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Format: CD
Sku: 204757362
UPC: 081227998301
UPC 14: 00081227998301
Release Date: 9/18/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Let's Get Together - Dino Valenti ~ Various Artists
2. I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag - Country Joe & The Fish (EP version) ~ Various Artists
3. You Were On My Mind - We Five ~ Various Artists
4. Number One - The Charlatans ~ Various Artists
5. Can't Come Down - The Warlocks ~ Various Artists
6. Don't Talk to Strangers - The Beau Brummels ~ Various Artists
7. Anything - The Vejtables ~ Various Artists
8. It's No Secret - Jefferson Airplane ~ Various Artists
9. Johnny Was A Good Boy - The Mystery Trend ~ Various Artists
10. Free Advice - The Great Society ~ Various Artists
11. Mr. Jones (A Ballad Of A Thin Man) - The Grass Roots ~ Various Artists
12. Stranger In A Strange Land - Blackburn & Snow ~ Various Artists
13. Who Do You Love - Quicksilver Messenger Service ~ Various Artists
14. She's My Baby - The Mojo Men ~ Various Artists
15. Coffee Cup - The Wild Flowers ~ Various Artists
16. Live Your Own Life - Family Tree ~ Various Artists
17. Fat City - The Sons of Champlin ~ Various Artists
18. Human Monkey - The Frantics ~ Various Artists
19. Bye Bye Bye - The Tikis (Warner Brothers Single Version) ~ Various Artists
20. Section 43 - Country Joe & The Fish ~ Various Artists
21. Hello Hello - The Sopwith Camel ~ Various Artists
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Psychotic Reaction - The Count Five ~ Various Artists
2. Got Love - Front Line ~ Various Artists
3. Satisfaction Guaranteed - The Mourning Reign ~ Various Artists
4. Foolish Woman - Oxford Circle ~ Various Artists
5. My Buddy Sin - Stained Glass ~ Various Artists
6. Streetcar - The Otherside ~ Various Artists
7. Suzy Creamcheese - Teddy & His Patches ~ Various Artists
8. Rubiyat - The Immediate Family ~ Various Artists
9. Rumors - The Syndicate of Sound ~ Various Artists
10. Sometimes I Wonder - The Harbinger Complex ~ Various Artists
11. Want Ad Reader - The New Breed ~ Various Artists
12. I'm a Good Woman - Generation ~ Various Artists
13. No Way Out - The Chocolate Watchband ~ Various Artists
14. Hey I'm Lost - Butch Engle ~ Various Artists
15. I Love You - People ~ Various Artists
16. America - Public Nuisance ~ Various Artists
17. Fly To New York - Country Weather ~ Various Artists
18. Thing In "E" - Savage Resurrection ~ Various Artists
19. Hearts To Cry - Frumious Bandersnatch ~ Various Artists
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Alabama Bound - The Charlatans ~ Various Artists
2. Carl Street - The Mystery Trend ~ Various Artists
3. Somebody To Love - The Great Society (LP version) ~ Various Artists
4. Superbird - Country Joe & The Fish ~ Various Artists
5. Two Days 'Til Tomorrow - The Beau Brummels ~ Various Artists
6. Omaha - Moby Grape ~ Various Artists
7. Up & Down - Serpent Power ~ Various Artists
8. Golden Road, The (To Unlimited Devotion) - Grateful Dead ~ Various Artists
9. Codine - Quicksilver Messenger Service ~ Various Artists
10. Down On Me - Big Brother & The Holding Company (live) ~ Various Artists
11. Think Twice - Salvation ~ Various Artists
12. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane ~ Various Artists
13. Roll With It - Steve Miller Band ~ Various Artists
14. Why Did You Put Me On - Notes From The Underground ~ Various Artists
15. Underdog - Sly & The Family Stone ~ Various Artists
16. Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer ~ Various Artists
17. Glue - Ace of Cups ~ Various Artists
18. Soul Sacrifice - Santana ~ Various Artists
19. Bells, The - The Loading Zone ~ Various Artists
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Evil Ways - Santana ~ Various Artists
2. Red The Sign Post - Fifty Foot Hose ~ Various Artists
3. Lemonaide Kid - Kak ~ Various Artists
4. 1982-A - The Sons of Champlin ~ Various Artists
5. How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away - Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks ~ Various Artists
6. Amphetamine Gazelle - Mad River ~ Various Artists
7. Quicksilver Girl - Steve Miller Band ~ Various Artists
8. Revolution - Mother Earth ~ Various Artists
9. Murder In My Heart For The Judge - Moby Grape ~ Various Artists
10. Light Your Windows - Quicksilver Messenger Service ~ Various Artists
11. I'm Drowning - Flamin' Groovies ~ Various Artists
12. Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Lady - Seatrain ~ Various Artists
13. White Bird - It's A Beautiful Day ~ Various Artists
14. Dark Star - Grateful Dead (Single Version) ~ Various Artists
15. Fool - Blue Cheer (Single Version) ~ Various Artists
16. Mexico - Jefferson Airplane ~ Various Artists
17. Mercedes Benz - Janis Joplin ~ Various Artists
18. Get Together - The Youngbloods ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Ben Fong-Torres; Gene Sculatti.
Muze PNote As the fourth Nuggets box from Rhino, LOVE IS THE SONG WE SING: SAN FRANCISCO FRANCISCO 1965-1970 is easily the most specific and idiosyncratic yet, a set devoted to a time and a place: namely the Bay Area that sowed the seeds of the Summer of Love in 1967. Released in conjunction with that 40th anniversary, LOVE IS THE SONG WE SING is surely a time capsule, but it may not be as much interest to those who lived through it as those who pine for the glory days of free love, hippies, and psychedelia. No less of an authority than legendary rock critic Greil Marcus noted in his Interview magazine review that many of these bands are obscure to him -- and he lived through the time, in the Bay Area, so he should know. Chances are the average listener looking for a heavy dose of nostalgia will also find LOVE IS THE SONG rather overwhelming in its reliance on momentary sensations and obscurities, but that's kind of the point of all the Nuggets sets: to dig way deeper than the surface and find the best of its chosen subculture. Fans of Nuggets know this, but the odd thing is that they may not be entirely satisfied with this set either, as it deviates from the Nuggets formula in a couple of crucial ways. First, there are some genuinely huge songs by genuinely huge bands -- like Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," Country Joe & the Fish's "I Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag," Blue Cheer's "Summertime Blues," and Santana's "Evil Ways" -- a few more marquee names than normal (including the Grateful Dead, Steve Miller Band, Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, and Moby Grape), and bands are occasionally repeated, but the biggest musical difference is that this is a decided shift away from the wild, wooly guitar rock of the previous Nuggets, lacking both the raw garage and hard, swirling psychedelia that has been the hallmark of the series. Instead, LOVE IS THE SONG WE SING is firmly within the camp of the hippies, documenting their rise, their peak, and softly disguising their fall by ending the set in 1970, when the Summer of Love was still echoing strongly but just beginning to fade.
Muze PNote This set takes its time to get to 1967, as that legendary summer doesn't roll around until disc three, but the pace never seems leisurely, as the first two discs document how that summer came to be, beginning with Dino Valenti's "Let's Get Together" (which provides the chorus to the Youngbloods' "Get Together," the '60s standard that closes the set), then winds its way through a lot of folk-rock before tougher, bluesier, trippier sounds work their way into the mix toward the beginning of the second disc. Just like the hippies, LOVE never really abandons these folkie beginnings and that communal vibe is always present even as soul, jazz, bluegrass, blues, and avant-garde bubble toward the surface. Ultimately, it's best to view this box set as a document of the era of the hippies, a piece of pop culture anthropology that might not be perfect but there is no comparable compilation to this, no other set that has the same scope or ambition.

Producer: Alec Palao (Compilation)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/18/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 165564
Music Label Name Label : Rhino (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 5
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227998301

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.81)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The reckless joy of the acid-garage tumult and utopian dreaming on these four CDs proves once and for all that San Francisco, in the second half of the Sixties, was the most exciting rock & roll city in America..."

Dirty Linen (pp.55-56)
- "[T]his is a wonderful tutorial for those who missed the golden age of Bay Area rock, and a memory-filled souvenir for folks who were there."

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