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Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970

Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970

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Released in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the four-CD San Francisco Nuggets set gives an unprecedented look at the music scene that changed America. Featuring legends such as Jefferson Airplane, Sly Stone, and Santana alongside local hits from the fertile garage-rock underground, it's an ideal reminder for those who were there and


Released in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the four-CD San Francisco Nuggets set gives an unprecedented look at the music scene that changed America. Featuring legends such as Jefferson Airplane, Sly Stone, and Santana alongside local hits from the fertile garage-rock underground, it's an ideal reminder for those who were there and a proper introduction to those who wish they were.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As the fourth Nuggets box from Rhino -- following the Children of Nuggets set, which may not count for some listeners as a true entry in the series as it documents the reverberations of Nuggets instead of the original big bang -- Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 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 (although sadly missing the summer of nostalgia in 2007, reaching the stores that fall), 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. If Marcus has a gripe, chances are the average listener looking for a heavy dose of nostalgia will also find Love Is the Song We Sing rather overwhelming in its reliance on momentary sensations and obscurities, but that's kind of the point of all the Nuggets set: to dig way deeper than the surface and find the best of its chosen subculture. Fans of Nuggets -- whether in its original double-LP Lenny Kaye incarnation or in the subsequent box sets -- know this, and that's who Love Is the Song We Sing is truly aimed at, 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. 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 -- it's always possible to quibble over the featured tracks by the biggest names, or notice a missing act that should have been here (most notably the Sir Douglas Quintet, setting up shop in San Francisco while in exile from Austin) -- but there is no comparable compilation to this, no other set that has the same scope or ambition. And few other box sets succeed so well at capturing a specific moment in time, or explaining how that moment in time happened, as those first two discs do a terrific job in pulling together the disparate strands that added up to hippie culture. If there are a bunch of little-known names here, that only helps illustrate how far-reaching the movement was -- after all, if it was a limited phenomenon, could it have spawned so many bands that were forgotten? Plus, these forgotten gems are the reason why Nuggets exist, and in its CD incarnation, there has been no better psychedelic or garage series that serves the passionate record collector who nevertheless isn't quite dedicated enough to sort through all the hard-to-find reissues of quasi-legality to find the good stuff. Fortunately, the compilers of Nuggets, here led by producer Alec Palao (who also contributes excellent notes here, along with Ben Fong-Torres and Gene Sculatti), sift through these pebbles to get the gems, and then present them in logical yet loving fashion, so listening to the box is both illuminating and entertaining. It's possible to argue that this hippie-dippy music -- and make no mistake, this confirms hippie stereotypes as much as it explodes them with its far-ranging musical reach -- is the opposite of the nasty noise of the first Nuggets and perhaps there will be some unrepentant garage rockers who will sneer at this set, but it will be their loss because Love Is the Song We Sing is a remarkable historical document filled with as much great music as Nuggets, Vol. 2. And when all is said and done, it is a set that is for fans of those first three boxes, the kind of rock & roll fan who loves an exceptional guided tour through the past, instead of listeners looking for a quick dose of nostalgia.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
Excavating the Bay Area epicenter of American psychedelia, this knowledgeable compilation sets the essentials...in the context of a scene that still sounds hopped-up and utopian.

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Performance Credits

Ron Elliott   Guitar,Background Vocals
David Houston   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Norman   Vocals
Michael Shrieve   Drums,Background Vocals
Linda Tillery   Vocals
Mickey Hart   Percussion
Marty Balin   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals
Janis Joplin   Vocals
Jorma Kaukonen   Guitar
Billy Preston   Percussion
Boz Scaggs   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Grace Slick   Keyboards,Vocals
Skip Spence   Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bob Weir   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Scott   Flute
