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Tropical Campfires Original recording reissued


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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00004WZ6A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Yellow Butterfly
2. Laugh Kills Lonesome
3. Moon Over The Rio Grande
4. One...
5. Juliana
6. Brazil
7. In The Still Of The Night
8. Rising In Love
9. Begin The Beguine
10. I Am Not That
11. ...For The Island
12. Twighlight On The Trail

Editorial Reviews

Along with Lindsay Buckingham's Out of the Cradle this album may be one of the finest and most underrated albums of the 1990s. Nesmith and his crack band run through 12 of the most delicious slices of Americana to be put on record in ages. The mood of the

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The songs are intricately crafted and beautifully performed.
Sam Bethune
Other classics - "Laugh Kills Lonesome," "Moon Over the Rio Grande," "Rising in Love," "I Am Not That" (a truly Dada-ist song) and my favorite "...For the Island."
Scott
Country, light swing, easy-listening, rock 'n' roll all combine into an outstanding album.
Stuart Allen Snyder

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous Reviewer on March 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am old enough to remember watching the Monkees on Saturday morning TV when they were still touring. I liked their music but wasn't a huge fan.

Flash forward 35 years. I am in an airport killing time in a bookstore when I hear "Begin the Beguine" playing overhead. I am entranced. I ask the manager what CD he is playing and he pulls out a cassette cover of "Tropical Campfires." I am stunned to find out it is Michael Nesmith. I tell him I think this is great stuff and he says that he plays it because people don't know it exists or how good it is. I leave the store and later buy the CD.

I define a 5 star purchase as one that you play over and over again. Then a few years pass and you play it again and it still inspires you and lights up your nerve endings the way it did the first time you heard it. That's what this CD does for me. To be honest, I have to agree with the other reviewer that Nesmith is not a great singer. In fact, the song that grabbed me, "Begin the Beguine," is probably the worst vocal on the whole CD. But there is a paradox here. This is precisely why I love it. Sometimes a popular song leaves you unmoved when the great vocalists sing it. You just don't "get it." Then along come somebody with a new arrangement or vocal interpretation and suddenly it comes alive for you. This is what happened to me with "Begin the Beguine." Nesmith obviously loves this material and sings and performs it with such passion and enthusiasm that it automatically induces joy in the listener. Just like I didn't "get" opera until I heard Andrea Bocelli, (and truth be told, technically he is a second rate tenor). He is no Pavarotti. Had he been trained from youth he might have been first rate. But no matter.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Daly on June 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I didn't quite know what to expect from Mike Nesmith's 1992 long-player, but when "Yellow Butterfly" wrapped up, I knew this was going to be his very best solo effort. Hooking up with a brand-new backing band and strikingly effective Dolby stereo, Mike and CMA-winning pedal steel maestro Orville "Red" Rhodes compose and conduct a long-player of often-stunning heart and pull.
For Red Rhodes, it was somewhat courageous to weave into pedal steel again, as previous health problems had seriously curtailed his musical efforts. It would also be something of a last hurrah, as he would pass on some three years after the end of "Tropical Campfire's" sessions
"Yellow Butterfly" is the most contemporary country number of the album. The next number, the Charlie Russell-influenced "Laugh Kills Lonesome," is a humorous Miami Sound Machine-flavored Tex-Mex number, followed by the slow-and-steady ballad "Moon Over The Rio Grande."
"One...." is an instrumental effort, and also a telegraph, for the exact rhythm flows directly into the much-later "....For The Island."
Sandwiched between is the most haunting number of the album, "Juliana." As Mike does not double-track his vocals here, the excellent Micky Dolenz harmony illusion is thus not to be found, but the backing band make up for it with their own harmonies throughout the album, and are at their best with "Juliana.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mich on March 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Michael Nesmith continues to astound. It's been a long long time since he was the gangly stork hiding behind his green wool hat and twelve-string. Since the end of the Monkees he's been a country-rock founding father, the innovator (or one of the innovators) of MTV, a grammy winner for his video "Elephant Parts," and throughout has continued to be a consummate songwriter and musician.
His musical tastes and influences are as eccentric and eclectic as he is, moving from folk and pop music to country to experimental, back to rock and roll and now, with "....tropical campfires...." to a mix of sounds with a distinctly Latin flavor.
The album starts with a warm, meandering tune called "Yellow Butterfly"--Nez's vocals are soft and understated; his voice has aged here, but aged well, the youthful power having yielded to a more mature sound, one that sings and speaks with the ease of experience. "Laugh Kills Lonesome" is an upbeat tune that swings with the sound of John Hobbs's agile piano. Nez lends his silky voice to the Cole Porter works "In the Still of the Night" and "Begin the Beguine." The vocals on "Brazil" are amazing--for myself it represents the struggle not to slide to the floor; the man's voice is sexy, no doubt about that.
In short (as I realize I have only covered half the songs), the album offers something for everyone. You won't find any hard rock here, but you will find smooth, rich sound delivered by the soulful voice of the man once referred to (JUST once) as Woolhat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on April 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this recording over ten years ago and loved it then and still do. I just recieved my new copy from amazon.com a few days ago. I must say "Tropical Campfires" is still good after all these years. Personally, when it regards everything that I've heard of his, I think that this recording is his most solid recording.The Song "Juliana" is the best track on the recording, and I see it as the new "Joanne".I would suggest that any music lover with taste should buy this recording because:

1. The songs are well written.

2. Nesmith's band is godly.

3. Orville "Red" Rhodes plays the Steel guitar beautifully.

4. Nesmith sings well.

5. The song "Twilight On the Trail" should be a classic country standard like Willie Nelson's "Crazy".

6. The two part instrumental "One.....For the Island" is breath taking.
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