Children of Nuggets

VARIOUS ARTISTS Children of Nuggets (Rhino) Between the mid-’60s heyday of garage-rock progenitors like the Standells and the current ascendancy of the White Stripes, there were a heap of great bands power-poppin’ away in obscurity. If names like the Flamin’ Groovies, the Lyres, the Cynics, and the Fleshtones get you all hot and bothered, you’ll snap this up.COOL CURIO Virtually every dang song on the four-CD set. But we really like DMZ’s ”Busy Man.” B+

THE BAND A Musical History (Capitol) There aren’t many bands that deserve five-CD retrospectives, but The Band is sure ’nuff one that does. Beginning with their days as Ronnie Hawkins’ backing group, this covers their time aiding and abetting Bob Dylan, as well as their own awesome oeuvre. COOL CURIO A previously unissued take of ”4% Pantomime,” their 1971 collaboration with ”Belfast Cowboy” Van Morrison. A-

DONOVAN Try for the Sun: The Journey of Donovan (Epic Legacy) Donovan used to be thought of as a lightweight; you wanted to wrench that flower from his hand and make him listen to the Velvet Underground. But songs like ”Sunshine Superman,” ”Hurdy Gurdy Man,” and ”Atlantis” (all included on this three-disc set) have aged amazingly well. We’ve been walking around singing ”Epistle to Dippy” for days. COOL CURIO A bonus DVD with an unreleased 1970 Donovan doc. B

THE RAMONES Weird Tales of the Ramones (Sire/ Rhino) These three CDs (and one live DVD) manage to touch on the best from every era of the band’s existence. To die-hard fans who already have all this stuff, the packaging alone is worth it. COOL CURIO A mock EC Ramones comic with art and stories from Bill Griffith, Xaime Hernandez, John Holmstrom, and others. (What, no Art Spiegelman?) A

Children of Nuggets
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