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The Older Stuff: Best of Michael Nesmith (1970-1973)

Michael NesmithAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 1, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Videoranch
  • ASIN: B0002DB5Q8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Joanne
2. The Crippled Lion
3. I Fall To Pieces
4. Listen To The Band
5. Silver Moon
6. Propinquity (I've Just Begun To Care)
7. I Looked Away
8. Nevada Fighter
9. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
10. Here I Am
11. Some Of Shelly's Blues
12. Born To Love You
13. Different Drum
14. Harmony Constant
15. Continuing
16. Prairie Lullaby
17. Release
18. Roll With The Flow

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Early Papa Nez July 30, 2007
By Frev
Format:Audio CD
If you want a great sampling of the best of Michael Nesmith's early years, 'The Older Stuff' is the CD for you. Compiled here are excellent examples of Nesmith as a solo artist immediately after his departure from The Monkees. Every song is excellent, with classics like 'Joanne', 'Silver Moon', 'Propinquity', among others. If you want to hear what Nesmith did before becoming a Grammy winning video pioneer, then listen to this CD. You'll enjoy it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whatever Mike does, he does well September 11, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I always try to state my personal biases up front in a review, and in this case I feel it's particularly important. This review isn't directed to those who already like country rock or country music, because I'm not qualified to speak on the subject, and you probably already know far better than I do what contributions Michael Nesmith has made in this field. This is rather directed at the Monkees fan who is looking to (belatedly) explore what came after the lads went their separate ways; more specifically to those who, like me, learned early on that when Mike Nesmith performs his own songs, those are ones that we can't ever seem to get out of our heads. (Let me face up to it; Mike could sell me the Brooklyn Bridge if he set his sales pitch to music and sang it.)

I can not by any stretch of the imagination call myself a fan of country music, as there is a limit to how much twang and misery I can take. Perhaps once a year, the right song in the right setting is enjoyable. Likewise, while I have periodically heard the slide guitar used to very nice effect, when combined with country music the sound conjures up for me an image of an old gas pump on a dusty road and fly buzzing outside a decaying screen door. However, my desperation for more Nesmith material drove me to sample his post-Monkees work with the First and Second National Band and beyond, and I have to confess that after about ten listenings, my resistance has eroded steadily and quickly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio Cassette
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various music supplies and recordings from the 60's and 70's.

The Older Stuff: Best of Michael Nesmith (1970-1973) is a tremendous tribute to the myriad of talent possessed by the former Monkee. Most musicians even those that have grand stature have a niche. Nesmith's genius allows him a split persona. By day, think of him as one of the Monkees, enjoying the success of a TV show and worldwide hits. In the nighttime as a superhero, he changes his identity and becomes a completely different individual.

The post Monkees material that encompasses the eighteen tracks include his stints with the First & Second National Band and solo LP's as well. Nesmith's love of country music is evident on these recordings. "Joanne" the opening song is powerful in the lyrical content and how Nesmith's heavy heart is conveyed. "The Crippled Lion" expands the musical odyssey with the mix of country and folk. Nesmith vocals are more powerful than given credit. The production on the song is superlative. "I Fall To Pieces" takes a page right out of the Nashville music scene. Michael could easily pass for a singer/songwriter born and bred in Tennessee. If you want to hear something completely different, check out the rendition here of "Listen To The Band." A country flavor to a song originally penned for rock and roll. Seven is indeed a lucky number on this disc. Nesmith covers Derek & The Dominos! The Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock treasure "I Looked Away" is given a superlative country rendition. The running time is only 3:15 but you'll find this getting endless play in the house.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various music supplies and recordings from the 60's and 70's.

The Older Stuff: Best of Michael Nesmith (1970-1973) is a tremendous tribute to the myriad of talent possessed by the former Monkee. Most musicians even those that have grand stature have a niche. Nesmith's genius allows him a split persona. By day, think of him as one of the Monkees, enjoying the success of a TV show and worldwide hits. In the nighttime as a superhero, he changes his identity and becomes a completely different individual.

The post Monkees material that encompasses the eighteen tracks include his stints with the First & Second National Band and solo LP's as well. Nesmith's love of country music is evident on these recordings. "Joanne" the opening song is powerful in the lyrical content and how Nesmith's heavy heart is conveyed. "The Crippled Lion" expands the musical odyssey with the mix of country and folk. Nesmith vocals are more powerful than given credit. The production on the song is superlative. "I Fall To Pieces" takes a page right out of the Nashville music scene. Michael could easily pass for a singer/songwriter born and bred in Tennessee. If you want to hear something completely different, check out the rendition here of "Listen To The Band." A country flavor to a song originally penned for rock and roll. Seven is indeed a lucky number on this disc. Nesmith covers Derek & The Dominos! The Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock treasure "I Looked Away" is given a superlative country rendition. The running time is only 3:15 but you'll find this getting endless play in the house.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection of Nesmith's RCA material
With Davy Jones' recent passing, I have been in a Monkees nostalgia mode lately. I had a tape copy of this album and hadn't listened to it in a long time; when I played the tape,... Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by steve_manassas
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Monkee
I love this CD and missed listening to this for many years until i became close to replacing most of my vinyl formats with CD"S
Michael Nesmith is my favorite Monkee
Published on July 27, 2010 by jan e.
5.0 out of 5 stars god, this is great!
I can't find enough superlatives for this collection!
You know Michael Nesmith from the Monkees, of course.
But he is also a wonderful solo singer and songwriter. Read more
Published on May 8, 2010 by George Bereschik
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
This is possibly the best music CD that exists. It definitely rates among the Top 10. They don't make quality music CD's like this anymore, where all tracks -- 18 of them on this... Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by S. Adkins
5.0 out of 5 stars the older stuff:best of michael nesmith(1970-1973)
Incredible to find this. I have been looking for ages for Michael Nesmith's artistry. This is sooo good I have ordered a 2nd one for my brother who plays 5 instruments, by ear, -... Read more
Published on November 10, 2008 by Lynda A. Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Her name was Joanne
If you do not like folk music don't waste your time with this CD. For me this CD took me back over 35 years to one of the fondest times in my life. Read more
Published on April 25, 2008 by Scott P. Nielsen
4.0 out of 5 stars The Old Stuff Is Good Stuff!
This is an excellent collection of tunes. Anyone who is "into" Mike Nesmith will enjoy this record---those who are not, may alter their views after hearing this. Read more
Published on January 20, 2008 by Lionel Bourg
4.0 out of 5 stars A "Different Drum" but worth hearing it beat!
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various music supplies and... Read more
Published on August 6, 2007 by Craig Fenton
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