Welcome to Cosmic Friday. Now until January 1st, we'll be offering out of this world deals all across the Videoranch store as Nez launches into the heavens his latest album, Cosmic Partners - The McCabes Tapes.
Our destination for this holiday season is the cosmos -- the Infinite found in Nez's works -- and we remind you once more that time is only a construct. So as we delve into our archive and share some truly incredible (signed!) artifacts, know that all is available to us in the present. And then forget trying to number the countless rhinestone stars on the Cosmic Cowboy's hat...
NEW! From the archive and beyond
Legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz took new photos of Nez and the First National Band Redux when he came up for the West End Celebration this August in Sand City! We're pleased to announce two of his incredible shots are now available SIGNED BY NEZ in our store.
We're in love with this charming, vintage-inspired artwork of Nez in his iconic Nudie hat by artist Dawn Aquarius. So, it's the centerpiece of our new collection of First National Band items!
Infinite Tuesday has come to the end of its run on hardcover. Random House sent Videoranch the "remainders" of their stock. We have the final 300 hardcover copies of Nez's critically-acclaimed autobiography.
To send these final prints off in style, we're having a drawing. Beginning with orders placed this past weekend, every hardcover copy of Infinite Tuesday will come with a numbered card.
On November 30, at 6pm PT / 9pm PT, Nez will draw a number Live on Facebook.
The owner of the chosen card will win a $500 Videoranch gift certificate to use on Christmas presents -- or herself!
Buy as many copies as you'd like to increase your chance to win. Give the books as gifts; keep the numbered cards! Since every copy of Infinite Tuesday can be signed and personalized by Nez at no extra charge -- we think it's the perfect gift.
Songs is a 12 CD box set celebrating the songs of Michael Nesmith. It collects for the first time all of Nez's solo albums from both his RCA and Pacific Arts periods plus four additional bonus tracks.
The albums are in CD-sized facsimiles of the original sleeves, along with a booklet that compiles all the credits and liner notes from those sleeves. The set includes a booklet note by broadcaster Iain Lee.
When placing your order, request personalization by entering the recipient's name in the personalization field on the product page. Your box set will arrive signed by Nez to you or your loved one.
Aside from his ground-breaking projects in the field of music video and film production, Nez has enjoyed a solo career since he left the Monkees that has encompassed many styles of music, but has always been supported by his wonderful songwriting, alongside some very astute choices of songs he has covered.
Nez signed to RCA in 1970 and in quick succession made three albums with The First National Band, which featured pedal steel guitarist extraordinaire O.J. 'Red' Rhodes. All three featured, in the main, his own compositions (including some he had tried out in Monkees sessions) plus some interesting covers, including both well-known country songs and songs by the likes of Harry Nilsson and Eric Clapton. Alongside the contemporary output of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, these albums form the foundation of Country Rock.
Nesmith continued in this vein with three more albums for RCA in 1972 and 1973, the ironically-titled And The Hits Just Keep on Comin' containing his own version of Different Drum, a huge hit for Linda Ronstadt back in 1967.
He formed his own production company, Pacific Arts, in 1975, the first release being The Prison: A Book with a Sound Track, with songs to compliment the reading experience. A second example of this, The Garden was issued in 1994. 1977 saw the release of From The Radio Engine To The Photon Wing, which featured the hit single Rio. The video for this was instrumental in the birth of MTV. Moving away from Country Rock, follow-up albums further showcased Nesmith's songwriting, accompanied by songs by Cole Porter and others.
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