Michael Nesmith

The Best of Michael Nesmith: Original Hits

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Michael Nesmith's skill as a songwriter was apparent even during his stint with the Monkees, and his work as a solo artist showed a musician with a clear sense of what he wanted to do, and the patience and commitment to do it, even if it wasn't exactly commercially viable. This import collection has a generous selection of Nesmith's work with the First National Band, some work credited to the Second National Band, and includes the near-hits "Joanne," and "I've Just Begun To Care (Propinquity)," the original version of "Different Drum" (a hit for the Stone Poneys featuring a very young Linda Ronstadt), and an interesting version of the Hank Cochran/Harlan Howard gem, "I Fall To Pieces." Nesmith's intelligent lyrics and droll delivery make him an important figure in the rise of country-rock.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:12
2 2:33
3 3:02
4 3:18
5 2:40
6 3:47
7 2:08
8 4:36
9 2:57
10 2:56
11 0:22
12 2:55
13 2:39
14 3:06
15 2:55
16 3:18
17 2:35
18 1:40
19 2:33
20 3:31
21 3:12
22 5:49
23 5:07
24 3:23
25 3:12
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