Distant Light (The Hollies album)

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Distant Light
Hollies Distant Light LP.jpg
Studio album by The Hollies
Released 8 October 1971 (U.K)
April 1972 (U.S.)
Recorded 6 April – 30 July 1971
Studio AIR Studios, London
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 a 1971 album released by The Hollies, the last UK album by the band to feature lead vocalist and founding member Allan Clarke, until their 1974 self-titled album, reputably 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 one
  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
  6. "Promised Land" – 4:20
Side two
  1. "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" (Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway) – 3:19
  2. "You Know The Score" (Terry Sylvester, Allan Clarke) – 5:37
  3. "Cable Car" (Terry Sylvester) – 4:25
  4. "A Little Thing Like Love" (Allan Clarke, Tony Macaulay) – 3:19
  5. "Long Dark Road" – 4:16


The Hollies


Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Pop Albums[2] 21


  1. ^ ""Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" single release information". Hollies.co.uk. 1972-04-01. Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Distant Light - The Hollies". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-14.