Hey, Hey, It's Mike Nesmith's T.J. Yearbook (And a Concert in London, Recorded in '75)
|From Mike Nesmith's T.J. Document in 1961|
Which reminds me: At week's end I found over on the Big O a '75 Nesmith concert recorded in London, with and without his crack band. Because for those who think him nothing more than a Monkee and maker of Elephant Parts, the son of Liquid Paper also had a prolific career in the mid-'70s as a maker of slightly off, willfully weird but highly listenable country music -- outlaw country, but any definition, which is strange since Nesmith acknowledges he never was fond of C&W.
"Anybody with a Texas accent sings Aida, doesn't make any difference, sounds like a country-western tune," he tells the audience. "It's the nature of being born and raised in Texas with people who talk like that -- you tend to absorb it." Doesn't hurt here that Nesmith is backed by Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks, otherwise known as Fairport Convention's rhythm section.