Distant Light (Hollies album)

Distant Light is a 1971 album released by the Hollies, the last UK album by the band to feature lead vocalist and founding member Allan Clarke (until their 1974 self-titled album) and reputably the first album to come out of AIR Studios. The album spawned two hit singles: the Allan Clarke penned "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress", which peaked at number two in the US and number 31 in the UK; and the Tony Hicks penned "Long Dark Road", which reached number 26 in the US. The US released version of the album peaked at number 21 in the album charts. The summer scene on the cover is rendered as a winter scene on the next Hollies album Romany.

Distant Light
Studio album by
Released8 October 1971 (UK)
April 1972 (US)
Recorded14 April–30 July 1971[1]
StudioAIR Studios, London
GenrePop, rock
LabelUK: Parlophone PAS 10005
US: Epic KE 30958
ProducerRon Richards, The Hollies
The Hollies chronology
Confessions of the Mind
Distant Light
Singles from Distant Light
  1. "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"
    Released: April 1972[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideC+[4]

Track listing

All tracks composed by Tony Hicks and Kenny Lynch; except where indicated

Side one
  1. "What A Life I've Led" – 3:58
  2. "Look What We've Got" – 4:07
  3. "Hold On" (Allan Clarke) – 4:07
  4. "Pull Down The Blind" (Terry Sylvester) – 3:30
  5. "To Do With Love" – 3:29
  6. "Promised Land" – 4:20
Side two
  1. "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" (Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway) – 3:19
  2. "You Know The Score" (Terry Sylvester, Allan Clarke) – 5:37
  3. "Cable Car" (Terry Sylvester) – 4:25
  4. "A Little Thing Like Love" (Allan Clarke, Tony Macaulay) – 3:19
  5. "Long Dark Road" – 4:16


The Hollies


Chart positions


Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Pop Albums[3] 21


  1. http://hollies.co.uk/music-archive/session-listing.html
  2. ""Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" single release information". Hollies.co.uk. 1972-04-01. Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
  3. Unterberger, Richie. "Distant Light - The Hollies". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
  4. Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: H". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 26, 2019 via robertchristgau.com.
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