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• Allan Clarke, of course, made his name as lead singer with The Hollies, Manchester’s answer to The Beatles, who enjoyed huge success across the 60s and early 70s.

• In 1972, he embarked on a solo career on Epic Records with his debut album My Real Name Is ‘Arold (a reference to his true Christian name – Allan being his middle name). The following years, he moved to EMI and stayed for four years and three albums, which have been out-of-print on CD for some time.

• The first of Allan’s EMI albums, sported a Magritte-styled cover and opened with ‘Complete Controllable Man’. Clarke produced the album himself, sang and played guitar, with help from guitarist Ray Glynn and keyboard player Kirk Duncan (both ex-The Mirage and Jawbone), Elton John’s bassist Dee Murray and legendary session drummer Tony Newman. It spawned the single ‘Who?’.

• Newman and Glynn stayed for 1974’s self-titled album, with bass courtesy of the talented Herbie Flowers (who’d played with Lou Reed among many others) and the ubiquitous pianist Peter Robinson (ex-Quatermass). From it, ‘Sideshow’ was issued as a 45.

• After a non-album single – a cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ – in 1975, Allan returned with his third and final EMI album, I’ve Got Time, in 1976. It opened with another Springsteen song, ‘Blinded By The Light’ – indeed, the LP consisted entirely of cover versions. ‘Living In Love’ (originally by The Sutherland Brothers) was chosen as a 7”.

• Disc One of our compilation contains the first two LPs. Disc Two presents the third LP plus the bonus singles.

TRACK LISTING


DISC 1

1. COMPLETE CONTROLLABLE MAN

2. PEOPLE OF THAT KIND

3. FISHIN'

4. WHO?

5. DRIFT AWAY

6. SHIFT LOVIN' LADY

7. I LOOK IN YOUR EYES

8. GIVE US A SONG

9. WOULD YOU BELIEVE (REVISITED)

10. DON'T LET ME DOWN AGAIN

11. CAN'T GET ON

12. I'LL BE HOME

13. I WANNA SAIL INTO YOUR LIFE

14. SIDESHOW

15. IF I WERE THE PRIEST

16. NEW AMERICANS

17. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

18. SEND ME SOME LOVIN'



DISC 2

1. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

2. LIGHT A LIGHT

3. WE'VE GOT TIME

4. STAND BY ME

5. THE LONG WAY
 
6. HALLELUJAH FREEDOM
 
7. IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME

8. IF YOU WALKED AWAY

9. SUNRISE

10. LIVING IN LOVE

11. FINALE

12. BORN TO RUN
 
13. WHY DON’T YOU CALL
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