Mining The Archives: Nesmith, Campbell, Garcia, Hendrix…

Always a good day when I can spread some good news about Michael Nesmith. On April 18, his Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff (Crown Archetype) will come out and to coincide with its publication, Rhino will release a companion CD, Infinite Tuesday: Autobiographical Riffs on April 14. The 14-song set starts off with “The New Recruit,” a 1965 tune he recorded under the name Michael Blessing. There are a batch of Monkees songs too as well as tracks from his band First National Band and his solo career.


Besides being a big fan of the show The Monkees, I also remembering enjoying Glen Campbell‘s TV show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Capitol Nashville/UMe will return us to that era when they put out a trio of Campbell’s most famous Sixties album on vinyl on March 24. Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman and Galveston came out between 1967-1969 and each were headlined by their respective hit title track. Here’s a clip of him doing “Galveston” from that show in 1969.

1969 was also the year B.J. Thomas had a big crossover hit with “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.” In the ‘80s he recorded with Columbia and charted a number of times, including his Ray Charles duet “Rock and Roll Shoes.” Real Gone Music has collected his Columbia singles (along with some sides released by Priority and Cleveland International) on New Looks from an Old Lover, which comes out April 7. Also that day, Real Gone releases David Allan Coe: The Complete Hits, a 2-CD collection of that notorious outlaw country singer’s top tunes.

Jimi Hendrix fans should be aware of an awesome recent release on Dagger Records: Live At George’s Club 20. This CD captures Hendrix in his pre-Jimi days when he played guitar and did lead vocals in Curtis Knight’s band. The recordings were done at George’s Club 20 in Hackensack, NJ on December 26, 1965 and January 22, 1966. The live set includes tunes like “Land of 1000 Dances,” “What I Say,” “Mercy Mercy” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.” A double vinyl version will come out April 21 on Record Store Day


On March 10, Volume Eight in the GarciaLive Series will be released on Round Records/ATO Records. It will be a double CD of the Jerry Garcia Band‘s November 23rd, 1991 concert at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center. It presents a cool portrait of this incarnation of Garcia’s band, which was his longest running lineup of players: Melvin Seals (keyboards), John Kahn (bass), David Kemper (drums), Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch (backing vocals) and . The show features renditions of JGB favorites (“Cats Under The Stars” and “That Lucky Old Sun”) classic covers (“Tangled In Blue” and “The Night They Drive Old Dixie Down”) and even the Manhattans’ ’80 R&B hit, “Shining Star,” which the Garcia Band frequently played in the early ‘90s.

College rock fans of the mid ‘80s and early ‘90s vintage know of the Sneetches (or at least should). This San Fran band had a fun, jangly, Anglo-y sound that you can get a fine sense of on the upcoming retrospective Form Of Play, a 22-track collection (with 5 previously unreleased songs) that Omnivore is putting out on April 29.

Sticking in the ‘90s, is an upcoming 4-song limited edition 7” release from that dog. Totally Crushed Outtakes (3/31 on Hello Records) holds rare material from this LA band featuring Rachel and Petra Haden, Anna Waronker and Tony Maxwell. One track, “Silently,” has Beck playing banjo. Another is entitled “Punk Rock Lobster” and here is link to another tune “Ms Wrong.”


About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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