The Troggs

Love Is All Around

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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
Classic Rock: 1968 1987
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:58
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Rhino
History of Rock: The Rockin' 60's - WCBS FM 101 1991
Various Artists
3:00
No Image 1991 Polygram
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
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
Super Box of Rock, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:40
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
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
For the One I Love: 18 Very Special Songs 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:02
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
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 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
45's on CD, Vol. 4: 1967-1969 1998
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Rebound Records 2:59
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 Love Songs Album [#2] 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:58
Sixties Generation: 1966-1967 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:45
60's: Sensations 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:41
Classic Rock: Hits of 1968 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:41
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
British Rock, Vol. 1 [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 3:00
Forever Gold: Love at the Movies 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:04
Jukebox Hits of 1968, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Jukebox Records 2:59
60's Chartbusters 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:43
Love Is All Around: The Very Best 2001 Hallmark Recordings 2:43
All the Hits Plus More 2001 Prestige / Prestige Elite Records 2:44
Love Is All Around [UK Import] 2002 Import 2:39
Jukebox Hits 1968 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:00
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1968 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:01
Mad Mods and Englishmen 2002
Various Artists
404 Music Group 3:21
The Definitive Love Collection [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:00
So Much in Love 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:00
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
Soft Rock Classics [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:40
Memories 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:00
Greatest Hits [Spectrum] 2003 St. Clair / Prime Cuts 2:39
British Invasion: 1963-1967 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:01
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 2:58
Dick Bartley Presents Classic Oldies 1965-1969 2004
Various Artists
Eric Records 2:59
Wild Thing: The Best of the Troggs 2005 K-Tel Distribution 3:00
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs: Love Supreme 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 2:59
The Singles A's & B's 2005 Repertoire 3:00
Gold: British Invasion 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:00
Romantic 60's: Original Artists 2007
Various Artists
Laserlight 2:40
The British Beat: Best of the '60s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / TJL 3:00
Top of the Pops 1967 2007
Various Artists
EMI 2:58
The Singles 2007 BR Music 2:59
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI 2:57
Saturday Night Party: '60s Party, Vol. 2 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 3:01
Orphan Black [Original Television Soundtrack] 2015
Original Television Soundtrack
Varèse Sarabande 3:01
'60s Summer of Love [UMOD]
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 2:57
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 3:01
60's [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:57
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
Lost and Found: 1962-1969
Various Artists
EMI
Sixties Collection, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:41
The 60's Collection
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:41
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 3:03