- 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)
Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
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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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great collection of 60s garage/psyche
A few gems on this cd.
If you're new to psyche and garage scene..
This will be a good introduction
If you don't own this, and you think you like music, then you should own this.Published 2 months ago by Whammo!
Brilliant, well worth the money, even though I have it on CD !Published 4 months ago by Mark Swindlehurst
Quite simply the greatest compilation album you could possibly buy.Originally released in 1972 Nuggets is a treasure trove of American singles released during the mid-sixties... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brendan Keane
I like it, but obviously its subjective.
I heard of this album when doing a course in the history of rock. Read more