Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227971120
  • Catalog Number: 2006
  • Sales rank: 11,552

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) - The Electric Prunes (2:57)
  2. 2 Dirty Water - The Standells (2:50)
  3. 3 Night Time - The Strangeloves (3:08)
  4. 4 Lies - The Knickerbockers (2:45)
  5. 5 Respect - The Vagrants (2:16)
  6. 6 A Public Execution - Mouse (2:46)
  7. 7 No Time Like the Right Time - The Blues Project (2:52)
  8. 8 Oh Yeah - Shadows of Knight (2:50)
  9. 9 Pushin' Too Hard - Sky Saxon (2:36)
  10. 10 Moulty - The Barbarians (2:34)
  11. 11 Don't Look Back - The Remains (2:41)
  12. 12 An Invitation to Cry - The Magicians (2:55)
  13. 13 Liar, Liar - The Castaways (1:54)
  14. 14 You're Gonna Miss Me - The 13th Floor Elevators (2:31)
  15. 15 Psychotic Reaction - The Count Five (3:08)
  16. 16 Hey Joe - The Leaves (2:50)
  17. 17 Romeo & Juliet - Michael & the Messengers (2:02)
  18. 18 Sugar and Spice - The Cryan' Shames (2:29)
  19. 19 Baby Please Don't Go - The Amboy Dukes (5:35)
  20. 20 Tobacco Road - Blues Magoos (4:41)
  21. 21 Let's Talk About Girls - The Chocolate Watchband (2:45)
  22. 22 Sit Down I Think I Love You - The Mojo Men (2:22)
  23. 23 Run, Run, Run - Third Rail (1:55)
  24. 24 My World Fell Down - Sagittarius (3:49)
  25. 25 Open My Eyes - The Nazz (2:45)
  26. 26 Farmer John - The Premiers (2:51)
  27. 27 It's A-Happening - Magic Mushrooms (2:46)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Roky Erickson Composer
Al Kooper Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Todd Rundgren Composer
Stephen Stills Composer
Sky Saxon Composer
Dewey Terry Composer
Sonny Casella Composer
Ed Cobb Composer
Denny Craswell Composer
Kenn Ellner Composer
Jerry Goldstein Composer
Alan Gordon Composer
Richard Gottehrer Composer
Jac Holzman Liner Notes, Concept
Lenny Kaye Programming, Producer, Liner Notes, Annotation
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
John Michalski Composer
Geoff Stephens Composer
Billy Vera Composer
Beau Charles Composer
Buddy Randell Composer
Kris Resnick Composer
Chris Bellman Remastering
Jon Levine Composer
Robert L. Heimall Art Direction
Bryon Atkinson Composer
Nancie Mantz Composer
John Shakespeare Composer
James Donna Composer
Annette Tucker Composer
James Woods Composer
John Byrne Composer
Manny Freiser Composer
Abe Gurvin Cover Art
Arthur Resnick Composer
Fred Nightingale Composer
Eliot Greenberg Composer
Barbara Baer Composer
Douglas Morris Composer
Fred Gorman Composer
Knox Henderson Composer
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