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The Hollies: Look Through Any Window 1963 - 1975 DVD...story of the Hollies with original performances in the 60s & 70s.
on October 6, 2011
The picture is 1.33:1. In telling the story of the Hollies, the interviews are in colour, while the precious original music performances are both in black and white, and colour. Overall, the picture is very pleasing. Contrasts and black colour are also acceptable. (4/5)
The audio is in Dolby Stereo 2.0. Considering the age of the footage, the sound is really very acceptable, showing off the 3-part harmony of the Hollies. (4/5)
This is where this disc really shines. The picture consists of interviews with Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliot. I really enjoyed the stories told by the Hollies members, giving me more insight into many of their hits. For example, their original 2-part harmony was tailored after the Everly Brothers. Then, by accident, they developed their famous 3-part harmony, when Tony Hicks was humming in a low voice. The song Stop Stop Stop was written after their encounter at a strip-tease club and Tony Hicks was showing us how he got to play a banjo for that song. Their experience at Abbey Road studio was revered. And the song Carrie-Anne was really written after the beautiful Marianne Faithful and they were too shy to use her name, not wanting her to know that they all wanted to make love to her....and the steel drummer in that song was taken from the street, not to be seen again later. In the song Jennifer Eccles, Jennifer was Allan Clarke's wife's first name, and Eccles was Graham Nash's wife's maiden name! The conflict of Graham Nash was detailed. After Graham Nash left for Crosby, Stills & Nash, Hollies had a major hit with He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. The famous producer, Ron Richards, said that the song was the best recording he ever produced. And don't miss the End Credit, where the Hollies sang Amazing Grace, not listed at the back cover.
The other parts of the picture are of course the music performances, taken from various sources. But they were original performances done at the height of their prime. Very precious indeed. All the hits are there...22 performances. Like those old K-Tel commercials: Original Artists, Original Hits! (5/5)
This Hollies DVD is the fifth in the British Invasion series. The previous 4 DVDs are available as a box set, released in 2010, featuring Small Faces, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Dusty Springfield and Herman's Hermits, with a fifth bonus disc, containing previously unseen performances by Dusty Springfield and Herman's Hermits. These are all original performances by original artists at their prime. Try to buy NTSC versions from Canada, because the UK versions are PAL, not playable in many players.
Reelin' In The Years Production has done an excellent job in bringing the Greatest Hits of Hollies with good audio and video. Great job! Hopefully, there are more such series in the future, for artists such as the Searchers, Manfred Mann, Dave Clark Five, just to name a few.
Lastly, if you really like the Hollies, a 6-CD box set called The Hollies: Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years was released early this year.
In summary, I enjoyed this Hollies DVD very much. If you like the music from the 60s, this disc is definitely for you, plus all their major hits are included. It is highly recommended for you to take "Just One Look".