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Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond Box set

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After the immense success of the original and very American Nuggets box, Rhino was all too happy to scan the remainder of the globe for further forays in garage rock obscurity. Covering the nether regions of 1964-'69, Nuggets II is a virtually hitless, ye

All those who enjoy music richer in energy and daring than intelligence and maturity should add Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond (1964-1969) to their music collection--where it should sit right next to the series' first volume. The lyrics to songs such as "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" and "14 Hour Technicolour Dream" won't unlock life's mysteries, but the reckless abandon with which these songs were written and played will remind anyone how it feels to be young and angst-ridden. A few of the selections, including "Pictures of Matchstick Men," achieved some commercial success upon release; some were covered by bands more recent or lasting than the mostly one-hit wonders who performed the originals; others are so simple they sound like a lot of rock songs; and a number include a distinctive sound or effect other rockers felt compelled to steal. Plenty of songs, though, will be new to all but the most dedicated collectors, and the fact that the best of these didn't make the charts when they were originally released confirms that timing is indeed everything. A final note: While the music in this collection is certainly worth the price, the beautiful liner notes--all 100 pages worth--offer a treasure-trove of information, great graphics, and lots of yuks. --Steve Halloran

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Making Time - The Creation
  2. Father's Name Was Dad - Fire
  3. I Can Hear The Grass Grow - The Move
  4. My Friend Jack - The Smoke
  5. My White Bicycle - Tomorrow
  6. I'll Keep Holding On - The Action
  7. When The Night Falls - The Eyes
  8. Sorry - The Easybeats
  9. Imposters Of Life's Magazine - The Idle Race
  10. How Is The Air Up There? - The La De Das
  11. Mud In Your Eye - Les Fleur De Lys
  12. Everything (That's Mine) - The Motions
  13. Garden Of My Mind - The Mickey Finn
  14. Take A Heart - The Sorrows
  15. The Life I Live - Q'65
  16. Midnight To Six Man - The Pretty Things
  17. I See The Rain - The Marmalade
  18. The First Cut Is The Deepest - The Koobas
  19. You Stole My Love - The Mockingbirds
  20. 125 (album version) - The Haunted
  21. My Mind's Eye - The Small Faces
  22. Going Nowhere - Los Bravos
  23. All Night Stand - The Thoughts
  24. War Or Hands Of Time - The Masters Apprentices
  25. It's A Sin To Go Away - We All Together
  26. A Dream For Julie - Kaleidoscope
  27. I Read You Like An Open Book - The Tages

Disc: 2

  1. Children Of The Sun - The Misunderstood
  2. Save My Soul - Wimple Winch
  3. Desdemona - John's Children
  4. I Can Only Give You Everything - Van Morrison
  5. Lost Girl - The Troggs
  6. I Must Be Mad - The Craig
  7. Say Those Magic Words - The Birds
  8. Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad - Caleb
  9. Daddy Buy Me A Girl - Golden Earrings
  10. Exit Stage Right - Ronnie Burns
  11. Gone Is The Sad Man - Timebox
  12. I'm Rowed Out - The Eyes
  13. You've Got A Habit Of Leaving - Davy Jones
  14. Reflections Of Charles Brown - Rupert's People
  15. Words Enough To Tell You - The Mascots
  16. That's The Way It's Got To Be - The Poets
  17. 14 Hour Technicolour Dream - The Syn
  18. Walking Through My Dreams - The Pretty Things
  19. You Said - The Primitives
  20. This Life Of Mine - The Lost Souls
  21. Shadows & Reflections - The Action
  22. Friday On My Mind - The Easybeats
  23. In The Land Of The Few - Love Sculpture
  24. For Another Man - The Motions
  25. Fire Brigade - The Move
  26. Gaby - The Boots
  27. Biff! Bang! Pow! - The Creation

Disc: 3

  1. Your Body Not Your Soul - Cuby & The Blizzards
  2. Cathy, Come Home - The Twilights
  3. Circles - Les Fleur De Lys
  4. Get Down From The Tree (album version) - The Matadors
  5. Cry In The Night - Q'65
  6. Changing The Colors Of Life - Los Chijuas
  7. Social End Product - The Bluestars
  8. Crawdaddy Simone - The Syndicats
  9. Don't You Remember? - The Sound Magics
  10. It's My Pride - The Guess Who
  11. Magic Potion - The Open Mind
  12. You're Driving Me Insane - The Missing Links
  13. Who Dat? - The Jury
  14. A Midsummer's Night Scene - John's Children
  15. Listen To The Sky - Sands
  16. How To Find A Lover - The Mockingbirds
  17. Days Of The Broken Arrows - The Idle Race
  18. By My Side - The Elois
  19. Path Through The Forest - The Factory
  20. Love Hate Revenge - Episode Six
  21. Pictures Of Matchstick Men - The Status Quo
  22. The Train To Disaster - The Voice
  23. Sad - The (Australian) Playboys
  24. Slaves Time - The Slaves
  25. You Can Be My Baby (single version) - The Red Squares
  26. I Wish I Was Five - Scrugg
  27. Glendora - The Downliners Sect

