Friday, April 27, 2007

Though My Path Is Planned, It's Not Rehearsed

Previous country-rock albums I've posted have gone down well (and believe me I'd love to post 'Too Stuffed To Jump' but it's available from Amazon - GO BUY...) so here's a bit of a rarity I think.

From the musicians behind the first 3 Mike Nesmith albums (go buy them as well please - for less than twenty quid you can get the first six albums on 3 CDs).

O.J. 'Red' Rhodes was one of the two or three *great* pedal steel players alongside Sneeky Pete, and - arguably - Garcia. And because of that he did a lot of sessions. Just take a look at some of the great albums that this guy played on - all the Nesmith albums up to The Prison (including the magnificent 'And The Hits Just Keep On Coming' which was just the two of them), Notorious Byrd Brothers, The Wolfking Of LA, Sweet Baby James, Valley Hi, L.A. Turnaround, Diamonds & Rust, the list goes on.

This is the only album of his that I have, though apparently there are others. I've no idea how representative this one is. It's real sweet, though. Lovely bass playing, too, right up in the mix where it oughta be (listen to Lunar Nova...sweet...)

Sorry about the crackles & surface noise, I've had this album a long time & used to play it a heck of a lot). Q: Does anyone have any of his other albums they'd be willing to rip for me?

Red Rhodes - Velvet Hammer In A Cowboy Band

1 - Crippled Lion
2 - Poinciana
3 - Lothario in A
4 - Jay's Tune
5 - Dana's Waltz
6 - Lunar Nova
7 - Three Songs in a Row (Lonesome/Great American Thunder Turkey/Steel Guitar Waltz)

http://rapidshare.com/files/28150109/Velvet.zip

10 Comments:

Blogger Iain said...

This sounds great.
Can't wait to hear it.

Thanks.

7:36 pm  
Blogger Hazy Dave said...

Ah yes, Mike Nesmith's short-lived Countryside records. As I recall, the inner sleeve had a small picture of one other album with the encouragement to "enjoy the many other fine album on Countryside".

I believe the band was, not the First National Band of Nez's first three LP's, rather the band from his sixth, Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash. Briefly the Countryside House Band, they also played on Ian Matthews' Nesmith produced Valley Hi album.

7:54 pm  
Blogger Hazy Dave said...

(Red himself played on all six of those RCA Nesmith albums, of course, and was, in fact the only instrumentalist besides Nesmith on the wonderful fifth, And The Hits Just Keep On Comin'...

7:57 pm  
Anonymous Bob said...

Many thanks - I've been looking for this for ages. Ruined 2 vinyl copies years ago and not seen since. Great site - keep 'em coming.

12:39 pm  
Anonymous jt said...

Fantastic ... Thank you!

Any chance of posting L.A. Turnaround?

9:28 pm  
Anonymous Nigel said...

Does anyone know where i can find a copy of the Countyside records 45 by Steven Fromholz, "Sweet Janey".
Please contact me at nigelfyoung@yahoo.co.uk
Many Thanks.
Nigel

12:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet deal - I'm glad that people can still remember Red! In recent years, I've only met two or three other people who could even tell you who he is (fellow music junkies, all of 'em).

I'm doubly impressed by your estimation of Garcia's steel-playing abilities. I will always contend that JG is criminally underrated on that instrument - less than 6 months after first picking it up, he was already improvising.

3:11 am  
Anonymous joe said...

Im young, only 21...i got into gram parsons last summer and over the fall discovered nesmith, since then ive been continually fascinated with all of his work, especially with red rhodes...i think i prefer him to sneaky pete...i know that S.P was doing crazy shit on gilded palace, like ten over dubs and shit...but man, red rhodes...the end of lunar nova on velvet hammer far surpasses the cosmic ebb and flow you kind of get with sneaky pete. Ive got a lot of country rock from late 60s/early 70's but am kind of looking for more. any suggestions?

8:28 pm  
Blogger neil said...

Just a thank you for the opportunity to hear yet another version of POINCIANA...

9:13 am  
Blogger Sergej said...

Can you please reupload this file?
Thank you.

10:06 am  

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