Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 196/500!
Reissue of this absolutely classic compilation of Psychedelic and garage gems from the mid '60s compiled by Jack Holzman and music historian Lenny Kaye. Originally a double LP released in 1972.
This is the story of a transition period in American rock and roll, of a changeling era which dashed by so fast that nobody knew much of what to make of it while it was around, only noticeable in retrospect by the vast series of innovations it would eventually spawn, both in the way music would be listened to and the way it was constrcuted. When it began, the centrifugal force was AM radio; under three minute singles, imaginative/predictable packaging (depending on who, what and where), all carefully held within the easily-accepted full sway of the pop vanguard, opening up new vistas in stylistic content, lyrics and even lifestyle. As rock and roll had been born, so it would be born again, by casually nudging the old off the side of the road, making way for a semi-headed, decked and stroked, highly combustible juggernaut of the new.
What you will find here is the beginning of an archeological dig into the bizarre splendor of the mid-sixties, a time when nobody seemed too sure of what was happening but never let that get in the way of enjoying it to the fullest. Much of the era relied on older ways of thinking - the emphasis on hit singles to make or break a group, for instance, or the submergence of instrumental displays to the needs of the song at hand but much clearly pointed forward: a fascination with feedback electronics, caged references to the drug experience along with more "worldly" concerns, and a sense that, somehow, things were going to be a lot different from this point on.
Tracks include 'I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night' (Electric Prunes), 'Dirty Water' (The Standells), 'Lies' (The Knickerbockers), 'Pushin' Too Hard' (The Seeds), 'Hey Joe' (The Leaves), 'Let's Talk About Girls' (Chocolate Watch Band) and more. Nuggets remains quite possibly the most influential compilation released during the Rock 'N Roll era.
"If a single compilation can be attributed to beginning the oldies revolution, it is easily the original 1972 double LP Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968. Compiled by Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman with assistance and input from guitarist and music historian Lenny Kaye, this deceptively haphazard 27-track aggregate became the cornerstone of both the serious appreciation of '60s underground music as well as a rather off-scale model for a plethora of reissue-based record labels such as Rhino, Sundazed, and See for Miles. A glance at the way the tunes stack up on the original two-disc vinyl collection reveals that Holzman was indeed looking beyond. Rather than re-treading the same tired "golden oldies" packages -- which were being hocked on TV and in print adverts by mail order throughout North America in the early '70s -- he and Kaye began to gather the secondary and even tertiary layers of rock music..." - Lindsay Planer, allmusic.com
40th Anniversary Edition
Cut from the Original Analog Masters
New introduction by Elektra founder Jac Holzman
New liner notes by original producer/compiler Lenny Kaye
LP1 - Side One:
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. A Public Execution (Mouse)
7. No Time Like The Right Time (The Blues Project)
LP1 - Side Two:
1. Oh Yeah (The Shadows Of Knight)
2. Pushin Too Hard (The Seeds)
3. Moulty (The Barbarians)
4. Dont Look Back (The Remains)
5. Invitation To Cry (The Magicians)
6. Liar, Liar (The Castaways)
7. Youre Gonna Miss Me (The Thirteenth Floor Elevators)
LP2 - Side Three:
1. Psychotic Reaction (Count Five)
2. Hey Joe (The Leaves)
3. Just Like Romeo And Juliet (Michael And The Messengers)
4. Sugar And Spice (The Cryan Shames)
5. Baby Please Dont Go (The Amboy Dukes)
6. Tobacco Road (Blues Magoos)
LP2 - Side Four:
1. Lets Talk About Girls (Chocolate Watch Band)
2. Sit Down I Think I Love You (The Mojo Men)
3. Run Run Run (The Third Rail)
4. My World Fell Down (Sagittarius)
5. Open My Eyes (Nazz)
6. Farmer John (The Premiers)
7. Its-A-Happening (The Magic Mushrooms)