Special Collection

Special Collection

by The Hollies
     
 

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The Hollies Special Collection was originally issued in the late 1990s, around the same time as the At Abbey Road vault excavations of this and numerous other bands, and then re-released by EMI in 2008 in its EMI Gold line. What makes it "special" is anyone's guess -- not even the notes by drummer Bobby Elliot really

Overview

The Hollies Special Collection was originally issued in the late 1990s, around the same time as the At Abbey Road vault excavations of this and numerous other bands, and then re-released by EMI in 2008 in its EMI Gold line. What makes it "special" is anyone's guess -- not even the notes by drummer Bobby Elliot really explain that, though its sheer breadth could be an explanation...1963 to 1999 is a long history for any working rock & roll band, and they've gotten ten years past that as of this particular writing. There's also a strange consistency and unity to the material, across 60 songs covering over 35 years -- from R&B covers at the outset to a closing live rendition of Prince's "Purple Rain." Nor have the producers focused only -- or even over-much -- on hits, drawing on numerous worthy B-sides, EP, and album tracks. The result is the fullest cross-section of the group's sound heard on an anthology, this side of The Hollies Collection -- one might disagree with some of the emphasis embodied in the selections, such as the non-presence of a single one of the Bob Dylan songs they cut in the late 1960s; that Dylan collection had some very good moments, despite what some critics said. And couldn't they have fit in the Mikael Rickfors-era single "The Baby," which was a great record regardless of who was singing lead? Those criticisms aside, however, the virtues here far exceed the minor flaws -- the sound is excellent and the lineup of songs, if not perfect, is eminently listenable in the extreme, rivaling the very best that the British Invasion could deliver on its best days. The stereo masters are used wherever possible, and the collection is successfully designed to please longtime fans and maybe pull in a few more casual listeners.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/2008
Label:
Emi Gold Imports
UPC:
5099926403021
catalogNumber:
2640302

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. (Ain't That) Just Like Me
  2. Talkin' 'Bout You
  3. Lucille
  4. Little Lover
  5. Here I Go Again
  6. Don't You Know
  7. To You My Love
  8. You'll Be Mine
  9. We're Through
  10. The Very Last Day
  11. Look Through Any Window
  12. So Lonely
  13. I Am A Rock
  14. I'm Alive
  15. Bus Stop
  16. Tell Me To My Face
  17. Clown
  18. It's You
  19. After The Fox
  20. Stop Stop Stop

Disc 2

  1. Carrie Anne
  2. Dear Eloise
  3. Then The Heartaches Begin
  4. Pegasus
  5. Postcard
  6. Rain On The Window
  7. On A Carousel
  8. Have You Ever Loved Somebody?
  9. Leave Me
  10. Listen To Me
  11. Open Up Your Eyes
  12. Wings
  13. Do You Believe In Love?
  14. Goodbye Tomorrow
  15. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
  16. Frightened Lady
  17. Man Without A Heart
  18. Too Young To Be Married
  19. Isn't It Nice
  20. Gasoline Alley Bred

Disc 3

  1. Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)
  2. Hold On
  3. To Do With Love
  4. A Little Thing Like Love
  5. If It Wasn't For The Reason That I Love You
  6. The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee
  7. The Air That I Breathe
  8. No More Riders
  9. Draggin' My Heels
  10. Daddy Don't Mind
  11. Caracas
  12. Let It Pour
  13. Soldier's Song
  14. Take My Love And Run
  15. Too Many Hearts Get Broken
  16. This Is It
  17. Reunion Of The Heart
  18. Find Me A Family
  19. The Woman I Love
  20. Purple Rain

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