Various Artists – Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970

ARTIST: Various Artists  220px-Loveisthesongwesing

TITLE:  Love is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation


SINGLES: Most of them were

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Songs by the Youngbloods, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & the Fish, Santana, Grateful Dead, Steve Miller Band, Janis Joplin, etc.

LINEUP: Various

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Great collection of 60’s singles and cuts by San Francisco bands that highlight the diversity and sound of that era and place.

 SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Most people associate San Francisco music with the 60’s and the psychedelic sound. While there’s a lot of that, it’s not the entire story of the scene.

There were a lot of bands that were more garage band (the Count Five) or blues bands (Steve Miller) instead of bands like the Grateful Dead. The Jefferson Airplane, for example, was more of a folk band at first (for example, the cut they used “It’s No Secret”) than a psychedelic jam band.

With any collection of this size, there are some clunkers (in order to present a full spectrum of bands, not everything is to one’s taste) and some questionable selections. But that’s not much of a quibble. If you’re interested in exploring the SF sound, grab this.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The Grateful Dead’s track is the single version of “Dark Star”.


GRADE: A-: Since this focuses on a single scene, some of the selections aren’t up to standards (at least to my ears). However, go for it if you love the 60’s.

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