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Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era is a groundbreaking compilation album of American garage rock singles released in the mid-to-late 1960s. It was assembled byJac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, and Lenny Kaye, later lead guitarist for the Patti Smith Group. The original double album was released on LP by Elektra in 1972 with liner notes by Kaye that contained one of the first uses of the term “punk rock“. It was reissued with a new cover design by Sire Records in 1976 and more recently as an expanded four-CD box set in 1998.

Jon Savage, in his history of the UK punk rock scene, England’s Dreaming, cites Nuggets as a major influence on punk bands and includes it in his essential punk discography, alongsideIggy and the Stooges‘ Raw Power.

Many other compilation albums took their cue from Nuggets, including the PebblesRubble – 20 volumes of mainly UK psychedelia released in the 1980s – and Back From the Grave series.Nuggets spawned an entire cottage industry of small record labels dedicated to unearthing and releasing obscure but worthy garage and psychedelic rock music from the 1960s.

In 1998 Rhino brought the original LP to CD, reproducing the original song sequence and liner notes. However, rather than releasing a single-disc release of the original LP, Rhino put the original disc in a box set with three other discs, an extra 91 songs in total that were not on the original LP. Contrary to popular belief, many of the songs were American Top 40 hits: more than a third of the original Nuggets would fall into that category, while Rhino’s expanded set featured such smash hits as “Incense and Peppermints” by Strawberry Alarm Clock (#1), “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen (#2), “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (#2), “Little Bit o’ Soul” by The Music Explosion (#2), and “Time Won’t Let Me” by The Outsiders (#5). “Louie, Louie” and “Farmer John” are the only recordings that fall outside the set’s stated time frame of 1965-1968; one having been released in 1963 and the latter having been released in 1964.

In 2006 in Europe (and again in 2012 worldwide), Rhino released a remastered version of the original album on a single compact disc in a miniaturized replica of the original gatefold sleeve. This version was also released (in 2012) in double album LP and digital formats. The 2012 version included updated release notes from Kaye and Jac Holzman.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 196 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[3]

In the mid-to-late 1980s, Rhino released a series of fifteen albums that bore the Nuggets name. The first twelve of these albums each focused on either a specific garage-rock subgenre or location, while the last three took a more global approach. This series provided much of the source material for the box set.

In 2001, Rhino released Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969, a four-CD box set. While the original Nuggets focused on the American scene, the second compilation shifted its focus to the rest of the world, collecting cuts from the United Kingdom (such as the Pretty Things and Small Faces), Australia (The Easybeats), New Zealand (The La De Das), Canada (The Guess Who and The Haunted), Japan (The Mops), Iceland(Thor’s Hammer), Peru (We All Together) and Brazil (Os Mutantes).

In 2004, Rhino released two more compilations using the Nuggets title, Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults and Come to the Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults. Both discs were released through Rhino’s internet-only label Rhino Handmade in limited pressings of 7500 each.

Rhino also released a four-CD set of recordings by bands influenced by the original Nuggets, titled, Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era, 1976-1995, in late 2005.