- Audio CD (1 Nov. 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Summit
- ASIN: B000024EWW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Best of the Troggs CD
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The Troggs began their run of chart hits with Wild thing, a novelty song that reached number two in the UK but topped the charts for six weeks in America. By the time it peaked in America, the Troggs were on their second UK single – With a girl like you, which went all the way to number one. Thus, they occupied the number one positions in Britain and America simultaneously, but with different songs, but they never reached number one again in either country. Nevertheless, the had several other major UK hits including Love is all around, I can't control myself and Anyway that you want me, all of which made the UK top ten, together with the top twenty UK hits Give it to me and Night of the long grass.
This collection includes all the essentials, but British buyers are advised to go for the cheaper 25-track Greatest hits. At the price, this is poor value by comparison.
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While the Troggs, did not leave behind an expansive legacy of recordings, they had an impact on everyone from Jimi Hendrix ("Wild Thing") to R.E.M. ("Love Is All Around") and can take some credit for the punk movement that would follow in their wake a decade later.
At 32 minutes, this is a sparse introduction to the Troggs, but it gives you the essentials. RECOMMENDED
In our new era of nearly indestructible media, it's conceivable that "Wild Thing" will live forever . . . any healthy 10-year old [or hormone-raging teenager] hearing it from now until eternity will instantly identify with, and cherish it.
What's not usually known about the Troggs is possibly the most titillating rock song of all time ["I Can't Control Myself"], and possibly the best slow love ballad of the psychedelic era ["Love is All Around"]. The lyrics and the playing/singing of "I Can't Control Myself" still get my chakras spinning pretty fast. Some well-crafted rhymed lines (there are plenty more good ones): "your slacks are low and your hips are showing"; "this kind of feeling can move a nation" - but it's also how they are sung, and how they jam out from their musical context. The song is a strong tonic. To hell with Viagra . . . just play this song a few times!
And "Love is All Around" still makes me melt. What are its nearest rivals for best radio rock ballad of the late 60's? Right off the bat I think of "Time of the Season" by the Zombies, which, however, is a little quick-paced to be considered a true ballad, as is Johnny Rivers' "Summer Rain". There's "Get Together" by the Youngbloods, truly a heavyweight contender. Tommy James and the Shondells had a brace of terrific slow tunes. The Rascals' offerings, however, are also a bit too quick-paced to qualify. What about "Something" by the Beatles?
"Something" (by the Beatles) is like a 60's upgrade (gorgeous as it is) of Bing Crosby (gorgeous as he sounded some twenty years before); it is good enough that it easily transcends the era from which it has sprung. For our purposes, the Troggs' ballad goes one better, serving as a steady conduit by which the sense of eternity which expressed itself in late-sixties music and culture can still be heard and felt (especially by many of those who lived it). It channels the energy of the late sixties like a true icon of the era, as much as "Something" overflows those half-dreamed boundaries. The greatness of the Beatles' multi-temporal eclecticism notwithstanding, my vote goes to "Love is All Around".
And let's not forget that the Troggs were one of the inventors of British punk . . . which as it were, was not really invented, but sort of 'sprang from the earth'. The Who, the Kinks and Them came before the Troggs; and we can't forget the Rolling Stones, the Animals and the Yardbirds [though these three had a more bluesy than a metallic edge]. Then there were literally dozens, possibly even scores of American bands (starting in '66 or even earlier) playing off the energy and sounds of these influential British oracles.
By the way, (if you have never listened to it) the song "Night of the Long Grass" is NOT to be missed!
Well, THIS IS THE REAL (ORIGINAL) RECORDINGS. This is a great way to get these ultra-classic songs into your collection, along with a big chunk of other examples of mid 60's English rock.
The Troggs began their run of chart hits with Wild thing, a novelty song that reached number two in the UK but topped the charts for six weeks in America. By the time it peaked in America, the Troggs were on their second UK single - With a girl like you, which went all the way to number one. Thus, they occupied the number one positions in Britain and America simultaneously, but with different songs, but they never reached number one again in either country. Nevertheless, the had several other major UK hits including Love is all around, I can't control myself and Anyway that you want me, all of which made the UK top ten, together with the top twenty UK hits Give it to me and Night of the long grass.
This collection includes all the essentials. The Troggs were a somewhat odd sixties group but that's why they are worth listening to.