Wednesday, February 05, 2020

V.A.- Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968

Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968, Rhino's 2009 sequel to their 2007 Nuggets box Love Is the Song We Sing, shifts the spotlight down the Californian coast, moving from the epicenter of the hippie universe in San Francisco to hipsville central in Los Angeles, the land where fringe-wearing folk-rockers strolled down the Sunset Strip alongside studio cats on the make. Both groups of hipsters are equally well-represented on Where the Action Is!, along with the teens raising a ruckus out in the suburbs and the stars who stretched out, all based on the sounds they heard coming from the Strip, the section of Sunset that serves as the fulcrum for this entire set. The compilers focus on a brief time, the four-year stretch from 1965 to 1968, where Los Angeles was overrun with dance clubs and nightspots, all giving bands as wonderful and distinct as the Byrds, Love, the Doors, the Seeds, Buffalo Springfield, and the Leaves places to explore, opening up avenues that others followed, either in music or spirit. Some of this filtered through the prism of the studio, where there were plenty of musicians infatuated with the sounds of Brian Wilson, who pops up toward the end on an alternate take of "Heroes and Villains," but there's also no denying the impact of hustlers and hucksters like Kim Fowley, or how Hollywood could package and polish all of this up in the form of the Monkees.

All of this is here in bright, flashing neon on Where the Action Is!, which helps make it one of the liveliest of the Nuggets boxes, but also the one that seems to stray furthest from the series' mission to excavate unheard garage rock and psychedelia; after all, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, and the Doors are hardly unknown quantities or one-hit wonders. Yet, in its own way, Where the Action Is! is as crucial as any of the boxes that followed the first Nuggets set, for it documents a brief, shining moment in time where everything and anything seemed possible. It's not archeology, it's pop culture anthropology that does an excellent job of charting the rise of the L.A. underground, illustrating its first surfacing in the mainstream, connecting the dots in a fashion that may surprise even some dedicated pop and rock fans, those that might not realize how the Turtles, Bobby Fuller Four, the Standells, the Association, the Electric Prunes, Nilsson, Captain Beefheart. and Iron Butterfly were all connected, however loosely, or how Rick Nelson and Del Shannon got weird as the decade started to draw to a close. These connections, along with discovering dozens of gems from lesser-known artists, are the reason why Where the Action Is! winds up being a blast, as well as a revelation just like any other Nuggets set.


CD1 (On the Strip):

01 The Standells: "Riot on Sunset Strip"

02 The Byrds: "You Movin'"

03 Love: "You I'll Be Following"

04 The Leaves: "Dr. Stone"

05 Buffalo Springfield: "Go and Say Goodbye"

06 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: "Zig Zag Wanderer"

