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Album Review

Along with Lindsay Buckingham's Out of the Cradle, this album may be one of the finest and most underrated albums of the 1990s. Nesmith and his crack band run through 12 of the most delicious slices of Americana to be put on record in ages. The mood of the album is a cross between Bahamian, tropical, country, and other forms, all forging a unique synthesis of pop that might be very hard to match. Nesmith's songs and vocals are wholly original and personal, and tunes such as "I Am Not That" and "Laugh Kills Lonesome" bear the indefinable Nesmith stamp of humor with a compact and irresistible force. In addition to the excellent originals, Nesmith and his band cover two classic Cole Porter songs with excellent results, and both ("In the Still of The Night" and "Begin the Beguine") fit the menu perfectly. Absolutely delectable.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic album! Incredible musicians, sophisticated sound

I can't get enough of this album. I've had it in my car for literally years. I now have it on my iPod and continue to listen to it on my way to and from work. It's very relaxing. It's entirely acoustic, and the band is incredible! John Jorgensen on guitar and mandolin does some incredible solos. Great songs, particularly Laugh Kills Lonesome and One. A great rendition of "Brazil" as well. It's very sophisticated, very cinematic. Highly recommended.

Totally worth the money!!

I was telling a friend about this album just today; I didn't realize it's 18 years old already! I remember its release as if it were yesterday. "...tropical campfire's..." is just as relevant today as it was in 1992. The song styles are very diverse, & there's not one song that I don't like. My favourites are "I Am Not That", "Laugh Kills Lonesome", "Rising in Love", and the combination of "One..." & "...For the Island" (which I think the producers of the TV show LOST totally should have used - it would have been perfect, not just due to the island reference, but the sound & feel of the music completely fits with the feel of the show. But I digress!) Buy this album - it's worth every penny.
-Alicia (BTW, you can find my band's music on iTunes as well - we're called The Wag. Our latest CD, Returning Traveler, will be available here soon: in the meantime, Soundtrack to a Silent Movie, Long Story Short and Ordinary Day are available now for your listening pleasure! :-D )

A Real Gem!!!

Don't know what took so long for me to get this album-I remember when it was first released. This is something I want to listen to on our long RV trips; perfectly fitting the many moods as we go along our way. ...For the Island is wonderful, reminds me of my vacations to Hawaii but then again it is an anthem for taking care of each other. Twilight on the Trail and Moon over the Rio Grande are just so lovely, they will make you want to have a campfire tonight with someone you love! sexy...ladies, you may need a cigarette after this one!
Begin the Beguine is unlike any version you may have heard-not bombastic,just simple with the beautiful voice of Michael Nesmith. Makes me cry.

Great album to add to your Nez collection or great album to start with!


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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