Nuggets (series)

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Nuggets is a series of compilation albums, started by Elektra Records in 1972[1] and continued by Rhino Records thereafter.[2] The series focuses primarily on relatively obscure garage and psychedelic rock songs from the 1960s, but with some hits and pop-oriented songs also included.[2]

In 1972, Elektra released Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968, compiled by Lenny Kaye.[1] The later series by Rhino consists of 12 vinyl-only and three single-CD albums, all released during the 1980s. In 1998, Rhino issued a 4-CD Nuggets box set, which was essentially the original 1972 LP with 91 bonus tracks.[2] Four more box sets and four single-CDs releases followed.

The music on Rhino's 1984–1989 Nuggets series is similar to that on Kaye's original compilation. While many of the songs on the 1980s series' 15 albums appeared on the original Nuggets double LP, others were new to the series and some eventually wound up on Rhino's 1998 box set. Although most of the music was recorded by US groups, there are some exceptions, such as the Troggs (English) and the Easybeats (Australian).

In 2012, Australian label Festival Records issued their own CD compilation titled Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts, 1965–1967,[3] followed by a vinyl release the following year.[4]

Discography[edit]

Original compilation: 1972[edit]

The original 1972 Nuggets compilation was a 2-LP set of 27 American psychedelic and garage rock singles that were originally released during the mid-to-late 1960s. It was created by Lenny Kaye, and was reissued with a new cover design by Sire Records in 1976. For more information:

Nuggets, Volumes 1 through 12: 1984–1985[edit]

Rhino issued a 12-volume series of Nuggets LPs in 1984-1985; there are 168 tracks across the 12 volumes. All tracks are by American performers, and the LPs feature a mix of garage rock, folk rock, pop and other related genres.

This iteration of Nuggets has an extremely different track listing when compared to the original LPs. All told, only 16 of the 27 tracks on the original Nuggets 2LP set are featured in this 12 volume series.

As well, numerous tracks from these LPs were later incorporated into the later Nuggets 4CD box set -- although many, many tracks were not ported over into the CD box set. Of the 116 tracks on the 1998 4CD box set, 72 are featured in this 12-volume LP series.


Nuggets, Volume 1: The Hits (1984)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Leaves Hey Joe Yes Yes US #31
The Electric Prunes I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night Yes Yes US #11
The Five Americans I See The Light Yes US #26
The Standells Dirty Water Yes Yes US #11
The Human Beinz Nobody But Me Yes US #8
The Blues Magoos We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet Yes US #5
The Barbarians Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl Yes US #55
The Seeds Pushin' Too Hard Yes Yes US #36
The Music Machine Talk Talk Yes US #15
The Count Five Psychotic Reaction Yes Yes SF US #5
The Balloon Farm A Question of Temperature Yes US #37
Nazz Open My Eyes Yes Yes US #112
The Amboy Dukes Journey To The Center Of The Mind Yes US #16
Blue Cheer Summertime Blues SF US #3

Nuggets, Volume 2: Punk (1984)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
Love My Little Red Book US #52
The Shadows Of Knight Gloria US #10
The Seeds Can't Seem To Make You Mine Yes US #41
The Music Machine Double Yellow Line Yes US #111
The Chocolate Watchband Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In)? Yes
The Del-Vetts Last Time Around Yes
The Vagrants Respect Yes Yes
The Standells Try It
The Shadows Of Knight I'm Gonna Make You Mine Yes US #90
The Music Machine The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly
The Leaves Too Many People Yes
The Sonics Strychnine Yes
The Elastik Band Spazz Yes
The Standells Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White Yes US #43


Nuggets, Volume 3: Pop (1984)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Knickerbockers Lies Yes Yes US #20
The Cryan' Shames Sugar And Spice Yes Yes US #49
The Lewis & Clarke Expedition I Feel Good (I Feel Bad) US #64
The Parade Sunshine Girl US #20
Boyce & Hart I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight US #8
The Cyrkle Turn Down Day US #16
The Merry-Go-Round You're A Very Lovely Woman US #94
The Bobby Fuller Four Let Her Dance US #133
The Turtles Can I Get To Know You Better US #89
The Cyrkle Red Rubber Ball US #2
The Spiral Starecase Baby What I Mean US #111
The Outsiders Time Won't Let Me Yes US #5
People I Love You SF US #14
October Country October Country

