Nevada Fighter/Tantamount to Treason

Nevada Fighter/Tantamount to Treason

by Michael Nesmith


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This U.K. import is the second in a series of three separate two-fer releases gathering Michael Nesmith's first six albums with additional materials -- such as the three previously issued bonus tracks included on this package. While each album contains a substantially different backing band, they are both continuations of the intricate country & western-influenced songs that Nesmith was both writing and covering in the early '70s. The 1971 release Nevada Fighter was the third and final from the First National Band, containing a bevy of both highly melodic originals -- much in the same vein as Magnetic South and Loose Salute. As a songwriter, it is hard to beat the collection of tunes Nesmith corralled for these albums. "Propinquity (I've Just Begun to Care)" ranks among the compositions that Papa Nez had been woodsheding during his final days as a Monkee -- a version of which can be heard on the odds-and-sods Missing Links, Vol. 3 collection. The song's intrinsic beauty didn't escape the ears of Nesmith's influences, as Earl Scruggs included a cover on his disc I Saw the Light (1972). His contemporaries also took note of Papa Nez's prowess. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band rendered a sublime version of not only "Propinquity," but also "Some of Shelly's Blues" on their Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy release (1970). Speaking of cover material, both titles include a few defining versions of country & western standards "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (Sons of the Pioneers), "Rainmaker" (Harry Nilsson), and a sentimental "I Looked Away" (Derek & the Dominos). The trio of bonus material is of particular note, as very little seems to exist from these sessions. The two covers are "Rose City Chimes" -- which was originally done by Hank Thompson as well as Jim & Jesse -- and Merle Travis' anti-tobacco anthem "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)." The one original, "Cantata & Fugue in C&W," is an upbeat boot-stomper of an instrumental that dates circa Tantamount to Treason. This extended-play disc is the ideal way for prospective enthusiasts to collect these recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2001
Label: Camden International
UPC: 0743218223525
catalogNumber: 182235
Rank: 73937

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Nesmith   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
José Feliciano   Conga
James Burton   Guitar
Michael Cohen   Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer
John London   Bass
Jack Ranelli   Drums
Ron Tutt   Drums
John Ware   Drums
Max Bennet   Bass

Technical Credits

Merle Travis   Composer
Michael Nesmith   Producer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Tex Williams   Composer
Peter Abbott   Engineer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Bobby Whitlock   Composer
Bob Nolan   Composer
Dickey Lee Lipscomb   Composer
Steve Duffy   Composer
Owen Castleman   Composer

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