Monday, February 16, 2009

The Troggs - From Nowhere (1966)


Reg Presley (Reginald Ball) - vocals;Peter Staples - bass guitar;Chris Britton - Guitar;Ronnie Bond (Ronald Bullis) - drums.

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 riffing hit singles like "With a Girl Like You," "Night of the Long Grass," and the notoriously salacious "I Can't Control Myself" between 1966 and 1968. Paced by Reg Presley's lusting vocals, the group — which composed most of their own material — could crunch with the ... Read More...

1. Wild Thing2. The Yella In Me3. I Just Sing4. Hi Hi Hazel.5. Lost Girl6. The Jaguar And The Thunderbird7. Your Love8. Our Love Will Still Be There9. Jingle Jangle10. When I'm With You11. From Home12. Louie Louie13. The Kitty Cat Song14. Ride Your Pony15. Evil

The Troggs' debut British LP was substantially different, and distinctly inferior to, their first American long-player (Wild Thing), although eight of the songs appear on both records. The tracks unique to the British edition are all covers: "Ride Your Pony" and the obscure "The Kitty Cat Song" (both taken from Lee Dorsey), "Louie Louie," and Chuck Berry's "Jaguar and Thunderbird." And none of them are so hot. "Wild Thing" is the highlight of the disc, and the rest of the set is a mixed bag, peaks being the primordial power of "From Home" and "I Just Sing," as well "Jingle Jangle," the first of Reg Presley's tuneful ballads. The vaudevillian "Hi Hi Hazel," on the other hand, is a lowlight. There's no "Lost Girl," "With a Girl Like You," or "I Want You," all of which made the US Wild Thing a better counterpart to this release, although this didn't prevent From Nowhere from rising to #6 in the British charts. All of the good tracks appear on Archeology, but if you want the material anyway, it's been paired with their second British LP, Trogglodynamite, on a single-CD reissue on BGO.

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