England's Trespass formed at the dawn of the NWOBHM in 1978 and it wasn't long before they released their first single, "One of These Days" with the B-side "Bloody Moon" (the latter bearing no relation to Jess Franco's 1981 splatter film of the same name), in 1979. The core of the group were the Sutcliffe brothers, with Mark on guitars and vocals and brother Paul on drums. The single was an immediate success and received airplay on all the major U.K. heavy metal radio outlets, including that of famed announcer John Peel.
The version of "One of These Days" that you may be more familiar with though (and also included here) was the one recorded during the February 1980 sessions at Spaceward Studios and which appeared on the noted "Metal for Muthas II" compilation of the same year. (Ten years later it would also appear on Lars Ulrich and Geoff Barton's famed "NWOBHM: '79 Revisited" 2-CD compilation, which is where I first heard it.) By this time the group had seen the entry of new vocalist Steve Mills, and he along with the vastly improved production make this the definitive version to have of this classic song.
The group were unique in their scene at the time; instead of aping the Motorhead/Judas Priest speed metal template that so many of their peers tried their hand with at the time, Trespass instead were far more concerned with strong melodies, memorable hooks and vocal lines (such as on "Jealousy," which addresses the time-worn problem suggested in its title with the line, "When I see you talkin'/To another guy...," and you can imagine the rest.)
I have five tracks from the 1980 recording sessions, including those already mentioned, that I program in succession from this compilation and listen to all the time. It doesn't hurt that Castle did a magnificent job as always with this reissue. The remastering on these tracks is brilliant and always crystal clear. Also included are comprehensive liner notes and previously unseen archive photos.
The only reason I couldn't rate this anthology with a full five stars is because like with most compilations, some of the songs are hit or miss and this is particularly true of the post-1981 material found on disc two, where the band became essentially commercial hard rock or glam metal and, like a lot of the NWOBHM bands at the time, seemed to lose the raw edge that characterized their earlier recordings.
Still, for those collecting as much rare material as they can find by some of the brightest stars of the NWOBHM, Trespass were definitely among the better of the lesser-known groups and are not to be missed. Recommended for NWOBHM and hard rock fans.