Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets Release Party

Posted by Amoebite, September 25, 2009 05:41pm | Post a Comment
We celebrated the release of Rhino's new box set Los Angeles Nuggets: Where the Action Is! with an in-store performance and signing at Amoeba Hollywood on September 22, 2009 featuring a number of the acts from the box set, including: Jackie DeShannon, Keith Allison, Danny Hutton, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The Standells, and P.F. Sloan! Compilation co-producer Andrew Sandoval was also there, spinning garage, sunshine pop, and singer-songwriter gems from the box set.

PF Sloan

Prolific LA songwriter (and performer in his own right) P.F. Sloan delivers his box set inclusion "Halloween Mary"...Sloan had his biggest hits with "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers and "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire...his backing band included locals the Wondermints.

Wondermints Guitar

Wondermints guitarist wields his minty fresh axe.

Fantastic Baggys

P.F. Sloan (2nd left) penned hundreds of songs and performed in many guises...this album, put together with longtime associate Steve Barri (2nd right) is an amazing simulation of circa '64 Beach Boys...the song "Surfin' Craze" was featured in an episode of the Flintstones. 

Singer/Songstress Jackie DeShannon...had top 10s with "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" (which she wrote)...also penned Kim Carnes' monster '81 hit "Bette Davis Eyes" and Searchers' (and her) classic "When You Walk in the Room"...performed her '66 single pairing with the Byrds "Splendor in the Grass."
Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannon - Laurel Canyon Jackie DeShannon Gatefold
Jackie DeShannon's 1968 Laurel Canyon LP is a song cycle about LA...when I told her how much I dug this record she got really happy and said it was her personal fave and was very stoked that it had been released on CD a couple of years ago.

Danny Hutton

Irish born/Hollywood raised singer Danny Hutton performs his '65 regional smash "Roses and Rainbows"...Hutton went on to great success as a core member of Three Dog Night.

Lance FentJohn MerrillAlan Brackett

Personal heroes of mine the Peanut Butter Conspiracy played their '66 gem "Eventually"...From left to right: lead guitarist Lance Fent bends a note; John Merrill (author of my fave PBC tune "Dark On You Now"); Alan Brackett.

Peanut Butter Conspiracy LPPeanut Butter Conspiracy Album 2

Peanut Butter Conspiracy's debut album The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading (from '67)...left to right Alan Brackett (bass/vocals), Jim Voight (drums, R.I.P.), John Merrill (vocals/guitar), Lance Fent (lead guitar, killer sarape), Barbara "Sandi" Robison (vocals, R.I.P.). RIGHT: The 2nd PBC album, The Great Conspiracy, from circa '68...Bill Wolfe (far right on cover) replaces Lance Fent.

John (Fleck) Fleckenstein of a revolving door of bassists during the Standells' heyday...Fleck played with Arthur Lee in the formative versions of the band Love.

Paul DowningPaul Downing telecaster

The Standells' current guitarist Paul Downing rips into the riff for "Riot on the Sunset Strip" on a beautiful Telecaster.

Standells rad Try It LP...the same titled single "Try It" was really banned on some stations...left to right: John (Fleck) Fleckenstein (bass), Dick Dodd (drums/vocals), Larry Tamblyn (keyboards/vocals), (in front) Tony Valentino (lead guitar).

Larry Tamblyn

Organist/vocalist Larry Tamblyn (brother of actor Russ) sings "Riot On the Sunset Strip"...original vocalist/drummer Dick Dodd was in attendance and signed autographs, but sat out the performance.

Keith Allison (far right during his late 60's run with PauPaul Revere & The Raiders LPl Revere & the Raiders) performed first at the release party with co-vocals from songsmith/singer Bobby Hart of Boyce & Hart fame...Allison did "Action, Action, Action," included on the box set.

Electric Prunes LP

A nice surprise was running into Electric Prunes lead vocalist James Lowe (top right)...this West San Fernando Valley band delivered psych classics "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" and "Get Me To The World On Time"...their "Hideaway" is included on the box set.

Kim Fowley

Notorious Hollywood hustler/producer/songwriter/performer/presence Kim Fowley takes in the of the LA Nuggets set Andrew Sandoval spins LA records at the DJ booth under the marquee.

Bobby Hart

It was nice to meet Bobby Hart of Boyce & Hart...this duo wrote many hits for the Monkees (and others) including "Last Train to Clarksville" and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone."

Nuggets Poster

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