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Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Riot on Sunset Strip - The Standells
    2. You Movin' - The Byrds
    3. You I'll Be Following - Love
    4. Dr. Stone - The Leaves
    5. Go and Say Goodbye - Buffalo Springfield
    6. Zig Zag Wanderer - Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band
    7. Gentle as It May Seem - Iron Butterfly
    8. Candy Cane Madness - Lowell George & The Factory
    9. If You Want This Love - The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
    10. Baby My Heart - Bobby Fuller Four
    11. All Night Long - The Palace Guard
    12. It's Gonna Rain - Sonny & Cher
    13. For My Own - The Guilloteens
    14. Take a Giant Step - Rising Sons
    15. One Too Many Mornings - The Association
    16. Time Waits for No One - The Knack
    17. Take It as It Comes - The Doors
    18. Pulsating Dream - Kaleidoscope
    19. Tripmaker - The Seeds
    20. People in Me, The - The Music Machine
    21. Saturday's Son - The Sons of Adam
    22. Eventually - Peanut Butter Conspiracy
    23. Swim - The Penny Arkade
    24. Third Eye, The - A Joint Effort
    25. Girl in Your Eye - Spirit
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Jump, Jive & Harmonize - Thee Midniters
    2. Back Up - Light
    3. To Die Alone - Bush
    4. Get on This Plane - The Premiers
    5. Little Girl, Little Boy - Odyssey
    6. Hideaway - The Electric Prunes
    7. Listen, Listen! - The Merry-Go-Round
    8. She Done Moved - The Spats
    9. Grim Reaper of Love - The Turtles
    10. See If I Care - Ken & the 4th Dimension
    11. He's Not There Anymore - Chymes
    12. Back Seat '38 Dodge - Opus 1
    13. Eternal Prison - The Humane Society
    14. Revenge - The Others
    15. Come Alive - Things to Come
    16. Acid Head - Velvet Illusions
    17. Guaranteed Love - Limey & The Yanks
    18. Love's the Thing - The Romancers
    19. Underground Lady - Kim Fowley
    20. Pretty Little Thing - Deepest Blue
    21. You're Wishin' I Was Someone Else - The Whatt Four
    22. Hippy Elevator Operator - W.C. Fields
    23. That's for Sure - Mustangs
    24. Tomorrow's Girl - Fapardokly/Merrell & the Exiles
    25. Everything's There - Hysterics
    26. Our Time Is Running Out - Yellow Payges
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Action, Action, Action - Keith Allison
    2. Rebel Kind, The - Dino, Desi & Billy
    3. High on Love - The Knickerbockers
    4. Fan Tan - Jan & Dean
    5. Halloween Mary - P.F. Sloan
    6. Somebody Groovy - The Mamas & the Papas
    7. Daydreaming - Thorinshield
    8. Just Can't Wait - Full Treatment
    9. Yellow Balloon - Yellow Balloon
    10. Times to Come, The - London Phogg
    11. No More Running Around - The Lamp of Childhood
    12. Little Girl Lost-And-Found - The Garden Club
    13. Mothers and Fathers - Moon
    14. My Girlfriend Is a Witch - October Country
    15. Montage Mirror - Roger Nichols & the Small Circle of Friends
    16. Flower Eyes - Pasternak Progress
    17. Come Down - The Common Cold
    18. Jill - Gary Lewis & the Playboys
    19. Daily Nightly - The Monkees
    20. Night Time Girl - Modern Folk Quartet
    21. Don't Say No - The Oracle
    22. Tin Angel (Will You Ever Come Down) - Hearts and Flowers
    23. Rainbow Woman - Lee Hazlewood
    24. Poor Old Organ Grinder - Bill Elder/The Pleasure
    25. Baby, Please Don't Go - The Ballroom
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Sit Down I Think I Love You - Richie Furay/Stephen Stills (previously unreleased)
    2. Splendor in the Grass - Jackie DeShannon/The Byrds
    3. November Night - Peter Fonda
    4. Roses and Rainbows - Danny Hutton
    5. Lemon Chimes - The Dillards
