The Troggs

Trogglmania [Bootleg]

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Putting a couple dozen Troggs rarities on a bootleg CD is a good concept, if hardly one that seems guaranteed to turn a profit. But the execution here could have been better, in large part because of the existence of another Troggs boot, Prehistoric Sounds, which is not only better, but also duplicates no less than 12 songs from Trogglmania. So, of the 13 songs on this disc not on Prehistoric Sounds, what does that leave? There's the very pop 1969 single "Sweet Madeleine," which was a B-side (though the sleeve claims it was the A-side) of "Evil Woman"; the trivial 1973 Reg Presley single "'S Down to Marianne," with what sound like imitation Marc Bolan vocals in parts; the foolishly conceived "Troggs on 45" medley; and the yet more irrelevant 1982 comeback single "Save the Last Dance for Me." Then there's "Let's Pull Together," identified on the sleeve as an acetate of a 1970 flop single on DJM, which is confusing as it's listed in discographies as a legitimate 1971 release; who knows why it was taken from an acetate or whether it's an alternate, but at any rate it's an adequate low-key tune, reflective of the Troggs' softer side. Getting into some truly peripheral yet certainly rarer stuff, there are both sides of an undistinguished 1968 single by the Nerve, produced by Presley; their "Magic Spectacles" is in a sub-"Love Is All Around" style. Then there are three (and only three) songs from original Troggs guitarist Chris Britton's virtually unknown 1968 solo album As I Am, two of which are passable fey, gentle late-'60s British pop. And, finally, there's "Baby" (which sounds like an average Troggs late-'60s LP track), a B-side by the Loot, which included original Troggs member Dave Wright in the lineup. There's also what's identified as a "rare German-only single" by the Troggs, "That's What You Get Babe"/"I Don't Know Why," but it isn't that rare any more; it's included on the above-board Archeology compilation, which almost anyone obsessive enough to consider buying a Troggs bootleg will have already. If you don't happen to have the Prehistoric Sounds bootleg yet, you may be interested to know that the other songs on Trogglmania are similarly non-earthshaking cuts from rare 1967-1973 flop singles and B-sides, along with seven okay BBC performances from 1966-1968. Be aware, though, that Prehistoric Sounds has two such BBC cuts ("Wild Thing" and "From Home") that don't show up on Trogglmania.