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on 18 October 2007
One of the previous two reviews really does not do justice to this superb collection from Rhino (a recommendation in itself). Almost all of the 100 tracks on offer are worthy of your attention whether your preference is for power pop, new wave, garage or if you simply love great music regardless of genre - which surely is really the point anyway! I guarantee you are unlikely to be disappointed.
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on 27 May 2010
I purchased Children of Nuggets with a degree of apprehension. On the one hand, I'd read plenty of glowing reviews about it and how the four discs were packed with acknowledged classics and revelatory lost gems. On the other, I'd seen it chastised for a number of reasons. The primary complaint about it was that it tried to pigeon-hole and tie together 20 years of music and scenes that were in fact unrelated to each other in most cases. It was also said to have overlooked many great bands and songs.

With regards to the former complaint, there is a grain of truth, however, in the end this box set is nothing more than a great collection of songs and bands that clearly had one foot rooted in the 60's. Good music is good music, so what is so darned wrong with making a compilation of great music even if the theme is loosely tied together. The only warning I would give is to those expecting a box set based purely on garage rock revival bands. There are plenty throughout (The Cynics, The Fuzztones, The Milkshakes, The Crawdaddys, and The Miracle Workers to name a few), but there is also a diverse and ecclectic gathering of bands, songs, and styles to go with it. Everything from new wave, power pop, proto-punk, pop, and even a nod to the late-80's Manchester sound (The Las (yes, I know they're from Liverpool, but you know what I mean!), Inspiral Carpets).

To the latter complaint, I say that rarely (if ever) have box sets been made that have entirely satisfied their intended audiences or have gone without ample scrutiny. Do I enjoy the other Nuggets collections more? Of course. But is this compilation still worth it? Without a doubt. My one complaint: I would have liked to have heard another song by The Chills ("Pink Frost" is hauntingly sweet) and some of their Flying Nun Records contemporaries. But this is technically moot since I hadn't heard The Chills or of Flying Nun until I listened to this collection.

While there are definitely a few songs I might skip over and obviously songs I hold in higher esteem than others (not unlikely with roughly 100 songs), this compilation introduced me to a lot of good music. It has pointed me in directions that have resulted in fruitful purchases and discoveries. Without it, I might not be listening to The Milkshakes or any of the other amazing bands Billy Childish has been in (Thee Mighty Caesars, Thee Headcoats). I might not have found The Mummies (Never Been Caught and Death By Unga Bunga are must-haves), or a host of other music (I also recommend Roots Of Power Pop on Bomp! Records). If you have a broad musical palette, enjoy the previous Nuggets sets and guitar-based pop and rock, or you are interested in new music (to you; not in the present sense!), I suggest giving the Children Of Nuggets box set a listen. It was a very pleasant surprise for myself.
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on 4 April 2009
Its difficult for 2nd or 3rd wave bands replicating a previous point in time be it the 60's psychedlia,Psychobilly and its debt to Rockabilly or the new generation of Punk bands heavily indebted to the past..the word contrived seems to dog anything that takes on the past however rich its own musical ideas.
However there's much to enjoy with regard the above compilation set, Its kind of more Garage heavy than the trippy stuff which i would kind of enjoyed more but with the likes of The Revillos, Dukes of Stratosphear, The times and various early creation bits this is a pot pouri of the best examples of 60's infused guitar pop.
The price isn't a barrier either given its 4 CD's crammed to the rafters and a accomplished book of notes on each artist...worth an add to the basket
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on 22 April 2007
Don't be put off if you're only into sixties psych - this is a great collction. The sub-title 'Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era 1976-1995' is a little misleading, but what the collection does do is bring together many psych revivalists, paisley undergrounders, psychobillies, and obscurities into one fascinating package.
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on 12 January 2011
Andrew Sandoval has a great knowledge about pop. And he shows it in this great compilation. There are some misses but anyway, a must have.
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on 11 August 2014
Great selection,missing Giant Sand who were around at the time though,well worth the money.
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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.
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