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Complete First National Band Recordings

Michael NesmithAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Videoranch
  • ASIN: B0002DRDJG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Calico Girlfriend
2. Nine Times Blue
3. Little Red Rider
4. The Crippled Lion
5. Joanne
6. Mama Nantucket
7. Keys to the Car
8. Hollywood
9. One Rose
10. Beyond the Blue Horizon
11. Silver Moon
12. I Fall To Pieces
13. Thanx For the Ride
14. Dedicated Friend
15. Conversations
16. Tengo Amore
17. Listen To The Band
18. Bye, Bye, Bye
19. Lady Of The Valley
20. Hello Lady
See all 30 tracks on this disc

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Docked a star for not being remastered December 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Apart from Gram Parson's work with the International Submarine Band, Byrds and Burritos, this is as good a place as any to start if you're interested in the roots of country/rock.

However, I'd recommend the "two-fer" packages (MAGNETIC SOUTH/LOOSE SALUTE and NEVADA FIGHTER/TANTAMOUNT TO TREASON) over this particular package as those recordings have been re-mastered...and believe me, these recordings needed to be remastered!

At any rate, a case can be made that Nesmith's songwriting was at a peak at this point in his career and these tunes need to be heard.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars from vinyl November 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The quality of Nesmith's first three albums is not in dispute. The music contained here is fantastic, if not as richly experimental as the album that followed. However, unless this set has been remastered since its original release - a big if - the music on the first disc (Magnetic South, Loose Salute) is absolutely taken from vinyl sources. In a misguided effort to disguise the many inherent pops & clicks, as well as abundant surface noise (all still occasionally audible), the high end has been mostly stripped leaving the recordings sounding very bassy and tinny in the middle. Loose Salute suffers most from this treatment. The second disc (Nevada Fighter) is also most likely taken from vinyl, though a cleaner source than was used for the first two albums. The unfortunate result is that the rich, warm fidelity of the original LP's is completely missing from this set. This music certainly deserves better, though one could argue it's better to have these tunes this way than not at all.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nesmith's Post-Monkees Masterpieces November 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Michael Nesmith's history as an artist is a tale of two careers. As a Monkee in the late-sixties, he was part of a commercial juggernaut that produced a number of hit singles. As a solo artist he garnered critical raves for his first three post-Monkees albums where he was backed by the First National Band and helped launch country rock. While he seldom gets the credit, Nesmith's work with the First National Band was every bit as influential as the Byrds or the Flying Burrito Brothers. [I say this knowing full well that in the liner notes Nesmith calls this nonsense, saying "Arbitrary categories such as Country Rock or R&B is fostered by schools, perpetuated by fools, creates havoc in the business of arts and tends to oppress artists." But I think he is just being modest.]

For years these three albums--MAGNETIC SOUTH, LOOSE SALUTE (both from 1970) and NEVADA FIGHTER (1971)--have only been available through Nesmith's website. It's nice to see these more readily available.

Each album is presented over two CDs in its entirety. Thirty tracks in all of Nesmith originals and a few well chosen covers. His biggest hit, of course, was "Joanne" (No. 21, 1970), but other highlights include "Calico Girlfriend," "Silver Moon," Tengo Amore" and "Propinquity." Nesmith also breathes new life into such classics as "I Fall to Pieces," "Beyond the Blue Horizon" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."

Nesmith's distinct sound also owes a great deal to the late O.J. "Red" Rhodes on pedal steel, who would perform an every studio album Nesmith ever recorded. If you are a fan of SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO-era Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco or the Eagles, you must add this to your collection. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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3.0 out of 5 stars mastered from vinyl; get the "two-fers" instead September 19, 2012
By S.W.
Format:Audio CD
As both a fan of The Monkees and a fan of Papa Nez, I was excited when I first saw this set. Nesmith was, in my opinion, the most musically talented member of The Monkees, and after he left the Monkees (reducing them to a duo), he made many good (or great) recordings, both with and without the First National Band. (I still haven't heard all of his recordings.) When I saw this set containing ALL of the First National Band recordings on two CDs for under 20 bucks (I have noticed, though, that the tracklisting at Amazon makes the set appear to be a single, 30-track CD), I said "I HAVE to get that!" However, I was rather disappointed when I discovered that the tracks had been taken from vinyl. While I'm not vehemently opposed to CDs being mastered from vinyl, a vinyl source simply can't compare to a good digital remaster, at least not in my opinion. I don't really know why this set was mastered from vinyl in the first place; I guess the master tapes weren't available or something. After being disappointed by this set, I decided to get the "two-fer" CD pairing Magnetic South with Loose Salute, and the one pairing Nevada Fighter with Tantamount To Treason (which Nesmith recorded with the Second National Band). Thankfully, the songs are remastered on those CDs. I would advise you to get those CDs instead of this set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer pleasure for Nesmith fans November 27, 2010
By Ruby
Format:Audio CD
Mike Nesmith's music, in my opinion, is the spiritual heir of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, with lingering soulful, haunting, and picturesque melodies. What he does with old standards, romantic, sassy or jazzy, is just as beautiful and respectful. I could listen to his stuff for hours. Oh wait...I do.
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