Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965–1968

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Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965–1968
Box set by Various Artists
Released September 22, 2009
Recorded 1964–1968
Genre Psychedelic rock, garage rock
Label Rhino
Nuggets series chronology
Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965–1970
(2007)
Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965–1968
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965–1968 is the fifth box set in Rhino Records' Nuggets series, released September 22, 2009. The set's four discs each focus on a different aspect of the underground rock music scene in and around Los Angeles at the end of the 1960s. The first disc, "On the Strip", features bands that rose out of the Sunset Strip scene; disc two, "Beyond the City", focuses on bands from the surrounding areas outside the city's borders; disc three, "The Studio Scene" covers bands' attempts to exploit the Los Angeles sound for a commercial audience; while disc four presents the movement away from psychedelic and garage rock towards the country rock sound which became popular in the city late in the decade.[2] The boxed set was compiled and curated by Los Angeles native, Andrew Sandoval. On December 1, 2010 this project was nominated for a Grammy Award in the best Historical album category.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one: "On the Strip"[edit]

  1. "Riot on Sunset Strip" – The Standells
  2. "You Movin'" – The Byrds
  3. "You I'll Be Following" – Love
  4. "Dr. Stone" – The Leaves
  5. "Go and Say Goodbye" – Buffalo Springfield
  6. "Zig Zag Wanderer" – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
  7. "Gentle as It May Seem" – Iron Butterfly
  8. "Candy Cane Madness" – Lowell George & The Factory
  9. "If You Want This Love" – The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
  10. "Baby My Heart" – The Bobby Fuller Four
  11. "All Night Long" – The Palace Guard
  12. "It's Gonna Rain" – Sonny & Cher
  13. "For My Own" – The Guilloteens
  14. "Take a Giant Step" – The Rising Sons
  15. "One Too Many Mornings" – The Association
  16. "Time Waits for No One" – The Knack
  17. "Take It as It Comes" – The Doors
  18. "Pulsating Dream" – Kaleidoscope
  19. "Tripmaker" – The Seeds
  20. "The People in Me" – The Music Machine
  21. "Saturday's Son" – Sons of Adam
  22. "Eventually" – The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
  23. "Swim" – Penny Arkade
  24. "The Third Eye" – The Joint Effort
  25. "Girl in Your Eye" – Spirit

Disc two: "Beyond the City"[edit]

  1. "Jump, Jive & Harmonize" – Thee Midniters
  2. "Back Up" – The Light
  3. "To Die Alone" – The Bush
  4. "Get on This Plane" – The Premiers
  5. "Little Girl, Little Boy" – The Odyssey
  6. "Hideaway" – The Electric Prunes
  7. "Listen, Listen!" – The Merry-Go-Round
  8. "She Done Moved" – The Spats
  9. "Grim Reaper of Love" – The Turtles
  10. "See if I Care" – Ken & The Fourth Dimension
  11. "He's Not There Anymore" – The Chymes
  12. "Back Seat ‘38 Dodge" – Opus 1
  13. "Eternal Prison" – The Humane Society
  14. "Revenge" – The Others
  15. "Come Alive" – Things to Come
  16. "Acid Head" – The Velvet Illusions
  17. "Guaranteed Love" – Limey & the Yanks
  18. "Love's the Thing" – The Romancers (aka The Smoke Rings)
  19. "Underground Lady" – Kim Fowley
  20. "Pretty Little Thing" – The Deepest Blue
  21. "You're Wishin' I Was Someone Else" – The Whatt Four
  22. "Hippy Elevator Operator" – The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band
  23. "That's for Sure" – The Mustangs
  24. "Tomorrow's Girl" – Fapardokly (Merrell & the Exiles)
  25. "Everything's There" – The Hysterics
  26. "Our Time Is Running Out" – The Yellow Payges

Disc three: "The Studio Scene"[edit]

  1. "Action, Action, Action" – Keith Allison
  2. "The Rebel Kind" – Dino, Desi & Billy
  3. "High on Love" – The Knickerbockers
  4. "Fan Tan" – Jan & Dean
  5. "Halloween Mary" – P. F. Sloan
  6. "Somebody Groovy" – The Mamas & the Papas
  7. "Daydreaming" – Thorinshield
  8. "Just Can't Wait" – The Full Treatment
  9. "Yellow Balloon" – The Yellow Balloon
  10. "The Times to Come" – London Phogg
  11. "No More Running Around" – The Lamp of Childhood
  12. "Little Girl Lost-and-Found" – The Garden Club
  13. "Mothers and Fathers" – The Moon
  14. "My Girlfriend Is a Witch" – October Country
  15. "Montage Mirror" – Roger Nichols Trio
  16. "Flower Eyes" – Pasternak Progress
  17. "Come Down" – The Common Cold
  18. "Jill" – Gary Lewis & the Playboys
  19. "Daily Nightly" – The Monkees
  20. "Night Time Girl" – Modern Folk Quintet
  21. "Don't Say No" – The Oracle
  22. "Tin Angel (Will You Ever Come Down)" – Hearts and Flowers
  23. "Rainbow Woman" – Lee Hazlewood
  24. "Poor Old Organ Grinder" – Pleasure featuring Billy Elder
  25. "Baby, Please Don't Go" – The Ballroom

Disc four: "New Directions"[edit]

  1. "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" – Stephen Stills and Richie Furay
  2. "Splendor in the Grass" – Jackie DeShannon with The Byrds
  3. "November Night" – Peter Fonda
  4. "Roses and Rainbows" – Danny Hutton
  5. "Lemon Chimes" – The Dillards
  6. "Here's Today" – The Rose Garden
  7. "I Love How You Love Me" – Nino Tempo & April Stevens
  8. "Words" (demo) – Boyce and Hart
  9. "(You Used To) Ride So High" – The Motorcycle Abeline (Warren Zevon & Bones Howe)
  10. "Los Angeles" – Gene Clark
  11. "Once Upon a Time" – Tim Buckley
  12. "Darlin' You Can Count On Me" – The Everpresent Fullness
  13. "I'll Search the Sky" – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  14. "Come To The Sunshine" – Van Dyke Parks
  15. "Heroes and Villains" (alternate take) – The Beach Boys
  16. "She Sang Hymns Out of Tune" – Jesse Lee Kincaid
  17. "Sister Marie" – Nilsson
  18. "Last Night I Had a Dream" – Randy Newman
  19. "Life Is a Dream" – Noel Harrison
  20. "Marshmallow Skies" – Ricky Nelson
  21. "I Think I Love You" – Del Shannon
  22. "Change Is Now" – The Byrds
  23. "The Truth Is Not Real" – Sagittarius
  24. "You Set the Scene" – Love
  25. "Inner-Manipulations" – Barry McGuire

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