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Editors’ Notes

Anyone privy to the masterful post-Monkees work by Michael Nesmith knows all about the artistry and intelligence (and dry wit) required in his blending of genres and layering of styles. Every combination on this 1979 release works, and the results are often alchemical—and that’s without any of his signature country-rock. There are sultry and swanky moves (“Light”), spirited impulses of ’50s balladry (“Magic”), some funky jazz melody (“Capsule”), tinges of calypso (“Flying”), and rock ’n’ rollers (“Dance,” “Factions”). Harry Nilsson and Warren Zevon would’ve fallen over each other to have penned the lovely “Carioca” or the narrative-driven “Crusin’.”

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite albums of all time. Bar none.

I like a lot of music, but for some reason this album is one of my all time favorites. I would rank this easily in my top ten. I play it for people today and they're like "who is this" and they're blown away when I tell them and how old it is. But I remember buying the LP way back in like 1980 back when it was already in the bargin bin for some strange reason. I'm telling you, this is a gem of an album and Mike is such a great songwriter.

Best Nesmith Album... Trend Setting for its time!

Absolutely Mike Nesmith's best album as a solo artist! Good blend of music and lyrics. Best thing he did was to include many of the songs from this album on his first Video Album "Elephant Parts". That Video Album went on to win the first Grammy for a Video Album. I remember taking that video tape (it was 1981 after all) to work and my co-workers and I laughing at the comedy bits interspersed with these great tunes! Good Job Mike!!! Still love the music almost 30 years later!!!!

I love Mikes album titles!

Alot of these songs appear on his video record elephant parts. My favorite song on here is "Dance" a really gritty rocker of a song. I honestly wish nez had recorded a few more in that style, such a change of pace from the rest of the album. Originally before Itunes i had to track these down on some european label and it was not easy, internet was still pretty new. I would call music stores and ask them if they had the album....Now try asking for an album titled infinite rider on the big dogma and not have the person on the other end of the phone either going "duh" or laughing hysterically. If you are looking for some great nez tunes that kind of strayed away from his country side and more toward a pop/rock style then this is what you need. If you are only looking for his elephant parts/television parts songs then just buy the newer stuff.


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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