The Hollies celebrate 50 years with ’50 at Fifty’ boxed set

The Hollies are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s 1964 debut album with a tour, as well as a new 50-track collection that spans the British hit-makers’ entire career, including “Skylarks,” an unreleased track that was recorded just this year. 50 At Fifty will be available on October 21st at retail outlets as a three CD collection for $29.98. A digital version will also be available.

Pop pioneers known for their distinctive three-part harmonies, The Hollies (Allen Clarke, Bobby Elliot, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash, and Eric Haydock) released their debut album on Parlophone in 1964. A familiar fixture on the music charts during the Sixties and Seventies, The Hollies scored almost two dozen hits in the U.S. and even more in the U.K. In recognition of the band’s achievements, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted The Hollies in 2010.

50 At Fifty¬†tells the band’s history in song, beginning with The Hollies’ first single “(Ain’t That) Just Like Me” and ending with the newly recorded “Skylarks.” The music spans 1963 to 2014 and spotlights all of the group’s best-known songs, including the Top 40 hits: “Look Through Any Window,” “Bus Stop,” “Stop! Stop! Stop!” “On A Carousel,” “Carrie Anne,” “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother,” “The Air That I Breathe,” and the platinum-certified smash “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress).”

In addition to the hits, the collection also spotlights gems like “Hey Willy” and “Lonely Hobo Lullaby” as well as covers of Emmylou Harris’ “Boulder To Birmingham” and Bruce Springsteen’s “4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy).” The set also features several live recordings, including performances of the 1967 single “On A Carousel” and “Too Young To Be Married, from Confessions Of The Mind (1970).

The new song “Skylarks” was recorded this year by the band’s current line-up, which includes long-time members Hicks and Elliott along with Peter Howarth, Steve Lauri, Ray Stiles, and Ian Parker. “Skylarks” was written by Elliot and Howarth, produced and arranged by Steve Lee Vickers, and mixed by Grammy award winner Paul Hicks. To mark the golden anniversary of the band’s debut album, this version of The Hollies will embark upon a European tour in September.

“It’s over fifty years since I first wrote a Hollies song, it was the B-side of ‘Just One Look,’ and I shared the writing with Tony. Today I feel quite privileged to be writing the 50th track on this compilation, which contains some of our best work. I’m in good company with my buddies Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash, who, throughout our career, have written some outstanding Hollies material.” says Elliot. “‘Skylarks’ takes us in a new direction – nothing new for The Hollies. Its back to our inventive roots in many ways.”

3 CD

CD 1:

1. “(Ain’t That) Just Like Me”
2. “Searchin'”
3. “Stay”
4. “Just One Look”
5. “Here I Go Again”
6. “We’re Through”
7. “Yes I Will”
8. “I’m Alive”
9. “Look Through Any Window”
10. “If I Needed Someone”
11. “I Can’t Let Go”
12. “Bus Stop”
13. “Pay You Back With Interest”
14. “Stop! Stop! Stop!”
15. “On A Carousel”
16. “Carrie Anne”
17. “King Midas In Reverse”
18. “Jennifer Eccles”
19. “Listen To Me”
20. “Sorry Suzanne”

CD 2:

1. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
2. “I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top”
3. “Gasoline Alley Bred”
4. “Hey Willy”
5. “The Baby”
6. “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)”
7. “Magic Woman Touch”
8. “The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGhee”
9. “The Air That I Breathe”
10. “Lonely Hobo Lullaby”
11. “4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy)”
12. “I’m Down”
13. “There’s Always Goodbye”
14. “Boulder To Birmingham”
15. “Too Young To Be Married” (Live)
16. “Daddy Don’t Mind”

CD 3:

1. “Hello To Romance”
2. “Amnesty”
3. “Soldiers Song”
4. “Heartbeat”
5. “If The Lights Go Out” (First version)
6. “Take My Love And Run” (First version)
7. “Stop In The Name Of Love”
8. “Let Her Go Down”
9. “Too Many Hearts Get Broken”
10. “Laughter Turns To Tears”
11. “So Damn Beautiful”
12. “On A Carousel” (Live)
13. “Then, Now Always (Dolphin Days)” (Live)
14. “Skylarks” (New 2014 Recording)

Tour Dates

September

16 Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland
17 Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland
19 Lisebergshallen, Goteborg, Sweden
20 Baltiska Hallen, Malmo, Sweden
21 Cirkus Building, Stockholm, Sweden
26 Olavshallen, Trondheim, Norway
27 Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
28 Old Bull Scene, Bergen, Norway
29 Old Bull Scene, Bergen, Norway

October

3 Gateshead, The Sage, England
4 Harrogate, Royal Hall, England
12 Norwich, Theatre Royal, England
15 Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre, England
16 Canterbury, Marlow Theatre, England
17 Cheltenham, Town Hall, England
18 Bromley, Churchill Theatre, England
19 Woking, New Victoria Theatre, England

November

21 Malvern, Forum Theatre, England
22 Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre, England
23 Brighton, Theatre Royal, England
28 Southport, Southport Theatre New, England

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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