By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY
The Standells' Riot on Sunset Strip, the first of 101 tracks, sets
the tone for Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968, a
box set compiling pop, rock, folk, country, canyon hybrids and
psychedelia from the hottest Hollywood clubs to the distant 'burbs of
Riverside and Bakersfield. The $65 four-CD collection, out Sept. 22,
is the latest edition of Rhino Records' Nuggets surveys of 1960s
alternative music, which co-producer Andrew Sandoval dubs "what could
have happened had music charted on merit alone."
Such acts as The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield share space with
tracks by the Bobby Fuller Four, The Seeds, Modern Folk Quartet and
Kaleidoscope. Highlights include Warren Zevon and Bones Howe
performing (You Used to) Ride So High, Jan & Dean's Fan Tan, Van Dyke
Parks' Come to the Sunshine and a demo of Sit Down I Think I Love You
by Stephen Stills and Richie Furay.
Hear a track from each disc at rhino.com/LANuggets.