Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From the British Empire and Beyond

The sequel to Rhino's 1998 retrospective of late-'60s U.S.

The sequel to Rhino's 1998 retrospective of late-'60s U.S. garage rock, Nuggets II is a four-CD examination of the genre and its sub-movements—mod, psychedelia, R&B, twee-pop, pre-industrial, and freakbeat, among others—in the U.K. and the world at large. The 109-track set features such cult favorites as the Creation, the Pretty Things, and Wimple Winch, as well as early recordings by the likes of David Bowie, Ron Wood, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Jeff Lynne, Marc Bolan, Van Morrison, and Dave Edmunds. Just as important, Nuggets II highlights garage rock's influence on bands around the globe, with acts ranging from Iceland and Eastern Europe to Japan and South America. None of the included tracks were bona fide commercial hits; in fact, many are utterly obscure. But artistically, the collection is filled with hidden classics that affirm the genre's vitality and remain enduring examples of rock's DIY spirit and inherent grit.—BG