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Michael Nesmith – 4 LPs !

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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)
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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.

Tracklisting

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)
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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.”


Tracklisting

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)
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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.



Tracklisting

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)
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“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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August 27, 2008 Posted by | Michael Nesmith, Music_Pop, The Monkees, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

The Monkees – Changes (Remastered plus Bonus Tracks)

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The Monkees – Changes (Remastered plus Bonus Tracks)

This was the final studio release to bear The Monkees’ name until their mid-’80s comeback.

This 1970 release features Micky Dolenz and lil Davy Jones – the only two group members left at that point.

This 1994 CD version includes deluxe packaging, newly penned liner notes, and three rare bonus tracks!

Tracklisting

1. Oh My My (Single/LP Version) The Monkees 3:02

2. Ticket On A Ferry Ride (LP Version) The Monkees 3:30

3. You’re So Good To Me (LP Version) The Monkees 2:34

4. It’s Got To Be Love (LP Version) The Monkees 2:25

5. Acapulco Sun (LP Version) The Monkees 2:54

6. 99 Pounds (LP Version) The Monkees 2:28

7. Tell Me Love (LP Version) The Monkees 2:38

8. Do You Feel It Too? (LP Version) The Monkees 2:37

9. I Love You Better (Single/LP Version) The Monkees 2:27

10. All Alone In The Dark (LP Version) The Monkees 2:52

11. Midnight Train (LP Version) The Monkees 2:07

12. I Never Thought It Peculiar (LP Version) The Monkees 2:28

13. Time And Time Again (LP Version) The Monkees 2:47

14. Do It In The Name Of Love (Single/Deluxe reissue album Version) Micky Dolenz & Davy Jones/The Monkees 2:08

15. Lady Jane (Single/LP Version) The Monkees 2:45

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April 24, 2008 Posted by | Music_Pop, The Monkees, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Monkees – Just Us (1996)

The Monkees – Just Us (1996)
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This album was released in 1996, for the Monkees 30th Anniversary.

For the first time since 1968, all four Monkees contributed to the album. And for the first time ever, the Monkees performed all the instruments, sang all the notes, and wrote all the songs!

They were probably shooting for something like their classic album Headquarters.

There are a few interesting moments here,

Tracklisting

1. Circle Sky (LP Version) 3:33

2. Never Enough (LP Version) 2:58

3. Oh, What A Night (Album Version) 3:12

4. You And I (“Justus” Album Version) 2:57

5. Unlucky Stars (LP Version) 3:11

6. Admiral Mike (LP Version) 3:23

7. Dyin’ Of A Broken Heart (LP Version) 3:09

8. Regional Girl (LP Version) 3:16

9. Run Away From Life (LP Version) 2:43

10. I Believe You (LP Version) 3:41

11. It’s My Life (LP Version) 3:41

12. It’s Not Too Late (LP Version) 4:03

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April 23, 2008 Posted by | Music_Pop, The Monkees, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Monkees – Live in Japan 1968

In the early days of The Monkees, there was some fuss over the fact that session musicians played on their first couple of albums.

Add to this the fact that they had been brought together for a TV series, any thought of artistic integrity or status was a definite no.

However they were fun, their fan base included The Beatles, and repeats of the TV series, still appear time and again on cable and satellite channels.

However by 1968 the TV series was over, the band completed a Far East tour, the last with Peter Tork as part of the band at that juncture, and their very alternative and psychedelic film ‘Head’ was released.

This is from the ‘Far East’ tour, and captures a band that at least live, probably still had something to prove.

You can also enjoy a couple of ‘hot rocking’ Japanese DJ’s whose voice overs, bring a huge smile to my face, somehow I think this was pretty serious stuff for them.

Clearly from a radio broadcast of the show – FM thankfully – but remember this was 1968, so don’t expect audio heaven, that said it is highly listenable, after the initial intros.

This boot is apparently called ‘Made In Japan – 1968’ and the actual concert was at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on the 4th October 1968.

Set list is:

01 – Last Train To Clarksville
02 – I Wanna Be Free
03 – DW Washburn
04 – Daydream Believer
05 – Cuddly Toy
06 – Salesman
07 – It’s Nice To Be With You
08 – Mary, Mary
09 – Cindy, Cindy
10 – Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig Porky
11 – Johnny B Goode
12 – Gonna Build A Mountain
13 – I Got A Woman
14 – I’m A Believer
15 – (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone

As you would expect the band line up was:

Micky Dolenz: Drums, Vocals
Davy Jones: Percussion, Bass, Vocals
Michael Nesmith: Guitar, Vocals
Peter Tork: Bass, Organ, Banjo, Vocals

Here be monkees:

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March 31, 2008 Posted by | Music_Pop, The Monkees, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Monkees – Live in Japan 1968

In the early days of The Monkees, there was some fuss over the fact that session musicians played on their first couple of albums.

Add to this the fact that they had been brought together for a TV series, any thought of artistic integrity or status was a definite no.

However they were fun, their fan base included The Beatles, and repeats of the TV series, still appear time and again on cable and satellite channels.

However by 1968 the TV series was over, the band completed a Far East tour, the last with Peter Tork as part of the band at that juncture, and their very alternative and psychedelic film ‘Head’ was released.

This is from the ‘Far East’ tour, and captures a band that at least live, probably still had something to prove.

You can also enjoy a couple of ‘hot rocking’ Japanese DJ’s whose voice overs, bring a huge smile to my face, somehow I think this was pretty serious stuff for them.

Clearly from a radio broadcast of the show – FM thankfully – but remember this was 1968, so don’t expect audio heaven, that said it is highly listenable, after the initial intros.

This boot is apparently called ‘Made In Japan – 1968’ and the actual concert was at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on the 4th October 1968.

Set list is:

01 – Last Train To Clarksville
02 – I Wanna Be Free
03 – DW Washburn
04 – Daydream Believer
05 – Cuddly Toy
06 – Salesman
07 – It’s Nice To Be With You
08 – Mary, Mary
09 – Cindy, Cindy
10 – Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig Porky
11 – Johnny B Goode
12 – Gonna Build A Mountain
13 – I Got A Woman
14 – I’m A Believer
15 – (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone

As you would expect the band line up was:

Micky Dolenz: Drums, Vocals
Davy Jones: Percussion, Bass, Vocals
Michael Nesmith: Guitar, Vocals
Peter Tork: Bass, Organ, Banjo, Vocals

Here be monkees:

http://www.mediafire.com/?fnmlyzzdzj3

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March 31, 2008 Posted by | Music_Pop, The Monkees, _MUSIC | Leave a comment