on 19 June 2009
The Troggs' first two albums on one CD, what an amazing bargain!
The band did a 'Back In Time' tour with The Move and The Love Affair in May 08 and played Salisbury City Hall. They had turned their live set inside out completely and featured quite a few of these tracks; more especially from 'From Nowhere,' but they were great to hear again on stage.
Chris Britton, has probably never won an award for his guitar work, but just listen to it on these two albums, he is quite some player. His solos, especially on the 'Wild Thing' B-side track, 'From Home,' is particularly on-the-button. They didn't play 'I Just Sing' live, but that's another amazing track often overlooked, and again has a knockout Chris Britton solo.
For new Troggs fans, well, these albums are just typical of the boys at their early and earthy best; 26 great tracks of original songs, cover versions, rockers and ballads; just the job - recommended! For those of us who were there at the time, well, isn't it great to listen to these tracks again. Deja Vu? Yes, but don't we need it!
on 23 August 2011
I bought this CD, the Troggs first two albums, on the strength of their early hits (eg "Wild Thing", "I Can't Control Myself" etc), hoping that this would be more of the same. On a first listening, I have to admit, I was somewhat disappointed. Yes, there were a number of tracks that bear strong resemblances to those well-loved garage classics, but there were also a fair amount of covers and slower ones. So I put it away for almost a year and didn't play it anymore. Then something (maybe hearing the sad news about Reg Presely's health in the newspaper?) made me dig it out again and I thought, "this actually isn't bad". The next day, I played it again. And the day after that. And now, I absolutely love it!
Whilst I still do hold the opinion that the quality is not consistent throughout, and that The Troggs were definitely more suited to all-out primitive rockers than their oft-attempted balladry, none of the tracks are actually bad, and a fair number of them are absolutely great. If to you, The Troggs were all about tracks like "Wild Thing", then there's plenty you will love on here. In fact, this is even included, for those who prefer something familiar! The grungy fuzz guitar and insistant rhythms really come into their own on tracks like "From Home" and "Our Love Will Still Be There", whilst The Troggs undoubtedly recorded the ultimate version of "I Can Only Give You Everything". "Meet Jacqueline" is a rather odd, but strangely addictive track, whilst the absolute stand-out has to be "I Want You To Come Into My Life". Make sure you play this one LOUD!!!!
Overall, I recommend this CD to anyone with more than a passing interest in The Troggs and/or 60s garage. The Troggs put all the US teen garage bands in the shade, as this CD is a testament to. Now, hurry up and get better Reg!!