07 Iron Butterfly: "Gentle as It May Seem"

08 Lowell George & The Factory: "Candy Cane Madness"

09 The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band: "If You Want This Love"

10 The Bobby Fuller Four: "Baby My Heart"

11 The Palace Guard: "All Night Long"

12 Sonny & Cher: "It's Gonna Rain"

13 The Guilloteens: "For My Own"

14 The Rising Sons: "Take a Giant Step"

15 The Association: "One Too Many Mornings"

16 The Knack: "Time Waits for No One"

17 The Doors: "Take It as It Comes"

18 Kaleidoscope: "Pulsating Dream"

19 The Seeds: "Tripmaker"

20 The Music Machine: "The People in Me"

21 The Sons of Adam: "Saturday's Son"

22 The Peanut Butter Conspiracy: "Eventually"

23 Penny Arkade: "Swim"

24 The Joint Effort: "The Third Eye"

25 Spirit: "Girl in Your Eye
CD2 (Beyond the City):
01 Thee Midniters: "Jump, Jive & Harmonize"

02 The Light: "Back Up"

03 The Bush: "To Die Alone"

04 The Premiers: "Get on This Plane"

05 The Odyssey: "Little Girl, Little Boy"

06 The Electric Prunes: "Hideaway"

07 The Merry-Go-Round: "Listen, Listen!"

08 The Spats: "She Done Moved"

09 The Turtles: "Grim Reaper of Love"

10 Ken & the Fourth Dimension: "See If I Care"

11 The Chymes: "He's Not There Anymore"

12 Opus 1: "Back Seat '38 Dodge"

13 The Humane Society: "Eternal Prison"

14 The Others: "Revenge"

15 Things to Come: "Come Alive"

16 The Velvet Illusions: "Acid Head"

17 Limey & the Yanks: "Guaranteed Love"

18 The Romancers (aka the Smoke Rings): "Love's the Thing"

19 Kim Fowley: "Underground Lady"

20 The Deepest Blue: "Pretty Little Thing"

21 The Whatt Four: "You're Wishin' I Was Someone Else"

22 The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band: "Hippy Elevator Operator"

23 The Mustangs: "That's for Sure"

24 Fapardokly (Merrell & the Exiles): "Tomorrow's Girl"

25 The Hysterics: "Everything's There"

26 The Yellow Payges: "Our Time Is Running Out"
CD3: (The Studio Scene):
01 Keith Allison: "Action, Action, Action"

02 Dino, Desi & Billy: "The Rebel Kind"

03 The Knickerbockers: "High on Love"

04 Jan & Dean: "Fan Tan"

05 P.F. Sloan: "Halloween Mary"

06 The Mamas & the Papas: "Somebody Groovy"

07 Thorinshield: "Daydreaming"

08 The Full Treatment: "Just Can't Wait"

09 The Yellow Balloon: "Yellow Balloon"

10 London Phogg: "The Times to Come"

11 The Lamp of Childhood: "No More Running Around"

12 The Garden Club: "Little Girl Lost-and-Found"

13 The Moon: "Mothers and Fathers"

14 October Country: "My Girlfriend Is A Witch"

15 Roger Nichols Trio: "Montage Mirror"

16 Pasternak Progress: "Flower Eyes"

17 The Common Cold: "Come Down"

18 Gary Lewis & The Playboys: "Jill"

19 The Monkees: "Daily Nightly"

20 Modern Folk Quintet: "Night Time Girl"

21 The Oracle: "Don't Say No"

22 Hearts and Flowers: "Tin Angel (Will You Ever Come Down)"

23 Lee Hazlewood: "Rainbow Woman"

24 Pleasure featuring Billy Elder: "Poor Old Organ Grinder"

25 The Ballroom: "Baby, Please Don't Go"
CD4 (New Directions):
01 Stephen Stills & Richie Furay: "Sit Down I Think I Love You" *

02 Jackie DeShannon With the Byrds: "Splendor in the Grass"

03 Peter Fonda: "November Night"

04 Danny Hutton: "Roses and Rainbows"

05 The Dillards: "Lemon Chimes"

06 The Rose Garden: "Here's Today"

07 Nino Tempo & April Stevens: "I Love How You Love Me"

08 Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart: "Words" (Demo) *

09 The Motorcycle Abeline (Warren Zevon & Bones Howe): "(You Used To) Ride So High"

10 Gene Clark: "Los Angeles"

11 Tim Buckley: "Once Upon a Time" *

12 The Everpresent Fullness: "Darlin' You Can Count on Me"

13 The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: "I'll Search the Sky"

14 Van Dyke Parks: "Come to the Sunshine"

15 The Beach Boys: "Heroes and Villains" (Alternate Take)

16 Jesse Lee Kincaid: "She Sang Hymns out of Tune"

17 Nilsson: "Sister Marie"

18 Randy Newman: "Last Night I Had a Dream" (Single Version)

19 Noel Harrison: "Life Is a Dream"

20 Rick Nelson: "Marshmallow Skies"

21 Del Shannon: "I Think I Love You"

22 The Byrds: "Change Is Now"

23 Sagittarius: "The Truth Is Not Real" (Single Version)

24 Love: "You Set the Scene"

25 Barry McGuire: "Inner-Manipulations"



  1. Hello,
    Great Stuff!!!
    Please place the link!!
    Thanks a lot!!

  2. For "Please place the link!!"

    PUSH ME ---> Los Angeles Nuggets

  3. Great website!

    But man, did I go around in circles until I found the links!

    Worth it, though, thanks!

  4. Yes, Gummo, you did ("....go around circles...")!
    Because you need say just little "THANK YOU" to Dmitrich,
    or write big comment, if you have what to say for people on this blog, -
    compare your work for copy-paste links
    and work of blogger, who make all posts and downloads for us!
    Striking laziness!
    But 'idleness is the root of all evil'!
    - V.

  5. ta very well

  6. Wow, this is awesome! Thanks a million!

  7. Los Angeles Nuggets said...

    PUSH ME !!!!!!!!!!

  8. Great site. I just found it. Thanks for sharing all this awesome 60's music

  9. I give up. Even came too late on work!!

    It's a pity

    Antonio / Aruba

  10. Oh, thank you!
    This is spectacular :D

  11. If you're going to San Francisco5 Feb 2020, 22:18:00

    Please re-up this. Thank you.

  12. Thanks for this great set of tunes.

  13. If you're going to San Francisco6 Feb 2020, 22:44:00

    Thank you for bringing this one back. :)

  14. hugely enjoyable set - unfort tracks 23 and 25 on Disc 1 ('Swim' and 'Girl in your Eye') and track 25 on Disc 4 ('Inner Manipulations') are buggered. Would b egreat if you could sort good versions, but no bother if you can't - you're obviously v busy. Thanks for all you do - always an eye-popping array of great stuff here. A

  15. Hey D&J, very cool collection here. Thanks!


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