    6. Here's Today - Rose Garden
    7. I Love How You Love Me - Nino Tempo/April Stevens
    8. Words - Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart (previously unreleased)
    9. (You Used To) Ride So High - Motorcycle Abeline/Warren Zevon/Bones Howe
    10. Angeles, Los - Gene Clark
    11. Once Upon a Time - Tim Buckley
    12. Darlin' You Can Count on Me - Everpresent Fullness
    13. I'll Search the Sky - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    14. Come to the Sunshine - Van Dyke Parks
    15. Heroes and Villains - The Beach Boys (alternate take)
    16. She Sang Hymns out of Tune - Jesse Lee Kincaid
    17. Sister Marie - Harry Nilsson
    18. Last Night I Had a Dream - Randy Newman
    19. Life Is a Dream - Noel Harrison
    20. Marshmallow Skies - Rick Nelson
    21. I Think I Love You - Del Shannon
    22. Change Is Now - The Byrds
    23. Truth Is Not Real, The - Sagittarius
    24. You Set the Scene - Love
    25. Inner-Manipulations - Barry McGuire
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 519759

  • Credits
    ProducerCheryl Pawelski; Chip Douglas; Curt Boettcher; Danny Hutton; Barry de Vorzon & Perry Botkin, Jr.; Dave Hassinger; Ed Cobb; Eddie Davis; Larry Brown; George Radford; Doug Brown and the Omens; Dan Bourgoise; Gabriel Mekler; Gary Klein; Gary Usher; George Tipton; Dick Torst; Max Uballez; Alana Grace; Tim Alvarado; Dick Parker; Dick Bozzi; Dan Dalton; Howard Kaylan; Hugh Masekela; Johnny Fisher; Dana Reardon; Jerry Merritt; Jac Holzman; Jack Nitzsche; Normann Gregg H. Ratner; Jack Hoffman; Barry Friedman; Norman Malkin; Jan Berry; Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers; Jerry Yester; Jim Dickson; John Boylan; Keith Colley; Kim Fowley; Larry Goldberg; Larry Marks; Larry Tamblyn; Lee Hazlewood; Lenny Waronker; Alec Palao; Lou Adler; Marcus Tybalt; Mark Abramson; Marshal Lieb; Michael Lloyd; Michael Nesmith; Nik Venet; Nino Tempo; Andrew Sandoval; Rick Jarrard; Arthur Lee; Steve Barri; Stewart Levine; Terry Melcher; Tom Wilson; Tommy Boyce; Bill Rinehart; Richard Perry; Bob Keane; Bob Krasnow; Bob Markley; Bobby Hart; Bones Howe; Brian Stone; Brian Wilson; Bruce Botnick; Bud Mathis; Buzz Clifford; Charles Greene
    EngineerChuck Britz; Dave Hassinger; Don Thompson Quartet; Eddie Brackett; "Doc" Siegel; James Hilton; Hank Cicalo; John Haeny; Kearney Barton; Larry Levine; Ami Hadani; Paul Buff; Rafael O. Valentin; Richard Delvy; Richie Podolor; Roy Halee; Armin Steiner; Stan Ross; Tom May; Bones Howe; Bruce Botnick

    Personnel: Sky Saxon (vocals, whistling); Roger McGuinn (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar); P.F. Sloan (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Michael Lloyd (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Buzz Clifford (vocals, guitar, drums, background vocals); Darryl DeLoach (vocals, guitar, percussion); Glenn Ross Campbell (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Chris Darrow, Cyrus Faryar, Paul K. Johnson II, David Lindley, Del Shannon, Johnny Philips, Emitt Rhodes, Jesse Lee Kincaid, Edmund Villareal, Solomon Feldthouse, Tom Carvey, Jan Savage, Jimmy Allen Smith, Fred Olsen, Craig Robert Smith, Chris Ducey, James Hendricks, Jeff Hanna, Jerry Yester, Jim Yester, Keith Allison, Ken Johnson "Snakehips" & His West Indian Dance Band, Merrell Fankhauser, Randy California, Randy Holden, Richie Furay, Rodney Dillard, Russ Giguere, Ry Cooder, Arthur Lee, Stephen Stills, Warren Zevon, Barry McGuire, Bobby Fuller (vocals, guitar); Jackie DeShannon (vocals, acoustic guitar); Peter Fonda (vocals, acoustic 12-string guitar); Steve Hoard (vocals, steel guitar); Doug Dillard, Henry Diltz (vocals, banjo); Jack