Infinite Tuesday:
Autobiographical Riffs The Music
Michael Nesmith

2017 *****

1. The New Recruit (as Michael Blessing)
2. Papa Gene's Blues (The Monkees)
3. Different Drum
4. The Girl I Knew Somewhere (First Recorded Version/Stereo Remix) (The Monkees)
5. Listen to the Band (Single Version) (The Monkees)
6. Joanne (Michael Nesmith and the First National Band)
7. Silver Moon (Michael Nesmith and the First National Band)
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

Being the huge Monkees fan I am, and considering the fact that Michael Nesmith has always been my favorite Monkee, I'm ashamed to admit that this is my first exposure to his solo music. Released as a companion album to his book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff. Coincidentally, that book is the reason Mike was unable to be a part of the Monkees' 50th Anniversary tour. As for the album at hand, it's quite remarkable. Granted, I have no frame of reference when it comes to Nesmith's solo career. All I have to go on is that I thoroughly enjoyed this album, and I felt it smart the way it's designed. We begin with an early Nesmith track, under his short-lived pseudonym, "Michael Blessing." We're given three Monkees tracks early on, so they pull you in with familiarity, then they're out of the way so you can enjoy what Nesmith has to offer you in terms of solo originality. Even one of the Monkees songs given to us, "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" is a rare alternate recording, since the final cut of the song was sung by Micky Dolenz. In short, Infinite Tuesday is a great springboard to introduce someone into the solo career of the most creative Monkee, Michael Nesmith.