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VINE VOICEon 16 April 2009
It's easy to underestimate The Herd. Groomed for girl appeal which was squeezed dry across three big hits, the band then obligingly broke up to pursue more credible projects. They were actually a decent bunch of musicians, all capable of taking lead vocals and all contributing material. The hit material though was provided by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley. 'From The Underworld', with its fuzz guitar flourishes and mystical atmosphere, nods to psychedelia, but The Herd were always a straight pop outfit who dipped a toe into other genres.

The first disc deals with singles tracks, while the backbone of the second disc is their sole album release, an impressive one. Although Peter Frampton and Andy Bown did most of the writing and fronting, bassist Gary Taylor revealed a startling baritone reminiscent of Scott Walker. He takes lead on 'I Don't Wanna Sleep Again', an appealing country-ish jaunt, and 'Sad', an adaptation of 'Air On A G String'. Meanwhile, the instrumental 'Impressions Of Oliver' is a brassy, swinging piece of jazz that's dying to be adopted as a TV theme.

Not everything works of course. A duet with a schoolgirl chorus is one of a few atrocities included here, while Bown and Frampton had yet to develop into accomplished songwriters. Also, the brevity of the band's recording career means that 10 of the 48 tracks are alternate versions. If you like colourful, late 1960s pop, however, this is worth consideration.
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on 12 October 2013
The cleverly named group whose publicity was able to use the blurb "Have you heard the Herd" had begun as the Preachers in 1965 with the usual R & B covers.By 1967 the music was closer to psychedelia with songs written by Tin Pan Alley writers Howard/Blaikley.One album 3 hit singles but no American career to speak of and by the end of the decade member Peter Frampton had teamed up with a Small Face to form Humble Pie who had I hit.Then some 7 years later Frampton became a huge star in the States with a live album which spawned 4 hit singles.
Which is a brief history of what this 2 CD set is about which has a 14 page booklet inside
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on 7 November 2015
Great to hear some of the old songs again, a good sing a long
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on 15 July 2014
great to be able to get all their hits on one CD
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on 12 February 2015
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