Rio: The Best of Michael Nesmith

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This 2008 release is arguably one of the more successful packages to properly assemble highlights from Michael Nesmith's pre- and post-"National Band" era. Perhaps that is because the artist himself was a key component in the way the tunes stack up on the two CDs. Albeit a good three decades earlier than the world was ready for, Nesmith single-handedly kicked off the whole alt-country scene via his First and then Second National Band. However, during the mid-'70s, Nesmith's lack of sustained commercial retail viability made him something of an anathema to the major record labels. The result was the creation of Pacific Arts Corporation, the artist's own cottage industry ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This 2008 release is arguably one of the more successful packages to properly assemble highlights from Michael Nesmith's pre- and post-"National Band" era. Perhaps that is because the artist himself was a key component in the way the tunes stack up on the two CDs. Albeit a good three decades earlier than the world was ready for, Nesmith single-handedly kicked off the whole alt-country scene via his First and then Second National Band. However, during the mid-'70s, Nesmith's lack of sustained commercial retail viability made him something of an anathema to the major record labels. The result was the creation of Pacific Arts Corporation, the artist's own cottage industry that -- among other things -- would handle Nesmith's recorded output. The contents of disc one begin with "Rio," "Casablanca Moonlight," "More Than We Imagine," and "Navajo Trail" off of From a Radio Engine to the Photon Wing (1976). This is followed by a healthy sampling of his subsequent effort, Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma (1979), which would be his last studio album for a decade. Highlights include "Magic," "Tonite," "Carioca," "Cruisin'," "Light," and "Capsule" -- which Nesmith saves for the end of disc two -- as well as the "long version" of "Flying." The latter is a "find" that was the result of Nesmith's 2008 remastering of his entire back catalog for release by the U.K.-based Edsel Records label. Fast-forward a dozen or so years for the sublime Tropical Campfires (1992), which Nesmith recorded and then presented in complete Dolby Surround Sound. "Yellow Butterfly," "Laugh Kills Lonesome," "Moon Over the Rio Grande," "Juliana," his update of Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night," "I Am Not That," ."..For the Island," and "Twilight on the Trail" wrap up the offerings on disc one. In a wise move that doesn't repeat earlier entries and simultaneously offers updates of vintage Papa Nez songs, disc two looks back on his career with "Different Drum," "Two Different Roads," "Papa Gene's Blues," "Propinquity," "Some of Shelly's Blues," "Joanne," "Tomorrow and Me," "The Upside of Goodbye," "Harmony Constant," and "Silver Moon" -- all of which are taken from the superior Live at the Britt Festival (1992). The humorous "5 Second Concerts" is a bit of fun that spotlights the talents of longtime Nesmith musical associate John Hobbs at the mighty grand piano. Listeners are then transported back nearly two decades for "Life, the Unsuspecting Captive," which is the opening theme from The Prison (1974). The project's soundtrack was structured around a short story
ovella of the same name. The idea was that the text would be read while the record was concurrently played. Taking another giant step back in time are the Wichita Train Whistle Sings (1967) versions of Nesmith's Monkees-related numbers "Nine Times Blue," "Papa Gene's Blues," and "Sweet Young Thing," while the songs "Dead Man's Duds" and "Escape to San Marcos" are highlights from Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann (1982). Incidentally, the sporadic (i.e., non-chronological) sequencing of the latter part of the second CD can be attributed, in part, to the packaging of Wichita Train Whistle Sings with Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann as a two-fer from Edsel Records. Otherwise, Rio: The Best of Michael Nesmith should be considered as definitive an anthology as exists on Papa Nez circa the late '70s, '80s, and '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2008
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • EAN: 5014797670921
  • Catalog Number: 92
  • Sales rank: 47,360

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rio (7:00)
  2. 2 Casablanca Moonlight (6:38)
  3. 3 More Than We Imagine (3:21)
  4. 4 Navajo Trail (5:40)
  5. 5 Magic (3:41)
  6. 6 Tonite (3:54)
  7. 7 Flying (6:56)
  8. 8 Carioca (4:07)
  9. 9 Cruisin' (3:51)
  10. 10 Light (3:20)
  11. 11 Yellow Butterfly (5:20)
  12. 12 Laug Kills Lonesome (4:12)
  13. 13 Moon Over the Rio Grande (5:57)
  14. 14 Juliana (6:09)
  15. 15 In the Still of the Night (3:09)
  16. 16 I Am Not That (2:44)
  17. 17 For the Island
  18. 18 Twilight on the Trail
Disc 2
  1. 1 ...For the Island (5:17)
  2. 2 Twilight on the Trail (4:28)
  3. 3 Different Drum (2:27)
  4. 4 Two Different Roads (3:22)
  5. 5 Papa Gene's Blues (4:47)
  6. 6 Propinquity (5:53)
  7. 7 Some of Shelly's Blues (3:16)
  8. 8 The Joanne (6:49)
  9. 9 Tomorrow and Me (4:23)
  10. 10 The Upside of Goodbye (3:32)
  11. 11 Harmony Constant (4:18)
  12. 12 Silver Moon (5:00)
  13. 13 5 Second Concerts (1:49)
  14. 14 Life, The Unsuspecting Captive (3:24)
  15. 15 Nine Times Blue (4:16)
  16. 16 Papa Gene's Blues (3:22)
  17. 17 Sweet Young Thing (2:27)
  18. 18 Dead Man's Duds (1:30)
  19. 19 Escape To San Marcos (2:25)
  20. 20 Capsule (5:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Nesmith Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Carole King Composer
Michael Nesmith Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
John Hobbs Arranger
Cole Porter Composer
Alan Robinson Sleeve Notes
Marjorie Elliot Composer
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