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And the Hits Just Keep on Comin'

Michael Nesmith

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Album Review

In 1972, Michael Nesmith had released four albums for RCA Records that didn't sell especially well, and he had parted ways with his band, with only pedal steel guitarist Red Rhodes interested in working on Nesmith's next project. RCA gave Nesmith a limited window of time to make his next album for them, so it was necessity rather than design that led Nesmith to cut And the Hits Just Keep on Comin' with just himself on acoustic guitar and Rhodes on pedal steel. But the results were truly inspired; Nesmith and Rhodes use the album's spare instrumentation to their advantage, with the performances both empathetic and intimate, and Rhodes' masterful steel gives these songs a graceful resonance few full bands could muster. And while the ten songs find Nesmith in one of his more introspective phases, here he manages to keep one foot planted firmly in the real world while the other traipses the cosmos (even the trippiest song here, "The Candidate," manages a certain tongue-in-cheek wit that keeps it on terra firma, and "Keep On" offers neo-hippie philosophy rooted in good ol' Texas horse sense). He also offers up a superb folk-styled remake of "Different Drum" that has a bluesy lope missing from Linda Ronstadt's better-known version. And the Hits Just Keep on Comin' is modest in approach but very satisfying in execution, practically defining the phrase "happy accident."

Customer Reviews

Great Classic Country Rock Work

This album is timeless, as are all of Nesmith's other works. A must for any country rock enthusiast. Great low-key version of Different Drum, written by him but made famous by Linda Ronstadt. There are only 2 musicians on this recording, but you wouldn't know it by the richness of it's sound. A classic.

Awesome album

Forget for a sec that this guy was a Monkee. This is such a great album. Give it a listen and I think you will enjoy it.

Excellent

This is such an excellent album, one of his best and one of my all time favorites. The main review nicely captures the spirit of the album, so I won't bother to improve on it. Roll with the Flow is my favorite - bouncy, cheery. It always puts me in a good mood, no matter how down I feel.

Biography

Born: December 30, 1942 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The comparatively level-headed member of '60s teen sensation the Monkees, Michael Nesmith was the most proficient instrumentalist in the group and wrote their best in-house songs, rootsy pop numbers like "Papa Gene's Blues," "You Told Me," "You Just May Be the One," and "Tapioca Tundra." In fact, he had written many songs before even joining the group, and one of his compositions, "Different Drum," was a hit for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys in 1968. After he left the Monkees one year later,...
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