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on 13 April 2007
The compilers of the first 2 Nuggets box sets must have had to struggle to choose only one track per 60s band, given the wealth of material on offer. Strange, then, that a substantial portion of this set is made up of second tracks by the same bands. And we're not talking music legends here, people. Having said that, this is a fair enough representation of the sort of stuff on offer at the time.
The 80s revival of 60s pop and undergroun sounds was a vast international complex, with literally hundreds of bands involved. But you'd never know it if the only material you had to hand was Children of Nuggets. It's odd that the compilers, who've many years of experience reviving old records, have fallen into the trap of imposing their sage view of the scene on the general public. It was just that sort of nostalgic short-sightedness that inspired Lenny Kaye to re-issue some of his favourite tunes in 1972 on the original Nuggets LP, and thereby redress the balance between what actually happened and the rose-tinted view of 60s sounds that predominated at that time.