HERMAN’S HERMITS – THE MOST OF * VOLUME 2 (MUSIC FOR PLEASURE MFP 50008) 1972

HERMAN’S HERMITS – THE MOST OF * VOLUME 2 (MUSIC FOR PLEASURE MFP 50008) 1972
“Rattler”

Herman’s Hermits swing into another entertaining programme on this, their second appearance on Music For Pleasure

This was a charity shop find in Newcastle last month, I bought it because of the two quid price tag and the photo of the boys on the front cover, reflecting the changing times in the late sixties for a teeny-bopper band.

Their barnets are much longer and the clothes are not as straight as the were during their hit records phase. Not only that, some of the members have facial hair and look like they’re probably dabbling with mind-expanding drugs. Could there be at least one tripper on this?

Side one rolls along with some of their hits from 1965, all radio friendly songs that would have had all the young lasses wishing they were Dollybirds. There is a pleasant enough version of “Saturday’s Child” and a rockin’ (for the Hermits) cover of “Jezabel”.

I’m sure Herman’s Hermits had it in them to drop some fuzztoned guitar into the mix but producer Mickie Most probably ignored any requests from the group to get more way-out with their music.

Over on Side two there are a couple of interesting pop nuggets from their 1966 recorded LP “There’s A Kind Of Hush All Over The World”.

Both “Gaslight Street” and “Rattler” demonstrated that the Hermits were moving into a much more sophisticated pop territory. “Rattler” is especially impressive and is quite Hollies-esque in construction.


Back cover liners:

Herman’s Hermits swing into another entertaining programme on this, their second appearance on Music For Pleasure with their 1965 hit “A Must To Avoid”. It is followed by “Silhouettes” which was their second million seller for the group, also in 1965.

Also included is “My Sentimental Friend” a later hit for them, plus two songs from their film “Mrs Brown’ You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” – “It’s Nice To Be Out In The Morning” and “Lemon And Lime”.

Producer Mickie Most has come up with 12 cracking performances for Herman’s Hermits. Go on treat yourselves! This album is a must buy!


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