NESMITH’S COUNTRY-ROCK CORNERSTONE!
The heralded (true!)
solo debut of Michael Nesmith!
Magnetic South features the artist’s hybrid of cowboy-’n’-western country music and rock sensibilities,
highlighted by “Joanne,” one of the earliest singles with the California-country sound to become a major hit record. With accompaniment by the First National Band—Nez’s best! In
his solo debut as a recording artist, Michael Nesmith
breaks ground with his First National Band on Magnetic South, waxing
eleven country-rock classics. Taped at RCA’s
Hollywood Studios in February 1970 directly
after his departure from The Monkees, the
album thematically opens Nesmith’s First National American trilogy of blue, red and white
albums (with a trademark needle point sleeve designed by none other than Dean Torrence). Magnetic South is brimming with songs Nesmith stockpiled during The Monkees’ heyday and also includes the Top 40 hit single “Joanne,” with covers
of “One Rose” and “Beyond The Blue Horizon” topping off this spirited and infectious long player.
Issued in July 1970, Magnetic South was the first of
two albums issued by The First National Band that
year to critical accolades. Available again on blue
vinyl from Sundazed, for the first time since the
• ON CRISP RTI HQ BLUE
• FIRST TIME ON LP SINCE
• BOB IRWIN MASTERING + KEVIN GRAY CUT + RTI PRESSING = AUDIBLE PERFECTION