Michael Nesmith To Release Audio Companion to His New Book

Michael Nesmith To Release Audio Companion to His New Book

Posted 6 Mar 2017

Monkee man Michael Nesmith tells the story of his eclectic life in his upcoming book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff. In it, the artist retraces his journey from his childhood in Dallas, where his single mother Bette invented Liquid Paper, to the set of The Monkees in Los Angeles, as well as his pioneering work in music video and virtual reality.

Before the book arrives, Rhino will release an "audio companion" that showcases 14 of Nesmiths’s best from his days with The Monkees, The First National Band, and his solo efforts. Entitled Infinite Tuesday: Autobiographical Riffs, the album will be released April 14 and is available to pre-order now.

The set flows in mostly chronological order, beginning in 1965 when Nesmith recorded "The New Recruit" under the pseudonym Michael Blessing. Monkee-mania took over a year later and he spent the next four years making history and music with the quartet. Two songs by the Monkees included here neatly bookend Nesmith’s tenure in the group, with "Papa Gene’s Blues" from the band’s 1966 self-titled debut, and "Listen To The Band" from The Monkees Present (1970), Nesmith’s last album with the group for more than 20 years.

The collection focuses mainly on the numerous solo albums that Nesmith recorded during the seventies.  He started in 1970 with Magnetic South and Loose Salute, country-rock albums that featured Nesmith and The First National Band, a group he collaborated with for several years. Infinite Tuesday features a song from each album: "Silver Moon" from Loose Salute and "Joanne" from Magnetic South, Nesmith’s first Top 40 hit as a solo artist. 

Nesmith embraced a multimedia approach to making music in 1975 to create The Prison, an album that was to be played as the “soundtrack” to a novella that came with the music. Represented on this set by "Opening Theme – Life, The Unsuspecting Captive", that album was also the first released on Nesmith’s record label, Pacific Arts.

Then in 1979 Nesmith created PopClips, the first-ever music-video program, which aired years before the dawn of MTV. That same year, Nesmith also recorded Infinite Rider On The Big Dogma, which featured "Cruisin’" and "Light", which also appear on this set. Nesmith made videos for those songs and others and released them in 1981 as Elephant Parts. The “video album” - a mix of comedy sketches and music videos - won the very first Grammy Award for Music Video, and was paid for by his inheritance (thanks to his mother's invention of WhiteOut).

Infinite Tuesday ends with a pair of tracks from albums released after Nesmith returned from an extended recording hiatus: "Laugh Kills Lonesome” from …Tropical Campfires… (1992), and "Rays", the title song from his 2005 album.

INFINITE TUESDAY: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL RIFFS TRACKLISTING

  1. The New Recruit – Michael Blessing
  2. Papa Gene’s Blues – The Monkees
  3. Different Drum
  4. The Girl I Knew Somewhere – First Recorded Version/Stereo Remix
  5. Listen To The Band – Single Version
  6. Joanne
  7. Silver Moon
  8. Some Of Shelly’s Blues
  9. Opening Theme – Life, The Unsuspecting Captive
  10. Rio
  11. Cruisin’
  12. Light
  13. Laugh Kills Lonesome
  14. Rays

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