Nuggets, Volume 4: Pop, Part Two (1984)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Merry-Go-Round Live Yes US #63
The Outsiders Lost In My World
The Royal Guardsmen Baby Let's Wait US #35
Teddy & The Pandas We Can't Go On This Way US #103
The Parade She Sleeps Alone
The E-Types Put The Clock Back On The Wall Yes
The Palace Guard Falling Sugar Yes
The Knickerbockers One Track Mind Yes US #46
The Chartbusters She's The One US #33
The Palace Guard All Night Long LA
Lyme & Cybelle Follow Me Yes US #65
The Long Island Sound 1, 2, 3 And I Fell
The Rumor Without Her
Yellow Balloon Yellow Balloon LA US #25


Nuggets, Volume 5: Pop, Part Three (1985)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Knickerbockers High On Love LA US #94
The Vacels You're My Baby (And Don't You Forget It) US #63
The Vogues You're The One US #4
Hackamore Brick Got A Gal Named Wilma
The Lovin' Spoonful She Is Still A Mystery US #27
The Association Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies H US #35
The Mojo Men Sit Down I Think I Love You Yes Yes US #36
The American Breed Bend Me, Shape Me US #5
Cherokee Girl, I've Got News For You US #116
The Grass Roots Where Were You When I Needed You US #28
The Electric Prunes Everybody Knows You're Not In Love
Tradewinds Mind Excursion
The Strawberry Alarm Clock Tomorrow US #23
Primrose Circus P. S. Call Me Lulu

Nuggets, Volume 6: Punk, Part Two (1985)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
Mouse & The Traps A Public Execution Yes Yes US #121
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Diddy Wah Diddy Yes
The Nightcrawlers The Little Black Egg Yes US #85
The Brogues I Ain't No Miracle Worker Yes
The Unrelated Segments Where You Gonna Go
Black Pearl Forget It
We The People Mirror Of Your Mind Yes
The Shadows Of Knight Oh Yeah Yes Yes US #39
Steppenwolf Sookie, Sookie
The Chocolate Watchband Sweet Young Thing Yes
The Grass Roots Mr. Jones (Ballad Of A Thin Man) SF US #121
The Seeds Try To Understand
The Underdogs Love's Gone Bad Yes US #122
The Electric Prunes Get Me To The World On Time Yes

Nuggets, Volume 7: Early San Francisco (1985)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Beau Brummels Laugh, Laugh Yes US #15
The Beau Brummels Just a Little US #8
The Mojo Men Dance with Me US #61
The Mojo Men She's My Baby Yes SF
The Vejtables I Still Love You
The Vejtables The Last Thing on My Mind
Jan Ashton Cold Dreary Morning
We Five You Were on My Mind SF US #3
We Five You Let a Love Burn Out
The Charlatans Codine Yes
The Great Society Somebody to Love SF
The Great Society Free Advice SF
Country Joe and the Fish Bass Strings
The Tikis I Must Be Dreaming

Nuggets, Volume 8: The Northwest (1985)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Kingsmen Louie, Louie Yes US #2
The Sonics Boss Hoss
Paul Revere And The Raiders Over You US #133
The Wailers Hang Up
The Initial Shock Mind Disaster
The Daily Flash Jack Of Diamonds Yes
The Weeds It's Your Time
Paul Revere And The Raiders Just Like Me Yes US #11
The Wailers You Weren't Using Your Head
The Surprise Package Out Of My Mind
The Sonics He's Waitin'
The Daily Flash Violets Of Dawn
The Kingsmen I Guess I Was Dreaming
Floating Bridge Don't Mean A Thing


