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First rate anthology of an important mid sixties group!

  • Dec 11, 2008
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I remember it like it was yesterday. I was shopping at a local discount store with my parents and I begged them to let me buy my first 45 rpm record. That record was "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits. I have been collecting music ever since. "Retrospective" is a long overdue collection of one of the 1960's most popular groups. And I have nothing but good things to say about it.

In "Retrospective" you will find every single one of the groups 19 charted U.S. hits as well as a handful of gems from the groups LP's. Most people forget just how dominant Herman's Hermits were back in 1965. For the better part of that year the group always seemed to have multiple tunes riding high on the Billboard Hot 100. Songs like "Silhouettes", "Wonderful World" and "I'm Henry VIII,I Am" were staples on Top 40 radio. In addition, unlike many of their contemporaries whose success was limited to single releases, the group was selling albums like crazy. All three of the groups 1965 album releases including "Introducing Herman's Hermits", "Herman's Hermits On Tour" and "The Best of Herman's Hermits" were wildly successful. In fact, "The Best of Herman's Hermits" would remain on the Billboard Top Pop Album chart for just over two years! In addition to the three big hits mentioned above you will also find great pop classics like "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat", "There's A Kind of Hush" and the original 45 rpm recording of "Leaning On The Lamp Post" which for some reason has been unavailable for decades. I was also pleased to find songs like "Hold On" as well as the Hermits beautiful rendition of the Skeeter Davis hit "The End Of The World".

As I mentioned earlier there is absolutely no downside to this collection. The fact of the matter is that the remastering job is so superior that you feel like you are listening to many of these songs for the very first time. The attached 19 page booklet is chock full of info about Peter Noone and the group and it all comes in a very attractive package. And to top it all off the price is right. You wonder why it took so long but if you are a fan of the British Invasion I would snap this one up pronto before it disappears.    Highly recommended.

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December 13, 2008
Drifter51 you're taking me on a trip down memory lane w/ all ur reviews. Love The Hermits, such an unknown today, but one of the greats. (and another strong review)
 
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When all is said and done regarding the most influential power pop bands of the '60s, Herman's Hermits and Tommy James & the Shondells emerge as the clear-cut winners for the same reason: Their music was so diverse and well constructed that it showed the different dimensions of a genre that inspired music smart enough to respect its roots which, in turn, inspired music too hip for its own good -- the modern rock movement that was not half as much fun as "the new wave", or as essential as anything found on ABKCO's perennial release of Herman's Hermits' Their Greatest Hits.

That Peter Noone and Tommy James were masterful interpreters of perfect and succinct little musical episodes is one big part of it, the song selection being the other master stroke. "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" opens this 16-song collection, every tune coming in under 180 seconds except for the cover of the Skeeter Davis classic "The End of the World," which comes in at exactly three minutes. The fine art of the hit single is here in all its glory, Graham Gouldman represented twice with two exquisite melodies, "No Milk Today" and "Listen People." Try getting both songs out of your head after a listen, pop that the word infectious was created for and totally different from the Carole King/Gerry Goffin classic "I'm into Something Good" and the Carter/Lewis gem "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat." As with any Tommy James compilation, you have to admire how great the voice of Peter Noone is with so ...

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Label: Abkco
Genre: Pop
Release Date: July 20, 2004

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