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Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 [Box Set]

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9/15/1998

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Compiled by rock critic and future Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, 1972's Nuggets was the anthology responsible for reviving interest in mid-'60s American garage rock. After the proliferation of specialized volumes with the Nuggets title by reissue label Rhino, this four-CD box set is intended as the ideal summation/expansion of the Nuggets concept. The first CD reproduces, track-by-track, the original 27-song Nuggets, while the other three CDs add what may be considered 91 bonus tracks, from the biggest-selling garage hits ("Louie Louie," "Wooly Bully") to some cuts that only devout '60s specialists will know. All important permutations of the mid-'60s garage style are present: primitive fuzz, folk-rock, horn rock, psychedelic dementia, protest rock, etc. Major heroes the Music Machine, the Seeds, the Shadows of Knight, the Electric Prunes, the Standells, the Sonics, the Chocolate Watch Band, and many others are all represented, often by more than one song. If it's possible to give a five-star rating with reservations, it's tempting to do so here. No one could have possibly satisfied all rabid garage collectors with a mere 118 songs, but that's not really the point here; the object was to provide a wide-ranging box set of '60s garage rock that would entertain, represent the considerable span of garage styles, and be massive -- yet affordable -- for the committed rock fan who nonetheless doesn't want everything. Rhino has succeeded, while also presenting the songs in the best possible quality (in mono), whether from the master tapes or best existing copies. With a 100-page booklet of new liner notes (Kaye's original annotation is also included), it is the best investment possible for those who thirst for more '60s garage rock than is available on the best single-volume compilations, with a track selection geared toward cream-of-the-crop quality and variety rather than narrow collector prejudices. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night Electric Prunes 2:57
  3. 2 Dirty Water The Standells 2:49
  4. 3 Night Time The Strangeloves 2:29
  5. 4 Lies The Knickerbockers 2:40
  6. 5 Respect The Vagrants 2:16
  7. 6 A Public Execution Mouse & the Traps 2:49
  8. 7 No Time Like the Right Time The Blues Project 2:47
  9. 8 Oh Yeah Shadows of Knight 2:49
  10. 9 Pushin' Too Hard The Seeds 2:37
  11. 10 Moulty The Barbarians 2:30
  12. 11 Don't Look Back The Remains 2:44
  13. 12 An Invitation to Cry The Magicians 2:58
  14. 13 Liar, Liar The Castaways 1:55
  15. 14 You're Gonna Miss Me The 13th Floor Elevators 2:30
  16. 15 Psychotic Reaction The Count Five 3:8
  17. 16 Hey Joe The Leaves 2:52
  18. 17 Romeo & Juliet Michael & the Messengers 2:1
  19. 18 Sugar and Spice The Cryan' Shames 2:31
  20. 19 Baby Please Don't Go The Amboy Dukes 5:40
  21. 20 Tobacco Road Blues Magoos 4:43
  22. 21 Let's Talk About Girls The Chocolate Watchband 2:44
  23. 22 Sit Down, I Think I Love You Mojo Men 2:23
  24. 23 Run, Run, Run Third Rail 1:56
  25. 24 My World Fell Down Sagittarius 3:50
  26. 25 Open My Eyes The Nazz 2:46
  27. 26 Farmer John The Premiers 2:27
  28. 27 It's-a-Happening Magic Mushrooms 2:46
  29. 1 Talk Talk Music Machine 1:57
  30. 2 Last Time Around The Del-Vetts 2:43
  31. 3 Nobody But Me The Human Beinz 2:19
  32. 4 Journey to Tyme Kenny & the Kasuals 2:33
  33. 5 No Friend of Mine Sparkles 2:23
  34. 6 Outside Chance The Turtles 2:5
  35. 7 Action Woman The Litter 2:34
  36. 8 Spazz The Elastik Band 2:44
  37. 9 Sweet Young Thing The Chocolate Watchband 2:56
  38. 10 Incense and Peppermints Strawberry Alarm Clock 2:50
  39. 11 I Ain't No Miracle Worker The Brogues 2:49
  40. 12 Seven & Seven Is Love 2:19
