September 23, 2011 – 4:47 am

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Drury Lane 1975 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, UK; November 30, 1975 (also listed as December 30, 1975). Very good soundboard.

By the mid-’70s, Michael Nesmith had left the Monkees far behind and had already embarked on a country rock path. Even with a make-shift band - bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks were from the Fairport Convention - Nesmith was unfazed. And if he did not feel confident (a tight outfit can really cover each other’s slips), he never showed it. Well, some might say that Nesmith used his humour to cover his nervousness - and the show is peppered with a lot of humour - but then again, that could just be the ex-Monkee. Nesmith is personable, really funny and there is a great bunch of songs to boot (pun intended).

Thanks to the person who shared the tracks on the net in 2006. According to the notes that came with the show: “He pretends he’s the opening act for Michael Nesmith… [At the start of the second set, he even claims he’s the second supporting act!] The set with the Fairport guys… is awesome.”

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Disc 1 (with band)
Track 101. Introduction (4.3MB)
Track 102. Calico Girlfriend (8.5MB)
Track 103. Joanne (7.2MB)
Track 104. Mama Nantucket (11.2MB)
Track 105. Silver Moon (14.2MB)
Track 106. Listen To The Band (9.2MB)
Track 107. Crippled Lion (instrumental) (6.6MB)
Track 108. Propinquity (8.6MB)
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Track 109. Different Drum (6.6MB)
Track 110. Roll With The Flow (9.3MB)
Track 111. Some of Shelley’s Blues (12.1MB)
Track 112. Grand Ennui (15.7MB)

Disc 2 (solo)
Track 201. Introduction (2.9MB)
Track 202. Harmony Constant (9.4MB)
Track 203. banter (4.6MB)
Track 204. One Rose (6.1MB)
Track 205. The Other Side of Goodbye (8.8MB)
Track 206. Wax Minute (8.8MB)
Track 207. banter (6.4MB)
Track 208. Life The Unsuspected Captive (6.0MB)
Track 209. banter (4.2MB)
Track 210. Dance Between the Raindrops (7.0MB)
Track 211. banter (8.2MB)
Track 212. Marie’s Theme (5.8MB)
Track 213. banter (3.2MB)
Track 214. Lampost (6.7MB)

Michael Nesmith - guitar, vocals
Red Rhodes - pedal steel
Steven Leach - guitar
Dave Pegg - bass
Dave Mattacks - drums

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  1. 41 Responses to “MICHAEL NESMITH - DRURY LANE, LONDON 1975”

  2. Thanks for this, BigO. I’m a big fan of Nesmith, and have never heard him with the esteemed rhythm section of Mattacks and Pegg. Plus, anything with Red Rhodes (RIP) has to be good.

    By aking on Sep 23, 2011

  3. you see, this is why we love BigO..just when you think they have posted something so far out in left field that no one will want, someone [aking] comes along and is so happy for the show that it just makes you smile because you know the feeling.
    One day you`ll open the bigo site and bam,,there is a show by a band you just can`t believe someone has . Let`s not put down the ones we don`t particularly care for, or the music we usually ignore, because there is always someone out there who is thrilled, and it all comes around eventually..peace kids, and long live Big O.

    By sluggo on Sep 23, 2011

  4. I understand why the guy doesn’t get the respect he deserves, but I don’t like it. It’s just a crime. Thanks Big O, for this gift. And thank you Mike Nesmith.


    By Tom L. on Sep 23, 2011

  5. Mike Nesmith is as pleasant to listen to as Roger McGuinn or Steven Stills, as self-deprecating as Ian Anderson, and as overlooked as anyone.

    Totally in agreement with Sluggo above. This boot is an unexpected treat.


    By Lamb Saag on Sep 23, 2011

  6. Thanks BigO, I’ve been looking for this MIke Nesmith concert a long time and I appreciate it more than sluggo since he hates Peter Tork.

    By George Martini on Sep 23, 2011

  7. Thanks BigO; I never expected to see anything from Mike. He put out some fine albums in the 70s.

    By stevo58 on Sep 23, 2011

  8. Thanks for the post and sharing

    By Cowgill on Sep 23, 2011

  9. I`m not taking the bait george martini.
    I have never done one thing to assist the creators of Big O in all their endeavors, all I have done is take,it is what most of us do, and occasionally comment therefore,
    I think it is extremely rude to try and hijack a blog for personal gain especially when it is their for the entire world to enjoy.
    Sorry this takes place BIGO, I am very grateful for your site and the hard work you guys [and gals?] put into it .

