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|Michael Nesmith||Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals|
|Billy Graham||Bass, Fiddle|
|Jay Lacy||Electric Guitar|
|Dr. Robert Warford||Banjo, Electric Guitar|
|Michael Nesmith||Arranger, Composer, Producer|
Posted October 1, 2010
Following Nevada Fighter Mike Nesmith's relationship with John London and John Ware deteriorated and finally dissolved, but with RCA wanting another record done, Mike and ''Red'' Rhodes felt they had to make do with just the two of them. This bitternes initially prevented Mike from fully appreciating the richness and texture of his fourth solo album, sarcastically titled And The Hits Just Keep On Coming after an RCA honcho recommended Mike write ''hit'' songs instead of the country-rock numbers he'd done previously. Over time, though, he has come to appreciate the album as his finest. The richness and allure of Mike's guitar and vocals - unlike his previous albums, there is a minimum of double-tracking, so the nice Micky-Dolenz-as-backup-singer illusion is limited to only Tomorrow & Me and Harmony Constant - enter immediately. The stellar Tomorrow & Me kicks things off splendidly and the listener isn't let go through The Upside Of Goodbye, Lady, Listening, Two Different Roads, the somewhat meandering spoken-word piece The Candidate, Mike's superior version of his Linda Ronstadt hit Different Drum, Harmony Constant, Keep On Keeping On, and the sprightly Hits closer Roll With The Flow. Following Hits, Mike and Red teamed with the members of Countryside, a small label and band Mike and Red had previously backed. The result is Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash, a move away from the purity of Hits but nonetheless containing some stellar efforts, notably Some Of Shelley's Blues.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
This double-album CD compiles Mike Nesmith's fifth and sixth solo albums and offers a striking contrast in styles, seguing from acoustic to bass-driven mixing. Mike's relationship with John London and John Ware had deteriorated during 1970-1, and when RCA demanded another album, Mike and pedal steel maestro Orville ''Red'' Rhodes were the only musicians available, and thus feeling they had to make do with what they had, Mike and Red went to work. An RCA honcho had suggested that Mike do songs that would be popular hits - this clashed with Mike's songwriting style and he thus sarcastically gave the ensuing album its title. In the new liner notes included on this CD Mike admits his initial dissatisfaction with the album because of the circumstances surrounding its gestation, but being an all-acoustic set gives it a richness and allure that is completely missing in those albums where he worked with a drummer, bassists, etc. This becomes clear right away with the splendid Tomorrow & Me, featuring Red Rhodes' richest pedal steel riffing right down to the awesome pedal steel echo in the fade, and highlighted by Mike's ever-polished singing, once again including double-tracking that sounds like Mike dueting with Micky Dolenz. The allure is maintained through the intelligent The Upside Of Goodbye, the tender Lady Love, the sprightly Listening, the stellar Two Different Roads, the somewhat rambling spoken-word number The Candidate - its closing rap about ''the captains mad with power'' pausing in self-congradulation is a strong allegory on Clinton-era politics - the all-time classis Different Drum - here featuring a third verse not used when first sung by Linda Ronstadt - and on down to the surging Roll With The Flow.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.