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Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 Box set

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Not just Lenny Kaye's classic double album of garage-rock rarities, but 3 more CDs' worth of three-chord, one-hit wonders from the '60s! Disc one reprises the original double album, including such classics as I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) Electric Prunes; Dirty Water Standells; Moulty Barbarians; Psychotic Reaction Count Five, and Baby Please Don't Go Amboy Dukes, while discs two through four add other rare/seminal songs like Talk Talk Music Machine; Incense and Peppermints Strawberry Alarm Clock; Strychnine Sonics; Shape of Things to Come Max Frost & the Storm Troopers; Louie Louie Kingsmen, and more. 118 songs.

That the most famous garage-rock record of all time, the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie," is buried on the last CD of this four-disc box is very much in keeping with the spirit of the (often) one-hit wonders that people Nuggets. Here, "Louie Louie" is just another great song. An elaboration on the 1972 double LP, which is included in its original sequence, this set piles on dozens more great moments of inspiration, guts, chutzpah, and sometimes sheer commercial calculation. How else to explain the advice "Look at yourself" from the likes of the Strawberry Alarm Clock, whose idea of mind expansion seems limited to putting together two very vaguely related nouns--"Incense and Peppermints"--so their swinging Farfisa-led track will have something, anything, for verbal content? There's loads of such wisdom on display here, prefab and otherwise, usually delivered as rabidly as possible. (Try the Remains' "Don't Look Back," Mouse and the Traps' "Maid of Sugar--Maid of Spice," or the Music Machine's "Talk Talk," which was actually a hit.) And remember: "The sky is falling / The ocean is calling / The world ... is spinning 'round ... and 'round." For sure. --Rickey Wright

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) - Electric Prunes
  2. Dirty Water - The Standells
  3. Night Time - Strangeloves
  4. Lies - The Knickerbockers
  5. Respect - Vagrants
  6. A Public Execution - Mouse
  7. No time like the right time - Blues Project
  8. Oh Yeah - Shadows Of Knight
  9. Pushin' Too Hard - Seeds
  10. Moulty - Barbarians
  11. Don't Look Back - Remains
  12. An invitation to cry - The Magicians
  13. Liar, Liar - Castaways
  14. You're Gonna Miss Me - Thirteenth Floor Elevators
  15. Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
  16. Hey Joe - Leaves
  17. Romeo & Juliet - Michael & The Messengers
  18. Sugar And Spice - Cryan Shames
  19. Baby Please Don't Go - Amboy Dukes
  20. Tobacco Road - Blues Magoos
  21. Let's Talk About Girls - Chocolate Watch Band
  22. Sit Down, I Think I Love You - Mojo Men
  23. Run, Run, Run - Third Rail
  24. My World Fell Down - Sagittarius
  25. Open My Eyes - Nazz
  26. Farmer John - Premiers
  27. It's-A-Happening - Magic Mushrooms

Disc: 2

  1. Talk Talk - The Music Machine
  2. Last Time Around - Del-Vetts
  3. Nobody But Me - Human Beinz
  4. Journey To Tyme - Kenny & The Kasuals
  5. No Friend Of Mine - Sparkles
  6. Outside Chance - Turtles
  7. Action Woman - Litter
  8. Spazz - Elastik Band
  9. Sweet Young Thing - Chocolate Watchband
  10. Incense And Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock
  11. I Ain't No Miracle Worker - Brogues
  12. 7 And 7 Is - Love
  13. Time won't let me - The Outsiders
  14. Going All The Way - Squires
  15. I'm Gonna Make You Mine - Shadows Of Knight
  16. The Trip - Kim Fowley
  17. Can't Seem To Make You Mine - Seeds
  18. Why Do I Cry - Remains
  19. Laugh, Laugh - Beau Brummels
  20. The Little Black Egg - The Night Crawlers
  21. I Wonder - Gants
  22. I See The Light - Five Americans
  23. Who Do You Love - Woolies
  24. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) - Swingin' Medallions
  25. Live - Merry-Go-Round
  26. Steppin' Out - Paul Revere & The Raiders
  27. Diddy Wah Diddy - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
  28. Strychnine - Sonics
  29. Little Girl - Syndicate Of Sound
  30. (We ain't got) Nothing yet - Blues Magoos
  31. Shape Of Things To Come - Max Frost & The Troopers

Disc: 3

  1. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) - Hombres
  2. Fight Fire - Golliwogs
  3. At The River's Edge - New Colony Six
  4. Jack Of Diamonds - Daily Flash
  5. Follow Me - Lyme & Cybelle
  6. It's Cold Outside - Choir
  7. Beg, Borrow And Steal - Rare Breed
  8. She's About A Mover - Sir Douglas Quintet
  9. Little Bit O'Soul - Music Explosion
  10. Put The Clock Back On The Wall - 'E' Types
  11. Falling Sugar - Palace Guard
  12. Run, Run, Run - Gestures
  13. I Need You - Rationals
  14. Knock, Knock - Humane Society
  15. Primitive - Groupies
  16. Psycho - Sonics
  17. So What!! - Lyrics
  18. You Must Be A Witch - Lollipop Shoppe
  19. A question of temperature - The Baloon Farm
  20. Maid Of Sugar-Maid Of Spice - Mouse & The Traps
  21. You Ain't Tuff - Uniques
  22. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White - Standells
  23. She's My Baby - Mojo Men
  24. Story Of My Life - Unrelated Segments
  25. I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time - Third Bardo
  26. Mirror Of Your Mind - We The People
  27. Bad Little Woman - Shadows Of Knight
  28. Double Yellow Line - Music Machine
  29. Optical Sound - Human Expression
  30. Journey To The Center Of The Mind - Amboy Dukes

