Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Paisley Underground Series, #1: Various Artists- Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (1998) Box Set (4 Discs) MP3 & FLAC

"I can't get your love; I can't get a fraction. Uh-oh, little girl, psychotic reaction."

I've decided to initiate this massive series with what is arguably the closest approximation to a point of origin for The Paisley Underground. Originally released as a double album in 1972, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 was the first substantial attempt to re-appraise the incredibly fertile American garage-rock movement of the mid to late sixties. This movement, much like The Paisley Underground, was quite diverse, including garage, psychedelic, country and chamber-pop bands (and everything in between), some of which virtually invented the category "one hit wonder." Overall, Nuggets builds a spectacular and exhaustive counter-narrative to the sixties rock mainstream. For every derivative gem, for example The Knickerbockers "Lies," which sounds a bit like a Beatles tribute band, there are songs such as "Dirty Water" by The Standells" and "Psychotic Reaction" by Count Five, both of which clearly anticipate the unique marriage of garage, country and psychedelia that would blossom (again) in the early eighties. The original 1972 double album comprises the first disc, but don't stop there because the remaining discs harbor many obscure gems ripe for rediscovery. One of the best (and strangest) is "The Little Black Egg" by The Nightcrawlers, an ingenious mash-up of Jangle-Pop, Southern Gothic, and psychedelia. Nuggets is an essential point of departure for anyone interested in psych and neo-psych music.

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (4 Disc Box Set)

Disc I:
 1. The Electric Prunes- I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)  (2:59)
 2. The Standells- Dirty Water  (2:48)
 3. The Strangeloves- Night Time  (2:32)
 4. The Knickerbockers- Lies  (2:44)
 5. The Vagrants- Respect  (2:15)
 6. Mouse- A Public Execution  (2:49)
 7. The Blues Project- No Time Like the Right Time  (2:47)
 8. The Shadows of Knight- Oh Yeah  (2:49)
 9. The Seeds- Pushin' Too Hard  (2:37)
10. The Barbarians- Moulty  (2:34)
11. The Remains- Don't Look Back  (2:43)
12. The Magicians- An Invitation to Cry  (2:57)
13. The Castaways- Liar Liar  (1:54)
14. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators- You're Gonna Miss Me  (2:29)
15. Count Five- Psychotic Reaction  (3:07)
16. The Leaves- Hey Joe  (2:51)
17. Michael & The Messengers- Romeo & Juliet  (2:00)
18. The Cryan Shames- Sugar and Spice  (2:30)
19. The Amboy Dukes- Baby Please Don't Go  (5:39)
20. Blues Magoos- Tobacco Road  (4:42)
21. Chocolate Watch Band- Let's Talk About Girls  (2:43)
22. The Mojo Men- Sit Down, I Think I Love You  (2:23)
23. The Third Rail- Run, Run, Run  (1:55)
24. Sagittarius- My World Fell Down  (3:50)
25. Nazz- Open My Eyes  (2:45)
26. The Premiers- Farmer John  (2:27)
27. The Magic Mushrooms- It's-a-Happening  (2:47)

Disc II:
 1. The Music Machine- Talk Talk  (1:59)
 2. The Del-Vetts- Last Time Around  (2:42)
 3. The Human Beinz- Nobody but Me  (2:19)
 4. Kenny & The Kasuals- Journey to Tyme  (2:36)
 5. The Sparkles- No Friend of Mine  (2:26)
 6.The Turtles- Outside Chance  (2:04)
 7. The Litter- Action Woman  (2:33)
 8. The Elastik Band- Spazz  (2:46)
 9. The Chocolate Watchband- Sweet Young Thing  (2:59)
10. Strawberry Alarm Clock- Incense and Peppermints  (2:50)
11. The Brogues- I Ain't No Miracle Worker  (2:49)
12. Love- 7 and 7 Is  (2:25)
13. The Outsiders- Time Won't Let Me  (2:50)
14. The Squires- Going All the Way  (2:22)
15. The Shadows of Knight- I'm Gonna Make You Mine  (2:33)
16. Kim Fowley- The Trip  (2:03)
17. The Seeds- Can't Seem to Make You Mine  (2:36)
18. The Remains- Why Do I Cry  (2:50)
19. The Beau Brummels- Laugh Laugh  (2:54)
20. The Nightcrawlers- The Little Black Egg  (2:45)
21. The Gants- I Wonder  (2:15)
22. The Five Americans- I See the Light  (2:09)
23. The Woolies- Who Do You Love  (2:04)
24. Swingin' Medallions- Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)  (2:17)
25. The Merry-Go-Round- Live  (2:37)
26. Paul Revere & The Raiders- Steppin' Out  (2:13)
27. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band- Diddy Wah Diddy  (2:29)
28. The Sonics- Strychnine  (2:12)
29. Syndicate of Sound- Little Girl  (2:29)
30. Blues Magoos- (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet  (2:18)
31. Max Frost & The Troopers- Shape of Things to Come  (1:54)

