LP - Various Artists - Michigan Nuggets - 2xLP
For vinyl collectors of artifacts from 1960s Michigan, the holy grail is Michigan Nuggets, an impressive double LP set released on the Belvedere label. The 31 cuts include many of the biggest Detroit-area garage band local hits of the '60s including those by the Woolies, the Rationals, the Unrelated Segments, the Shy Guys, the Human Beings, Tim Tam & the Turn-Ons, the Wanted, the Underdogs, and the Tidal Waves. It also has seven rare Bob Seger recordings from the Hideout label including "Persecution Smith," "Chain Smokin," and "East Side Story." In addition to all these treasures, the double album features four early MC5 titles, and the hard-to-find Amboy Dukes single "You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire." For laughs, you even get an audio curio called "An Important Message" featuring Dr. Jack van Impe railing against the evils of rock and roll! This is one of the very best garage-oriented compilations of the era, and a pretty diverse one. The sound is excellent, as are the liner notes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve. Edition of 500. Also includes tracks by Terry Knight & The Pack, ? & The Mysterians, Southbound Freeway, and Ormandy.