The Hollies' 1st Live Album
This, their 1st live album, was recorded between January 24th & 28th, 1976, @ Christchurch Town Hall, New Zealand, featuring the classic line-up of the band, minus Graham Nash, who departed in late 1968 to form Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Terry Sylvester took his place. The line-up on this album was responsible for such classic songs including "Long Cool Woman," "He Ain't Heavy," "Air That I Breathe," & "Jesus Was A Cross-maker."
The band had only about 5 more years as a studio band before they hit the oldies circuit, but they play here with a vengeance. In fact, by 1981 both singer/rhythm guitarist Terry Sylvester (1968--1981) & bassist Bernie Calvert (1966--1981) left the band. Here they spotlight several songs from their classic "Another Night" 1975 LP: "Another Night," "Sandy," & "I'm Down." By the way, the "Write On" LP came out the same month this set was recorded in January 1976, & they include "My Island" & "Star" from it. "Star," not Stars, is the correct song title.
This album must be highly regarded by the band, since they released it in its entirety on the "Long Road Home" 2003 career-spanning box set. The vocals, particulary lead singer Allan Clarke (sounds just like the record), guitars, & drums are very prominent. You can hear the rhythm guitar here, too, courtesy of Terry Sylvester. Check out drummer Bobby Elliott on the 1st 2 songs, "I Can't Let Go" & "Just One Look." He's very underrated, & those songs really rock.
Other standouts for me include the then-recent "Another Night" & "Sandy," along with "Long Cool Woman," which I've always wanted to hear live. I think they were they 1st major act to cover a Springsteen song. A few songs have synthesizer, which was coming into fashion then. It's played in moderation, thankfully. One song I wish they hadn't used it on was during the Carrie-Anne instrumental break, but that's only a slight mis-step.
All in all, a great album that I'm glad I discovered.