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There's A Kind of Hush All Over The World [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording reissued]

Herman's HermitsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00005A853
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Theres A Kind Of Hush All Over The World
2. East West
3. You Wont Be Leaving
4. Saturdays Child
5. If Youre Thinkin What Im Thinkin
6. No Milk Today
7. Little Miss Sorrow Child Of Tomorrow
8. Gaslite Street
9. Rattler
10. Dandy
11. Jezebel
12. This Door Swings Both Ways
13. What Is Wrong - What Is Right
14. I Can Take Or Leave Your Loving
15. Marcels
16. (I Gotta) Dream On
17. Dont Try To Hurt Me
18. Biding My Time
19. The George And The Dragon
20. Wild Love
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Includes bonus tracks.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Allen Klein, who owns the release rights to the entire Herman's Hermits back catalog on US MGM, has restricted his re-issue program to one "Greatest Hits" CD on ABKCO in 1987. For a group who sold more than 50 million records during the 1960s, it's a real shame that their original albums haven't been made available on CD in the US. Last year, however, saw the German Repertoire label release "Both Sides Of Herman's Hermits" from 1966 and the "Mrs. Brown" soundtrack album from 1968, both with several bonus tracks and nice digipak covers with informative booklets. Now Repertoire has done it again, with the release of the Hermits' excellent 1967 album "There's A Kind Of Hush All Over The World" plus 10 bonus tracks. Apart from the title track, which was the group's last top ten hit in the States, the original album also contained such gems as "No Milk Today" and "East West", both written by Graham Gouldman of 10cc-fame. The run of songs owes a bit to the "English whimsy" tradition of 1967, and if it hadn't been for the preconceived lightweight, teenybopper image of the group, numbers like "Rattler", "Little Miss Sorrow, Child Of Tomorrow" and the Hopwood-Leckenby penned "Gaslight Street" (the Hermits' own "Penny Lane") might have gathered cult status. Most noteworthy among the bonus tracks are the group's great rendition of "I Can Take Or Leave Your Loving", a Tamla-Motownish number also covered by The Foundations at the time, and the Hopwood-Gouldman-Noone-Lisberg collaboration, "Marcel's", for the first time available on CD. This is an excellent CD album, go and buy it immediately!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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By now we are familiar with the fact that record albums from the 1960s (or earlier) were so short that when they are released again on DVD you will get either two records combined on a single disc, or the original album with bonus tracks. They took the latter approach with "There's a Kind of a Hush All Over the World," a 1967 album from Herman's Hermits, but with a couple of unusual twists. First, in addition to the original eleven tracks of the album there are another eleven bonus tracks (usually there are just two to five extra tracks with an album like this). Second, and quite strange, the eleven original tracks do not appear in their proper order at the start of this CD, which is what you would expect.

I have heard the argument that Herman's Hermits were to Great Britain what the Monkees were to the United States, and this fourth album could be the best evidence for fostering such a comparison. After all, "Saturday's Child" by a pre-Bread David Gates was recorded by the Pre Fab Four as well, and then you have "If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin'", which was written by the team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who wrote the "(Theme From) The Monkees" along with their hits "The Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone," and "I Want to Be Free." Then there is the sneaky suspicion that despite the credits on the album that Peter Noone (i.e., "Herman"), is singing but the leads but that somebody other than the Hermits are playing the instruments.

This was rally the last successful album for the group, the last one that went gold and which made it to #13 on the Billboard album chart. As was often the case in those days the album follows up on a hit single, in this case the title track, which went all the way to #4.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sixties Gem from Herman's Hermits July 5, 2003
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This record is an example of British Beat Music from the mid to late sixties at its best. Herman's Hermits typified a sound of that era that was very melodic, heavy on rhythmic guitars, with focus on delightful harmonies and impeccable arrangements (see Hollies, Tremeloes, Mindbenders etc.). All songs were originals, except for the frantic "Jezebel", and were written by the top professional songwriters of that era - G. Gouldman, Stephens-Reed, Boyce-Hart,T.Hazzard, R. Davies. What makes this record outstanding is not only the craft of the tunesmiths involved, but the marvelous arrangements. Just listen to the tasteful arrangement in "No milk today", a minor scale guitar intro followed by hard pounding bass and drums, and all the while Peter Noone's voice is counterpointed by exquisite harmonies, and somewhere in the background and the bridge some stirring strings and bells. Even the lyrics are intelligent, and it is a minor masterpiece. All the songs are terrific. The original album can very well stand up on its own, and adding the bonus tracks diffuses the unity of sound of the original. This record was from the later, "British",period of Herman's Hermits, after they stopped making American covers. It was also a time when melody had its last breath, and bands started turning psychedelic, including the Beatles. And then we had glitter rock, soft rock, hard rock, disco, new wave, ..., rap, hip hop. Hey, what happened to pitch, melody and harmony? Give me back the Fab Four.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Disky, but this album title was already taken February 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"There's a Kind of Hush" marked the end of the glory days, such as they were, for Herman's Hermits since this was their final Gold LP, their final Gold single, and their final Top Ten hit, "Dandy." The only thing is that this 2001 import from Disky is not the original 1967 album of this title. That one had "East-West," "No Milk Today" and "Saturday's Child," which was also recorded by the Monkees, who basically replaced Herman's Hermits in the pop music galaxy. "Jezebel" is the best of the songs that remain. So this one has to lose a star for being an example of bait and switch as far as I am concerned. Besides, you can pick up any one of a half-dozen Herman's Hermits hit collections and get the two best songs off of this "album."
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