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Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 [CD]

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B000PHX0VE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Let's Get Together - Dino Valenti
2. I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag - Country Joe & The Fish
3. You Were On My Mind - We Five
4. Number One - The Charlatans
5. Can't Come Down - The Warlocks
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
2. Got Love - The Front Line
3. Satisfaction Guaranteed - The Mourning Reign
4. Foolish Woman - The Oxford Circle
5. My Buddy Sin - The Stained Glass
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Alabama Bound - The Charlatans
2. Carl Street - The Mystery Trend
3. Somebody To Love - The Great! Society
4. Superbird - Country Joe & The Fish
5. Two Days 'Till Tomorrow - The Beau Brummels
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Disc: 4
1. Evil Ways - Santana
2. Red the Sign Post - Fifty Foot Hose
3. Lemonaide Kid - Kak
4. 1982-A - The Sons Of Champlin
5. How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away - Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
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Rhino's Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 4-CD Box Set Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of "The Summer Of Love" Forty years ago the world turned its ears toward San Francisco as a wave of talented bands gave birth to the American counterculture. On August 27, Rhino remembers that magical confluence of time and place with LOVE IS THE SONG WE SING: SAN FRANCISCO NUGGETS 1965-1970, a 4-CD box set of classics and rarities from the golden age of Golden State rock. SAN FRANCISCO NUGGETS is the last word on one of popular music's defining regional scenes -- though as scenes go, the music it produced is remarkably diverse. The 77 tracks heard here share little beyond an artistic adventurousness long encouraged in the City by the Bay (which was a magnet for free thinkers from the days of the Beats. Seismic Rumbles, as the first CD of SAN FRANCISCO NUGGETS is subtitled, maps the fault lines separating the pop sounds of the early 1960s from more adventurous rock inspired by the arrival of The Beatles and Bob Dylan. By mid-decade, most of the pieces were in place for what would soon be called "The San Francisco Sound," and Disc 1 features the pre-Grateful Dead group The Warlocks, the original line-up of the Jefferson Airplane, a pre-hit Grass Roots, influential existentialists The Charlatans, and Country Joe & The Fish posing that timeless question "And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for?"

It wasn't all peace, love, and drugs that made San Francisco the fulcrum of the burgeoning hippie scene in the mid '60s. According to this sprawling 77-track, four-disc set--the third in Rhino's ongoing Nuggets series--it was the music that nurtured and helped create Haight-Ashbury. This expansive package succeeds in presenting the disparate acts involved in that cultural revolution through a detailed aural exploration. Sure, the usual suspects like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Janis Joplin are here, but it's the obscurities and oddities--some never previously available and many more extremely difficult to find--that provide intimate glimpses into the crevices, building blocks, and influences of what was later dubbed the "San Francisco Sound." The platters are broken down into rough category/chronological groupings, with disc three focusing on 1967, the Summer of Love whose 40th anniversary this box's release celebrates. Even there, acts such as the Ace of Cups, the Mystery Trend, and the Loading Zone fly way below the radar. There's lots to absorb, even for genre enthusiasts, but compiler Alex Palao's extensive, track-specific liner notes provide concise yet vital contextual background to guide the listener through a wildly diverse landscape that runs from the British Invasion-styled pop of the Beau Brummels and the soft folk of the Youngbloods to the furious garage psychedelia of the Count Five and the eardrum-bursting, proto-metal power rock of Blue Cheer. --Hal Horowitz

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Music By The Bay January 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Lot's of reviewers have gone after Rhino Records concerning their box set releases. Sound quality, packaging, track selection of past sets have been a big issue of nasty negatives for many reviewers. Well, about this set entitled: "Love Is The Song We Sing"-San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970, I will go on record to say that Rhino, has really hit a home run here.

This is a hardcover book of 120 pages, filled with great text and some wonderful photographs of the biggest American music city of the 1960's. Packed into this insightful book are 4 amazing audio compact discs of music. All the right bands are here with only a few of my personal favorites missing.
From the Beau Brummels {the first SF band to recieve air-play} thro to the Youngblood's massive 1969 hit of Dino Valenti's: "Get Together", good and bad, loud and soft, this was the sixties, that I remember growin' up in, and it was the most magical place on the planet Earth (along with London/ Liverpool.}

Two AM radio stations were our: 'Colors'. They were 1260 KYA and KFRC. On tiny transistor radios we could listen to: The Jefferson Airplane or Moby Grape, just as often as: The Beatles or The Stones. Wild posters on storefront walls and windows or streetposts in day glo, advertised dance hall concerts featuring: "The Mystery Trend" or "The Sons Of Champlin". R.Crumb was peddling a strange little 'Comix' book outta a baby's carriage on Haight Street. It was for me, at the time, the very center of The universe.

