The Troggs

Love Is All Around

Composed by Reg Presley

Song Review by

The stereotype of the Troggs that is fixed in the minds of many listeners is that of the crude cavemen of "Wild Thing" fame. The Troggs did indeed offer lewd beat on that song and many others, but it mustn't be overlooked that they had a surprising facility for tender ballads. There is no better, and better known, example of that talent than "Love Is All Around," a Top Ten hit in 1968 (and their only big hit in the United States aside from "Wild Thing"). The record opens with a gentle, playful, circular guitar riff, with little backup rhythm save a light metronome-like tick-tock. Reg Presley's vocals often blended a sardonic sense of camp with suppressed fury, but in this case they were, to all appearances, sincere in their loving tones, if witty in their images of feeling love through fingers and toes. The vocals, too, are either double-tracked or fattened by backup unison harmonies from the rest of the band. The constantly rising melody is simple but ingratiating, the basic guitars joined by tasteful strings in the latter verses. The bridge is pretty neat, the verse stopping with a sequence of unaccompanied descending low guitar notes, after which Presley and the violins go for the heartstrings, again coming to a dead stop, in which an unaccompanied guitar leads back to the verse, though this time with an ascending series of notes. "Love Is All Around," in sum, is one of the loveliest flower-power ballads of the hippie era, working in no small part because it's understated. Certainly the best known cover of the song is the one done by R.E.M.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1966 Collectables 2:39
Cellophane 1967 Repertoire 3:00
No Image 1968 Fontana Distribution 2:57
No Image 1976 2:58
Live at Max's Kansas City 1981 Griffin
Summer of Love, Vol. 1: Tune In (Good Time & Love Vibrations) 1987
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Rhino
History of Rock: The Rockin' 60's - WCBS FM 101 1991
Various Artists
Collectables 3:00
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
Archeology (1967-1977) 1992 Polydor/Chronicles 3:01
Heartbreakers, Vol. 5: Dreaming of the '60s 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:40
The Best of the Troggs [Fontana/Chronicles] 1994 Fontana Distribution / Fontana/Chronicles 2:59
Radio City Love Songs, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Columbia
Endless Love [PolyGram TV] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram
The Best of the Troggs [Griffin] 1995 Griffin 2:41
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Special Music Company 2:57
No Image 1995 Universal International
Super Box of Rock, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:40
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
Alex 2:59
Their Very Best [Pickwick/Hallmark] 1995 Hallmark Recordings 2:38
Golden Hits 1996 Intercontinental Records
Shine On 1996
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 3:01
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel 3:00
Wedding Album [Double Gold] 1997
Various Artists
Double Gold 2:38
Sixties Generation: 1967 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Sixties Generation
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 68 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:02
Whole Lotta Rock: 1968-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Records 2:57
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:57
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:40
The Number Ones: The 60's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:59
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1967 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:59
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 10: Those Were the Days 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:40
Classic British Pop 60's 1998
Various Artists
Fine Tune 2:40
The Sensational 60's, Vol. 2 [Prestige] 1998
Various Artists
Prestige Elite Records / Prestige 2:44
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: Rock & Roll's Greatest Love Songs 1999
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 3:01
Music to Shag By 1999
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution 2:59
Get Real [Original Soundtrack] 1999
Original Soundtrack
RCA Victor / RCA 2:57
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Varese
The Best Sixties Love Album Ever! 1999
Various Artists
Circa
The Love Songs Album [#2] 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:58
Sixties Generation: 1966-1967 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:45
Rock Revolution 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:42
Classic Rock: Hits of 1968 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:41
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 2:42
High Profile 2000 Direct Source 2:42
60's Flower Power 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:41
The Rock Machine Turns You Back On 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:41
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Collectables
The Love Songs Collection 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:41
Forever Gold: Love at the Movies 2001
Various Artists
Horizon 3:20
Jukebox Hits of 1968, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Jukebox Records 2:59
Girls Wanna Have Fun 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:43
Wedding Bells & Other Popular Wedding Songs 2001
Various Artists
Goldies 2:38
Love Is All Around: The Very Best 2001 Hallmark Recordings 2:43
Hot Days: A Decade in the Sun 2001 Park South Records / Town Sound 2:14
The British Invasion [Goldies] 2002
Various Artists
Goldies
Love Is All Around [UK Import] 2002 Import 2:39
Jukebox Hits 1968 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 3:00
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1968 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:01
Live from the Troggs' 1999 Sixties Gold Tour 2002 Rollercoaster Records 4:28
Mad Mods and Englishmen 2002
Various Artists
404 Music Group 3:21
