Though "I'm Alive" was a number one hit for the Hollies in Britain in 1965, it missed the American charts completely, unless you count a peak position of number 104 as a small hit. As such, on the west side of the Atlantic it counts as one of the most unjustly unknown British Invasion classics, one that would have fully merited being a large smash in the U.S. as well. Written by Clint Ballard Jr., the American songwriter also known for penning "You're No Good" and "The Game of Love," it starts off with a great Bobby Elliott drum roll and infectious harmonized scats (listen to those and you can even hear a faint echo of what Graham Nash would sing as part of Crosby, Stills & Nash on songs like "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"). A confident verse is garnished by subtle flourishes of reverbed chords before giving way to an extended chorus. The excitement slowly builds as lead singer Allan Clarke's mounting pleasure about his senses being opened up by his new romance is complemented by thrilling block harmonies from the band, resolving on some ensemble vocals before a dramatic chord change brings them into an all-out repetition of the title. A brief twitter of guitar notes brings the group back into the second verse, and a nice, if brief, guitar solo (backed by more flecks of reverbed chords) serves as the instrumental break. Then it's time for another go-round the chorus, ending unpredictably on an arresting, previously unheard ascending chorus change, which breaks into double-time before all the instruments drop out to let the group polish the track off with a last burst of a cappella harmony. "I'm Alive" is a blockbuster of a British Invasion song, as catchy and compelling as many of the early Beatles' recordings, and thus can be wholeheartedly recommended to Beatles fans looking for something they might not have heard before.