Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 Audio
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First released in 1972 on Elektra Records, the compilation is among the only various artists titles to consistently wind up on published lists of all-time top albums. Nuggets spawned more than 200 like-minded collections under such titles as Pebbles and Back From The Grave, and is a consistent compilation favourite and has carved out a genre of its own.
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One thing interested me about the album, and now again as I listen to the CD version. Electra Records in '66 and '67 was just breaking into the rock field from being exclusively a folk label. So why did they not use any of their own tracks for this album? They had 'My Little Red Book' and 'Seven and Seven Is' by Love, all the hits by the Doors, 'Mary Mary' by Paul Butterfield, and a lot of others that fit this type of music perfectly. Why, when putting out this album, did they not use any of their own original tracks but got all of these from other labels? Just asking.
Listeners will cruise down Cool Memory Lane in a Cool 1965 Dodge Dart 270 Custom Sedan with the dial set to COOL 196.5 (1965 all the time) while enjoying this musical banquet. The list of treats is quite extensive.
Although I didn't care for Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs 1965 hit, "Wooly Bully" or the Strangeloves' 1965 hit, "I Want Candy," I had to smile that the ultimate in Garage Band hits, the Kingsmen's 1963 magnum opus "Louie, Louie" was included. Seriously, I think "Louie, Louie" has become the Garage Band anthem and has been held as the symbol of garage band success for others, such as the much loved, much covered "G-L-O-R-I-A," which I am surprised is not on this collection; the Strawberry Alarm Clock's 1967 "Incense and Peppermint," and the Outsiders' 1966 gem, "Time Won't Let Me." The Kingsmen, whose 1963 smash, recorded in Oregon, helped identify the Pacific Northwestern United States as a musical mecca to be reckoned with. The Sonics of 1965 "Have Love, Will Travel" fame and Paul Revere and the Raiders were among those Pacific Pioneers.
The 13th Floor Elevators, an Austin, Texas band have proved to be a major musical force. They have played the same venues with Janis Joplin and have demonstrated a unique musical flair.
I absolutely LOVE the Rumors' "Hold ** Now," an EXCELLENT Garage Band piece that has been sadly overlooked by the public at large. This is such an excellent song that will make you want to dance. It is at the time of this review included in an exhibit at a local library featuring a Garage Band of the 1960s. This song is a party for the ears and will actually have you dancing!
Many favorite Top 40 stand-bys have been included, such as "Time Won't Let Me," by the Outsiders and "Lies" by the Knickerbockers, two 1966 hits; "Dirty Water" by the Standells and a genuine gem, Music Explosion's 1967 smash, "Little Bit O' Soul." This collection is such a treat and I can't recommend it highly enough.
Treat yourself to this collection. You will be so glad that you did.
Can there be any doubt that the greatest rock 'n' roll song ever is the Standells' "Dirty Water"? It had it all--sneering vocals, the quintessential guitar lick (and harmony organ part), an overpowering beat, a great harp solo, and I'm-just-a-boy-from-the-boondocks lyrics. Nevertheless, "Dirty Water" is merely the best of at least two dozen similar tunes on these four CDs, which makes the set brilliant.