I have most but haven't listened to them in some time. I particularly like 'Judas River', featuring his song about his time with The Hollies ('Sailors of the Heart') and the later jazzy offering 'Lush Life'.
I have listened to quite a lot of his albums and I think he has been quite consistent. For me he never reached the musical heights he reached with the Hollies again but his solo albums are all quite good and offer some nice songs, fine if kinda ordinary playing and good vocals that tended to get raspier with every release.
So if you're looking for his most Hollies-sounding material I would suggest the opposite to Knut and start with his first solo album which might be my favourite. On his debut the vocals still have the clearness that he had with the Hollies while on the later records he developed a rougher vocal sound.
The second CBS LP "The Wheel" has a song called "The Next Man" with very perceptive lyrics. "We over eat and we over spend and we overdose ourselves". So true! The track "Take a message to my baby" was released as a 12" single. This song shows the influence of The Hollies; one can imagine the band doing it.
I've only ever got round to checking his solo debut from 1975 a few months ago, but sadly nothing really stuck with me on first listen. This thread has reminded me to give it another go. I did like his more recent song "Look For Me Angel" though, and I know this was long before, but the original '68 version of "Touch" by his band Bamboo is pretty awesome! 😊
Last Edit: Dec 15, 2019 21:48:56 GMT by thejanitor