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Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970
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Rhino's Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 4-CD Box Set Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of "The Summer Of Love" Forty years ago the world turned its ears toward San Francisco as a wave of talented bands gave birth to the American counterculture. On August 27, Rhino remembers that magical confluence of time and place with LOVE IS THE SONG WE SING: SAN FRANCISCO NUGGETS 1965-1970, a 4-CD box set of classics and rarities from the golden age of Golden State rock. SAN FRANCISCO NUGGETS is the last word on one of popular music's defining regional scenes -- though as scenes go, the music it produced is remarkably diverse. The 77 tracks heard here share little beyond an artistic adventurousness long encouraged in the City by the Bay (which was a magnet for free thinkers from the days of the Beats. Seismic Rumbles, as the first CD of SAN FRANCISCO NUGGETS is subtitled, maps the fault lines separating the pop sounds of the early 1960s from more adventurous rock inspired by the arrival of The Beatles and Bob Dylan. By mid-decade, most of the pieces were in place for what would soon be called "The San Francisco Sound," and Disc 1 features the pre-Grateful Dead group The Warlocks, the original line-up of the Jefferson Airplane, a pre-hit Grass Roots, influential existentialists The Charlatans, and Country Joe & The Fish posing that timeless question "And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for?"
It wasn't all peace, love, and drugs that made San Francisco the fulcrum of the burgeoning hippie scene in the mid '60s. According to this sprawling 77-track, four-disc set--the third in Rhino's ongoing Nuggets series--it was the music that nurtured and helped create Haight-Ashbury. This expansive package succeeds in presenting the disparate acts involved in that cultural revolution through a detailed aural exploration. Sure, the usual suspects like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Janis Joplin are here, but it's the obscurities and oddities--some never previously available and many more extremely difficult to find--that provide intimate glimpses into the crevices, building blocks, and influences of what was later dubbed the "San Francisco Sound." The platters are broken down into rough category/chronological groupings, with disc three focusing on 1967, the Summer of Love whose 40th anniversary this box's release celebrates. Even there, acts such as the Ace of Cups, the Mystery Trend, and the Loading Zone fly way below the radar. There's lots to absorb, even for genre enthusiasts, but compiler Alex Palao's extensive, track-specific liner notes provide concise yet vital contextual background to guide the listener through a wildly diverse landscape that runs from the British Invasion-styled pop of the Beau Brummels and the soft folk of the Youngbloods to the furious garage psychedelia of the Count Five and the eardrum-bursting, proto-metal power rock of Blue Cheer. --Hal Horowitz
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 9.09 x 11.42 x 0.83 inches; 2.08 Pounds
- Manufacturer : Rhino Records - No SAI
- Original Release Date : 2007
- Date First Available : April 22, 2007
- Label : Rhino Records - No SAI
- ASIN : B000PHX0VE
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: #144,197 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Yes, if you looking at this review, you probably already have many of the artists here, but here they are gathered together in excellent quality.
The book is good as well, it includes many excellent and rare photos, and, as usual for the series, small articles on every song.
Unlike some other people I did not have any problems with extracting CDs - you just need to do it carefully.
If you like even just the couple of bands from the collection - buy it now, you won't be disappointed - 5 out of 5
Like many great scenes, some of the most definite expressions of this cultural earthquake came early. The Beau Brummels were really the first great San Francisco band. They took the Folk-Rock style so ubiquitious in the mid 60s and fused it with the energy of the English Invasion, very much as their counterparts the Byrds did in Southern California. They were not alone, with other bands like the Mojo Men, the We Five, and the Vejtables bringing a local presence to AM radio, to mix with Motown and Liverpool. The first disc really captures this moment, when the elements combined to bring the message of folk music, the electricity of the Beatles and the awareness of generational change together. Something was definitely happening and even Mr Jones knew it. The Dead were still a bar band named the Warlocks and their great "Can't Come Down" gives you a glimpse of their unique power, before they discovered 30 minute jams. Perhaps the most psychedelic band at this point in time were Country Joe and the Fish whose magnificent original version of "Section 43" is here along with the pre-Grace Airplane led by Marty Balin.
Disc 2 brings us the wider scene, the groups on the penninsula and other parts of the Bay Area that contributed to the tapestry. Most of these groups never found the recognition beyond a fine single or an impossible to find album, and this dic is a great treasure trove for even the most hardcore collectors. The momentum is building, the revolution is almost here.
We arrive at the Haight on disc 3, begining with the best recorded moment by the legendary Charlatans, "Alabama Bound." Moby Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Airplane and Dead in their glory; so much was happening all at once. But we also had the Mystery trend, Serpent Power, Blue Cheer and Sly and the Family Stone. It was not a monolitic sound so much as a diverse embarrassment of riches, elements of R&B, Folk, Pop, Acid Rock and outright weirdness all going on on the same stage and echoing in the ears and often-expanded minds of the locals and runaways that populated the streets.
The final disc covers the aftermath of the explosion, with bands like Santana, It's a Beautiful Day and the Sons of Champlin getting their moment in the fog, if you will. Of all the discs, this one is the most familiar in terms of track selection, the energy diminishes despite the greatness of individual efforts. The Summer is over kids, back to real life.
The packaging is really singular in the history of cd packaging, not a booklet, a bonafide book. Great and previously unseen photos along with the complete backstory on everyone, famous and one-hit wonders alike. I do agree the discs are best removed and stored in jewel cases. This is time travel to a glorious past and history of a turbulant era as well. There is certainly tragedy and wistful sadness here as well as joy and love, but that is what makes it great art as well as cherished memories. They got it right.
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The collection highlights more of an overall SF atmosphere than a specific unified sound and shows what a unique city San Francisco was for artists of that period. Some tracks will be over familiar and some unknown, and we could all choose some to leave out or different ones to add. Although far from perfect this is a true labour of love by someone who has done his research with great care. The CDs are loosely themed under the headings "Seismic Rumbles", "Suburbia", "Summer of Love" & "The Man Can't Bust Our Music".
The book is nothing less than sumptuous with 120 pages of rare photographs and information. Each track is reviewed in detail with recording information and pictures of the sleeves where available. The only criticism would be the way the CDs are housed in the back of the book; my discs are showing signs of scuffing from fitting at the factory. Great care would be needed handling them over a period of time.
The collection is a worthy addition to the "Nuggets" family, although the term nuggets can't be genuinely applied to a number of the tracks many of us will already own. Check out the price on Amazon's sellers as retailers such as Caiman currently offer this package for around £28, which makes it truly excellent value.
Musically the contents are a blast from the past although the inclusion of certain tracks was inexcusable since they've been released by everyone who's even thought of having a stab at an overview of this brilliant genre of music.The photos are superb as is the rest of the book.Ideal for the hippy in denial for Christmas,if you're buying this set get some plastic sleeves to stick the discs in from the start,you'll be glad that you did in years to come.
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Hier sind ein paar Songs drauf, die auch schon auf der "First Psychedelic Era" 4-CD Box drauf sind. Aber nur 4 oder 5 Stück... Man bedenke, dass in den 60s auch nicht sooooooo viel Musik rausgekommen ist. Und bei einer thematischen Neuordnung sich das dann auch überschneidet.
Die CD Einschübe im Umband sind optisch sehr schön, ABER verkratzen sie bei jedem rein und rausschieben die CD erheblich! Ich hab jetz alle CDs in extra Hüllen gemacht um das zu vermeiden und nur Sicherungskopien direkt im Buch!