    By sluggo on Sep 23, 2011

  10. Not: “very good soundboard”. If it is soundboard, at all.

    By Timmy on Sep 23, 2011

  11. Good grief. I was there! Never expected this to turn up anywhere. Pity Nesmith decided to retire to spend more time with his money.

    By Michael Kenward on Sep 23, 2011

  12. More Elephant Parts.

    Here’s a link to BigO’s other Nesmith offering taken from a show in 1974.


    Thank you BigO. Maybe I’ll finally go rent Timerider now.

    By Sking on Sep 24, 2011

  13. I would give you my copy of “Time Rider” but nobody uses VHS anymore, Except maybe Nesimth

    By matches on Sep 24, 2011

  14. could always rip the vhs to the computer and then put it on line for downloading so people could download it and burn it to dvd if they wish. just an idea.

    By darth on Sep 24, 2011

  15. I’d never heard of Timerider but it’s available to stream on netflix.

    By xavieronassis on Sep 24, 2011

  16. …oh, and thanks for the Nesmith tracks.

    By xavieronassis on Sep 24, 2011

  17. Thanks Matches,
    If I remember right- I read that the VHS version was complete while the DVD version was taken from an edited copy and doesn’t contain the shot toward the end where the bad guy cowboy gets chopped in the helicopter blades leaving only his boots.

    Perhaps you should hang on to that tape.

    xavieronassis- Have you seen Elephant Parts?

    By Sking on Sep 25, 2011

  18. Apparently there is an episode of the Monkees called ‘The Monkees Blow Their Minds’ where Mike asked Frank Zappa to guest on the show. Frank said ” Only if I can have your part.” So Frank played Mike and Mike was Frank.

    If I ever saw this I don’t remember. Of course I was probably about 10 years old at he time.

    Nesmith says,”He(Zappa)was talking about our music and how well it was produced…He offered to teach me to play lead guitar. He worked with me for hours, but I never learned.”

    By Sking on Sep 25, 2011

  19. @Sking
    Yeah! Elephant parts was great - loved his humor.

    I just discovered “Television Parts: A Home Companion”
    Never broadcast compilation from a TV show Nes did in the 80’s. I’m gonna have to check the library to see if I can find it - sounds good.

    Also accidentally caught the Monkees show with Zappa too - talk about surreal!

    By xavieronassis on Sep 25, 2011

  20. Fantastic show! Thanks for sharing it. First I’ve heard of First Nat’l Band-era live Nesmith. The guy is vastly underrated.
    Elephant Parts is must-see. If only to hear him say “marnagrita” and to see the video for “Rio” … “Rio! Rio de Genero!”
    Btw, Sking, I think Television Parts *was* broadcast on a short TV run. Elephant Parts-like surrealism, which contemporary TV audiences couldn’t handle. At least, that’s how I remember it …
    Thanks, Big O.

    By wylie prybar on Sep 25, 2011

  21. The Monkees and Amrerica’s Favourite Frank is on YouTube. It could be taken from “Head” the Monkees movie written by THE Jack Nicholson. Great giggle, typical Nez & Frank humour. For a great Nez concert video check 1992’s Live at the Britt which I actually bought from Videoranch and unfortunately was stolen though I ripped the audio in advance. Nez also appeared on Austin City Limits in 1992 though only performing 5 songs. His last CD(Rays) came out in 2005. Vastly underrated as a writer and performer thanks partly to the Monkeeshines but he wrote “different drum” for Linda Ronstadt & the Stone Ponies before, he could have been more commercially sucessful if he’d kissed up to the corporate record making hit machine instead of just doing his thing. I once heard that Stephen Stills was considered for a role as a Monkee; how good would that have been? Time Rider (a family favourite) was also available from Videoranch at one time and has little obvious Nez influence though is quite entertaining. My kids were raised on Elephant Parts though we found Television Parts rather disappointing at the time. Thank you as always, BigO, this is a true treat for the old ears and very listenable.

    By HytekFred on Sep 26, 2011

  22. Add me to the list of people who appreciate BigO and offerings such as this! I searched long and hard for some Nesmith tunes — Roll With the Flow in particular — (he does a great rendition of Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds, too!) and now, here’s an entire live concert on two CDs. Yeehaw!!!

