Simply one of the greatest albums you will ever buy. A distillation of the finest US garage punk from the late 60s, this first appeared in the early 70s and, like they used to say about the Pistols early gigs, it seemed like everyone who heard it either formed or joined a band. As much as seeing bands like the Clash or the Ramones, 'Nuggets' told you that you didn't need to be a guitar hero to write a song, you didn't need a corporation to make a record. Ideas, chutzpah and a modicum of talent were plenty.
Which is not to say that this is amateur hour. 'Punk' in those days referred to the famously snot-nosed attitude that these bands espoused, not to a conscious rejection of technique and skill. These boys could really play, in a style picked up from British beat bands but honed, warped and retooled, allegedly through acid, more likely through weed and amphetamines. Great tunes are everywhere, solos and other decorative elements are pithy and minimal, little is more than two and a half minutes long and the sum of these parts adds up to a whole stack of pop excitement, without an extraneous note or song on the whole set. Styles vary from the breathless pop rush of the Seeds 'Pushing Too Hard' through the assured R'n'B of the Standells (arguably America's great lost band) 'Dirty Water', the sweet pop of The Crayan Shames' 'Sugar and Spice', the Dylanesque Mouse & the Traps and much, much more...
Nuggets reappeared a few years ago in a greatly extended box set form, but its dilution seemed to run counter to the spirit of that garage ethos; this is the real fat-free deal.
In 1974, this fabulous record changed the lives of everyone who heard it. So what are you waiting for ?