Herman’s Hermits – Same (1965)

FrontCover1.jpgHerman’s Hermits (sometimes called Introducing Herman’s Hermits) is the debut album of the band Herman’s Hermits, first issued in 1965. As was typical of the time, the album’s contents were different on the UK and US releases. UK albums did not have any singles included.

The success of Herman’s Hermits first single, “I’m Into Something Good”, #1 in the UK and #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, led to a US release of their first album in February, 1965. After two other single releases which were eventually issued on their second US album Herman’s Hermits on Tour, MGM released “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” in April, 1965. It immediately went to #1 on the US Billboard Chart. The album itself peaked on the Billboard 200 chart at #2, and remained on the chart for 40 weeks.

The album was not released in the UK until September, 1965. As was customary at the time, UK album releases did not have any singles on them. The UK version peaked at #16, and was only on the charts for two weeks.

In his retrospective review of the album’s release, Richie Unterberger for AllMusic gave the album a modest response by saying, “Since those are the first songs on the album, it’s a letdown thereafter, since the oldies aren’t very creative or (in comparison to the better British Invasion groups) forcefully performed, and the pop numbers sound like filler Merseybeat.” (by wikipedia)

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In his retrospective review of the album’s release, Richie Unterberger for AllMusic gave the album a modest response by saying, “Since those are the first songs on the album, it’s a letdown thereafter, since the oldies aren’t very creative or (in comparison to the better British Invasion groups) forcefully performed, and the pop numbers sound like filler Merseybeat.”

This is the UK Version of the Album including The Yardbird hit “For Your Love” … most of the material is part of the innocent side of Beat Music !

Herman's Hermits, Barry Whitwam, Keith Hopwood, Peter Noone, Karl Green, Derek Leckenby, circa early

Personnel:
Karl Green (bass)
Keith Hopwood (guitar)
Derek Leckenby (guitar)
Peter Noone (vocals)
Barry Whitwam (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. Heartbeat (Montgomery/Petty) 2.51
02. Travellin’ Light (Tepper/Bennett) 2.35
03. I’ll Never Dance Again (Mann/Anthony) 3.29
04. Walkin’ With My Angel (Goffin/King) 2.22
05. Dream On (Gordon) 2.05
06. I Wonder (Pearson) 2.10
07. For Your Love (Gouldman) 2.27
08. Don’t Try To Hurt Me (Hopwood) 2.07
09. Tell Me Baby (Leckenby/Hopwood) 2.15
10. I’m Henery VIII, I Am (Murray/Weston) 1.52
11. The End Of The World (Kent/Dee) 2.59
12. Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter (Peacock) 2.48

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