Disc: 4

  1. Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In) - Chocolate Watchband
  2. Too Many People - Leaves
  3. (Would I still be) Her big man - The Brigands
  4. Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl - Barbarians
  5. Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
  6. I Wan't Candy - Strangeloves
  7. Louie Louie - Kingsmen
  8. One Track Mind - Knickerbockers
  9. Out Of Our Tree - Wailers
  10. I Think I'm Down - Harbinger Complex
  11. What Am I Going To Do - Dovers
  12. Codine - Charlatans
  13. Johnny Was A Good Boy - Mystery Trend
  14. Stop-Get A Ticket - Clefs Of Lavender Hill
  15. Complication - Monks
  16. The Witch - Sonics
  17. Get Me To The World On Time - Electric Prunes
  18. Mr. Pharmacist - Other Half
  19. Open Up Your Door - Richard & The Young Lions
  20. Just Like Me - Paul Revere & The Raiders
  21. You Burn Me Up And Down - We The People
  22. I Live In The Springtime - Lemon Drops
  23. Mindrocker - Fenwyck
  24. Hold Me Now - Rumors
  25. Love's Gone Bad - Underdogs
  26. Why Pick On Me - Standells
  27. Bad Girl - Zakary Thaks
  28. Blackout Of Gretely - Gonn
  29. Voices Green And Purple - Bees
  30. Blues Theme (from the motion picture "The Wild Angels") - Davie Allan & The Arrows

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: September 15, 1998
  • 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: B00000AFWZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on September 8, 2000
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In the summer of 1976 a friend played for me two albums that forever changed my music collecting life. The first was "The Ramones" and the second was the Sire edition of "Nuggets" which is now Volume 1 of the amazing 4 CD set. Over the next 20 years I avidly collected every known American mid 60's band and have assembled a 2,000 plus collection of the "Nugget" bands plus all the vinyl compillation series that 'Nuggets" spawned such as "Pebbles", "Flashback', "Back from the Grave" etc.
This collection is hands down the finest single collection of mid 60's American Punk, Psycedelic and Garage bands both known and obscure. If the music appeals to you it will either become a fantastic starting place for futher collecting or if you are already a fan a perfect 4 volume summary with outstanding sound. Of course this set has the must have classics by the Elevators, Standells,CWB, Wailers etc. However, this set also has many songs thar are new to my collection and truly fantastic including "Journey to Tyme" by Kenny & the Kasuals and "Open up You Door" By Richard and the Young Lions.
Great liner notes by the people who originaly uncovered most of these songs including Lenny Kaye and Greg Shaw and great mono sound not artificial rechanneled stereo. A couple of missing songs such as the Moving Sidewalks "99th floor" ? & The Mysterions' "96 Tears", The Magic Mushrooms "I'm Gone" and The Grains of Sand "Thats when Happiness Began".
All in all perfection. Enjoy!!!! M
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Nuggets was originally released in 1972 as a double album. It celebrated the garage rock music of the mid 60's with future Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye providing dead-on liner notes. The band's featured on the album laid the blueprint for such bands as The New York Dolls, The Stooges and Patti Smith as well as the punk movement. The songs are no nonsense, crazed out rockers with some psychedelia and dance tracks thrown in. Rhino Records has done an amazing job expanding the original double album into a four cd set. Some of the songs like The Kingsmen "Louie, Louie", Sam The Sham & Pharaoh's "Wooly Bully", The Outsiders' "Time Wont Let Me", The Human Beinz propulsive "Nobody But Me", The Musical Explosion's "Little Bit O' Soul", The Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction", The Castaways' "Liar, Liar" were all top ten hits with The Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Incense & Peppermint" going all the way to number one. For the most part, the collection is made up of obscure songs that were minor national hits and regional hits around the country. Songs like The Cryan Shames' searing "Sugar & Spice", The Barbarians' earnest "Moulty", The Lollipop Shoppe's pulsating "You Must Be A Witch", The Sonics' "Strychnine", Kim Fowley's spooky "The Trip", Rare Breed's (who became American Breed and scored a top ten hit with Bend Me, Shape Me) r&b flavored "Beg, Borrow & Steal", Richard & The Young Lions' stellar "Open Up Your Door", The Bees' buzzing "Voices Green & Purple" and The Palace Guards' bubble gummy "Falling Sugar" are all basically unknowns.Read more ›
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The title of 'Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965 - 1968' would seem to imply that the four discs included are replete with classic acid-rock tracks. While there are a fair share of psychedelic numbers, when one lists this box set for sale on ebay, the genre is identified as 'garage & surf'. There are other genre's, such as mainstream pop and country-rock that also find space on these discs, so diversity is one triumphant chord for 'Nuggets'. The liner notes also reveal that the producers sought to cull material from the rich netherland of obscure, local releases which deserved better than they got in the highly competitive world of rock and roll in the glorious 1960's. I believe this set scores on all counts, and in fact only errs by digging too deep into the proverbial barrel, where some deserving dregs (thought to be nuggets) should still be residing. But even this miscalculation is forgivable, because most people will find they have a penchant for those tracks that were local to them in the late 1960's, rather than tracks that were only popular in some far off metropolis. Also, given that there are 118 tracks offered here (almost 30 per disc, on average), this ultimate compilation could never have completely pleased anyone. What it does do is to serve as a library, a cultural time capsule, encompassing the attitude, sound, and peculiarities of the hippie generation.

I categorized the 118 tracks into five groups. The easiest group to single out were the big hits. There are eighteen songs, pretty much evenly divided over the four discs, that charted at least number 17 or higher nationally, nine of them in the Top Ten. There is only one that rose to number one, and it isn't 'Louie Louie'. It's 'Incense and Peppermints'.
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