A 17-track compilation of live and studio performances originally broadcast on the BBC between 1991 and 1995, Hold On is a benefit record for The Samaritans, a British telephone crisis line. Few of the versions are particularly different from the original records, aside from a delicate acoustic version of the Boo Radleys' "Find the Answer Within." However, this is an excellent representation of the more commercial end of the British alternative pop scene of the early '90s, with fine tracks by Echobelly, Teenage Fanclub, Ride, Suede, Supergrass, and Radiohead. Counting Crows, Grant Lee Buffalo, and a revitalized Dick Dale (performing the Boudeleaux Bryant tune "Mexico," which Bob Moore had a hit with in the '60s) represent the American side, let down by a terrible performance of a boring Faith No More song. Nothing spectacular, then, but it's all for a worthy cause.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason