didn't break through in the U.S. with the same force as the Beatles or the Who, they were still one of the strongest groups of the British Invasion, and their prolific output and constant evolution were as bold as even the most shape-shifting of their peers. Radio Fun is a testament to the Hollies' ever-changing face as well as their strength as a live entity, collecting a dizzying 32 tracks recorded between 1964 and 1971 for various BBC programs such as Top of the Pops, Saturday Club, and Top Gear. The collection captures the band in its prime, roving from early R&B and Merseybeat-style rave-ups to Everly Brothers-inspired pop harmonies to more rambling rock material as the '60s wore on. Radio Fun isn't presented in chronological order, so the disc begins with the band's light-hearted beat romper "Here I Go Again" from 1964 and jumps ahead four years with the considerably more groovy and psychedelic pop of "Jennifer Eccles." The collection also spans three lineup changes for the group, seeing both bassist Eric Haydock and founding member Graham Nash cycle out of the band over the album's course, the loss of the latter altering the band's sound greatly. With the exception of "Bus Stop," many of the Hollies' greatest hits are absent from these sessions. Their blue-eyed renditions of soul classics like "That's How Strong My Love Is" and Sam Cooke's rowdy "Shake" highlight the band's R&B roots, and lesser-known tunes like "The Games We Play" and "Wishyouawish" show the group experimenting with brass arrangements and increasingly complex harmonies. In classic BBC style, a lot of the songs start abruptly, the introductions probably being yapped over by a DJ on the original recordings. The sessions are raw, mostly mono affairs, which works both for and against the overall flow of Radio Fun. It's great to hear the bright harmonies and direct, unproduced performances of the band at its tightest and most hungry. After a while, however, even the most devoted fans might have to take a step away from the collection's incredibly extensive amassment of sounds, which can become monotonous when taken in one sitting. When examined bit by bit, the collection has countless examples of the Hollies' brilliance, with the more obscure later material and most revved-up earliest R&B covers offering a candid picture of a hard-working band having fun in a long-stretching heyday.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2012
  • Label: Emi Import
  • EAN: 5099944077020
  • Catalog Number: 4407702
  • Sales rank: 349,264

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Here I Go Again (2:14)
  2. 2 Jennifer Eccles (2:39)
  3. 3 Bus Stop (2:58)
  4. 4 I've Got a Way of My Own (2:04)
  5. 5 Wings (2:59)
  6. 6 Step Inside (2:44)
  7. 7 Wishyouawish (1:39)
  8. 8 Shake (2:09)
  9. 9 Put Yourself in My Place (2:34)
  10. 10 Ride Your Pony (2:24)
  11. 11 I Take What I Want (2:28)
  12. 12 Little Bitty Pretty One (2:09)
  13. 13 Away Away Away (2:01)
  14. 14 Charlie and Fred (2:44)
  15. 15 I Can't Let Go (2:24)
  16. 16 Hard Hard Year (2:12)
  17. 17 If I Needed Someone (2:18)
  18. 18 That's How Strong My Love Is (2:35)
  19. 19 To You My Love (1:54)
  20. 20 So Lonely (2:18)
  21. 21 Something's Got a Hold on Me (2:54)
  22. 22 Nobody (2:36)
  23. 23 Set Me Free (1:54)
  24. 24 She Said Yeah (1:49)
  25. 25 You Must Believe Me (2:03)
  26. 26 Lawdy Miss Clawdy (1:38)
  27. 27 Too Many People (2:38)
  28. 28 Look Through Any Window (2:10)
  29. 29 Too Young to Be Married (4:12)
  30. 30 I'm Alive (2:19)
  31. 31 The Games We Play (2:39)
  32. 32 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Hollies Primary Artist
Graham Nash Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Allan Clarke Harmonica, Vocals, Group Member
Terry Sylvester Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Bernie Calvert Bass, Keyboards, Group Member
Bobby Elliott Drums, Group Member
Eric Haydock Bass, Group Member
Tony Hicks Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Etta James Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
George Harrison Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Graham Nash Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
Allan Clarke Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Graham Gouldman Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Bobby Elliott Liner Notes
Al Gorgoni Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Tony Hicks Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Composer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Peter Mew Mastering
David Porter Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Bobby Scott Composer
Roddy Jackson Composer
Robert Byrd Composer
Phil Smee Sleeve Design
Clint Ballard Jr. Composer
Naomi Neville Composer
Charles Silverman Composer
Pearl Woods Composer
Clive Westlake Composer
Bruce Fleming Cover Photo
Roosevelt Jamison Composer
Sonny Christy Composer
Demetri Georgiou Marketing
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