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Classic Box Set Review: The Hollies | The Long Road Home

Seven-plus hours of gems from their four-decade career — minus a few essentials.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


DISCS: Six. Yes, six.

TRACKS: A whopping 136.

YEARS: 1963 – 2003.

LOWDOWN: Sometimes, all you need is the air that you breathe. But if you’re going to try to listen to the new Hollies box set in one sitting, you might want to add some food and water to your provisions. The gargantuan Long Road Home quite handily lives up to its name, with more than seven hours of material culled from the band’s four-decade career, including hits like He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother and Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress, along with B-sides, album tracks, rarities, unearthed gems and live fare. The trouble with Long Road Home, though, is what isn’t there — essentials like Bus Stop, Carrie Anne and Stop! Stop! Stop! and Just One Look are not included, except in live versions from the mid-’70s. That’s just wrong.

NEW STUFF: Aisde from the handful of unreleased tracks, there’s a tune cut this year with new singer Carl Wayne.

EYE CANDY: A 60-page book crammed with biographical and recording data.

DAMAGE: About $100.

 

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