Hollies (1974 album)

Studio album by The Hollies
Released March 1974
Genre Rock, pop
Length 41:42
Label Polydor (UK)
Epic (US)
Producer The Hollies, Ron Richards
The Hollies chronology
Out on the Road
Another Night
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]

Hollies is a 1974 album by the English pop-rock band The Hollies, marking the return of Allan Clarke after he had left for a solo career. The centerpiece is the band's classic cover of Albert Hammond's ballad "The Air That I Breathe," a major worldwide hit that year. It also contains yet another "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" soundalike in "The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee".

Track listing

Side 1

  1. "Falling Calling" (Allan Clarke, Terry Sylvester)
  2. "It's a Shame, It's a Game" (Tony Hicks, Colin Horton-Jennings)
  3. "Don't Let Me Down" (Allan Clarke)
  4. "Out on the Road" (Tony Hicks, Kenny Lynch)
  5. "The Air That I Breathe" (Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood)

Side 2

  1. "Rubber Lucy" (Allan Clarke)
  2. "Transatlantic West Bound Jet" (Bobby Elliott, Terry Sylvester)
  3. "Pick Up the Pieces Again" (Terry Sylvester)
  4. "Down on the Run" (Tony Hicks, Colin Horton-Jennings)
  5. "Love Makes the World Go Round" (Allan Clarke, Terry Sylvester)
  6. "The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee" (Allan Clarke)

Bonus tracks from 1991 CD

  1. "Mexico Gold" (Alexander, Campbell, Overton)
  2. "Tip Of The Iceberg" (Tony Hicks, Kenny Lynch)
  3. "Burn, Fire, Burn" (Bobby Elliott)
  4. "Born A Man" (Tony Hicks, Kenny Lynch)
  5. "No More Riders" (Terry Sylvester, B-side of the "The Air That I Breathe" single)

2005 CD

Features all of the above tracks (except "Burn, Fire, Burn"), plus:

  1. "Son of a Rotten Gambler" (Chip Taylor)
  2. "Layin' To The Music" (Allan Clarke, Terry Sylvester)
  3. "Out on the Road" (1st version) (Tony Hicks, Kenny Lynch)
  4. "Mr. Heartbreaker" (Terry Sylvester, Dean Ford)
  5. "Slow Down, Go Down" (Tony Hicks, Kenny Lynch)
  6. "Transatlantic Westbound Jet" (1st version) (Bobby Elliott, Terry Sylvester)


"The Air That I Breathe" was a worldwide hit which was received very well.

Another single from the album, The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee, was a top 30 British hit that revived the guitar driven rock of "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress". In the Netherlands it did even better, topping the singles charts for two weeks in November 1973.

"I'm down" was another successful 1974 single that could have been on the album, but wasn't. Strange that this song is not at least among the CD re-issues' bonus tracks.


  1. Stone, Doug. Hollies at AllMusic

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