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Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Riot On Sunset Strip (The Standells)
2. You Movin' (The Byrds)
3. You I'll Be Following (Love)
4. Dr. Stone (The Leaves)
5. Go And Say Goodbye (Buffalo Springfield)
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Disc: 2
1. Jump, Jive & Harmonize (Thee Midniters)
2. Back Up (The Light)
3. To Die Alone (The Bush)
4. Get On This Plane (The Premiers)
5. Little Girl, Little Boy (The Odyssey)
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Disc: 3
1. Action, Action, Action (Keith Allison)
2. The Rebel Kind (Dino, Desi & Billy)
3. High On Love (The Knickerbockers)
4. Fan Tan (Jan & Dean)
5. Halloween Mary (P.F. Sloan)
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Disc: 4
1. Sit Down I Think I Love You (Stephen Stills & Richie Furay)
2. Splendor In The Grass (Jackie DeShannon with The Byrds)
3. November Night (Peter Fonda)
4. Roses And Rainbows (Danny Hutton)
5. Lemon Chimes (The Dillards)
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Editorial Reviews

WHERE THE ACTION IS! compiles 101 tracks that mix many of the city's brightest stars like The Byrds, Love, The Doors, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, Captain Beefheart, The Mamas & The Papas, Lowell George, Iron Butterfly, with talented artists whose stellar songcraft sadly flew under the radar The Seeds, The Electric Prunes, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The Everpresent Fullness, The Bobby Fuller Four.

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD LOOK AT EARLY L.A. SOUNDS September 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Four discs -61,64,69,71 minutes each approximately. The sound is uniformly fine. These songs sound about as good as they ever will. The discs are slipped-bare-into half-cardboard sleeves in the back of the hardback book. Not the best. I put my discs into separate jewel cases for protection. The book itself is well done. Information on the era when this great music was first coming out is informative and fun to read. There is a track by track listing of the various groups,with info on who was in the band,when it was recorded,and any listings on Billboard,etc. There are pictures of the bands,along with reproductions of advertising for various clubs and related items,that were seemingly essential (leather goods) during that time. There are also two pages listing clubs of the era,along with info on various groups that played these venues. The radio stations of the day are also listed,along with a brief description of the music they played. There's also a time line of musical and related events during this time period. All of this adds up to be a very well done collection,and helps set the scene for this great music. One of the more interesting items is a letter from THE BYRDS to the group THE RISING SONS,hoping their album flops and they rot in the Columbia Records basement,along with Terry Melcher,and then they wish the band good luck in the future. At Ciro's Le Disc,for $4.95,you can have dinner,dancing and two drinks,in a "special" called the "Early Byrd Delight". Definitely a different era.

The music itself is a good overview of Los Angeles "rock" during the mid to late sixties. Some groups will be well known to listeners (THE STANDELLS,THE BYRDS,LOVE IRON BUTTERFLY etc) familiar with this era's music.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Los Angeles in the mid-1960s September 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a really fine collection of tunes, following the blueprint of the original 1972 "Nuggets" compilation, concentrating on the "scene" in L.A., many of which were overlooked at the time, but are no less deserving of our praise than the more familiar hits by the artists represented. Some were genuine local radio hits, like "Tripmaker" by The Seeds, and "Roses and Rainbows" by Danny Hutton. The Music Machine's followup to "Talk Talk", "The People In Me" is arguably even better but got blacklisted from radio play due to radio station politics but should have been a monster hit. One of The Turtles' best records (and one of the greatest titles for a song ever) was the low-charting "Grim Reaper of Love", which is my personal favorite from the band. The sublime "Splendor in the Grass" written and performed by Jackie DeShannon (and covered by a girl group called The Boys), is a shining example of a tune that slipped by but shouldn't have. The idea here is not to collect a bunch of overly familiar songs (and there are plenty of CD collections like that), but to highlight the great gems that mostly missed receiving the attention they deserved. Now is the time for us to appreciate these tracks with this super set.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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You know the music's good. Hits, rarities, you name it, all from the great L.A. scene of the mid-sixties. Given recent trends in the Nuggets series, you know the packaging is going to annoy you, but hey, just slide those CDs out carefully the first time and put them in your own slim-line cases for protection and storage. It's really not that big a deal. But I'm here to alert you now about the CONTENT of the accompanying book for this Los Angeles set. It's the best of the series. Others have complained here on amazon about how Where the Action Is "skimps" on content. Well, not quite. True, there aren't as many pages as in the San Francisco set, but what's here is great. In a quick easy format, you get snapshot profiles of all the bands, personnel listings, and a timeline detailing everything of importance that happened on "the scene." After the paragraph long band capsules, you get profiles of all the clubs and discothèques of Sixties L.A. And then you get intros to the various radio stations that played this music in L.A. at the time. Best of all, it's a fast read, with no fluff and no filler. To tell you the truth, I've always found those earlier Nuggets books to be a little wearisome. Sure the great information is there, but you have to dig through a lot of wide-eyed wonder and elaboration to get to it. With Where the Action Is, it's all front and center. Nobody's on a nostalgia trip (except for maybe a little in the introduction), and you'll finish up knowing a whole lot more about the L.A. scene than you do about S.F. in Love is the Song We Sing. Sure, there are fewer words here, but they're the right words with the right information. This is the most succinct, most helpful and most entertaining companion book that Nuggets has put out, and I own them all. Looking forward to the Boston Scene, you guys!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brief Correction September 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The above review seems based on a misconception about the box set. This is a compilation that celebrates rock and roll music in LOS ANGLES during the mid-60s. Which would explain why The Kinks or the Dave Clark 5 are not included. Like most Nuggets collections, this is a very thorough one. It's well worth the price.
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Published 26 days ago by Johnboy1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very cool look at the L.A. music scene
Published 2 months ago by K. J. Masten
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 60's trip
This is so much more than just the music. This is a work of art just beautiful in every respect, you can always
disagree on the music that's just a matter of taste but this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Niceland
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets - 1965-1968' (Rhino...
A must-own one hundred track / 4-CD box set. 'Where The Action Is!' gives some well-deserved exposure to many obscure / virtually unheard of bands primarily of the psychedelic,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mike Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music
I bought this set when it was first released and played it once (about a disc a week) and with all the other music I own I sort of forgot about it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by D. Webb
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i thought
It arrived fast but was not what I thought it would be from the discription. The songs are not the hits I thought would be on the discs. Glad I ordered only one.
Published 21 months ago by william schauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Pop
As many have noted, Southern California was a land of its own during the mid-60s era of these recordings and for some it was home, while others thought of it as the "Golden Land"... Read more
Published on February 5, 2011 by Kevin Killian
4.0 out of 5 stars It just doesn't seem fair to bug you 'cause you got long hair.
This is the fifth box set in the Nuggets series. It focuses on the Los Angeles rock music scene from 1965 to 1968. Read more
Published on May 14, 2010 by Johnny Heering
4.0 out of 5 stars No cheese, please...
Outstanding collection of nuggets, indeed. Although I have a number of tracks scattered on other recordings that are contained on this collection, my biggest criticism is what... Read more
Published on January 14, 2010 by Chester
5.0 out of 5 stars it's where the action was!!!
a compilation as ambitious as this one will always lead to the inevitable question- but what about??? Read more
Published on December 22, 2009 by breezer
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