Masterpiece: Nuggets

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[Today: The compilation that helped unleash Punk...]

Various Artists | Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era (1965-1968)

Nuggets was the brainchild of rock journalist Lenny Kaye, who dreamed up the set in the early 70′s, at a time when re-issue albums and nostalgic compilations were the domain of labels like K-Tel and Ronco. The original 1972 double album set* dipped into rock’s then-recent past to rescue 27 fuzzed-out, psychedelic singles by the likes of The Electric Prunes, The Shadows Of Knight, The Seeds, and The Remains. These bands were all influenced by the British Invasion, and because their enthusiasm and attitude far outstripped their musical abilities and sales figures, they were left to their own devices by otherwise occupied record labels. Taken individually, these songs are flashes of brilliance from obscure 60′s garage bands – collectively they represent the foundation of Punk rock.

The songs compiled here are living proof that great Rock & Roll doesn’t require great chops, and the number of bands influenced by that revelation is incalculable. But many of them started showing up in the mid-70′s, wearing leather jackets and playing a minimum-chord/no-solo form of primitive rock that came to be known as Punk. Nuggets is bare-knuckles tough, but much of it is also drenched in lysergic acid, and the songs here that don’t overtly reference tripping make up for it by aurally recreating the experience. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, for example, is a band that shouldn’t be enjoyed while operating heavy machinery.

Amazingly, Nuggets still sounds fresh and vital – a timeless reminder that most bands are just a bunch of kids getting together for the love of music and trying to create something magical. And sometimes they even do…

Listen: I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) [The Electric Prunes]

Listen: Pushin’ Too Hard [The Seeds]

Listen: You’re Gonna Miss Me [The Thirteenth Floor Elevators]

Listen: Psychotic Reaction [The Count Five]

*[Rhino released an expanded, 4 disc set in 1998]

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Nuggets is the 100th album to be featured as a ‘Masterpiece’ on this blog. Here are the rest, in order of appearance:

