(1998) The Hollies At Abbey Road 1966-1970

The Hollies

... read moreWith a few exceptions, the song lineup on this 24-track CD sounds familiar, but that's a misconception. The remastering job has been done so well that precious little on this CD sounds familiar, and it's all good. This collection picks up right where its predecessor left off, presenting a string of...

01:14′:42″ 24 Songs

1
Pay You Back With Interest (1998 Remaster)
The Hollies
2:44
2
On A Carousel (1998 Remaster)
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3:13
3
All The World Is Love (1998 Remaster)
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2:14
4
Schoolgirl
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3:04
5
Carrie Anne (1998 Remaster)
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2:57
6
Signs That Will Never Change (1998 Remaster)
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2:32
7
King Midas In Reverse (1998 Remaster)
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3:07
8
Everything Is Sunshine (1998 Remaster)
The Hollies
1:58
9
Dear Eloise (1998 Remaster)
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3:06
10
Open Up Your Eyes (1998 Remaster)
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2:50
11
Man With No Expression (Horses Through A Rainstorm) [1998 Remaster] (1998 Remaster)
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3:24
12
Listen To Me (1998 Remaster)
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2:39
13
Do The Best You Can (1998 Remaster)
The Hollies
2:39
14
Blowin' In The Wind (Nash Version) [1998 Remaster] (Nash Version; 1998 Remaster)
The Hollies
4:08
15
Sorry Suzanne (1998 Remaster)
The Hollies
3:02
16
Not That Way At All (Mono) [1998 Remaster] (Mono; 1998 Remaster)
The Hollies
2:49
17
He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother (1998 Remaster)
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4:21
18
Cos You Like To Love Me (Mono) [1998 Remaster] (Mono; 1998 Remaster)
The Hollies
2:45
19
Sign Of The Times (1998 Remaster)
The Hollies
2:36
20
I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top (+ Studio Conversation) [1998 Remastered Version] (+ Studio Conversation; 1998 Remastered Version)
The Hollies
3:51
21
Mad Professor Blyth (1998 Remaster)
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2:15
22
Gasoline Alley Bred (1998 Remaster)
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3:56
23
Dandelion Wine (1998 Remaster)
The Hollies
2:45
24
Confessions Of A Mind (1998 Remaster)
The Hollies
5:47
Released 23 February 1998, 1998 The Hollies Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

Review

With a few exceptions, the song lineup on this 24-track CD sounds familiar, but that's a misconception. The remastering job has been done so well that precious little on this CD sounds familiar, and it's all good. This collection picks up right where its predecessor left off, presenting a string of Hollies hits, B-sides, and notable album tracks, newly remastered in state-of-the-art sound off of original session masters. The results are frequently startling; rather than just enhancing the hits, the producers have applied the same care to their B-sides, and those are a deceptively fine group of songs in their own right. It rips the envelope altogether by throwing in the group's previously unissued recording of Graham Gouldman's "Schoolgirl," maybe the best unreleased track to come out of an EMI group this side of the Beatles' pounding version of "Leave My Kitten Alone." The remastering also makes the standard material sound more spacious and less compressed than ever before and opens up layers of sound on the guitars, percussion, and vocals that were previously obscured. Hollies fans may love this CD for a reason beyond the particular individual tracks or the dazzling sound textures; it's very much an affirmation of the peak that the band achieved in the late '60s, depicting their moves from British invasion-style rock & roll through psychedelia to pop/rock, all of it beautifully crafted and played. The notes by Bobby Elliott are highly entertaining as well as informative. ~ Bruce Eder