  41. 13 Time Won't Let Me The Outsiders 2:48
  42. 14 Going All the Way The Squires 2:19
  43. 15 I'm Gonna Make You Mine Shadows of Knight 2:34
  44. 16 The Trip Kim Fowley 2:3
  45. 17 Can't Seem to Make You Mine The Seeds 2:36
  46. 18 Why Do I Cry The Remains 2:47
  47. 19 Laugh, Laugh The Beau Brummels 2:55
  48. 20 The Little Black Egg The Nightcrawlers 2:46
  49. 21 I Wonder The Gants 2:16
  50. 22 I See the Light The Five Americans 2:9
  51. 23 Who Do You Love Woolies 2:5
  52. 24 Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) The Swingin' Medallions 2:18
  53. 25 Live The Merry-Go-Round 2:35
  54. 26 Steppin' Out Paul Revere & the Raiders 2:10
  55. 27 Diddy Wah Diddy Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:26
  56. 28 Strychnine The Sonics 2:13
  57. 29 Little Girl The Syndicate of Sound 2:27
  58. 30 Nothin' Yet, (We Ain't Got) Blues Magoos 2:18
  59. 31 Shape of Things to Come Max Frost and the Troopers 1:54
  60. 1 Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) Hombres 2:5
  61. 2 Fight Fire The Golliwogs 2:35
  62. 3 At the River's Edge The New Colony Six 2:40
  63. 4 Jack of Diamonds The Daily Flash 2:39
  64. 5 Follow Me Lyme & Cybelle 2:27
  65. 6 It's Cold Outside The Choir 2:51
  66. 7 Beg, Borrow and Steal Rare Breed 2:33
  67. 8 She's About a Mover The Sir Douglas Quintet 2:25
  68. 9 Little Bit O'Soul Music Explosion 2:23
  69. 10 Put the Clock Back on the Wall The E-Types 2:25
  70. 11 Falling Sugar The Palace Guard 2:10
  71. 12 Run, Run, Run The Gestures 2:19
  72. 13 I Need You The Rationals 2:17
  73. 14 Knock, Knock The Humane Society 2:58
  74. 15 Primitive The Groupies 3:48
  75. 16 Psycho The Sonics 2:17
  76. 17 So What!! The Lyrics 2:50
  77. 18 You Must Be a Witch Lollipop Shoppe 2:46
  78. 19 A Question of Temperature The Balloon Farm 2:41
  79. 20 Maid of Sugar-Maid of Spice Mouse & the Traps 2:40
  80. 21 You Ain't Tuff The Uniques 2:21
  81. 22 Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White The Standells 2:39
  82. 23 She's My Baby Mojo Men 3:3
  83. 24 Story of My Life The Unrelated Segments 2:45
  84. 25 I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time The Third Bardo 2:13
  85. 26 Mirror of My Mind We the People 2:46
  86. 27 Bad Little Woman Shadows of Knight 2:40
  87. 28 Double Yellow Line Music Machine 2:14
  88. 29 Optical Sound The Human Expression 2:37
  89. 30 Journey to the Center of the Mind The Amboy Dukes 3:33
  90. 1 Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-in) The Chocolate Watchband 2:27
  91. 2 Too Many People The Leaves 2:46
  92. 3 Her Big Man, (Would I Still Be) The Brigands 2:22
  93. 4 Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl The Barbarians 2:17
  94. 5 Wooly Bully Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs 2:22
  95. 6 I Want Candy The Strangeloves 2:32
  96. 7 Louie Louie The Kingsmen 2:46
  97. 8 One Track Mind The Knickerbockers 2:20
  98. 9 Out of Our Tree The Wailers 3:32
  99. 10 I Think I'm Down The Harbinger Complex 2:25
  100. 11 What Am I Going to Do 2:38
  101. 12 Codine The Charlatans 2:25
  102. 13 Johnny Was a Good Boy The Mystery Trend 2:38
  103. 14 Stop-Get a Ticket The Clefs of Lavender Hill 2:29
  104. 15 Complication Monks 2:24
  105. 16 The Witch The Sonics 2:41
  106. 17 Get Me to the World on Time Electric Prunes 2:31
  107. 18 Mr. Pharmacist The Other Half 2:35
  108. 19 Open up Your Door Richard & the Young Lions 2:42
  109. 20 Just Like Me Paul Revere & the Raiders 2:25
  110. 21 You Burn Me up and Down We the People 2:22
  111. 22 I Live in the Springtime The Lemon Drops 2:52
  112. 23 Mindrocker Fenwyck 3:0
  113. 24 Hold Me Now The Rumors 2:30
  114. 25 Love's Gone Bad The Underdogs 2:29
  115. 26 Why Pick on Me The Standells 2:46
  116. 27 Bad Girl Zakary Thaks 2:10
  117. 28 Blackout of Gretely The Gonn 4:34
  118. 29 Voices Green and Purple Bees 1:36
  119. 30 Blues' Theme 2:10

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