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That was the first Hollies album I bought after I've heard Long Cool Woman on a sampler. After the first listen I thought it's good but not great. But as I listened to it for the 2nd and 3rd time and so on it really grew on me and now I hold it as one of my three favourite albums of all time and it's my favourite Hollies album of course!
There isn't a single weak song on the whole album. The only thing I wouldn't go crazy about is the middle section on You Know The Score, written by Terry and Allan, otherwise it's a great song!
The two songs written and sung by Terry Sylvester, Cable Car, a beautiful ballad with a great string section and Pull Down The Blind, an R'n'B number with a fantastic guitar solo by Tony, are among the best ones written by him and that aren't even the highlights on the album. These are the two Hicks/Lynch collaborations What A Life I've Led (with female harmonies in the chorus) and Long Dark Road and of course Allans FBI Rock'n'Roll number Long Cool Woman. The other three songs by Hicks/Lynch are also very catchy tunes: Look What We've Got, which has an Elton John styled piano and a strong saxophone solo, To Do With Love, which is an uptempo acoustic pop song with an interesting accordion as an unexpected instrument thrown in and Promised Land, which has an acapella intro which is followed by a rock song which is quite fast and then slows down in the middle with a great dostorted guitar in the backround.
The other two Clarke numbers, Hold On, similar to LCW but a bit worse (it's a perfect song mind you) and A Little Thing Like Love, it has a really catchy melody, show the way Allan went on his solo records, which are, judged by the ones I've heard, just as good as the ones the Hollies released.

Best songs: What A Life I've Led, Long Cool Woman, Long Dark Road

Worst songs: ---

Rating: a big fat 10 out of 10. It doesn't get any better...
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I like the album, but don't love it.

Long Cool Woman, obviously, is an all time great.

Just about as good, IMO, is Long Dark Road.

Look What We've Got has a great, dramatic Allan vocal.

And Pull Down The Blind shows Terry revealing a new side to us.

Hold On is solid, too.


HOWEVER ...

In general, album doesn't feature enough harmonies to satisfy me. Plus, a few of songs could have used a bit more polish (particularly Life I've Led).

And of course, I refuse to listen to You Know The Score.
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SpartyScott wrote:
And of course, I refuse to listen to You Know The Score.


Boo hiss Laughing

I like this tune, a bit experimental, Hicks really showing his metal on the old guitar feedback.

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James Towill wrote:
SpartyScott wrote:
And of course, I refuse to listen to You Know The Score.


Boo hiss Laughing

I like this tune, a bit experimental, Hicks really showing his metal on the old guitar feedback.

You know the part I hate -- that wind sound effect and what I guess is supposed to be a post-apocolypse wasteland. That part absolutely doesn't work for me.

Yes, I loved Hicks' hard guitar on that song, that sounds something like what he did Hard, Hard Year.

I think that the gimmick bit with the experiement ruined what could have been a very good song.
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It does tend to give me a fright after being so quiet for a couple of minutes only for the piercing guitar to re-enter! Laughing

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That's one of my favourite parts ..... guess that's my Proggy tendancies showing through again !!
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SpartyScott wrote:
I like the album, but don't love it.

Long Cool Woman, obviously, is an all time great.

Just about as good, IMO, is Long Dark Road.

Look What We've Got has a great, dramatic Allan vocal.

And Pull Down The Blind shows Terry revealing a new side to us.

Hold On is solid, too.


HOWEVER ...

In general, album doesn't feature enough harmonies to satisfy me. Plus, a few of songs could have used a bit more polish (particularly Life I've Led).

And of course, I refuse to listen to You Know The Score.


How silly you are. "You Know the Score" is a fine track with a strong message. I think it's one of the best on the LP. It was very effective when performed live. And the middle section is excellent. Love it.
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James Towill wrote:
SpartyScott wrote:
And of course, I refuse to listen to You Know The Score.


Boo hiss Laughing

I like this tune, a bit experimental, Hicks really showing his metal on the old guitar feedback.


I agree with James.
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Dennis wrote:
SpartyScott wrote:
I like the album, but don't love it.

Long Cool Woman, obviously, is an all time great.

Just about as good, IMO, is Long Dark Road.

Look What We've Got has a great, dramatic Allan vocal.

And Pull Down The Blind shows Terry revealing a new side to us.

Hold On is solid, too.


HOWEVER ...

In general, album doesn't feature enough harmonies to satisfy me. Plus, a few of songs could have used a bit more polish (particularly Life I've Led).

And of course, I refuse to listen to You Know The Score.


How silly you are. "You Know the Score" is a fine track with a strong message. I think it's one of the best on the LP. It was very effective when performed live. And the middle section is excellent. Love it.


Oh gee, we have another name-caller.

Maybe I'll have to consult with a 10-year old in order to frame a suitable reply. Rolling Eyes
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Dennis wrote:
How silly you are. "You Know the Score" is a fine track with a strong message. I think it's one of the best on the LP. It was very effective when performed live. And the middle section is excellent. Love it.


Come on Dennis! Not liking a track or in this case a part of a track has got nothing to do with being silly - it's just a matter of taste.
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[quote="Dennis"]
SpartyScott wrote:
It was very effective when performed live. And the middle section is excellent. Love it.


When did you hear it live, Dennis?

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[quote="James Towill"]
Dennis wrote:
SpartyScott wrote:
It was very effective when performed live. And the middle section is excellent. Love it.


When did you hear it live, Dennis?


November 22, 1972, at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA. Lead singer was Tony Hicks.
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This is a great album,
I always thought it had a different Hollies sound to it, I thought it could have been made for the American market.
Bye,
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Anthony wrote:
This is a great album,
I always thought it had a different Hollies sound to it, I thought it could have been made for the American market.
Bye,
Anthony


"Distant Light" had its greatest success in America, reaching No. 21 on the album chart.
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Thanks Dennis for that info, 21 in the album charts shows how big they were in the States. I have heard that Long Dark Road was very popular in the US, have you seen the video clip of Tony singing it, BRILLIANT.

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