Distant Light (The Hollies album)

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Distant Light
Studio album by The Hollies
Released 8 October 1971 (U.K)
April 1972 (U.S.)
Recorded AIR Studios London, Mid-Late Summer 1971
Genre Rock, Hard rock
Length 44:14
Label UK: Parlophone PAS 10005
US: Epic KE 30958
Producer Ron Richards, The Hollies
The Hollies chronology
Confessions of the Mind
Distant Light
Singles from Distant Light
  1. "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"
    Released: April 1972[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Distant Light is the 1971 released album by The Hollies. It was the last UK album by the band to feature lead vocalist and founding member Allan Clarke, until their 1974 self-titled album. It is reputed to be the first album to come out of A.I.R. studios. The album spawned two hit singles. The Allan Clarke penned "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress," which peaked at U.S. #2 and UK #32, and the Tony Hicks penned "Long Dark Road" US #26. The US released version of the album peaked at US #21. The summer scene that is shown on the cover is duplicated exactly on the next Hollies album Romany, as a winter scene.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Tony Hicks and Kenny Lynch; except where indicated

Side 1

  1. "What A Life I've Led" – 3:58
  2. "Look What We've Got" – 4:07
  3. "Hold On" (Allan Clarke) – 4:07
  4. "Pull Down The Blind" (Terry Sylvester) – 3:30
  5. "To Do With Love" – 3:29

Side 2

  1. "Promised Land" – 4:20
  2. "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" (Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway) – 3:19
  3. "You Know The Score" (Terry Sylvester, Allan Clarke) – 5:37
  4. "Cable Car" (Terry Sylvester) – 4:25
  5. "A Little Thing Like Love" (Allan Clarke, Tony Macaulay) – 3:19
  6. "Long Dark Road" – 4:16

John Scott - conductor and arrangements


Sales chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position Comment Source(s)
1972 Billboard Pop Albums
(North America)
21 [2]


  1. ^ ""Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" single release information". Hollies.co.uk. 1972-04-01. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Distant Light - The Hollies". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-14.