Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Loose Salute

Michael Nesmith & The First National Band - Loose Salute CB096 front

Released in 1970 ‘Loose Salute’ was the second solo album from Michael Nesmith after leaving The Monkees. It peaked at #59 on the Billboard pop albums chart. The single release ‘Silver Moon’, which is a different mix here, reached #42 on the top 100. I found the tunes and lyrics to  ‘Silver Moon’, ‘Dedicated Friend’ and ‘Conversations’ a very enjoyable, artful and fun listening experience. The track ‘Bye, Bye, Bye’ is as good of a truck driving road song as most any other. The album also includes the third released version of ‘Listen To The Band’ which utilized a unique fade-in intro.  The pedal steel work of  Red Rhodes  who was a member of The Wrecking Crew is icing on the cake.

As a singer songwriter Nesmith has not received the appreciation and acknowledgment he rightly deserves. Most likely and ironically due in part with his association to the television band that launched his career. He was an early pioneer during the genesis of the country/folk/rock sound that was emerging around this time. Think of The Flying Burrito Brothers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pure Prairie League or Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band.

This is a very hard to find Q8 and demands a high value when located. Our two-tone full blown and dedicated friend ‘rockysquirrel’ acquired this rare Q8 and made it available for transfer for all you Quadies to enjoy and we thank him. Now if I could only get my hands on the Q8 of ‘Magnetic South’ which contains the song ‘Joanne’ that would be something.  Enjoy   CB


Release: CB096

Source: Q8


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4 Responses to Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Loose Salute

  1. This is quite the treat. It’s a sweet little album that deserves more recognition. The mix is at times conservative and at times nicely active. Many thanks to rockysquirrel for making this possible and to Cap for presenting this for our listening pleasures. I’m quite glad to have this one in my collection. 🙂

  2. zaphod2359 says:

    Thank you CB and especially thank you to Mr. Squirrel for making this possible! Here’s hoping you find a full bird feeder that’s not squirrel resistant!

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