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Live at the Palais

Michael NesmithAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (January 1, 1970)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Videoranch
  • ASIN: B0002DB5OK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Grand Ennui
2. Calico Girlfriend
3. Propinquity
4. Joanne
5. Roll with the Flow
6. Some of Shelly's Blues
7. Silver Moon
8. Nadine Is That You
9. Grand Ennui (Live at Armadillo)
10. Capsule (Live at Armadillo)
11. Crippled Lion (Gretsch Concert)
12. Listen to the Band (Gretsch Concert)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIVE AT PALAIS--GREAT TO SEE IT ON CD June 21, 2004
By david
Format:Audio CD
I BOUGHT THIS ALBUM IN 79 OR 80 NEW IN THE STORE. THE CONCERT WAS RECORDED IN AUSTRALIA NOV 10,1977. CONCERT HAS AN MORE OF AN ELECTRIC ROCK SOUND THAN THE LIVE AT THE BRITT 92 CONCERT. AL STEWART IS HELPING ON LEAD GUITAR AS HE DID ON THE NEXT STUDIO ALBUM INFINITE RIDER IN 1979. GREAT TO HAVE PALAIS ON CD AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. (IM ONLY 37 MIND YOU). THE CD HAS BONUS TRACKS FROM LATER CONCERTS: GRAND ENNUI AND CAPSULE FROM THE 1981 LIVE AT THE ARMADILLO. ALSO CRIPPLED LION AND LISTEN TO THE BAND FROM THE 1995 GRETSCH CONCERT. DONT LET THIS CD GET AWAY. BUY IT!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Country-Rock Classic June 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
For new listeners as well as those of us who have had the original LP since its 1977 release, the CD version of this overlooked country-rock classic is a welcome supplement, moreso due to its four additional live tracks from 1981 and 1995. Each of Nez's bands has its merits. The 1977 concert (from which Nesmith refreshingly admits overdubbing a couple of his own flubs) features seven Nesmith standards and a Chuck Berry cover. The standards lean toward the long side, with the shortest clocking in at about five minutes. However, it's good to hear the band stretch out on songs that originally ran around three minutes, and the slower, statelier numbers ("Joanne", "Silver Moon") manage to avoid lugubriousness thanks to the atmospheric pedal steel of former Flying Burrito Brother Al Perkins. The band is a worthy rock ensemble, including drummer John Ware from Nesmith's original First National Band. Nesmith plays electric rhythm guitar throughout, while Perkins shines on lead, particularly on several B-bender solos as well as the encore, an energetic cover of Chuck Berry's "Nadine Is It You." For Nesmith fans, this is Nez's first of several live albums; for Al Perkins fans, the Palais concert makes a worthy bookend to another live country-rock classic, 1972's "Last of the Red Hot Burritos," another showcase for Perkins' exceptional soloing as well as pedal steel skills. The bonus cuts highlight two subsequent Nesmith concerts from the 80s and 90s. Both feature longtime Nesmith associate/keyboardist John Hobbs, while the latter band includes two more former Chris Hillman bandmates (as was Perkins), Desert Rose Band alumni Steve Duncan (drums) and guitarist John Jorgensen, the latter of whom graced many of Nesmith's finer recordings of the 90s. This latter show closes with a loose rendition of the Monkees' "Listen to the Band," which like "Nadine" two decades earlier, reminds the audience that Nesmith isn't taking himself too seriously after all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock'n'Roll Nesmith... August 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A Nesmith album with a more rock flavor than his previous efforts, the songs still have a slightly Western flavor, not unlike some of the then recent efforts by his contemporaries like Eagles. While his web site indicates this was never one of Nes's favorites (he apparently was displeased with the performances), his fans largely disagree. A fan "fave", this album has been reissued in expanded form on CD, as noted on the official web site, because of fan interest. The performances are not flawless, but are professional, full of life, and real energy, emotion & character. The arrangements on many songs are unique and distinct from the album versions, making the set that much more compelling, and I personally like many of these versions the best. In particular, "Roll With the Flow" shines. It was released as a single originally. The bonus performances on the CD version only serve to make it that much more compelling. As a LONGtime fan, I can't give this album higher praise than to say that it is one of my special favorites. If you like Michael Nesmith, or late '70's SW album rock, or both, you can't go wrong with "Live At the Palais".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only one way to get this CD now July 4, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Since this CD is out of print and neither Amazon, nor eBay, nor anyone else knows when it will be available again, the only way to obtain it is to go to Michael Nesmith's Videoranch Web site and order it either as a digital download, or as a custom CD, which the Videoranch people will burn for you. The CD sounds fine; it is more hard-rocking and not as good as Live at the Britt Festival, although it is entertaining. Most of the material is from Nesmith's RCA period, except for a cover version of Chuck Berry's "Nadine (Is That You)?," and one of the bonus tracks, "Capsule," originally included on Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma.

The original album was recorded in Australia in 1977 and released in 1978. The first two bonus tracks (an alternate take of "Grand Ennui" and the aformentioned "Capsule") are from a 1981 concert at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas; the other two bonus songs, "Crippled Lion" and "Listen to the Band," are from a live show sponsored by Gretsch Guitars in 1995. The Monkees used Gretsch instruments (including Micky's drums) in the '60s, and Nes was one of three proud owners of a Gretsch 12-string guitar; the others, I believe, were George Harrison and Roger "Jim" McGuinn of The Byrds.

The custom CD comes with generic Videoranch artwork rather than the original, but you can go to Amazon and print out the original front cover (I did).

It is definitely worth the effort to get this disc (original copies, if you can even find them, are probably worth $50 at a minimum, and maybe even close to $100; the Videoranch price is a lot less, although I won't repeat it here), and it's a nice way to complete your Nesmith collection.
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