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Classic Album Review: The Hollies | Greatest Hits

Graham Nash's old band compile a baker's dozen hits in almost as many genres.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Originally Released: These singles date from 1966 to ’73, when this best-of was originally released on LP (ask your dad).

Back Story: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, before Graham Nash became a folk-pop icon, he used to rock in this British outfit named for Buddy Holly’s band. Of course, in keeping with the revolving-door faddishness of the era, they sound like at least six different bands on these 13 tracks, which begin with the Merseybeat pop of Bus Stop and end with the syrupy dream-pop of last-gasp single The Air That I Breathe.

Highlights: Between those two cuts, there’s the doo-wop pop of Carrie-Anne, the Indian two-step of Stop, Stop, Stop, the Johnny Rivers jive of Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress, the simpering glop of He Ain’t Heavy … He’s my Brother and the future TV-ad jingle Just One Look.

Lowlights: Did I mention He Ain’t Heavy?

Last Words: With this many hits, sounds and styles, this is the next best thing to a K-Tel album.