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Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 (Rhino)

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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, couldnā€™t have guessed any of this when he compiled this collection of psychedelia only a few years after the ā€™60s slid into the ā€™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 Knickerbockersā€™ Beatles knock-off to Count Fiveā€™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.