Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Where The Action is Adrian G.

Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965–1968” is a compilation of songs recorded by musicians at the Los Angeles Music scene in the late 1960s. “Where the Action Is” belongs to the Nuggets compilations, a series compilations that document obscure musicians, particularily garage rock bands of the late 1960s.  In the late 60s, many people wanted to make music and record companies were more willing to take a chance on many artists in those days.  

Many artists included on the compilation were one-hit wonders or didn’t chart at all. If not all the songs on the collection are of very high quality, I think the main point of the compiltation is to document a conversasion between muscicians in the LA scene.  The songs are inspirational—I will definitily take a few ideas from these recordings.  The Nuggets compilations are known to inspire; the development of the punk rock scene of the mid-late 70s is often attributed to the release of the first nuggets compilation.  A unique feature of the Los Angeles Nuggets is that it features a sample of the studio wizardry that was integral to the Los Angelos sound.  Although studio gloss may not be associated with garage bands, I think what people were doing in the studio was every bit as interesting and subversive as the bands playing live on the Sunset Strip. The eccentricity and self-indlulgance of producers is apparent in the productions of Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys.  The compilation features some ambitious studio projects produced by obscure artists including “Just Can’t Wait” by Buzz Clifford and Dan Moore.  Everybody was experimenting with new sounds.  Over the course of the set, I hear artists growing into a new music world, passing through musical phases that may seem fadist, but are interesting in finding historical patterns.  The compilation also documents musicians’ changing attitudes towards life.  Careers start up and then fade away, but what we have left is a history of people empowered by a new tool of self-expression: rock and roll. From the excitement of a garage band from the outer suburbs of LA doing their first recording session to the learned and sophistacrated Van Dyke Parks, pushing boundries in production and arrangement, Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965–1968” compiles a wide range of inspirational music making in LA.



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