IT AIN'T HEAVY, IT'S THE HOLLIES
Guy De Federicis | east of here | 12/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not the definitive Hollies collection, but a pretty good one. "Bus Stop" is missing, as is "On A Carousel", but it has twenty others from the original master tapes including, the unlikely hard-rocking "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress", the echoey, organ saturated, "Long Dark Road", the novel. skirt chasing, wolf whistling pop of "Jennifer Eccles", and the harmonic Calypso-Mersey beat of "Carrie Anne", along with super hits, "The Air That I Breathe", and the solemn, and surprisingly still vital, "He Aint Heavy, He's My Brother". The crude stereo separation sounds warm and nostalgic, and the CD package includes commentary for each track by lead singer, Allan Clarke and original producer, Ron Richards."