The Woody Herman band was one of the most popular groups in the world during the 1940s. It combined the beautiful sound of the leader on clarinet, alto sax, and vocals with the innumerable talents of the group members, both playing and arranging. Many of them went on to become big names in jazz. This edition compiles the complete original LP The 3 Herds, which was Herman's own selection of some of his hits from the period of 1945 to 1954. Fourteen extra tracks from the same period have been added as a bonus.