Saturday, February 2, 2008

Rock Revival's Classic Albums: Nuggets Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era: 1965-1968

If you have'nt heard this album before, it's a must have for any collector of great rock music. Compiled by rock critic Lenny Kaye (later of the Patti Smith Group) in 1972, it's a double album of forgotten mid-sixties freak-out and garage music, expanded into an incredible twelve albums by Rhino Records in three box sets (Nuggets, Nuggets II and Children of Nuggets).

These albums do contain a few unknown tracks from known bands like The Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent) and Paul Revere and the Raiders but overwhleming majority were unknown, eg: Human Beinz, Nightcrawlers, The Cryan Shames, bands that play a spaced-out but rough and ready precursor to punk at 2 and a half minutes a track.

Check out The Hombres, Let it All Hang Out ("A preachment, dear friends, you are about to receive, on John Barleycorn, nicotine, and the temptations of Eve"), The Electric Prunes, I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night, Count Five, Psychotic Reaction.

If you like these you can also test three other similar compilations, Rubble (20 albums), Pebbles (28 albums) and Back From the Grave.

Mojo Magazine has also released a free Heavy Nuggets give away that helps us to understand where Black Sabbath came from.

Image: Courtesy Sire/Rhino

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