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Herman, Keith - 1979 The Next Song Is..

ARTIST: Herman, Keith
ALBUM: The Next Song Is..
LABEL: Radio
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Keith Herman - lead & background vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, bass, percussion * Steve Cropper, John Sambataro, Wayne Perkins - electric guitar * Tony Levin - bass * Rob Cooke, Omar Martinez, Scott Kirkpatrick - drums * Paul Harris, John Casche, John Colbert - keyboards * Flaco Padron - percussion * Robert W. Walker - percussion, background vocals * Rhodes-Chalmers - rhodes, background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 She's Got A Whole Number * 02 High School Q.T. * 03 She's A Cruiser * 04 Nobody Does Nothin' * 05 The Next Song Is.. * 06 Summer Night Lover * 07 Half A Man * 08 Hello My Love

I've hit the proverbial wall trying to find bio information on Keith Herman; a singer -songwriter with three albums on three different labels trickled out during an eight year period. Hardly prolific; 'The Next Song Is..' was his last and released on the AOR-friendly Radio Records (Love Affair, Glass Moon, Orleans) in a garishly designed heavy metal looking front cover, it's difficult to imagine what Radio's marketing department were aiming for especially with the back cover finding the dapper Herman dressed in a John Travolta-esque white suit. Truth in advertising might have made a difference although when all is said and done Herman's swan song remains an unknown '70s pop album that went nowhere fast.

The Songs
Like most Radio product, this platter was easy to spot in cut-out bins for many years, but I do remember hearing lead-off track 'She's Got A Whole Number' on the airwaves and was surprised to find the single reach the lower 80's on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Reminiscent of British artists Ian Gomm and The Hollies; it's a snappy little number that sets the tone for what is pretty good album. 'She's A Cruiser' is a likable AOR rocker in the Benny Mardones vein while the title track and the starry-eyed pop of 'Summer Night Lover' and 'Half A Man' bring to mind the overlooked albums of Larry John McNally. Closing out with parping horns and an early Air Supply vibe on 'Hello My Love'; Keith Herman was clearly a talented bloke and while 'The Next Song is..' won't bowl you over as an AOR classic it has enough moxie to hold its place in any serious collection.

In Summary
As far as the quality of his other two LP's 'I've Made Up My Mind' from 1971 and 1978's 'Good News Day' - your guess is as good as mine. There have always been too many other things on my want list and so they've never been a priority. It's time to play catch up I suppose.

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