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If only there was a decent round-up of the Hollies’ B-sides to go with this collection then it won’t surprise you to learn that that would be on this list too, especially the gems such as the harmony-laden piece of loveliness Baby That’s All, the bluesy, knowing Nobody, the angry social protest of I’vbe Got A Way Of My Own, the psychedelic masterpiece All The World Is Love and the sound-effect filled playground of Not That Way At All: tracks which are far more indicative of the band’s sound and interests during 1964, 65, 66, 67 and 68 respectively than the A-sides could ever hope to be. In the meantime, let’s just keep pestering EMI and hope they take note of this. A Beatles’ B-sides compilation would also make a fine addition to our collections too now that the Past Masters sets are so hard to get hold of - astonishingly its almost impossible to find gems like She’s A Woman, I’m Down, The Inner Light and the uptempo take of Revolution on CD, despite these being crucial landmarks in the career of perhaps the most important and popular group of all time. (STOP PRESS: OK so The Past Masters sets are out now as of 2009 and nice and easy to get hold of, but the B-side idea still holds – it would make a more interesting comp than the ‘themed’ rock and love sets of the 1970s!)