Jerry Granelli   Drums
Tom Constanten   Keyboards
Robert Hunter   Background Vocals
Jesse Colin Young   Bass,Vocals
José Chepitó Areas   Percussion
Bill Champlin   Organ,Keyboards,Vocals
John Cipollina   Guitar
Larry Graham   Bass,Background Vocals
Lawrence Hammond   Bass,Vocals
Paul Kantner   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
David LaFlamme   Violin,Vocals
Barry Melton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Bob Mosley   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ron Nagle   Piano,Vocals,Clavinet
Gregg Rolie   Organ,Vocals
Bob Segarini   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Leigh Stephens   Guitar
Mike Wilhelm   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Mure   Guitar
Art Resnick   Organ
Sid Page   Violin
Tina Meltzer   Vocals
Geoffrey Palmer   Saxophone,Vibes
Joe Bauer   Drums
Jerry Corbitt   Guitar,Background Vocals
Peter Albin   Bass,Background Vocals
George Alexander   Bass
Signe Anderson   Percussion,Background Vocals
Todd Anderson   Saxophone
Sam Andrew   Rhythm Guitar
Bill Barron   Drums
Bruce Barthol   Bass,Harmonica
Don Baskin   Background Vocals
Martin Beard   Bass,Background Vocals
Mike Beardslee   Background Vocals
David Blossom   Rhythm Guitar
Nancy Blossom   Vocals
Roy Blumenfeld   Drums
Rick Bockner   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bill Bowen   Drums
David Brown   Bass
Tim Caine   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Mike Carabello   Percussion
Jack Casady   Bass
John Chambers   Drums
Roy Chaney   Bass
David Cohen   Organ,Guitar
Clark Coolidge   Drums
Paul Curcio   Guitar,Background Vocals
Terry Davis   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
David Denny   Guitar
Steve Derr   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Gregory Leroy Dewey   Drums
Rick Dey   Bass,Background Vocals
Steve Dowler   Guitar
Spencer Dryden   Drums
John Duckworth   Drums
Gary Duncan   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Rod Ellicott   Bass
Denny Ellis   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Kenn Ellner   Harmonica
Greg Elmore   Drums
Greg Errico   Drums
Larry Evans   Guitar
Paul Fauerso   Organ
Larry Fields   Guitar
Martin Fierro   Saxophone
Ron Floegel   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Bill Flores   Bass
David Freiberg   Bass,Vocals
Denny Fridkin   Drums
Val Fuentes   Drums
Peter Fullerton   Bass,Background Vocals
Tina Gancher   Background Vocals
Jance Garfat   Bass
Larry Gerughty   Keyboards,Background Vocals
David Getz   Drums
Alan Graham   Guitar,Vocals
John Francis Gunning   Drums
James Gurley   Guitar
Terry Haggerty   Guitar,Background Vocals
Randy Hammon   Rhythm Guitar
Terry Hansley   Bass
Dan Hicks   Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Mitchell Holman   Bass
George Hullin   Drums,Background Vocals
John Jennings   Bass
Cyril Jordan   Guitar
Rick Keefer   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Kim Kimsey   Drums
Peter Kraemer   Vocals
Don Kretmar   Bass
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Bob Kridle   Bass
Andy Kulberg   Flute
Linda LaFlamme   Organ
Jim Lanigan   Vocals
Joel Larson   Drums
Jaime Leopold   Guitar
Phil Lesh   Bass,Background Vocals
Lowell Levinger   Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Linde   Harmonica,Vocals
Christopher Lockheed   Drums
Roy Loney   Vocals
Tim Lynch   Rhythm Guitar
Terry MacNeil   Piano,Background Vocals
Marcus Malone   Percussion
Tom Manning   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Jerry Martini   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Gene Mason   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Norman Mayell   Drums
Country Joe McDonald   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Organ,Harmonica
Artie McLean   Bass
Ron McMaster   Drums,Vocals
Jim McPherson   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Ron Meagher   Bass,Background Vocals
David Meltzer   Guitar,Background Vocals
John Michalski   Guitar
Danny Mihm   Drums
Jerry Miller   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Miller   Guitar,Vocals
David Miner   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Myer   Drums
George Newcom   Drums
Richard Olsen   Bass,Vocals
Lydia Pense   Vocals
Jim Peterman   Organ,Keyboards
Dickie Peterson   Bass,Vocals
Gary Philippet   Bass,Background Vocals
Tom Phillips   Guitar,Background Vocals
George Rains   Drums
Albert Ribisi   Organ,Background Vocals
Cynthia Robinson   Trumpet,Background Vocals
David Robinson   Guitar
Skip Rose   Organ,Background Vocals
Richard Saunders   Bass
Jim Sawyers   Guitar
Timothy B. Schmit   Bass,Vocals
Dick Scoppettone   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
John Sharkey   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Carl Shrager   Washboard
William Sievers   Guitar,Background Vocals
Darby Slick   Guitar
Jerry Slick   Drums
Sherry Snow   Vocals
Fred Sokolow   Guitar,Background Vocals
David Stenson   Bass
Bruce Stephens   Guitar
Don Stevenson   Drums,Vocals
