Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968
Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968, Rhino's 2009 sequel to their 2007 Nuggets box Love Is the Song We Sing, shifts the spotlight down the Californian coast, moving from the epicenter of the hippie universe in San Francisco to hipsville central in Los Angeles, the land where fringe-wearing/i>/a>/i>/i>
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Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Who knew where the real "action" was back in the day? The day, of course, being that time when the Beatles ruled, London swung, psychedelia was weaving its insidious trail into every form of art possible, Golden Gate Park featured free music from the San Francisco new masters, New York had its own (Velvet) underground scene, and every band in LA (and for a hundred miles in any direction) wanted to sound like the Byrds and be as cool as (Arthur Lee's) Love. C'mon . . .take a walk on Sunset Strip, get a load of all these bands you may never have heard of, and wallow in more action than you will ever be able to comprehend. Plus, San Berdoo's own The Light and The Bush (Steve Hoard RIP) and the fabulous Garden Club with their unforgetabley trippy Little Girl Lost and Found (a track that I have on 45 that has haunted me for 42 Years). As the Standells used to say, "Try It!"
Having come of musical age in SoCal during this time, this box set really resonates with me. All the ticket stubs, playbills, timelines, and, of course, tunes make a definitive picture of a time and place. Many of the songs I have never actually heard, but the echos amongst all of them reinforce what a fertile musical ground LA was (the most fertile in the country.) Highly recommended.
I think it is a tad disingenuous to say this would be a comprehensive recording of the L.A. Experience between 1965-1968 as there's quite a bit missing. Maybe they were more Folk or Country, but where is Larry Murray and Hearts and Flowers, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's first hit, "Buy for Me the Rain", Gentle Soul, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Spanky and Our Gang, We Five, and the first recordings of future "Outlaw" Steve Young? While its cool that there are recordings by Merry-Go-Round, by my cousin Mark Tulin and his Electric Prunes, and by the great Byrds and others, there's still quite a bit missing here. Hope the folks at Rhino will rectify it in the future. After all, Hearts and Flowers, if anyone, does deserve to be included in this compiliation.