Contrary to what the Phish "Phans" might tell you, there is such a thing as radio-friendly psychedelic rock.
Don't believe me? Well, the proof can be found on "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-68," a new CD compilation from Rhino Records.
OK, so it's sort of "new." This same collection was first released in 1972 by Elektra Records. But it's new on CD -- and it's been remastered from the original analog tapes.
The collection consists of 27 (roughly) three-minute-long songs, originally tailored to appeal to the AM radio stations of the day. Most of those stations abhorred "long" songs, so psychedelic rockers had to limit their jams if they wanted airtime. Thus, the electric-guitar odysseys (and oddities), which were so much a part of the psychedelic-rock concert experience, were often kept to a minimum on the singles.
There are some true "Nuggets" on this collection, which was originally compiled by the legendary Patti Smith Group guitarist, Lenny Kaye. Expect some major flashbacks as you listen to the Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)," the Strangeloves' "Night Time," Mouse's "A Public Execution," the Remains' "Don't Look Back" and all the other treasures.
"Nuggets" is a trip, that's for sure. But it's one well worth taking. Disc retails for $18.98 (www.rhino.com).
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