Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 (Rhino)
Nuggets scarcely sold any copies upon release in 1972, but within a few years, the LP became a touchstone for punk rock bands in search of roots and also inspired similarly formatted reissues of obscure rock tracks. Critic and future Patti Smith guitarist, Lenny Kaye, couldnâ€™t have guessed any of this when he compiled this collection of psychedelia only a few years after the â€™60s slid into the â€™70s. The scope of music and attitude on Nuggets was enormous, from the gauzy-love-bead haze of The Electric Prunes to the rough swagger of The Standells, as well as The Knickerbockersâ€™ Beatles knock-off to Count Fiveâ€™s rave-up meltdown. Most tracks had a sinuous, no-flab toughness appealing to first generation punks and were marvelous examples of the power that could be compressed into a three-minute song. This new reissue of the original Nuggets is, for the first time, a standalone CD.