Unfortunately volumes 2, 3 and 4 of the box set don't live up to the original compilation. The original compilation contained wonderful sunshine pop moments like Sit Down I Think I Love You - how could a track written by Stephen Stills, produced by Lenny Waronker, arranged by Van Dyke Parks and performed by a band formed by Sly Stone go wrong? But the other three CDs stick too closely to the three-chord guitar band caricature that grew up around the album. Still a great set though.

Rhino have recently released a companion volume - Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire & Beyond. But for the real deal, try the Pebbles series of compilations, and the UK Ripples comps, for a fuller view of the myriad genres encompassed by the original.

Tracklist for the original compilation (disc one of the box):

  1. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) - The Electric Prunes
  2. Dirty Water - The Standells
  3. Night Time - The Strangeloves
  4. Lies - The Knickerbockers
  5. Respect - The Vagrants
  6. A Public Execution - Mouse
  7. No Time Like The Right Time - The Blues Project
  8. Oh Yeah - The Shadows Of Knight
  9. Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds
  10. Moulty - The Barbarians
  11. Don't Look Back - The Remains
  12. An Invitation To Cry - The Magicians
  13. Liar, Liar - The Castaways
  14. You're Gonna Miss Me - The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
  15. Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
  16. Hey Joe - The Leaves
  17. Romeo & Juliet - Michael And The Messengers
  18. Sugar And Spice - The Cryan Shames
  19. Baby Please Don't Go - The Amboy Dukes
  20. Tobacco Road - Blues Magoos
  21. Let's Talk About Girls - Chocolate Watch Band
  22. Sit Down, I Think I Love You - The Mojo Men
  23. Run, Run, Run - The Third Rail
  24. My World Fell Down - Sagittarius
  25. Open My Eyes - Nazz
  26. Farmer John - The Premiers
  27. It's-A-Happening - The Magic Mushrooms