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

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


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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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/27/2012
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227971120
catalogNumber: 2006
Rank: 158345


  1. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
  2. Dirty Water
  3. Night Time
  4. Lies
  5. Respect
  6. A Public Execution
  7. No Time Like the Right Time
  8. Oh Yeah
  9. Pushin' Too Hard
  10. Moulty
  11. Don't Look Back
  12. An Invitation to Cry
  13. Liar, Liar
  14. You're Gonna Miss Me
  15. Psychotic Reaction
  16. Hey Joe
  17. Romeo & Juliet
  18. Sugar and Spice
  19. Baby Please Don't Go
  20. Tobacco Road
  21. Let's Talk About Girls
  22. Sit Down I Think I Love You
  23. Run, Run, Run
  24. My World Fell Down
  25. Open My Eyes
  26. Farmer John
  27. It's A-Happening

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Roky Erickson   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Composer
Steve 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
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
Frederick C. Gorman   Composer
Barbara Baer   Composer
Douglas Morris   Composer
Knox Henderson   Composer

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