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Album Review

The Best of the Troggs on Fontana/Chronicles is one of the better single-disc Troggs collections you are likely to find. The 12 tracks cover the band's best work from the initial period of their career in the mid-'60s. Of course, the set leads off with their biggest hit, the wild and nasty "Wild Thing," but the rest of the tunes show the band to be even wilder with a raft of frantic stompers like "From Home," the pleading "I Can't Control Myself," "I Want You," and "Gonna Make You." The group also made some of the most sensitive and pretty music of the British Invasion. Tunes like "Love Is All Around," "Anyway That You Want Me," "With a Girl Like You," and the impossibly tender "You Can Cry if You Want To" are the work of a band with a delicate mastery of emotion and dynamics. Hard to believe it's the same louts who bashed out "Wild Thing." Apart from a few minor cuts like "I Just Sing" and "Jingle Jangle," this collection delivers all the Troggs a casual fan would ever need and is a fine first purchase.

Customer Reviews

love is all around

I was watching 4 Weddings and a Funeral and they played Love Is All Around--I fell in love with that song in the 60's and found it to be truely beautiful in 2008--I went back and listened to the song and was emotionally moved by rememberence of my childhood--thank you Troggs for some great music

great band

first off, jimi hendrix does a fantasic job of Wild Thing. next The Troggs are great music. raw and full of energy.

The Best of the Troggs

You had to have been a teen in '65-'66 to appreciate the Troggs. Hendrix didn't record Wild Thing until '69.


Formed: 1964 in Andover, Hampshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Remembered chiefly as proto-punkers who reached the top of the charts with the "caveman rock" of "Wild Thing" (1966), the Troggs were also adept at crafting power pop and ballads. Hearkening back to a somewhat simpler, more basic British Invasion approach as psychedelia began to explode in the late '60s, the group also reached the Top Five with their flower-power ballad "Love Is All Around" in 1968. While more popular in their native England than the U.S., the band also fashioned memorable, insistently...
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