Michael Stewart   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Keyboards,Vocals
Teddy Stewart   Drums
Freddie Stone   Guitar,Background Vocals
Strong   Bass,Background Vocals
Joe Tate   Guitar
Ted Templeman   Drums,Background Vocals
Ned Torney   Piano
Lonnie Turner   Bass
Sal Valentino   Percussion,Vocals
Ross Valory   Bass,Background Vocals
Peter Van Gelder   Bass
Hal Wagenet   Guitar
Paul Whaley   Drums
Bill Whittington   Bass,Background Vocals
Terry Wilson   Drums
Bobby Winkelman   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Gary Yoder   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Dick Yount   Bass,Background Vocals
Greg Douglass   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bob Zamora   Guitar,Background Vocals
Dennis Carriasco   Drums
Bob Gonzalez   Bass
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh   Drums
Bob Jones   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jack King   Drums,Vocals
Mark Mandell   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Mike O'Connor   Bass,Background Vocals
Peter Ostwald   Drums
Steve Talbot   Bass
Steve Canali   Guitar,Background Vocals
John Palmer   Guitar
Jim Alaimo   Bass,Vocals
Beverly Bivens   Vocals
Jeff Blackburn   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Jerry Burgan   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Dennis DeCarr   Drums
Bill Fulton   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Harper   Vocals
Ralph Burns Kellogg   Keyboards
Don Metchick   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jim Myers   Drums
Jimmy Warner   Guitar
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Vocals
John Petersen   Drums
Jim Keylor   Bass
Dehner E. Patten   Guitar
Jim Brewer   Organ
Robb Levin   Bass
Bob Rominger   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jack Hills   Saxophone
David Aguilar   Vocals
Bard DuPont   Bass
Tom Ellis   Drums
Sean Tolby   Rhythm Guitar
Michael Ferguson   Piano
Gary Andrijasevich   Drums
Larry Bennett   Bass
Bob Cuff   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jan Errico   Drums,Background Vocals
Mark Loomis   Guitar
John Luby   Drums,Background Vocals
John Byrne   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Dave Conway   Organ
Vann Slatter   Drums
Butch Engle   Vocals
Ned Hollis   Organ,Guitar,Background Vocals
Reese Sheets   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Ken "Toad" Matthew   Drums,Background Vocals
Tom Antone   Bass,Background Vocals
Michael Brown   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jim Hockstaff   Vocals
Tim Barnes   Guitar,Vocals
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott   Violin,Background Vocals
John Payne   Organ
Pat Minter   Bass,Vocals
Eddie James   Guitar
Sly & Freddie   Harmonica,Percussion,Background Vocals,Fuzz Guitar
Gary Clarke   Bass
Jim Redding   Drums
Ron Rotarius   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Powell St. John   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Jon Weber   Guitar
John Gregory   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tracy Lee Nelson   Vocals
Peter & The King Pins Lewis   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Murray & the Caravan   Harmonica,Vocals
Dino Valenti   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Lage   Bass
Bob Bailey   Percussion,Vocals
Charlie Gardin   Bass
Craig Maggi   Drums
Rick Morrison   Drums
Paul Armstrong   Percussion
Craig "Butch" Atkinson   Drums
Joe Dave Damrell   Bass
Mike Durè   Guitar,Background Vocals
Stephen Ehret   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Elberg   Trumpet
Teddy Flores   Vocals
John Glazier   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Hamm   Bass
Roger Hedge   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Bob Hoyle   Guitar,Background Vocals
Marla Hunt   Organ,Background Vocals
George Hunter   Autoharp,Tambourine,Vocals
Denise Kaufman   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Kriss Kovacs   Organ,Background Vocals
Jeff Levin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Frank "Real" Maggi   Vocals
Louis "Cork" Marcheschi   electronics
Mike Mau   Drums
Craig Parker   Keyboards
Bob Salazar   Background Vocals
Teddy Schneider   Percussion,Background Vocals
Chuck "Steaks" Schoning   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mary Ellen Simpson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Harry "Happiness" Smith   Bass
Wayne Talbot   Piano
Bruce Turley   Organ
Diane Vitalich   Drums,Background Vocals
Dave Carter   Bass,Background Vocals
Tim Davis   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Marty Balin   Composer
Eddie Cochran   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Flamin Groovies   Producer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Grateful Dead   Producer
Janis Joplin   Arranger,Composer
Grace Slick   Composer
Skip Spence   Composer
Bob Weir   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Kak   Producer
Bob Neuwirth   Composer
Nick Gravenites   Producer
Lawrence Hammond   Composer
David LaFlamme   Composer,Producer
Ron Nagle   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
