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5.0 out of 5 stars The original...and still the best., 18 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Nuggets - Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-68 (Audio CD)
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. Stylistically, everything from the early-Beatles (masquerading as the Knickerbockers) to Dylan (in the guise of Mouse and the Traps)is represented. But there is plenty of experimentation and innovation too - the Magic Mushrooms, Sagittarius and the Electric Prunes. Of course it all sounds a little quaint now, but it is still an enormous pleasure to hear it again as it was originally compiled.

Thank you Mr Kaye for having the vision to create and market the original concept. Because of you I have had many many happy years of musical discovery and listening pleasure.

Welcome back Nuggets!
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