The album is a unique insight into the vitality and joy of that heady time, but benefits from terrific recording quality.
The tracks on Children of Nuggets were chosen by Alec Palao and Gary Stewart and represent a later period. Palao writes in the liner notes that they were following Kaye's original objective which, he said, was to "compile together the good tracks from all those albums that only have one good track".  The exact scope of the Children set is vaguely defined, a fact which has led some critics to express reservations about the concept, with one reviewer complaining that the compilers are trying to define an era that "didn't exist".  The song selection gives particular prominence to the artists that formed Los Angeles ' Byrds -influenced Paisley Underground scene in the 1980s, with tracks by Rain Parade , Dream Syndicate , The Three O'Clock , Green on Red , and the Bangles (recording under their earlier name as the Bangs) all featuring.