Nevada Fighter/Tantamount to Treason

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This U.K. import is the second in a series of three separate two-fer releases gathering Michael Nesmith's first six albums with additional materials -- such as the three previously issued bonus tracks included on this package. While each album contains a substantially different backing band, they are both continuations of the intricate country & western-influenced songs that Nesmith was both writing and covering in the early '70s. The 1971 release Nevada Fighter was the third and final from the First National Band, containing a bevy of both highly melodic originals -- much in the same vein as Magnetic South and Loose Salute. As a songwriter, it is hard to beat the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This U.K. import is the second in a series of three separate two-fer releases gathering Michael Nesmith's first six albums with additional materials -- such as the three previously issued bonus tracks included on this package. While each album contains a substantially different backing band, they are both continuations of the intricate country & western-influenced songs that Nesmith was both writing and covering in the early '70s. The 1971 release Nevada Fighter was the third and final from the First National Band, containing a bevy of both highly melodic originals -- much in the same vein as Magnetic South and Loose Salute. As a songwriter, it is hard to beat the collection of tunes Nesmith corralled for these albums. "Propinquity I've Just Begun to Care" ranks among the compositions that Papa Nez had been woodsheding during his final days as a Monkee -- a version of which can be heard on the odds-and-sods Missing Links, Vol. 3 collection. The song's intrinsic beauty didn't escape the ears of Nesmith's influences, as Earl Scruggs included a cover on his disc I Saw the Light 1972. His contemporaries also took note of Papa Nez's prowess. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band rendered a sublime version of not only "Propinquity," but also "Some of Shelly's Blues" on their Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy release 1970. Speaking of cover material, both titles include a few defining versions of country & western standards "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" Sons of the Pioneers, "Rainmaker" Harry Nilsson, and a sentimental "I Looked Away" Derek & the Dominos. The trio of bonus material is of particular note, as very little seems to exist from these sessions. The two covers are "Rose City Chimes" -- which was originally done by Hank Thompson as well as Jim & Jesse -- and Merle Travis' anti-tobacco anthem "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette." The one original, "Cantata & Fugue in C&W," is an upbeat boot-stomper of an instrumental that dates circa Tantamount to Treason. This extended-play disc is the ideal way for prospective enthusiasts to collect these recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Camden International
  • UPC: 743218223525
  • Catalog Number: 182235
  • Sales rank: 52,024

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grand Ennui - Michael Nesmith (2:11)
  2. 2 Propinquity (I've Just Begun to Care) - Michael Nesmith (3:00)
  3. 3 Here I Am - Michael Nesmith (3:19)
  4. 4 Only Bound - Michael Nesmith (3:30)
  5. 5 Nevada Fighter - Michael Nesmith (3:08)
  6. 6 Texas Morning - Michael Nesmith (3:23)
  7. 7 Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Michael Nesmith (3:44)
  8. 8 I Looked Away - Michael Nesmith (3:18)
  9. 9 Rainmaker - Michael Nesmith (3:18)
  10. 10 Rene - Michael Nesmith (1:44)
  11. 11 Mama Rocker - Michael Nesmith (3:04)
  12. 12 Lazy Lady - Michael Nesmith (2:54)
  13. 13 You Are My One - Michael Nesmith (4:23)
  14. 14 In the Afternoon - Michael Nesmith (6:05)
  15. 15 Highway 99 With Melange - Michael Nesmith (5:06)
  16. 16 Wax Minute - Michael Nesmith (4:40)
  17. 17 Bonaparte's Retreat - Michael Nesmith (4:42)
  18. 18 Talking to the Wall - Michael Nesmith (2:59)
  19. 19 She Thinks I Still Care - Michael Nesmith (4:10)
  20. 20 Canata & Fugue in C & W - Michael Nesmith (2:17)
  21. 21 Smoke, Smoke, Smoke - Michael Nesmith (3:00)
  22. 22 Rose City Chimes - Michael Nesmith (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Nesmith Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
José Feliciano Conga
James Burton Guitar
Michael Cohen Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer
John London Bass
Jack Ranelli Drums
Ron Tutt Drums
John Ware Drums
Max Bennet Bass
Technical Credits
Merle Travis Composer
Michael Nesmith Producer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Tex Williams Composer
Peter Abbott Engineer
Eric Clapton Composer
Bobby Whitlock Composer
Bob Nolan Composer
Dickey Lee Lipscomb Composer
Steve Duffy Composer
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