- Released: July 20, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Abkco
- 1.I'm into Something Good
- 2.Can't You Hear My Heartbeat
- 4.Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter
- 5.(What A) Wonderful World
- 6.Hold On
- 7.I'm Henry the VIII, I Am
- 8.Just a Little Bit Better
- 9.Must to Avoid
- 10.Leaning on a Lamp Post
- 11.End of the World
- 12.Listen People
- 13.There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)
- 14.East West
- 15.No Milk Today
- 16.It's Nice to Be Out in the Morning
- 17.This Door Swings Both Ways
- 19.Sleepy Joe
- 20.Don't Go Out into the Rain (You're Gonna Melt)
- 21.Sunshine Girl
- 23.I Can Take or Leave Your Loving
- 24.Something Is Happening
- 25.My Sentimental Friend
- 26.Here Comes the Star
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Personnel: Keith Hopwood, Derek Leckenby (vocals, guitar); Karl Green (vocals, bass instrument); Peter Noone (vocals); Barry Whitwam (drums).
Liner Note Author: Jim Bessman.
Recording information: De Lane Lea Music Recording Studios, London, England (??/??/1964-09/27/1969); Kingsway Recording Studio, London, England (??/??/1964-09/27/1969).
Arranger: John Paul Jones .
If all you know about Herman's Hermits is that they had a couple of semi-novelty hits during the British Invasion with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" and "I'm Henry the VIII, I Am," RETROSPECTIVE aims to set you straight. Part of ABKCO producers Teri Landi and Jody Klein's grand plan to redress the balance of historical perspective on 1960s pop, this collection is a perfect overview of the band initially regarded as a safer version of the Beatles. While amiable, sunny pop is the dominant strain here, there are many tracks that further flesh out the group's profile. A version of Sam Cooke's "(What a) Wonderful World" points up the Hermits' soul leanings. The downright nasty "A Must to Avoid" and the witty, rocking "Museum" would sound right at home on a contemporaneous Beatles album. The Hermits' version of the Kinks' "Dandy" displays hipper tastes than many give Peter Noone and company credit for, and RETROSPECTIVE itself calls out for a 21st-century reappraisal of the band's catalog.