Ryan (vocals, autoharp); Dean Webb (vocals, mandolin); Randy Newman (vocals, piano); Bobby Hart (vocals, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Tommy Boyce (vocals, organ); Doug Ingle, Matthew Moore, Van Dyke Parks, Jimmy Greenspoon (vocals, keyboards); Micky Dolenz (vocals, Moog synthesizer); Greg Eckler, Brent Cartwright, John Christensen, Richie Hayward (vocals, drums); Curt Boettcher (vocals, wind); Stan Farber, Ron Hicklin (vocals, background vocals); Chip Douglas, Chris Hillman, George Delgado, Bryan Garofalo, Wanda Watkins, Laddie Hutcherson, Danny Hutton, Don Beaudoin, Denny Doherty, Dick Johnson, Michele O'Malley, Dennis Quartet Wilson, Greg "G-Rock" Sanders, Doug Decker, Marty Gish, Johnny Beaudoin, Jim Bell, John Bowman Charles, Gary Lewis, Gary Usher, Dino Martin Jr., Max Uballez, Earl Shackelford, Dan Wheetman, John Merrill, George Caldwell, Harry Nilsson, Smokey Roberds, Howard Kaylan, Mike Gotcher, Ian Freebairn-Smith, Dan Hortter, Shaun Harris, Alan Brackett, Bob Ray, Mike Conley, Jim Lowe , Jim Pons, Kenneth Blevins, Kim Fowley, Al Jardine, Lee Hazlewood, Lowell George, Mark Volman, Michelle Phillips, Nino Tempo, Noel Harrison, April Stevens, Ruthann Friedman, Sandy Salisbury, Sean Bonniwell, Sonny Bono, Taj Mahal, Terry Kirkman, Bill Rinehart, Bill Whitten, John Beck , Brian Wilson , Bruce Johnston, Buddy Randell, Billy Hinsche, Terry Green (vocals); John Noreen (guitar, electric 12-string guitar); Don Owens (guitar, keyboards); Michael Nesmith (guitar, percussion); Jim Reese, Gary Kato, Bernie Leadon, Bryan MacLean (guitar, background vocals); David Archuleta, John A. Walsh, Brian Hartzler, David Blue, Dennis Budimir, Dennis Edwards, Donald Peake, Richard Rosmini, Marty Prue, Ken Williams, Tony Valentino, Jerry Kole, John Popa, Warren Klein, Robert Lee Reiner, Lance Fent, Bruce Kunkel, Lawrence Perez, Mike Deasy Sr. , Charles Chiarenza, Mark Landon, Don Lanier, Lou Natkin, George Dominguez, Jorge Alaniz, James Burton, Bobby Arlin, Ralph Geddes, Alex St. Clair, Jim Tucker, Jimmy Pettit, Al Nichol, Neil Young, Robby Krieger, Russel Johnson, Tommy Tedesco , Billy Strange, Bill Pitman, Ben Benay, Ron Morgan (guitar); Ralph Barr (electric guitar); Mike Post (12-string guitar); Gayle Levant (harp); Del Kacher, Joseph R. Gibbons (mandolin); Hersh Hamel, Bill Plummer (sitar); Darrel Terwilliger (violin, viola, strings); Nathan Kaproff, James Getzoff, George Kast, Bill Kurasch, Tibor Zelig, Sid Sharp, Leonard Malarsky, Ralph Schaeffer (violin, cello); Bernard Kundell, Arnold Belnick (violin, strings); Gerald Vinci, Robert Barene, Marvin Limonick, Ambrose Russo, Henry Ferber, Jack Shulman, Betty Marks, Marshall Sosson, Israel Baker, Nathan Ross (violin); Leonard Selic, Joseph DiFiore, Harry Hyams, Philip Goldberg, Samuel Boghossian (viola); Jerome Reisler (cello, strings); Nathan Gershman, Armand Kaproff, Benjamin Barrett, Joseph Ditullio, Joseph Saxon, Emmet Sargeant , Alexander Murray, Dave Burk, Justin DiTullio, Anne Goodman, Raphael Kramer, Ray Kelley, Jesse Ehrlich, Frederick Seykora (cello); Jack Gootkin, Wilbert Nuttycombe, Johnny Vidor Strings, Alfred Lustgarten, Jack Schulman, Leonard Atkins (strings); William Clark Green (flute); Dan Hood (bagpipe); Tommy Morgan (harmonica); Plas Johnson (reeds, saxophone); Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers, Jay Migliori (reeds); George Radford (saxophone); Dave Wells (trumpet, trombone); Roy Caton, Jules Chaikin, Bobby Helfer, Ray Triscari, Ollie Mitchell, Tony Terran, Bud Brisbois (trumpet); Dick Hyde, Richard Leith, Dick Leith (trombone); Hugh Masekela (brass); Michael Melvoin (piano, harpsichord); Gary Walker (piano); Don Randi (harpsichord, keyboards); Doug Rhodes (organ, background