Marc Weingarten
December 12, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Long Road Home 1963-2003

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Capitol

We gave it a B+

Is this elephantine (six discs, 135 tracks) boxed set necessary? Well, consider this: Unlike virtually every other British Invader, the Hollies (which early on featured future hippie icon Graham Nash) kept churning out hits long after the 1960s faded — and long after the Beatles, even. All of those schoolboy screamers are here (”Bus Stop,” ”Dear Elois,” ”King Midas in Reverse”), as well as the late, great hits — ”The Air That I Breathe,” ”He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Brother)” — and some obscure covers (for example, Judee Sill’s ”Jesus Was a Crossmaker”) that demonstrate how this band’s musical catholicity helped sustain it for so long.

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