BEV BEVAN'S RETRO ROCK.
THE HOLLIES Special Collection (Trio)
THE Hollies were formed in Manchester during the summer of 1962 by long-time friends Graham Nash and Allan Clarke.
The group went on to become one of the most successful British acts of all time, scoring close to 30 big hit singles on the UK charts, plus half a dozen American top tenners.
Many are to be found on this cut-price, 60-track, triple-CD boxset, including Here I Go Again, Bus Stop, Carrie Ann, He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother and The Air That I Breathe.
There are also Hollies-styled interpretations of I Am A Rock, Lucille, I'm Talking 'Bout You and even Purple Rain.
THE SHADOWS Very Best Of (Music For Pleasure)
WHAT an inspiration The Shadows were for schoolboys like me in the early 1960s who were aspiring to become pop stars.
There wasn't a young beat group anywhere that didn't perform FBI in the repertoire - complete with The Shadows walk!
This budget-priced 20-track collection includes the No 1 hits Apache, Kon Tiki, Wonderful Land, Dance On and Foot Tapper, plus their one vocal hit, a fine version of Frankie Laine's Don't Make My Baby Blue.
That was a song later given a heavy rock treatment by my old band The Move on our album Shazam.
VARIOUS Greatest Hits Of Rock (EMI Gold)
HERE are 54 original hits by the original artists - and that's important. When buying 'Greatest Hits' or 'Best of compilations, always check that they're the original recordings.
This 3-CD box set of heavy rock favourites includes on CD One, Deep Purple's anthem Smoke On The Water, Ozzy and Black Sabbath's ubiquitous Paranoid and ELO's 10538 Overture.
CD Two features the gentler Missing You by John Waite, Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor and Kim Carnes' Bette Davis Eyes whilst rock faves on CD Three include No More Mr Nice Guy by Megadeth, Rebel Yell by Billy Idol and Poison's Unskinny Bop.
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|Publication:||Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)|
|Date:||Apr 9, 2006|
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