Like fellow New Wave of British Heavy Metal acts Quartz and Stray, East Anglia's Trespass were an overnight success that tried valiantly to build a career out of one memorable hit. In 1979, the bluesy and intense "One of These Days" found the working-class quartet being compared to everyone from Deep Purple to Black Sabbath to Ten Years After, but instant fame mixed with the inexperience of youth can be a lethal cocktail, and the group soon found itself consumed by constant lineup changes and industry politics. Long sought after by fans and collectors, Trespass' signature tune and the numerous singles that followed it are finally available to the masses on Sanctuary Records' 33-track double-disc retrospective One of These Days: The Trespass Anthology. Featuring a BBC Radio One Friday Rock Show session from 1980, three versions of their "One of These Days" -- including the one recorded for EMI's Metal for Muthas, Vol. 2 collection -- and a myriad singles and demos, it's nothing if not thorough. However, while the songs themselves are competent, well played, and indicative of the grit of the era, there's nothing remarkable about them. Genre contemporaries like Motörhead, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden were successful not only because they had a distinctive sound, but because they continued to develop it, while bands like Trespass -- understandably, considering their lack of major-label support -- opted to leave the boat unrocked.
AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger
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