Disc: 4

  1. Rosalyn - The Pretty Things
  2. Come On - The Atlantics
  3. The Madman Running Through The Fields - Dantalion's Chariot
  4. How Does It Feel To Feel (U.S. single version) - The Creation
  5. I'm Just A Mops - The Mops
  6. Why Don't You Smile Now - The Downliners Sect
  7. Nothin' - The Ugly Ducklings
  8. Break It All (U.S. single version) - Los Shakers
  9. The Bitter Thoughts Of Little Jane - Timon
  10. Touch - The Outsiders
  11. Vacuum Cleaner - Tintern Abbey
  12. My Life - Thor's Hammer
  13. Bad Little Woman - The Wheels
  14. No Presents For Me - Pandamonium
  15. Bat Macumba - Os Mutantes
  16. Real Crazy Apartment - Winston's Fumbs
  17. No More Now - The Smoke (Nz)
  18. No Good Without You - The Birds
  19. Kicks & Chicks - The Zipps
  20. Dance Around The Maypole - The Acid Gallery
  21. Get Yourself Home - The Fairies
  22. I'm Your Witchdoctor - The Chants R&B
  23. But You'll Never Do It Babe - The Boots
  24. One Third - The Majority
  25. Flight From Ashiya - Kaleidoscope
  26. Here Come The Nice - The Small Faces
  27. It's My Fault - The Rattles
  28. When The Alarm Clock Rings - Blossom Toes

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1964
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005JGA7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I don't get where some of the last few critics are coming from. Yes, sadly some of the members of the bands featured on this album ossified into prog-rockers come the '70's -- just like some some punk generation musicians ossified into lounge singers, fake rockabillies, world-music twerps or pop acts. So what? It doesn't take an iota of energy away from the music they and their cohorts played when they were young. The great songs here are too many to list, but include the incredibly catchy and riffy "Sorry" by the Easybeats; a maximum R'n'B "I'll Keep Holding On" by the well-named Action; the incredibly produced and jubilantly trippy "My White Bicycle" by Tomorrow; the aggressive "Making Time" by the Creation; the too-wonderful-for-words "My Friend Jack" by the Smoke (just check out that opening guitar!); "How is the Air Up There?" by the La De Da's, who out-Stone the Stones; and "Social End Product" by the Bluestars - proto-punk if I've ever heard it. And these are just the English-speaking groups: "Your Body Not Your Soul", "I'm Just a Mops", "Break it All" and "Get Down from the Tree" are performed by groups from the Netherlands, Japan, Ecuador and Spain, if I'm not mistaken - not countries generally known for rock - until now, maybe. Most of the songs on here remind me of punk - generally, everything is fast, loud, furious and clearly made by kids looking for rules to break, and you can just about picture these bands sweating out their songs in garages. Its great, essential music - I got it two months ago, and I'm still absorbing it, like a great book or complex movie. Its not a perfect collection - for example, I don't like a good chunk of disk 2 - and the pricetag is high, no doubt.Read more ›
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Once again, as they did with the first Nuggets Box and the first Doo Wop Box, the good folks at Rhino Records have produced a collection that is simply the finest of its type. In every way -- sound quality, liner notes, packaging, song selection, and sheer volume -- this box, like those others, shows evidence of great care and leaves most other similar collections in the dust.
The selection here is more wide-ranging than on the first Nuggets box, both geographically and in terms of style. The first box had a lot of fairly-well known songs; here we get just a handful of favorites and classics ("My White Bicycle", "I Can Hear the Grass Grow", "Friday on My Mind", "Pictures of Matchstick Men") along with a lot of great recordings that even dedicated listeners may not be familiar with. (I've been listening to music of this ilk for years, and I had heard less than half of these songs.)
I was particularly delighted with the inclusion of "Reflections of Charles Brown" (a song I had been wanting to hear for years -- and also, incidentally, proof that not everything here is fast and loud); "No Presents for Me" (a personal favorite); and Love Sculpture's "In the Land of the Few" (an excellent song, a true lost gem, here presented in an extended version from the one I'd heard before -- what a treat!). Plus, I've made lots of new favorites, and gained a greater appreciation of some songs I knew before after hearing them in this context and with this quality.
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This second compilation box of rare garage/freakbeat/psych from the 60s is certainly worth the price. I had heard 28 of the 109 tracks on here before I bought it, and had been looking for most of the other bands for quite some time now. Thank you, Rhino, for making these obscure groups and songs available, as you did for the first set. An important missing piece of rock history is being filled by "Nuggets II", for one gets to see that rock music extended as far as Iceland and Peru, where groups tried their best to mimic The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Yardbirds--and didn't do too bad a job, either. The majority of the set, however, is taken up by the glorious UK acts, where one can see R&B raveups turn into mod-influenced freakbeat and then flower into psychedelia all within a three-to-four year timespan. The sound quality and extensive liner notes are top-notch, as usual. However, in spite of being a huge fan of this music, about a quarter of the songs have a certain mediocre/generic/Spinal Tap-ish quality to them (the same thing slightly marred the first Nuggets box), which can't be helped in such an overview of ultra-obscure acts: some will be surprisingly great, while others probably deserved their fate. Also, hearing the set all in one lump (as I did) will cause some listener fatigue, as the songs do tend to run into each other in spite of the compiler's best attempts at diversity (you will find no ballads on here, for one--it's all full-blast "beat music from hell" from start to finish). The classic tracks include "Making Time", "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" (the lyric *does* unlock life's mysteries, I swear!Read more ›
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