Michael Nesmith First National Band Live Album Due

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Although Michael Nesmith is currently on the road with Micky Dolenz reviving hits and deep cuts by the Monkees, some lucky fans got a chance to see an even rarer event earlier this year when the singer-songwriter staged a reunion of his other groundbreaking group, the First National Band. Calling it the First National Band Redux, Nez played the famous Troubadour in West Hollywood. Now, on July 27, that performance is being released in deluxe CD and 2-LP gatefold vinyl configurations by 7a Records, a British label specializing in Monkees-related material.

Upon leaving the Monkees in 1970, says a press release for the FNB set, Nesmith started the pioneering country-rock outfit the First National band. The FNB released three albums—Magnetic South, Loose Salute and Nevada Fighter—”that sold very little on their initial release, but have since been heralded as absolute classics that helped shape country rock.”

With the passing of original members John London and Red Rhodes, says the press release, “It was thought the FNB would never perform again. But the internet went into meltdown late last year when Nez announced he was assembling a new posse of musicians to honor this music and take it out on the road again.”

Related: Q&A with Michael Nesmith

The resultant album, Michael Nesmith and the First National Band Redux Live at the Troubadour, presents the concert on double LP (with bonus track “Rio”) and single CD.

Michael Nesmith in 2012 (photo from the artist’s Wikipedia page)

The album is released as a deluxe CD digipak set with a 16-page colour booklet featuring previously unseen photos and extensive liner notes by Nesmith. It’s also available as a limited-edition 2LP gatefold set on 180g opaque gold vinyl. The vinyl features a special bonus performance of the song “Rio.”

CD Track listing

1. Intro
2. Nevada Fighter
3. Calico Girlfriend
4. Nine Times Blue
5. Little Red Rider
6. The Crippled Lion
7. Joanne
8. Dedicated Friend
9. Grand Ennui
10. Lady Of The Valley
11. 50 Years Ago
12. Propinquity (I’ve Just Begun To Care)
13. Different Drum
14. Papa Gene’s Blues
15. Tengo Amore
16. Keys To The Car
17. Mama Nantucket
18. Bye Bye Bye
19. Some Of Shelly’s Blues
20. Silver Moon
21. Thanx For The Ride

Watch three tunes from the Troubadour concert

Tickets for the Nesmith-Dolenz concerts are available here and here.

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  1. Guy Smiley
    #1 Guy Smiley 18 June, 2018, 21:12

    Why does this list only 14 songs? A different site I was just at lists 21 tracks.

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 18 June, 2018, 22:58

      21 it is! We’ve corrected the item, Guy, and fired the intern.

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      • Guy Smiley
        Guy Smiley 19 June, 2018, 23:58

        Well I’m glad someone got fired for that blunder!

        No I’m not. Just kidding. And I hope you are too.

        Also, “vinyl-only” bonus tracks are a drag.

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