Bob Segarini   Composer
Mike Wilhelm   Arranger
Ace of Cups   Producer
Lou Adler   Producer
Peter Albin   Photo Courtesy
David Blossom   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Jerry Capehart   Composer
Roy Chaney   Composer
Samuel Charters   Producer
Ed Cobb   Composer,Producer
Fred Cohn   Producer
Paul Curcio   Composer
Danny Davis   Producer
ED Denson   Producer
Steve Derr   Composer
Gary Duncan   Composer
Kenn Ellner   Composer
Ron Floegel   Composer
David Freiberg   Composer
Sylvia Fricker   Composer
Glyn Johns   Producer
Larry Goldberg   Producer
Herbert Greene   Author
David Hassinger   Producer
Dan Healy   Producer
Sonny Henry   Composer
Dan Hicks   Arranger,Composer
George Hullin   Composer
Erik Jacobsen   Producer
Rick Jarrard   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Matthew Katz   Producer
Rick Keefer   Composer
Abe "Voco" Kesh   Producer
Peter Kraemer   Composer
Bill Kreutzmann   Composer
Leo Kulka   Producer
Linda LaFlamme   Composer
Jim Lanigan   Composer
Phil Lesh   Composer
Roy Loney   Composer
Terry MacNeil   Composer
Marcus Malone   Composer
Elliot Mazer   Producer
Michael McClure   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Country Joe McDonald   Composer
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Composer
Jim McPherson   Composer
David Meltzer   Composer
John Michalski   Composer
Rob Moitoza   Composer
Richard Olsen   Arranger
Felix Pappalardi   Producer
Tom Phillips   Composer
Chester Powers   Composer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
David Rubinson   Producer
Jon Sagen   Producer
David Schallock   Producer
Timothy B. Schmit   Composer
Dick Scoppettone   Composer
Bob Shad   Producer
John Sharkey   Composer
Darby Slick   Composer
Don Stevenson   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Producer
Brian Stone   Producer
Michael Sunday   Producer
Joe Tate   Composer
Ted Templeman   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Nick Venet   Producer
Bruce Walford   Producer
Eirik Wangberg   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Bobby Winkelman   Photo Courtesy
Hal Winn   Producer
Gary Yoder   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Tom Donahue   Producer
Tommy Oliver   Producer
Peter Abrams   Producer
Jack King   Composer
Mark Mandell   Composer
Steven Tollestrup   Composer
Frank Werber   Producer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Joe Hooven   Producer
John Palmer   Composer
Gene Sculatti   Liner Notes
Jim Alaimo   Composer
Carlos Santana   Composer
Steve Miller Band   Producer
Bob Mitchell   Producer
Lou Dorren   Producer
Steve Vance   Art Direction
Gary R. Grelecki   Composer,Producer
Dehner E. Patten   Composer
Rose Marks   Composer
Norman Martin   Composer
Brent Dangerfield   Producer
Garrie Thompson   Producer
Ben Shapiro   Producer
Ben Fong-Torres   Liner Notes
Michael Ferguson   Arranger
Bob Cuff   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Byrne   Composer
Dave Conway   Composer
Johnny Hyde   Producer
Bob Durand   Composer
Jim Hockstaff   Composer
Sly & Freddie   Producer
Graham Allen   Composer
David Brian Brown   Producer
Ken Roe   Producer
Randy Steirling   Producer
Billy Baron   Composer
Samuel F. Omar   Composer
Jim Burgett   Producer
Craig "Butch" Atkinson   Composer
Joey Dryfka   Photo Courtesy
Stephen Ehret   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Bob Hoyle   Composer
George Hunter   Arranger
Mike "Captain Mikey" Hunter   Producer
Denise Kaufman   Composer
Kriss Kovacs   Composer
Bill Quarry   Producer,Photo Courtesy
Sloan Barri   Producer
Robert Strand   Producer
Tom Ellis   Composer

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Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
fredsped More than 1 year ago
San Francisco in the 60's was the center of the musical universe. It wasn't a music scene, but as the Magic Mushrooms sang "It's a Happening".It was not one sound but a diverse collection of musicians. Many of the bands are well known, but the real gems of this collection are the relative unknown's such as Fifty Foot Hose, The Oxford Circle, Blackburn & Snow, and The Tiki's, but everything on this cd set is good. It comes with an informative book about the S F Scene and there are great pictures of the bands. Buy it for it is well worth the money.
MilesOfSmiles More than 1 year ago
Terrific package! Good price, wonderfully obscure tunes mixed with those more familiar, great factoids (had you heard of the Chord Lords?) and photos, and the sound is beyond excellent. GET THIS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stoneblue More than 1 year ago
Although the mainstream listener will not enjoy this set, those who are inclined to the musicality of the San Fransisco sound will find it a a true gem. Many, well most of the cuts lack the polish of the released studio versions the importance of this raw cuts cannot be ignored. That said I recommend it to anyone looking for different versions of the top 40 releases of this American music. I am glad I purchased it and would do so again in a heartbeat. Peace and love to you all!