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HOLLIES RETROSPECTIVE-SUPERB/CREAM 2005 GOES BLU-RAY-REVIEW JOHN EMMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The HOLLIES Look Through Any Window spanning 1963-1975 is one of the best retrospectives I have seen.

Most of the film focuses on the Graham Nash/Allan Clarke era of the British Invasion from 1964 till 1969 with both men interviewed on film and narrating.

It gives the viewer amazing insight into the band and the mid 60’s era.

However after Nash left to join Crosby Stills and Nash the Hollies had huge hits with Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, The Air That I Breathe and the magnificent He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother 

Easily one of the best parts in the film is the Hollies in the EMI Studios at Abbey Road recording harmonies for On a Carousel.

It simply is breathtaking at how well these guys could sing and how well the band could play.

The film also shows that Hollies members  drummer Bobby Elliott and guitarist/vocalist Tony Hicks in particular are excellent players. In addition Terry Sylvester and Bernie Calvert were also well ingrained into  the band’s sound 

An absolute must have film for any fan of the British Invasion and The Hollies!

Cream-Live at Royal Albert Hall makes it way to blu-ray this week. One thing you notice is that even after 40 years of not gigging as a unit Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce have a chemistry that is taut but just so happens to spill into this one off gloroius groove that only happens when these 3 outstanding players are on the same stage

Outstanding versions of Outside Woman Blues, Sleepy Time Time and Clapton’s guitar solo on Stormy Monday take you into Jam Land with very hip results.

In addition the band rips into different and solid versions of their hits Sunshine of Your Love, Badge, White Room, and Crossroads.

Recorded over 4 nights in May of 2005, this concert is a snapshot of the band in their sixities and quite different than when the band was only 25 years old and blowing out venues with 20 minute songs.

It would have been nice to see what would have happened over let’s say a 10 or 15 date world tour. 

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, musician and radio host. Check John’s cool stuff on this page or link to www.johnemms.com

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