THE HOLLIES: HEAD OUT OF DREAMS
Six-Disc Boxed Set Combines Album Tracks And Rarities The Band
In 1973, The Hollies’ original lead singer Allan Clarke rejoined the legendary English group after releasing two solo albums. It turned out to be the start of a 15-year journey that would expand the band’s extensive hit parade with the addition of tracks like “The Air That I Breathe,” “Just One Look,” “I’m Down,” and more.
HEAD OUT OF DREAMS explores that extended burst of creativity with a new six-disc collection that’s jam-packed with album tracks and rarities that showcase The Hollies’ uncanny ability to deliver memorable melodies and tight harmonies. HEAD OUT OF DREAMS: THE COMPLETE HOLLIES AUGUST 1973 – MAY 1988 will be available on March 17th.
This massive collection includes music from eight studio albums: Hollies (1974), Another Night (1975), Write On (1976), Russian Roulette (1976), A Crazy Steal (1978), Five Three One – Double Seven O Four (1979), Buddy Holly (1980), and What Goes Around (1983). Plenty of rarities are featured as well, like the worldwide CD debut of “You’re All Woman” and “You Gave Me Strength.”
The set opens with “The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee,” a song from 1973 that climbed to #24 in the band’s native UK. Also featured on the first disc is “The Air That I Breathe,” a cover of Albert Hammond’s classic ballad that became a worldwide smash for The Hollies that same year.
All of the group’s hits from this era are here, including “I’m Down”. In fact, that song inspired the title of this set with its opening line: “Shook my head out of dreams.” The collection concludes with music from the album What Goes Around… (1983), which featured a cover of the Supremes’ hit “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” which became The Hollies’ first Top 30 hit in the US since “Air That I Breathe.”
Along with album tracks, HEAD OUT OF DREAMS boasts an amazing number of rare recordings. Among the many highlights are several B-sides — “C’mon,” “Crossfire,” “Driver” and “Let Her Go Down” — plus rare tracks like “Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy,” “Sanctuary” and “Can’t Lie No More,” which was originally included on the 2003 boxed set, The Long Road Home.