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Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

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  • Audio CD (26 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B009IRS756
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) - The Electric Prunes
  2. Dirty Water (Single) - The Standells
  3. Night Time - The Strangeloves
  4. Lies (Single) - The Knickerbockers
  5. Respect - The Vagrants
  6. A Public Execution - Mouse
  7. No Time Like the Right Time - The Blues Project
  8. Oh Yeah - The Shadows Of Knight
  9. Pushin' Too Hard (feat. Sky Saxon) (Single) - The Seeds (feat. Sky Saxon)
  10. Moulty - The Barbarians
  11. Don't Look Back - Remains
  12. An Invitation to Cry - The Magicians
  13. Liar, Liar - The Castaways
  14. You're Gonna Miss Me (Single Version) - The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
  15. Psychotic Reaction (Single Version) - Count Five
  16. Hey Joe (Single Version) - The Leaves
  17. Romeo & Juliet - Michael & The Messengers
  18. Sugar and Spice - The Cryan' Shames
  19. Baby Please Don't Go - The Amboy Dukes
  20. Tobacco Road - Blues Magoos
  21. Let's Talk About Girls - The Chocolate Watchband
  22. Sit Down I Think I Love You (Single Version) - The Mojo Men
  23. Run, Run, Run - The Third Rail
  24. My World Fell Down - Sagittarius
  25. Open My Eyes - Nazz
  26. Farmer John (Edit Version) - The Premiers
  27. It's A-Happening - Magic Mushrooms

Product Description

Product Description

This 4-disc box is an anthology expanded from the multi-volume Rhino NUGGETS series--originally produced by Lenny Kaye as a 2-LP collection in 1972--that traces the roots of regional American garage-punk/psychedelic bands like the Seeds, the Electric Prunes and the Standells. Nuggest: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychadelic Era was considered to be a groundbreaking compilation upon its original release.

BBC Review

The brainchild of Elektra Records chief Jac Holzman, Nuggets was a double-album survey of grass roots American garage-rock “one-hit-wonders”, originally released in 1972, at the very moment when rock’n’roll was making its first backwards-looking audit.

Curated by future Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye (whose original liner notes would coin the term punk rock), it documented the widely pervading influence of the so-called British Invasion on ingénue mid-to-late-60s beat combos across the USA.

This anniversary reissue features new, sagacious sleeve-notes from Kaye, while the album’s 27 short, sharp, electric guitar and Farfisa organ-soaked essays remain preserved in musical amber, evincing the impact of The Beatles (to an almost preposterous level – faux Scouse accents and all – on The Knickerbockers’ Lies), The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Them et al on an eclectic tranche of musicians. These acts’ recordings would project British Invasion tropes through the prism of 1960s American musical (and, increasingly, counter) culture.

Typically, The Electric Prunes’ I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night), The Seeds’ Pushin’ Too Hard and 13th Floor Elevators’ You’re Gonna Miss Me – all of which would enjoy deferred ‘classic’ status courtesy of Nuggets – are products of a ricocheting process of cross-fertilisation. US blues and soul-inspired British styles are bent back into feisty, indigenous variants on garage-rock, brimming with ‘out there’ lyrics and disorientating studio effects which bear testimony to a burgeoning awareness of drug-induced altered states.

There are less lysergic, less Anglophone offerings here, too. The Vagrants’ muscular, bluesy take on Otis Redding’s Respect, and Mouse’s A Public Execution, an unmitigated homage to Highway 61 Revisited-era Bob Dylan, for example, while several tracks presage a subsequent wave of US underground punk-rock.

Count Five’s spiky Psychotic Reaction proffers the missing link between The Yardbirds and early Television, while The Remains’ angsty Don’t Look Back might have been the blueprint for Richard Hell and the Voidoids. The Shadows of Knight’s Oh Yeah, meanwhile, is surely the prototype for David Bowie’s The Jean Jeanie.

Thus, Nuggets remains a Rosetta Stone among rock compilations and an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the rapid, wild and vivid evolution of 1960s psychedelia.