Disc III:
 1. The Hombres- Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)  (2:10)
 2. The Golliwogs- Fight Fire  (2:34)
 3. New Colony Six- At the River's Edge  (2:39)
 4. The Daily Flash- Jack of Diamonds  (2:38)
 5. Lyme & Cybelle- Follow Me  (2:30)
 6. The Choir- It's Cold Outside  (2:51)
 7. The Rare Breed- Beg, Borrow and Steal  (2:32)
 8. Sir Douglas Quintet- She's About a Mover  (2:25)
 9. The Music Explosion- Little Bit O' Soul  (2:22)
10. The "E" Types- Put the Clock Back on the Wall  (2:24)
11. The Palace Guard- Falling Sugar  (2:10)
12. The Gestures- Run, Run, Run  (2:18)
13. The Rationals- I Need You  (2:16)
14. The Humane Society- Knock Knock  (2:58)
15. The Groupies- Primitive  (3:51)
16. The Sonics- Psycho  (2:17)
17. The Lyrics- So What!!  (2:50)
18. The Lollipop Shoppe- You Must Be a Witch  (2:49)
19. The Balloon Farm- A Question of Temperature  (2:40)
20. Mouse & The Traps- Maid of Sugar - Maid of Spice  (2:39)
21. The Uniques- You Ain't Tuff  (2:21)
22. The Standells- Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White  (2:38)
23. The Mojo Men- She's My Baby  (3:02)
24. Unrelated Segments- Story of My Life  (2:44)
25. The Third Bardo- I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time  (2:16)
26. We the People- Mirror of Your Mind  (2:45)
27. The Shadows of Knight- Bad Little Woman  (2:39)
28. The Music Machine- Double Yellow Line  (2:13)
29. The Human Expression- Optical Sound  (2:37)
30. The Amboy Dukes- Journey to the Center of the Mind  (3:34)

Disc IV:
 1. The Chocolate Watchband- Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In)  (2:27)
 2. The Leaves- Too Many People  (2:46)
 3. The Brigands- (Would I Still Be) Her Big Man  (2:21)
 4. The Barbarians- Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl  (2:16)
 5. Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs- Wooly Bully  (2:21)
 6. The Strangeloves- I Want Candy  (2:37)
 7. The Kingsmen- Louie Louie  (2:45)
 8. The Knickerbockers- One Track Mind  (2:20)
 9. Wailers- Out of Our Tree  (3:32)
10. Harbinger Complex- I Think I'm Down  (2:28)
11. The Dovers- What Am I Going to Do  (2:41)
12. The Charlatans- Codine  (2:25)
13. The Mystery Trend- Johnny Was a Good Boy  (2:38)
14. Clefs of Lavender Hill- Stop- Get a Ticket  (2:28)
15. The Monks- Complication  (2:24)
16. The Sonics- The Witch  (2:40)
17. The Electric Prunes- Get Me to the World on Time  (2:33)
18. The Other Half- Mr. Pharmacist  (2:34)
19. Richard & The Young Lions- Open Up Your Door  (2:45)
20. Paul Revere & The Raiders- Just Like Me  (2:24)
21. We the People- You Burn Me Up and Down  (2:22)
22. The Lemon Drops- I Live in the Springtime  (2:54)
23. Fenwyck- Mindrocker  (3:00)
24. The Rumors- Hold Me Now  (2:29)
25. The Underdogs- Love's Gone Bad  (2:29)
26. The Standells- Why Pick on Me  (2:46)
27. The Zakary Thaks- Bad Girl  (2:10)
28. Gonn- Blackout of Greteley  (4:36)
29. The Bees- Voices Green and Purple  (1:35)
30. Davie Allan & The Arrows- Blues Theme  (2:10)


  1. Disk 1 is worth the download just for "The Seeds - You're Pushing Too Hard" track. What a tremendous song!

  2. The whole disk is sending me back man! The Castaways are real neat too. lol

  3. There's really no better way to start off a series Voixautre. Looking forward to the rest of it!

  4. Brett, thanks! I'll have the next installment up in a few days. I plan to mix in sixties stuff throughout the series

  5. One of the truly classic box sets. Every track is a gem! Simply amazing... Kurt

  6. Hi Kurt, yes, this one is truly essential. I love some of those obscure band names, such as The Clefs of Lavender Hill & Unrelated Segments. What were they thinking?

  7. Hi voixautre - there's one small error, the link for the first disc in 320 leads instead to the MU file for disc 2.

    Great post - can't wait for the rest of the series. Thank you. Those band names remind me of Robert Pollard's fake band names for his GBV box sets, e.g., the Modular Dance Units, the Stools, Artrock Unicorns...

  8. Thanks for posting this great compilation.
    BTW, your blog is awesome. Congrats!

  9. cirripede, thank you so much for alerting me to the link mix-up. It's all fixed.

  10. El Lovecrafto, you're welcome and thank you!

  11. .. and that's how the story begins.
    Very good intro Voix!!

  12. ranxerox, thank you! I have several other volumes, including "Children of Nuggets," which I will post some time during the series. Next Paisley post should be up Friday

  13. Only recently discovered yr Blog... it's the tits... thoughtful selections & great music... esp grateful for the Rain Parade which I had on vinyl & CrO2 but much appreciate high quality digital... I have this box but looking fwd to Children of...

    Thx 4 all yr good work

  14. Skip, great to have you with us. I will definitely post the children comp at some point in the series. There's a San Francisco comp I may post as well. I have a huge amount of material to post for this series- it will probably last about a year. Is there anything in particular you'd like to see in the series? Thanks for your kind words about the blog; it is appreciated!

  15. Having been bought up on flower power these comps take me back. However, voixautre, you seem to be very well versed in this music. I am interested in the wealth of newer paisly underground stuff like the three o clock, but there is a lot out there. More than I can listen to in a hurry. As a curiosity if you were to do a self styled comp as a sampler of the paisley underground bands, ( A la this series above) what would you put on it?

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