The Definitive Love Collection [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:00
Capital Gold 60's Legends 2002
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
No Image 2002 K-Tel 3:00
Best of the 1960's [Direct Source 2005] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:40
Live and Wild in Preston 2003 Time Music 4:04
Grooviest Hits Ever 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:41
Sixties [UK Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:58
Wild Thing [Prism] 2003 Blumountain Records 2:14
Rock N Roll Reunion 1968 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
Best Singles of All Time, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Soft Rock Classics [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:40
No Image 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 3:00
Triple Value: Love 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Unforgettable Love Songs of the Sixties [Time Life] 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Let's Go to San Francisco 2004
Various Artists
Goldies
Am Gold: The 60's Generation 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:59
British Invasion: 1963-1967 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:01
Live & Wild 2004 Time Music 4:04
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 20 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:57
20 Best of Rockin' 60's 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:40
Hit Single Anthology 2004 Polygram / Fontana / Spectrum Music / Universal 2:59
Dick Bartley Presents Classic Oldies 1965-1969 2004
Various Artists
Eric Records 2:59
Love Dreams: 20 Sexy and Moody Love Songs 2004
Various Artists
Newsound 2000
Save the Last Dance For Me 2004 Mojo Music (Independent) 2:16
100 Rockin' Hits of the 60's 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
Wild Thing: The Best of the Troggs 2005 K-Tel 3:00
Because I Love You [Universal] 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 2:59
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs: Love Supreme 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 2:59
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Horizon 3:21
No Image 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music
The Ultimate Slow Dancing Collection 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:40
The Singles A's & B's 2005 Repertoire 3:00
Stand by Me [Direct Source] 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:40
Love Songs: 40 No. 1 Songs 2005
Various Artists
Musicpro
#1 Hits: Best of 60s Rock 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:00
Super 60's [Weton] 2006
Various Artists
Weton 2:41
Gold: British Invasion 2006
Various Artists
Chron Reissues / Hip-O 3:01
Happy Days of the 60s [4-CD] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:40
60's Love Songs: The Ultimate Collection 2006
Various Artists
MCI 2:40
Wild Things: Godfathers of Punk 2006 Music Avenue 2:44
100 Golden Oldies of the 50s, 60s & 70s 2006
Various Artists
Deja Vu 2:42
Hits of the '60s [Madacy 2006] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:00
Ready Steady Sixties 2006
Various Artists
Horizon 3:21
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Romantic 60's: Original Artists 2007
Various Artists
Laserlight 2:40
The World of 60's Oldies 2007
Various Artists
The World Of / ZYX Music 2:43
The British Beat: Best of the '60s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory/TJL 3:00
Wild Thing [Pegasus] 2007 Pegasus (Pinnacle) 2:41
Music for Sixties 2007
Various Artists
Universal International 2:58
Top of the Pops 1967 2007
Various Artists
EMI 2:58
Wild Thing [LT Series] 2007 Lt Series
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:57
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / MCP 2:41
60s Summer of Love 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:40
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
Rock'n'pop Ballads 2008
Various Artists
ZYX / ZYX Music 2:39
No Image 2008 ZYX Music 5:58
Great 60s Collection, Vol. 2 2008
Various Artists
Red X 3:00
Golden Love Songs [Greatest Collection] 2008
Various Artists
Greatest Collection 3:01
Heartbeat Greatest Love Songs 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 2:57
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI 2:57
Greatest Ever! Love: The Definitive Collection 2010
Various Artists
Union Square 2:43
Saturday Night Party: '60s Party, Vol. 2 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 3:01
A Groovy Kind of Love 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:59
Classic Love Songs of the '60s: Sealed With a Kiss 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:59
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 2:59
Wild Thing: The Very Best Of 2014 Spectrum Music
Silence Is Golden 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:59
Magic Bus 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:59
Orphan Black [Original Television Soundtrack] 2015
Original Television Soundtrack
Varèse Sarabande 3:01
100 Hits Of The Swingin' 60's
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:00
Best of British Invasion
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:39
Coronation Street: Magical Memories
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 2:59
Dreamboats and Petticoats: 10th Anniversary Collection
Various Artists
UMOD 2:59
Greatest Hits [Universal] Universal 3:00
No Image
Various Artists
Sire 2:54
Hits of the 60s [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Music Group 3:21
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:00
Lost and Found: 1962-1969
Various Artists
EMI
Romancing the '60s: Sealed with a Kiss
Various Artists
StarVista 2:59
Sixties Collection, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:41
The  Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 3:03
The 60's Collection
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:41
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:58
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:58
No Image X5 Music Group 2:43
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