Mastered by Bob Irwin, Cut by Kevin Gray & Pressed at RTI
The second LP from Michael Nesmith and the First National Band, Loose Salute features the country-rock pioneer's hit single "Silver Moon" alongside dreamy, near-psychedelic studies on western motifs and melodies, funky swamp sounds, and straight-up country readings in the inimitable Nesmith style. Loose Salute continues on the country rock road of Magnetic South, rocking even harder in places, while adding a tinge of Latin rhythms. Taped from April through July of 1970, the album catches Nesmith in his transition from honky-tonk hitmaker to studio born perfectionist.
Featuring 10 songs, Nesmith revisits songs from his days in The Monkees, explores proto-outlaw attitudes, and opens the set his second hit single, "Silver Moon," a winning and upbeat follow-up to "Joanne." Loose Salute is notably the first fully-produced album by Nesmith since his 1968 experimental instrumental project on Dot, The Wichita Train Whistle Sings. Released in October 1970, hot on the heels of his debut, Loose Salute earned a rave review from Rolling Stone who called it, "...one of the hippest country rock albums in some time, certainly the most listenable."
Never reissued in its original form, Loose Salute is available once again on colored vinyl from Sundazed for the first time since the 1970's. Mastered by Bob Irwin, cut by Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI.