As I mentioned on Monday, I was going to spend the week posting about a series of sealed mid 80’s Nuggets compilations I recently stumbled across. Not at a store or seller’s house, mind you. But sitting amongst my personal collection. I apparently forgot I even had these. Honestly, I’m not sure if I ever knew I had these. I suppose at some point, a point in history for which I have no recall, I did. I was…where? Ah yes, Durham, NC. So yeah, 25 years-and five moves later-I’ve still got sealed copies.
This collection, given the fuzziness of exactly what defines Acid Rock, is all over the pace stylistically, and pretty great – from The Seeds to The Young Rascals to Iron Butterfly to The Monkees to yep, The First Edition. Leave it up to a bunch of ex-New Christy Minstrels (and fronted by Kenny Rogers) to come up with what still stands as one of the great pysch-pop songs – “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In).” Absolutely killer song. Actually, the first couple of First Edition albums provide some pretty sweet listening before the group veered off into some fairly tepid soft country pop, providing the template for a what proved to be a huge solo career from Rogers.
Outside of that somewhat unexpected gem, you have your Love, your Strawberry Alarm Clock, your Byrds and your Seeds. All your acid-dropping faves.
Side One…Love – 7 And 7 Is, Byrds – Eight Miles High, First Edition – Just Dropped In…, Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride, Young Rascals – It’s Wonderful and Monkees – Porpoise Song.
Side Two…Turtles – She’s My Girl, Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense And Peppermints, Seeds – The Wind Blows Her Hair, Vanilla Fudge – You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – I Won’t Hurt You Today.
Like all these comps, includes extensive and killer liner notes, in this case courtesy of Phast Phreddie Patterson, founder of the late 70’s zine Back Door Man (as well as short-lived record label of the same name, having the great distinction of issuing the debut recordings from The Pop!)
All volumes that are available for sale have saw-cuts (natch) and are $35. And all are only up on Discogs at the moment, but I should have ’em posted on Gemm and Musicstack shortly. Should. Like I should have had this blog entry posted yesterday. Okay now.