1) Led Zeppelin | Physical Graffiti [4/16/07]
2) The Stooges | Fun House [4/18/07]
3) Miles Davis | Kind Of Blue [4/21/07]
4) Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry | Arkology [5/3/07]
5) Van Morrison | Astral Weeks [5/5/07]
6) Pink Floyd | Wish You Were Here [5/14/07]
7) The Byrds | Untitled [5/17/07]
8) Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime [6/8/07]
9) Various Artists | Anthology Of American Folk Music [6/24/07]
10) The Flying Burrito Bros | The Gilded Palace Of Sin [7/7/07]
11) Nick Drake | Pink Moon [7/17/07]
12) The Beatles | Abbey Road [7/24/07]
13) Charles Mingus | Mingus Ah Um [8/6/07]
14) Duke Ellington | Ellington At Newport [8/8/07]
15) Hank Mobley | The Turnaround [8/11/07]
16) Elvis Presley | The Sun Sessions [8/16/07]
17) Funkadelic | Maggot Brain [8/21/07]
18) New York Dolls | New York Dolls [8/29/07]
19) Neil Young | After The Goldrush [9/2/07]
20) Marvin Gaye | What’s Going On [9/11/07]
21) AC/DC | Highway To Hell [9/14/07]
22) Johann Sebastian Bach | The Brandenburg Concertos [9/26/07]
23) The Rolling Stones | Some Girls [9/28/07]
24) Various Artists | The Harder They Come [10/7/07]
25) Miles Davis | Bitches Brew [10/12/07]
26) The Beach Boys | Pet Sounds [10/17/07]
27) Jeff Buckley | Grace [10/23/07]
28) Black Flag | Damaged [10/30/07]
29) Curtis Mayfield | Curtis/Live! [11/1/07]
30) Junior Wells | Hoodoo Man Blues [11/10/07]
31) Motorhead | No Remorse [11/13/07]
32) Spinal Tap | Spinal Tap [11/16/07]
33) Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin IV [11/24/07]
34) The Velvet Underground | Loaded [11/27/07]
35) Old & In The Way | Old & In The Way [12/1/07] *selected by The P
36) John Lennon | John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band [12/8/07]
37) Talking Heads | Remain In Light [12/11/07]
38) Parliament | Mothership Connection [12/16/07]
39) U2 | Achtung Baby [12/21/07]
40) Oscar Peterson | Night Train [12/24/07]
41) J.J. Johnson | The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol 2 [1/4/08]
42) Otis Redding | Live In Europe [1/9/08]
43) Pearl Jam | Ten [1/13/08]
44) Donald Byrd | Long Green [1/18/08]
45) The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band | Will The Circle Be Unbroken [1/22/08]
46) Sly & The Family Stone | There’s A Riot Goin’ On [1/28/08]
47) The Seeds | The Seeds [2/1/08]
48) The Beatles | Rubber Soul [2/6/08]
49) Marvin Gaye | Let’s Get It On [2/14/08]
50) Jimi Hendrix | Electric Ladyland [2/18/08]
51) Steve Earle | I Feel Alright [2/25/08]
52) Soundgarden | Superunknown [3/4/08]
53) Various Artists | Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory [3/9/08]
54) Culture | Two Sevens Clash [3/16/08]
55) Various Artists | Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack [3/23/08]
56) John Coltrane | A Love Supreme [3/30/08]
57) Fela Kuti | Zombie [4/7/08]
58) Joni Mitchell | Court & Spark [4/17/08]
59) Nirvana | Unplugged In New York [4/27/08]
60) Willie Nelson | Red Headed Stranger [4/30/08]
61) Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Rust Never Sleeps [5/15/08]
62) The Flaming Lips | Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots [5/19/08]
63) Black Sabbath | Master Of Reality [5/27/08]
64) Steely Dan | Greatest Hits 1972-1978 [6/2/08]
65) Beastie Boys | Check Your Head [6/7/08]
66) Cannonball Adderley | Somethin’ Else [6/13/08] *selected by The P
67) The Doors | L.A. Woman [6/18/08]
68) Quicksilver Messenger Service | Happy Trails [6/23/08]
69) INXS | Kick [7/1/08]
70) Buena Vista Social Club | Buena Vista Social Club [7/9/08]
71) The Rolling Stones | Exile On Main St. [7/17/08]
72) The Meters | Funkify Your Life: The Anthology [7/28/08]
73) Art Pepper | Intensity [8/6/08]
74) Van Halen | Van Halen [8/15/08]
75) Tom Waits | Rain Dogs [8/29/08]
76) The Temptations | Psychedelic Shack [9/7/08]
77) Toots & The Maytals | Funky Kingston [9/14/08]
78) Pink Floyd | Dark Side Of The Moon [9/20/08]
79) Johnny Cash | American Recordings [9/25/08]
80) Bob Dylan | Blood On The Tracks [10/6/08]
81) Thelonious Monk | Thelonious Himself [10/10/08]
82) Santana | Abraxas [10/20/08]
83) Joy Division | Closer [10/31/08]
84) Sam Cooke | A Change Is Gonna Come [11/5/08]
85) Judas Priest | British Steel [11/16/08]
86) Andres Segovia | The Segovia Collection [11/24/08]
87) Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker [12/1/08]
88) Buzzcocks | Singles Going Steady [12/15/08]
89) Smashing Pumpkins | Siamese Dream [12/27/08]
90) Traffic | Traffic [1/7/09]
91) Eric Clapton | 461 Ocean Boulevard [1/14/09]
92) Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five | The Message [1/23/09]
93) John Martyn | Solid Air [1/30/09]
94) The Beatles | The White Album [2/6/09]
95) Radiohead | OK Computer [2/19/09]
96) T. Rex | Electric Warrior [2/26/09]
97) Ryan Adams | Heartbreaker [3/5/09]
98) Cheech & Chong | Cheech & Chong’s Greatest Hit [3/19/09]
99) Bob Marley & The Wailers | Exodus [3/25/09]
100) Various Artists | Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era (1965-1968) [4/3/09]

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