Herman's Hermits

Peter Noone's Herman's Hermits

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This recording makes counterfeiters look legitimate. A "counterfeit" recording, by definition, is when Carole King's Music album was duplicated by thieves and put into stores with a cheesy cover. Essentially, they took the Ode album, made a second or third generation copy, and slapped a silly cover on it, distributing it to retail. There is no redeeming value to a counterfeit, unlike a bootleg, which affords the real artist the opportunity to reissue material they may not have in their archives. This Slam records release is as bad as or worse than a counterfeit. It is members of Herman's Hermits passing themselves off as Peter Noone's Herman's Hermits, which they are not. Keep in mind, the original Herman's Hermits records were Peter Noone and producer Mickey Most crafting hit after hit. These are thinly produced covers of the original hits. There is no credit to guitarist Derek Lackenby, drummer Barry Whitwam, guitarist Keith Hopwood, or guitarist Karl Green, though allegedly it is Green attempting to sound like Peter Noone. The famous tunes like "Wonderful World," "No Milk Today," "Can't You Hear My Heart Beat," and "There's a Kind of Hush" are definitely a must to avoid. The sin of this is that there are no liner notes, no cast of characters admitting to this charade, no dates of the recordings, no fessing up to the deceptive business practice. At least if you bought a copy of the counterfeit Carole King Music album you were still getting Ms. King. Songs one through 15 are the pseudo-Herman's Hermits who faced lawsuits during their tenure as a touring band, starting with "A Must to Avoid" and ending with "Dandy." Tracks 16 through 20 are actually Peter Noone from a live concert; the original artist thinks it may be from Palm Springs in the '80s. These tracks are credited to Peter Noone's Herman's Hermits, which really adds to the confusion in a lame attempt to authenticate this disc. For Noone fans, it is amazing how the moment "Listen People" starts off there is no doubt who the talent is. It's a good performance, vocal up front in the mix, the band sounding smooth. They perform "Steady Eddie," a song from Noone's The Tremblers project, "Jezebel," and the Skeeter Davis hit "End of the World." Peter Noone hasn't received a cent from this project, not even his publishing royalties for "Steady Eddie." A shame. Avoid at all costs.