--David Sheppard

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Format: Audio CD
The only real competition for this box set comes from the Pebbles/Trash box (also available from Amazon). This set wins hands down in terms of sound quality and packaging, although the Pebbles set is also superb. All the classic tunes from Lenny Kaye's original compilation are present and correct, along with over a hundred other amazing punky freakouts.
Unlike Pebbles, which is pretty uniformly fuzz guitar and screaming youths, Nuggets has its tender moments. Consider the Nazz's 'Open My Eyes' which sounds like a prettier version of The Who's 'I Can't Explain'. The pop sensibility of this set means that there are plenty of other points of access for those who aren't used to hardcore sixties fuzz, such as Incense and Peppermints (as heard in Austin Powers) and Liar, Liar (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barells). If you buy this set, you'll have everything you need to start work on a real obsession.
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In 1972 Lenny Kaye from the Patti Smith Group compiled a double vinyl album for Electra records. It consisted of half-forgotten mid-sixties singles by semi-obscure American bands. He cannot possibly have had any idea of what he was starting. At the time compilation albums were few and far between - unlike today. Furthermore the idea of compiling an album of relatively small hits and complete misses must have seemed totally crazy. Now 34 years later that original album is back - and at a budget price too! In the intervening years it has spawned an entire 'Nuggets' franchise. For example it has been been re-issued on vinyl (by Sire Records), given its name to a whole series of albums (also on vinyl) from Rhino (now sadly deleted), inspired the creation of three excellent box sets (Nuggets, Nuggets II and Children of Nuggets) as well as three single CD compilations - all with the name 'Nuggets' in their title (Nuggets, More Nuggets and Even More Nuggets). In fact, one could also argue that it helped create the whole garage-band compilation genre, as evidenced by the success of series such as Rubble, Pebbles, Psychedelic Pstones and such. However, surely the greatest evidence of its success is that many of the bands that appeared on the original Nuggets double-album are better known now than they were in their prime. Browse around Amazon or wander around your local record store and you can easily find material by the Standells, the Seeds, the Shadows of Knight, the 13th Floor Elevators and the Chocolate Watch Band.

And what of the music itself? Certainly a great deal of it is basic and discordant with little sophistication or technical expertise. However it is all infused with a tremendous energy and vitality with liberal helpings of street-corner punk attitude for good measure.
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The original vinyl version of this was stunning and a must have. The reissues have been very good but have tended to substitute in favoured or classic tracks like Louie Louie rather than the original track listing. The boxed set included the original tracks and a great deal more but somehow, despite the inclusions of many classics not on the original, like Love for example, it lost some impact. It was too much of a good thing if you like.

Now, here for the first time in several years is a reissue that is both beautifully packaged (albeit that you'll need a magnifying glass for the inside of the gatefold) and does no more or less than reproduce the original on CD in mini gatefold and at a ludicrously cheap price. As such it makes a fantastic artyfact in its' own right. However, it's the music that's the real revelation.

This is a classic compilation. It has highs and lows, something for everyone and the real status of being an iconic, important historical artyfact (sorry, I have to keep using their spelling) , however, unlike many influential records, its' biggest asset is that it has the music in spades. It's corny, hard, soft, tacky and obscure. Fundamentally it's a record no collection should be without. It's not perfect. Everybody will have at least one track or more that they hate but they'll also have at least half a dozen tracks that lead them to explore new musical avenues and a lifetime of pleasure.

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In 1965, American music was on its' knees. Between 10th April & 28th May, every number one was by a British act.

OK if it had been the Beatles, but that little run included Freddie and The Dreamers & Herman's Hermits. Christ, even Petula Clark had been number 1 in January, too!!

Luckily, salvation was at hand. In the charts, Beach Boys & Bob Dylan launched a major counter-attack.

And, standing on a musical bridge at Lexington, were the constituent groups on this little album. VERY little chart success came out of most of it, but no-one cared then & neither should we now.

All the energy and enthusiasm that original rock n rollers like Little Richard & Jerry Lee Lewis had captivated us Brits with 7 or 8 years before (and the captivated Brits included most of our acts now topping the Us charts in 1965!!!)was BACK-with a bang!

Dirty sounding R & B or R & R,slung back at the US in style by such as the Stones, Kinks & The Pretty Things, was now catapulted back in a different but equally wonderful style by these boys. Then they went & invented psychedlia out of it, too!

Now what is so captivating over 40 years later-is there anything that is actually captivating at all?


This was, and remains still, music you wouldn't put on the player with your parents around. It's loud, dirty, aggressive and brilliant all this time later.

OK-I'm 57 next month, but I can still annoy my wife with it.

This compo was also a complete must the moment it came out on vinyl & even that event is 36 years back, now!

So, as we are talking about the 2nd American War of Independence, in the words of George Washington(almost):

"Father, I cannot tell a Lie-this CD is completely indispensable!"
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