The Hollies' Greatest Hits (1973 album)

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The Hollies' Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by The Hollies
Released October 1973
Recorded 1964-1972
Genre Pop
Label Epic KE-32061
Producer Ron Richards

The Hollies Greatest Hits is a compilation of singles by The Hollies, released on Epic Records in October 1973. It includes hit singles by the group on both the Epic and Imperial labels over a time span of 1965 to 1972. It spent seven weeks on the Billboard 200 charts, peaking at #156.

Content[edit]

The group's work was initially released on Imperial Records in the United States, then a subsidiary of Liberty Records, until the latter merged with United Artists Records and the Imperial imprint was discontinued. The Hollies then signed with Epic in the U.S., and this compilation appeared six years after the group's previous, featuring hits for Epic as well as those from the Imperial period.

Since the group did not figure prominently on the American singles chart until late 1965, this compilation misses songs that had been big hits for the Hollies in the United Kingdom such as "Stay," "Here I Go Again," and "I'm Alive." The album consists of every Top 40 hit enjoyed by the band in the United States with the exception of the #40 hit "Jennifer Eccles" from 1968 and their cover of "Stop! In the Name of Love" from 1983. Nine of the tracks feature founding member Graham Nash during his tenure in the band through 1968. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress," and "Long Dark Road" were all released on Epic after his departure.

The front cover consists of a collage referring to all twelve tracks. Greatest Hits was reissued for compact disc by Legacy Records on March 26, 2002. The remastered version added a bonus track, "The Air That I Breathe" from 1974, which was the Hollies' last top ten song in the U.S.

Track listing[edit]

Chart positions taken from the Billboard Hot 100.

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Chart peak Length
1. "Bus Stop"   Graham Gouldman No. 5 2:53
2. "Carrie Anne"   Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash No. 9 2:53
3. "Stop Stop Stop"   Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash No. 7 2:50
4. "Look Through Any Window"   Graham Gouldman, Charles Silverman No. 32 2:16
5. "Dear Eloise"   Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash No. 50 3:03
6. "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"   Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway No. 2 3:16

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Chart peak Length
1. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"   Bobby Scott, Bob Russell No. 7 4:19
2. "Just One Look" (1967 reissue) Doris Payne, Gregory Carroll No. 44 2:28
3. "King Midas in Reverse"   Graham Nash No. 51 3:05
4. "Pay You Back with Interest"   Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash No. 28 2:40
5. "Long Dark Road"   Tony Hicks, Kenny Lynch No. 26 4:19
6. "On a Carousel"   Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash No. 11 3:13

2002 bonus track[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Chart peak Length
13. "The Air That I Breathe"   Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood No. 6 3:58

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