Nuggets:original Artyfacts From The F CD (2012)

Artist: Various

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Label Rhino Records
SKU 242762646
UPC 081227971120
UPC 14 00081227971120
Format CD
Release Date 11/27/2012
Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID 8122797112
Lable Name Rhino (Label)
Released 11/26/2012
Original Release 1972
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 77m : 33s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227971120
Musical Guests
Sky Saxon
Album Notes and Credits
This 4-disc box is an anthology expanded from the multi-volume Rhino NUGGETS series--originally produced by Lenny Kaye as a 2-LP collection in 1972--that traces the roots of regional American garage-punk/psychedelic bands like the Seeds, the Electric Prunes and the Standells. The accompanying booklet includes an introduction by Lenny Kaye and a track-by-track guide by Mike Stax, editor of the garage-punk fanzine Ugly Things.
Compilation producers: Lenny Kaye, Gary Stewart.
Includes liner notes by Bill Inglot, Lenny Kaye, Greg Shaw, Alec Palao and Mike Stax.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch (DigiPrep, Hollywood, California).
Personnel: Lenny Kaye (programming).
Audio Remasterer: Chris Bellman.
Liner Note Authors: Jac Holzman; Lenny Kaye.
Recording information: 1964-1968.
If one had to point to a single initial salvo that launched the garage rock revival movement in the 1970s and `80s, it would have to be the release of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 in 1972. Elektra Records had approached rock critic Lenny Kaye (not yet the guitarist with the Patti Smith Group) with the notion of compiling an album of great, overlooked rock tunes, but what Kaye came up with was something significantly different -- an overview of the great, wild era when American bands, goaded by the British Invasion, began honing in on a tougher and more eclectic rock & roll sound, and kids were reawakened to the possibilities of two guitars, bass, and drums. Coming up with a simple definition of this period and its sound proved daunting -- the word "garage" appears nowhere in the liner notes to Nuggets, and his notion of "the first psychedelic era" quickly fell by the wayside -- but the frequent bursts of fuzztone, Farfisa organ, and vocal sneering in the 27 tunes Kaye selected codified a musical approach that flourished in the mid-'60s, and at a time when rock was becoming more self-consciously serious and arty, the primal power and sheer sense of fun audible in this music seemed like a minor revelation that became a clarion call to musicians, fans, and music scribes around the world. Nuggets proved to be of seismic importance in the years after its release, but just as importantly, it's a blast to listen to; Kaye's sequencing gives the album the joyous flow of a great afternoon of AM radio, and the album blends hits both big ("Pushin' Too Hard" by the Seeds, "Psychotic Reaction" by Count Five) and small ("You're Gonna Miss Me" by the 13th Floor Elevators, "Hey Joe" by the Leaves) with high-quality obscurities ("Don't Look Back" by the Remains, "It's A-Happening" by the Magic Mushrooms) and early efforts by future stars (Leslie West in the Vagrants, Todd Rundgren in Nazz, Ted Nugent in the Amboy Dukes). And while many of the garage compilations that would follow would focus relentlessly on the obscure and the noisy, Kaye's set not only demonstrates that some of this stuff actually made the charts, but that there was as much great pop as snotty proto-punk pouring out of America's rec rooms back in the day. And Kaye's liner notes were nearly as important as the music in defining the importance of this music and its era. Very few "oldies" compilations have had an influence approaching that of Nuggets, and even fewer are as rewarding to listen to; if you care about rock music in the '60s, you need to own this album. [In 1998, Nuggets would be expanded into a superb four-disc box set, but the original two-LP set remains available as a standalone CD release.] ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/15/98, p.130) - 5 Stars (out of 5) - "...a truly glorious beast....captures the hellbent-for-joy aesthetic that gripped teen-combo land after the British invasion....recalls a time when rock & roll...was truly local....many of the best entries are regional smashes and neighborhood hits..."
Spin (1/99, p.92) - Ranked #1 in Spin's list of the "Ten Best Reissues Of 1998."
Spin (11/98, pp.146-147) - 9 (out of 10) - "...Punk to funk, garage bands to computer-in-the-bedroom junglists, you can trace a continuum of teenagers hopped up on illegal stimulants (...or pretending to be) and literally electrified by the latest noise-toys....NUGGETS...[is] an endlessly renewable refresher course in how to live like you're on fire..."
Spin (p.116) - "Everything here is garage gold..."
Q (p.128) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Nuggets] shone like a beacon to the emerging punk generation. This is the first time it's been released on a single CD."
Q (8/99) - Included in Q's" Best Psychedelic Albums of All Time."
Q (8/99, p.139) - "...the granddaddy of mind-bending collections. It's the sound of mid-'60s white, male, suburban America trying to break down the doors..."
Disc 1
1 I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) - The Electric Prunes
2 Dirty Water - The Standells
3 Night Time - The Strangeloves
4 Lies - The Knickerbockers
5 Respect - The Vagrants
6 Public Execution, A - Mouse
7 No Time Like the Right Time - The Blues Project
8 Oh Yeah - Shadows of Knight
9 Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds - (featuring Sky Saxon)
10 Moulty - The Barbarians
11 Don't Look Back - The Remains
12 Invitation to Cry, An - The Magicians
13 Liar, Liar - The Castaways
14 You're Gonna Miss Me - The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
15 Psychotic Reaction - The Count Five
16 Hey Joe - The Leaves
17 Romeo & Juliet - Michael & the Messengers
18 Sugar and Spice - The Cryan' Shames
19 Baby Please Don't Go - The Amboy Dukes
20 Tobacco Road - Blues Magoos
21 Let's Talk About Girls - The Chocolate Watchband
22 Sit Down I Think I Love You - The Mojo Men
23 Run, Run, Run - Third Rail
24 My World Fell Down - Sagittarius
25 Open My Eyes - The Nazz
26 Farmer John - The Premiers
27 It's A-Happening - Magic Mushrooms

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