    By Fred on Sep 28, 2011

  23. fred
    I heard mike`s version of tumbling tumbleweeds just a few months ago and bought the cd just because of that song.
    Love it !

    By sluggo on Sep 28, 2011

  24. Sounds like a (very) good audience tape …I can hear that li’l cassette mike catch the tabletop a couple of times during Track 201.

    I certainly recognize that sound. It’s all over most of the audience tapes I myself made during those long-lost 70s ;-)

    By Gary Pig Gold on Sep 29, 2011

  25. This show took too long to download for a poor quality soundboard. Sounds like a decent quality audience tape and I try and keep audience recordings out of my collection. I’ll pass on this one…

    By Mike on Sep 29, 2011

  26. Nesmith fans all over the place! That’s good to see. He’s a unique talent and he played with an all-star band this night. Can’t wait to hear it. Thanks again BigO.

    By Rex on Sep 30, 2011

  27. Thanks very much for this. Nesmith boots are difficult to come by, so this audience recording is quite welcome to my ears!

    By Jack on Oct 8, 2011

  28. Most excellent!

    By Soldout in SF on Oct 8, 2011

  29. A wonderful find. Thanks for doing this bigO. It is greatly appreciated.


    By David Bailey on Oct 31, 2011

  30. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!!! It is *amazing*. I only wish it had been officially recorded and released, it’s that good.

    By silver on Mar 22, 2012

  31. Beautiful, love Papa Nez! Many many thanks.

    By blueisland on Apr 1, 2012

  32. Thanks for making this available, I haven’t listened to it yet but even if it is an audience recording I’m sure it will be interesting. Some of those files are no longer available as they were on Megaupload and I guess we all know what’s happened to that site. Any chance they can be replaced ? That link you give to the other Nesmith Bootleg , Roundhouse, London, 1974 is , I am glad to see no longer active. This is a superb soundboard show recorded at a special 5th Anniversary concert for Zig-Zag magazine. Zig-Zag was started by rock writer Pete Frame, he of the “Rock Family Trees” fame. After waiting 35 years this concert, a 5 CD set, has now been officially released. You read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_ZigZag_Concert

    It’s well worth the purchase price.

    By Anthony Harland on May 16, 2012

  33. Whoops, sorry, ignore previous request to reupload some files. Just realised there are alternative links to those that were held on Megaupload.

    By Anthony Harland on May 16, 2012

  34. Been a fan since 1975, when silver moon was released in uk as a single. A very talented man overlooked but ultimately has gained recognition nowadays.

    By shaun Blackburn on Sep 25, 2012

  35. Hi, I also have a bootleg of this show. I’m not sure whether it’s better quality than this one (although I think it might be) - I recorded it myself (on state of the art Sony equipment of the time) and I was in the middle of the balcony. I recently rescued it from a cassette that was rotting in the garage. Anyway if anyone wants a copy you can contact me via the blog address given. Looking forward to seeing Mike at the Union Chapel.

    By Simon Geller on Sep 28, 2012

  36. Thanks for posting this!! This is awesome!

    By Lee on Oct 14, 2012

  37. Hi Simon,
    Was interested in your comment and offer of a copy of the Drury Lane recording. I also recorded this concert. My recorder however was fairly primitive (an ITT I recall) and I suspect your recording is way better than mine. Could you send me a copy ? Would be greatly appreciated. Was also there at the Union Chapel performance just the other night. Felt both uplifting (that voice, still so majestic) and strangely sad. Listening now again to the Drury lane gig - what a performance that was,- it all comes back. Seems like a lifetime ago. And now Nesmith is 70 !
    Hope to hear from you. Thanks.

    By Bill Lamdin on Nov 2, 2012

  38. Great show but what a shitty recording.

    By Denver Bob on May 10, 2015

  39. Many thanks. It is a reminder of how different the shows were back then … I have April 11 and April 12 and each one is different, one opening with Maggie’s Farm and the other with Gotta Serve Somebody. 2009 was a good year for Bob and his audiences.

    By Canute on May 10, 2015

  40. There are things here that other places offered as well but there are treats like this that I’ve only fgound here. Thanx from a Brazilian Nesmith fan.

    By moodyxadi on Feb 29, 2016

  41. thanks, big-o!


    By I-) on Jun 8, 2016

  42. The Monkees ! The world greatest band of all time ! Did you know that even Hendrix opened for them ?

    By Corey Moron on Mar 8, 2017

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