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Michael Nesmith – 4 LPs !

Michael Nesmith X 4 LPs

Four great albums from the talented Monkee!

Robert Michael Nesmith (b. December 30, 1942) in Harris County, Texas, is a musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known for his time in the musical group The Monkees and on the TV series of the same name.

Nesmith is also notable as a hit songwriter, including “Different Drum” sung by Linda Ronstadt with the Stone Poneys. Nesmith also won the first Grammy Award (1981) given for Video of the Year for his hour-long Elephant Parts.

Michael Nesmith – Magnetic South (1970)

Magnetic South is the second album by Michael Nesmith, released in 1970. It peaked at Number 143 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.

A single, “Joanne/One Rose” was taken from the album and reached Number 21 on the Billboard singles charts and Number 6 on the Adult Contemporary charts. It was the highest position of Nesmith’s solo career.

Five of the album’s eleven tracks are from Nesmith’s career with The Monkees. The first four tracks were recorded in 1968-69 for The Monkees, while “Hollywood” was also recorded in 1968 but first demoed by Nesmith for possible inclusion on the album Headquarters. The Monkees connection to the First National Band not only involved Nesmith’s compositions – band members John London played bass on several Monkees tracks and appeared as an extra on several episodes of the TV show and Red Rhodes had played on a few 1969 Monkees tracks, notably “Steam Engine.”

Felton Jarvis was given production credit even though he did no actual production work — the credit is primarily a tip for Jarvis, given that he’d helped sign The First National Band to RCA.[citation needed]

Allmusic stated in their review “Mixing a country sound with a rocker’s instincts and blending airy thoughts on the nature of life and love with iconography of life in the West that brought together the old and the new, Michael Nesmith reveled in contradictions on Magnetic South, making them sound as comfortable as well-worn cowboy boots and as fun as a Saturday night barn dance. It’s a minor masterpiece of country-rock, and while the Eagles may have sold more records, Nesmith yodels a hell of a lot better than any of them.”

Magnetic South was reissued in 1999 as 16 Original Classics with five bonus tracks.


1. Calico Girlfriend (2:36)
2. Nine Times Blue (1:36)
3. Little Red Rider (2:39)
4. The Crippled Lion (3:13)
5. Joanne (3:10)
6. First National Rag (0:23)
7. Mama Nantucket (2:40)
8. Keys to the Car (2:55)
9. Hollywood (5:05)
10. One Rose (3:30)
11. Beyond the Blue Horizon (5:53)

Michael Nesmith – Loose Salute (1970)

Loose Salute is the third album by Nesmith, released in 1970 and dedicated to Tony Richland. It peaked at No. 159 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.

The version of “Listen To The Band” featured here is the song’s third version; previous versions appeared on 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (featuring The Monkees’ final performance of the 1960s with Peter Tork) and as a late-1969 single by The Monkees. A quasi-instrumental number, “First National Dance,” was recorded for the album but replaced at the last minute by “Silver Moon”. A cover of Jerry Reed’s song “Guitar Man” was recorded but not issued on the album.

Allmusic stated in their review “Loose Salute doesn’t cohere quite as well as Magnetic South, but the material is strong, the band sounds great, and Michael Nesmith offered even more surprises than he had in his first turn at bat; it’s one of the strongest records in his catalog as a solo artist.”


1. Silver Moon (3:15)
2. I Fall to Pieces (2:59)
3. Thanx for the Ride (2:58)
4. Dedicated Friend (2:33)
5. Conversations (3:33)
6. Tengo Amore (3:00)
7. Listen to the Band (2:36)
8. Bye, Bye, Bye (3:19)
9. Lady of the Valley (2:58)
10. Hello Lady (3:45)

Michael Nesmith – Nevada Fighter (1971)

Nevada Fighter is the fourth album by Nesmith, released in 1971. It peaked at No. 70 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts, the highest position since the beginning of Nesmith’s solo career.

John London and John Ware left the group in late November 1970. Two tracks were left to finish the album – “Here I Am” (recorded in early January 1971) and “Only Bound” (recorded in late January). Nesmith recruited James Burton, Joe Osborn, and Ron Tutt to help finish the album — all three had worked with Nesmith during his days with The Monkees.

The track “Nevada Fighter” was originally recorded under the title “Apology.” “Propinquity” was the third version of this song Nesmith recorded — he demoed it for The Monkees in 1966 and recorded a 1969 version for the group.


1. Grand Ennui (2:10)
2. Propinquity (I’ve Just Begun to Care) (2:59)
3. Here I Am (3:19)
4. Only Bound (3:27)
5. Nevada Fighter (3:08)
6. Texas Morning (3:23)
7. Tumbling Tumbleweeds (3:43)
8. I Looked Away (3:16)
9. Rainmaker (3:17)
10. René (1:42)

Michael Nesmith – Wichita Train Whistle Sings (1968)

“This album was released in 1967, as a side project by Michael Nesmith while he was still with the Monkees. It features instrumental versions of Nesmith songs that he had already recorded with the Monkees, played by a huge 51 piece orchestra. The songs have pretty eccentic arrangements, to the point that some of them are barely recognizable, if you are familiar with the Monkees’ versions of these songs. A moderately entertaining album. The CD version of the album is basically an “official” bootleg released by Michael Nesmith himself. The CD was mastered from playback of an old mono vinyl LP”

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