The Hollies "Midas Touch" (EMI)
"Midas Touch" is a good introduction for those just getting into their music
This past March saw The Hollies finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite the fact the Manchester, England band is immensely influential and has netted numerous hit singles since their recording career was launched in 1963, for some reason they've often been criminally overlooked and underrated. Casual music fans, which truth be told, comprise the majority of the record buying public, tend to remember The Hollies as the group that featured Graham Nash, who eventually departed the fold and joined forces with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and later Neil Young, for even greater fortune and fame. But when it comes to consistency and quality, The Hollies, frankly, can't be topped. Considering the band has been the subject of several best of packages and has had their individual albums reissued onto compact disc, "Midas Touch" is a good introduction for those just getting into their music. Or those who simply can't get enough of The Hollies.
Glossy, picture prefect harmonies combined with a super tight rhythm section allowed The Hollies to shine ever so brightly. One catchy pop tune after another cushions "Midas Touch," including chartbusters such as "I Can't Let Go," "Just One Look," "Bus Stop," "Carrie Anne," "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother," and "The Air That I Breath." Performing songs that were shrewdly arranged, executed with style and filled to the brim with infectious melodies, The Hollies never missed a beat. Trimmed with dizzy tempos, "On A Carousel" radiates with utter beauty, while the hypnotic "Rain On The Window," the exotic belly dancing rhythms of "Stop Stop" and the colorful psychedelic flavorings of "King Midas In Reverse" are further gems to behold here. Few bands, now and then, match the vocal vibrancy and delivery of The Hollies. Radio friendly pop music was obviously where the band's heads and hearts were at, but they refused to stand still. Playful and inventive, they were always in step with the times, brandishing a sound that was fresh and contemporary. A forty-eight track retrospective, "Midas Touch" is sheer ear candy.
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