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Dennis Post subject:
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Anthony wrote:
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.


The only album that got higher on the US chart was the 1967 Greatest Hits on Imperial, which reached No. 11. Epic's lousy 3:25 edit of "Long Dark Road" got to No. 24 in Cashbox Magazine (#26 Billboard), and its followup, "Magic Woman Touch" reached No. 43 Cashbox (#60 Billboard). "Long Cool Woman" hit No. 1 on the Cashbox chart (#2 Billboard). I definitely prefer Cashbox's numbers. Wink

Yes, I know that live clip of "Long Dark Road" very well. I've only watched it about a zillion times! Tremendous. Tony sings lead, but Mikael takes over for the finish.
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[quote="Dennis"]
Anthony wrote:
Yes, I know that live clip of "Long Dark Road" very well. I've only watched it about a zillion times! Tremendous. Tony sings lead, but Mikael takes over for the finish.



Dennis - Any chance I can get a copy of this video?
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Dennis Post subject:
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[quote="holliesfan"]
Dennis wrote:
Anthony wrote:
Yes, I know that live clip of "Long Dark Road" very well. I've only watched it about a zillion times! Tremendous. Tony sings lead, but Mikael takes over for the finish.



Dennis - Any chance I can get a copy of this video?


It's on some of the Hollies DVD compilations found on Ebay.
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I think this was their best album from the 70s and like others on this forum I don't think there is a dud song on it. The album is well constructed and the division of songs on each side in nearly perfect. The right song opens each side and the right song ends each side. I feel that is something that is missing from CDs because you don't stop half way through and turn them over (I tried but it just didn't work).

My album came with an insert that listed the songs and their lyrics on one side (handy when Allan Clarke's drawl got out of hand in a couple of instances) and, on the other side, the song list and the band members and the instruments they played. Some songs list Bernie Calvert as absent due to illness and Tony Hicks plays bass. I would love to know who the keyboard player(s) is(were). The piano on Cable Car is brilliant.

The songs feature the best of the band. Great lyrics (well, perhaps Cable Car is a little light weight), great vocals and harmonies, great variety in song styles and Tony Hicks' great guitar work again.

Interesting to note that 6 of the 11 songs were produced by The Hollies, the rest by Ron Richards.

Some have said they don't like you Know The Score. I think this song shows the versatility of the band and it's a shame they didn't do more of these untypical songs on later albums. Some other favourites include Little Thing Like Love for the vocals, To Do With Love for the fabulous guitar work, Pull Down The Blind is a great bluesy number, and the rest just because.
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snowflake Post subject: Hope you all don't mind if I "bump" this topic
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This is one of my very favorite Hollies albums. It really rocks! I agree that there isn't a lot of harmony on most of the tracks, but I feel each song works and has merit.

I've always wondered about that saxophone in "Look What We've Got". Do any of you know who that is on sax? Does one of the Hollies have a hidden talent I don't know about? Is it a well-known sax player who sat in on the session? Or a studio musician? Anyone?

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Gee Post subject: Guest Musicians...
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The Saxophone on "Look What Wev'e Got" was played by Jim Jewell (of Gallagher & Lyle's band...and a schoolchum of Bobby Elliott's apparently....)

Various other "guests" played on "Distant Light" including Gary Brooker (of Procol Harum) on keyboards, plus Herbie Flowers (Blue Mink / C.C.S. / Sky) on Bass guitar
Blue Mink's Madeline Bell is harmony vocalist on "What A life I've Led" and Madeline & Doris Troy both sang along on "Long Dark Road" (also, apparently so did Bobby Elliott ! ).

Both Bernie Calvert & Producer Ron Richards were absent through illness during the Recording sessions for this album.
Hope this is of help.
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Thanks a lot, Geoff, for your info regarding the making of "Distant Light". I didn't realize that Doris Troy sang backup on this album (or Bobby Elliott, for that matter!) Your knowledge of Hollies history is truly amazing.

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James Towill Post subject: Re: Guest Musicians...
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I thought Bernie played bass on some tracks...Hicks on a few and Herbie Flowers on a few?

Brilliant album!

Geoff coles wrote:
The Saxophone on "Look What Wev'e Got" was played by Jim Jewell (of Gallagher & Lyle's band...and a schoolchum of Bobby Elliott's apparently....)

Various other "guests" played on "Distant Light" including Gary Brooker (of Procol Harum) on keyboards, plus Herbie Flowers (Blue Mink / C.C.S. / Sky) on Bass guitar
Blue Mink's Madeline Bell is harmony vocalist on "What A life I've Led" and Madeline & Doris Troy both sang along on "Long Dark Road" (also, apparently so did Bobby Elliott ! ).

Both Bernie Calvert & Producer Ron Richards were absent through illness during the Recording sessions for this album.
Hope this is of help.

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Gee Post subject: Bassists....and other friends...plus "Distant Light's&a
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According to the innersleeve Tony Hicks plays Bass on "What a life...","Hold On", "To Do With Love","Cable Car" and "Long Dark Road".....
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Geoff, thanks! Very Happy Another of my questions answered. I've always been intrigued by those two album covers. Love the contents of both!

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If I'm not mistaken, the Hollies former road manager Rod Shields has the original artwork for these two covers. Can anyone confirm or deny this? Who was credited with the artwork for each cover?
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James Towill Post subject:
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Hi - I'm pretty sure I posted some details on this before, but can't find them...oh well! Distant Light and Romany are both credited to 'Hipgnosis/Elgie', as is Allan Clarke's solo 'Headroom'. Information on the famous Hipgnosis art company can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipgnosis

A selection of their famous compositions here: http://freewayjam.blogspot.com/2005/08/album-art-hipgnosis.html

The actual designer was Colin Elgie, it looks like he's still in the business:
http://www.illustrationweb.com/ColinElgie/
http://www.colinelgie.com/index.html

Brilliant illustrator!

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