Nuggets, Vol. 9: Acid Rock (1985)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
Love 7 and 7 Is Yes US #33
The Byrds Eight Miles High US #14
The Grass Roots Feelings
The First Edition Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) US #5
Steppenwolf Magic Carpet Ride US #3
The Young Rascals It's Wonderful US #20
The Monkees Porpoise Song H US #62
The Turtles She's My Girl US #14
The Strawberry Alarm Clock Incense and Peppermints Yes US #1
The Seeds The Wind Blows Your Hair
Vanilla Fudge You Keep Me Hangin' On US #6
Iron Butterfly In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (single edit) US #30
The Chambers Brothers Time Has Come Today US #11
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band I Won't Hurt You


Nuggets, Volume 10: Folk Rock (1985)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man US #1
The Turtles It Ain't Me Babe US #8
The Grass Roots Only When You're Lonely US #96
Deep Six Rising Sun
Jake Holmes Dazed And Confused
The Sunshine Company Back On The Street Again US #36
Scott McKenzie San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) US #4
Barry McGuire Eve Of Destruction US #1
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Buy For Me The Rain US #45
M.F.Q. Nighttime Girl LA
The Peanut Butter Conspiracy It's A Happening Thing US #93
The Love Exchange Swallow The Sun
P.F. Sloan The Sins Of A Family US #87
The Hearts And Flowers Rock 'N' Roll Gypsies


Nuggets, Volume 11: Pop, Part Four (1985)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Grass Roots Let's Live For Today US #8
The Left Banke Pretty Ballerina US #15
The Montage I Shall Call Her Mary
Gene Clark Echoes
The Sunshine Company Happy US #50
The Magicians An Invitation To Cry Yes Yes
Fever Tree San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native) US #91
Lee Michaels Hello
The Third Rail Run, Run, Run Yes Yes US #53
The Critters Mr. Dieingly Sad US #17
The Blues Magoos I Can Hear The Grass Grow
The Blues Project No Time Like The Right Time Yes Yes US #96
The American Breed Step Out Of Your Mind US #24
Keith Ain't Gonna Lie US #39

Nuggets, Volume 12: Punk, Part Three (1985)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
Syndicate of Sound Little Girl Yes US #8
Paul Revere And The Raiders Steppin' Out Yes US #46
Kenny And The Kasuals Journey To Tyme Yes
The Other Half Mr. Pharmacist Yes
The Spats She Done Moved LA
The Remains Don't Look Back Yes Yes
Max Frost And The Troopers Shape Of Things To Come Yes US #22
The Hombres Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) Yes US #12
The Woolies Who Do You Love? Yes US #95
Mouse And The Traps Maid Of Sugar, Maid Of Spice Yes
Harbinger Complex I Think I'm Down Yes
The Lollipop Shoppe You Must Be A Witch Yes
The Uniques You Ain't Tuff Yes
The Unrelated Segments The Story Of My Life Yes

Nuggets: Psychedelic Sixties: 1986-1989[edit]

Beginning in 1986, Rhino curated another configuration of Nuggets volumes, this time on CD. These volumes drew from the original Nuggets 2-LP set, and the later 12-volume LP series, but also included tracks completely new to the Nuggets series. As well, a handful of tracks were from non-American acts, specifically tracks by The Troggs (England) and The Easybeats (Australia).

The 3CD collection consists of 54 tracks. This iteration of Nuggets has an extremely different track listing when compared to the original LPs:

  • Only 11 of the 27 tracks on the original Nuggets 2LP set are featured across these three CDs.
  • Only 37 of the 168 tracks from the 12-LP series are featured across these 3 CDs.

As well, numerous tracks from these three CDs were later incorporated into the later Nuggets 4CD box set -- although many, many tracks were not ported over into the CD box set. Of the 116 tracks on the 1998 4CD box set, 32 are featured in this 3CD series.

  • Tracks included on the original 1972 compilation are noted in the columns labelled Nuggets 2LP.
  • Tracks included on the later 1998 4-CD box set are noted in the columns labelled Nuggets Box.
  • Tracks included in specialized Nuggets compilations are noted in the Other column.