vocals); Larry Rendon, Steve Mendoza, Larry Tamblyn, Peter Tork (organ); Gene Garf, John Branca, Gabriel Mekler, Michele Rubin, Glen D. Hardin, Daryl Hooper, John Locke, Larry Knechtel, Lincoln Mayorga, Ray Manzarek, Tandyn Almer, Roger Kellaway, Byron Olson, Monty Harper (keyboards); Gary Coleman (vibraphone, tambourine, timpani, percussion); Julius Wechter (marimba, percussion); Bones Howe (drums, congas, tambourine); Jim Gordon (drums, congas, percussion); Milt Holland (drums, tabla, percussion); Earl Palmer (drums, tambourine); Ed Thigpen (drums, percussion); Ron Edgar (drums, background vocals); Ted Bluechel, Danny Wagner, David Getz, Manuel Mosqueda, Kevin Kelley , Dewey Martin, Don Murray , Larry Walker, Ed Cassidy, Mike Astor, Larry Brown , Bill Schnetzler, John Vidican, Bobby Donaho, Rick Andridge, Dalton Powell, Steve Lagana, Jeff Salisbury, Dick Dodd, Elliott Franks, Hal Blaine, Frank DeVito , Ed Mikelick, Danny Lamont, Joel Larson, Randy Wimer, Pug Baker, Fast Eddie Hoh, Ron Bushy, Terry Hand, John Densmore, John French, Michael Clarke, Toxey French, John Ware, Jim Voigt (drums); Frank Capp, Gene Estes (timpani, percussion); Max Gralnick (bells); Marshall Lieb (chimes); Bob Tebow, Bob Zwirn, Mitch Gordon, Mike Port, Jerry Penrod, Al Capps, Randy Fuller, Don Glut (background vocals).
    Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Andrew Sandoval.
    Recording information: American Recording, Studio City, CA; Annex Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Audio Arts, Los Angeles, CA; Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA; Columbia Square, Los Angeles, CA; Del-Fi Studios, Los Angelels, CA; Eldorado Studios, Hollywood, CA; Gary S. Paxton Sound Services, Los Angeles, CA; Gold Star, Los Angeles, CA; Gold State Recorders, San Francisco, CA; HR Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Jewel Theater, Los Angeles, CA; Nashville West Los Angeles, CA; Original Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; RCA Studio B, Los Angeles, CA; RCA Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sun West Recordings, Los Angeles, CA; Sunset Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA; T.T. & G, Los Angeles, CA; United Recorders, Studio B, Los Angeles, CA; Vault Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Western Recorders Studio 1, Los Angeles, CA; World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
    Photographer: Andrew Sandoval.
    Arrangers: Donald Peake; Gary Usher; George Tipton; Dan Dalton; Harold Battiste, Jr.; Ian Freebairn-Smith; Jack Nitzsche; Jimmie Haskell; Al Capps; Larry Marks; Lee Hazlewood; Randy Newman; Arthur Lee; Billy Strange.
    WHERE THE ACTION IS! LOS ANGELES NUGGETS: 1956-1968, Rhino's 2009 sequel to their 2007 Nuggets box LOVE IS THE SONG WE SING, shifts the spotlight down the California 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 it up in the form of the Monkees.
    And all of it 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 but 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.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.86) - "[T]his thematically organized, exhaustively annotated four-CD box is a portable riot on the Sunset Strip."
    Q (Magazine) (p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The collection] makes a cast iron case for mid-'60s LA as a hotbed of creativity and weirdness."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.101) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[This focuses] on LA's Sunset Strip as epicentre of an inestimably influential scene, presenting 101 tracks which range from fascinating to downright mindblowing..."
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