Friday, February 16, 2018
Michael Nesmith’s Solo LPs reissued by Sundazed Music
As the ‘60s rolled to a close and the Monkees began to run out of steam, Nesmith was looking towards a post-simian career. He had already had songs recorded by artists like Linda Ronstadt, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band – as well as the two songs per album he was allowed on Monkees releases – when he formed the First National Band with his friends John London on bass, John Ware on drums, and O.J. “Red” Rhodes, a pedal steel guitar wizard. With piano and keyboards provided by session pros Earl P. Ball and Glen D. Hardin, Nesmith and the First National Band recorded its debut album, Magnetic South, which was released by RCA Records in early 1970.
Regrouping, Nesmith and the First National Band recorded the third and final album in what the artist had conceived as an ‘American Trilogy’ with the albums sporting individual red, white, and blue cover schemes. Released in 1971, Nevada Fighter featured another ten spell-binding country-rock songs including the title track (which rose to #70 on the charts) and covers of songs by Eric Clapton and Harry Nilsson as well as a Red Rhodes original. It would be the last album by the First National Band, with Wrecking Crew members James Burton, Joe Osborn, and Ronnie Tutt – all of whom had played on Monkees tracks – stepping in to help complete the recording.
All three titles have been remastered by producer Bob Erwin for the best audio possible and will be released on appropriately shades of vinyl – blue wax for Magnetic South, red for Loose Salute, and white vinyl for Nevada Fighter. All three of these groundbreaking albums are available for pre-ordering on the Sundazed website, and can also be ordered as a three-LP bundle.