Nuggets: A Classic Collection from the Psychedelic Sixties (1986)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Standells Dirty Water Yes Yes LP1
The Seeds Pushin' Too Hard Yes Yes LP1
The Count Five Psychotic Reaction Yes Yes LP1
The Chocolate Watchband Let's Talk About Girls Yes Yes
The Easybeats Friday On My Mind II
The Five Americans I See The Light Yes LP1
The Standells Why Pick On Me Yes
The Syndicate Of Sound Little Girl Yes LP12
The Monkees Pleasant Valley Sunday
The Knickerbockers Lies Yes Yes LP3
The Beau Brummels Laugh, Laugh Yes LP7
The Troggs Wild Thing
The Easybeats Heaven And Hell
The Monkees Valleri
The Nazz Open My Eyes Yes Yes LP1
The Beau Brummels Just A Little LP7
The Seeds Can't Seem To Make You Mine Yes LP2
The Amboy Dukes Journey To The Center Of The Mind Yes LP1

More Nuggets: Classics from the Psychedelic Sixties, Vol. 2 (1987)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Blues Magoos (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet Yes Yes LP1
The Seeds Mr. Farmer
The Standells Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White Yes
The Castaways Liar, Liar Yes Yes
Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band Diddy Wah Diddy Yes LP6
The Chocolate Watchband Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-in)? Yes LP2
The Music Machine Talk Talk Yes LP1
The Merry-Go-Round Live Yes LP4
The Five Americans Western Union
The Nightcrawlers The Little Black Egg Yes LP6
The Parade Sunshine Girl Yes LP3
The Merry-Go-Round You're A Very Lovely Woman LP3
The Left Banke Desiree
Boyce & Hart I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight LP3
Mouse & The Traps A Public Execution Yes Yes LP6
The Standells Try It LP2
The Chocolate Watchband Sweet Young Thing Yes LP6
The Easybeats Gonna Have A Good Time

Even More Nuggets: Classics from the Psychedelic Sixties, Vol. 3 (1989)[edit]

Artist Title Nuggets 2LP Nuggets Box Other Notes
The Electric Prunes I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) Yes Yes LP1
The Shadows Of Knight Gloria LP2
We The People Mirror Of Your Mind Yes LP6
Strawberry Alarm Clock Incense And Peppermints Yes LP9
Max Frost & The Troopers Shape Of Things To Come Yes LP12
The First Edition Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) LP9
The Woolies Who Do You Love Yes LP12
The Barbarians Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl Yes LP1
The Knickerbockers One Track Mind Yes LP4
The Grass Roots Let's Live For Today LP11
Danny Hutton Roses And Rainbows
The Cyrkle Red Rubber Ball LP3
The Third Rail Run, Run, Run Yes Yes LP11
Dino, Desi & Billy I'm A Fool
The Sunshine Company Back On The Street Again LP10
The E-Types Put The Clock Back On The Wall Yes LP4
The Chambers Brothers Time Has Come Today LP9
The Grass Roots Only When You're Lonely LP10

Nuggets: Box sets: 1998-2009[edit]

A series of Nuggets box sets have been issued.

  • Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 (1998)
    • The first box set compiled the original 2-LP sequence of Nuggets tracks, and 91 other tracks -- some of which had been included on the 1980s 12-volume LP collection, many of which had not. All the tracks included in the box set were by American artists, recording in the mid to late 1960s.






Other single-disc compilations[edit]

Two single disc compilations of softer Nuggets material were issued in 2004. These compilations tended toward orchestrated, mildly psychedelic music, and did not feature a typical Nuggets rock or garage rock sound:

The above two CDs were reissued the following year with unchanged track listings, but with new titles and artwork:

  • My Mind Goes High: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults (2005)
  • A Whole Lot of Rainbows: Soft Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults (2005)

The most recent Nuggets compilation featured tracks from performers working in Australia and New Zealand in the late 1960s, and very definitely focused on garage rock and similarly harder material:

  • Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts, 1965–1967 (2012)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 Album Reviews, Songs & More". AllMusic. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie. "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 [Box Set] - Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  3. ^ "Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts 1965-1967 - Various Artists (CD)". AllMusic. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  4. ^ "Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts 1965-1967 - Various Artists (LP)". AllMusic. Retrieved January 3, 2023.