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Best of: Troggs

3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001E63
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I played in a garage band back in high school, it was expected that your set list include "Louie Louie," "Gloria" and of course "Wild Thing" by the Troggs. This single is one of a handful of garage band classics. Like much of the Troggs best work, the song had a raw edge to it. And then there was that ocarina solo! The band had only two other substantial hits in the U.S. Their follow-up was Reg Preseley's "With a Girl Like You." That song, however, only went to No. 29. [The problem was that "Wild Thing" was released by both Fontana and Atco in the U.S. where the Atco pressing included "With a Girl Like You" as the b-side, crippling sales when Fontana released it as their second single.] It would be a year and a half before they returned to the charts with "Love Is All Around," a ballad that went to No. 7. Within a year after this final hit, the band breaks up. [They reform in 1972.]
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
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The Troggs are almost considered a one-hit wonder for their famous "Wild Thing" [not to be confused with Tone-Loc's song of the same title]. Who else had a sound with a tasty metallic edge, and also managed to get all the way to #1 on the charts with a truly funny seduction song? (The Kinks "A Well Respected Man" and Dedicated Follower of Fashion" were more at social satire, and thus 'half-serious'; plus they didn't make it all the way to #1. But doesn't "A Well Respected Man" have an utterly astonishing sound to it!?!?)
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?
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The troggs did several "must have" songs from the 60's. The essential "Wild Thing", plus gems like "Love Is All Around", "With A Girl Like You" and "I Can't Control Myself"..... A while ago I bought a budget Troggs hits record, and was mighty ticked to discover it wasn't the "real" versions of the songs. Clearly the right singer (at least) but equally clearly remakes.... and bland ones at that.
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.
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I was always curious at hearing The Troggs other songs, other than "Wild Thing" and "Love is all Around" so I purchased the Best of.. collection. I was very surprised and now Iam a big Troggs fan. Reg Presley, the lead vocalist, has become one of my favorites. If you like two guitar, bass & drums bands with catchy riffs, this one is worth checking out.
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The success of Wet wet wet's cover of Love is all around, featured in the soundtrack of Four weddings and a funeral and which spent many weeks at number one in the UK charts, sparked interest in the original sixties version by the Troggs, whose style was raw rock'n'roll. Their lead singer, Reg Presley, had a distinctive, suggestive style.
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.
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