The song selection over the course of these four Discs is indeed vast, with The Dead and Quicksilver right next to The Family Tree and Public Nuisance.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond The Fringe September 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
What raises this collection above the norm is the selection of obscure tracks by the lesser known bands of the California scene of the middle 60's. There is a sprinkling of familiar songs spread throughout the collection, but the lion's share are tracks you've never heard before, some not so great, but many a delight. Add to that one of the best packages I've ever seen in a box set; a large format book packed with rare photos and details about the bands and songs.
This collection is a must have, one of Rhino's best ever.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seventy seven slices of paradise October 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There are a few very well known songs here, but wisely Alec Palao decided to give the main focus to lesser known artists and songs, while still giving ample coverage to all of the giants of the scene and moment. Very beautifully composed 120 page hardcover book with essays and tons of photos as well as track-by-track commentary from Palao. I grew up on this music and still there are many songs or versions of songs I'd never heard before. The single version of Dark Star?! Too bad Rick Griffin didn't live long enough to do the metallic-on-black cover art. Anyway, DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack Of My Childhood January 31, 2008
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I was immediately attracted to this collection. I was a big fan of the first two Nuggets sets, both for their eclectic track selection and detailed scholarship ( especially when so little was known about some of the more obscure groups.) Even more exciting was the fact that it was the story of the San Francisco music scene; the place where I spent my childhood and the music I listened to. Could they really get this right, I sure hoped so.

Like many great scenes, some of the most definite expressions of this cultural earthquake came early. The Beau Brummels were really the first great San Francisco band. They took the Folk-Rock style so ubiquitious in the mid 60s and fused it with the energy of the English Invasion, very much as their counterparts the Byrds did in Southern California. They were not alone, with other bands like the Mojo Men, the We Five, and the Vejtables bringing a local presence to AM radio, to mix with Motown and Liverpool. The first disc really captures this moment, when the elements combined to bring the message of folk music, the electricity of the Beatles and the awareness of generational change together. Something was definitely happening and even Mr Jones knew it. The Dead were still a bar band named the Warlocks and their great "Can't Come Down" gives you a glimpse of their unique power, before they discovered 30 minute jams. Perhaps the most psychedelic band at this point in time were Country Joe and the Fish whose magnificent original version of "Section 43" is here along with the pre-Grace Airplane led by Marty Balin.

Disc 2 brings us the wider scene, the groups on the penninsula and other parts of the Bay Area that contributed to the tapestry.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars be VERY CAREFUL ON TAKING THE CD'S OUT. September 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Nuggets box sets is what got me started getting into garage style music from obscure bands. It's now been almost 6 years and I am still finding gems. My [...] site is a testament to that.
Anyway I got this "box set" or should we say "book set" because the enclosed book is one of the finest I have ever seen that came with CD's.
[...] did a fine review of this 4CD set and I concur with them.
And as for the reviews here, there are for the most part accurate, especially the one about being careful taking them out to play. When I first saw how tightly they were inside I decided to be VERY CAREFUL ON TAKING THE CD'S OUT. Whew no scuff marks.

After listening to the set a few times I came to the conclusion that disks 3 & 4 have the most 5-star rated songs. I did manage to get seventeen 5-star songs out of the set. Yes the big names are here, but I was interested in the more unknown bands (being a garage-head), and there are some good ones. Below are IMO 5-star songs:

(Disc 1)
(8) It's No Secret - Jefferson Airplane - 1965 - " QUOTE: Although originally recorded on the Airplane's debut album in 1966 with excellent results, the band continued to keep it in their live sets through the years."

(Disc 2)
(2) Suzy Creamcheese - Teddy & His Patches - 1966 - "One of the MOST psychotic songs to be ever made. Garage Sci-Fi/Psych beat." - Love Is The Song We Sing: Suburbia (Rhino Disc 2)-2007.
(18) Thing In "E" - Savage Resurrection - 1967 - "A quirky Pop-Rock song that will CATCH your attention. BEST garage style song in this box set. " - Love Is The Song We Sing: Suburbia (Rhino Disc 2)-2007.

(Disc 3)
(3) Somebody To Love (LP Version) - The Great! Society - No.05 on 5/6/1967 - "9 weeks Top 40, by Jefferson Airplane.
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Published 5 months ago by Honeybird
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This is another trip down memory lane, to be honest I've just heard just about 30% of the music of those
4 discs but the artwork the pitcures is just amazing, something to... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Way Too Much Mono
For the person that collects obscure tracks, this collection is a must. The first thing that I noticed about this collection is that there is way too much mono. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware packaging damaging the discs.
This is a truly remarkable set, great music and book. I would just add a beware in terms of packaging. Read more
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I bought this for myself without knowing the book came with the cd's. The book has pictures of each band that are just great to look at. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dogwalker
5.0 out of 5 stars What's I always wish to listen!
Here's the real nugget of Golden State! The birth of psychedelia in a social contest in full evolution. The roots but the best of Frisco area.
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