Radio Fun

Radio Fun

by The Hollies


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Radio Fun

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2012
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 5099944077020
catalogNumber: 4407702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Gorgoni   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Tony Hicks   Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Roddy Jackson   Composer
Robert Byrd   Composer
Phil Smee   Sleeve Design
Clint Ballard   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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