Granted, it's a fantastic track, full of slinky drums and ominous guitars, but New Zealand's South Island was a Nuggets paradise in the 80s, and it's a shame the compilers couldn't get more. If I can geek a little further on the missing material tip, it's telling that compiler Alec Palau laments the absence of the Television Personalities in the liners, because they really ought to be here. My other wishlist bands include 14 Iced Bears, Chameleons, and Cleaners From Venus, but it's tough to fault the final track list too much.
I'm also curious if Rhino plans a set that visits the years , which have been left unexplored by all three volumes, outside of a couple stray tracks. There's no real guarantee that people who loved the first two Nuggets sets will love this one as well-- the era that Lenny Kaye originally documented had a certain spirit of madcap adventure and experimentation, whereas the rebellion here is often tempered by reverence.
Still, it's not a bad bet, and fans of Elephant 6 and modern indie rockers like the Shins and Mazarin will find plenty to love here, while the compilers cite the Strokes and the Hives as "Grandchildren of Nuggets".
Can't do anything about the compression, but definitely re-EQ the Rhino box set, it's kind of etched sounding from the standard "Rhinophonic" EQ they put on almost everything. C6H12O6 , Jan 29, Location: Calgary, AB, Canada. Vocalpoint , Jan 29, Location: Somewhere in the middle. Summerisle , Jan 29, GroovinGarrett likes this. Location: Portland, OR.
Leviethan , Jan 29, Last edited: Jan 30, Location: Gulf Breeze Pensacola , Florida. After all, this box set follows in the tradition of "Nuggets," four CDs of s American garage band music from the same era, based on the famous double-LP compiled by Lenny Kaye.
Sales of 20, copies of a box set is considered good. The popularity of "Nuggets" cemented a decision, made even before "Nuggets" hit the stores, to do a sequel. But what to focus on? Stewart and his colleagues decided to do anything but more American indie rock. And so "Nuggets II" began, a box set that would feature more than songs most Americans had never heard of.
Stewart would be just the guy to do that. At a time when you could find pamphlets for sale in the Melody Maker, offering to unlock the manifold mysteries of Yes's lyrics, here was some of the most prosaic music ever recorded: you didn't need much in the way of explicatory literature to get the gist of, say, the Chocolate Watch Band's Let's Talk About Girls.
One testament to the album's remarkable influence is that it has become virtually impossible to picture a world in which the music on Nuggets was forgotten.
At any point since its release, you could form a band roughly in the image of those featured on Nuggets and expect to do good business: The Ramones in , REM in the early s, the Charlatans and the Inspiral Carpets at the height of Madchester, the Hives and the White Stripes in recent years.
It's a weird irony that a lot of British beat music has aged far worse than the cack-handed attempts to copy it collected here: the Remains' Don't Look Back is pushing 40, but sounds like it could have been released last week, which is not something you can say about the oeuvre of Herman's Hermits or the Dave Clarke Five.
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