Mastered by Bob Irwin, Cut by Kevin Gray & Pressed at RTI
The heralded solo debut of Michael Nesmith, Magnetic South features the artist's hybrid of cowboy-'n'-western country music and rock sensibilities, highlighted by "Joanne," one of the earliest singles with the California-country sound to become a major hit record. In his first outing as a true solo artist, Nesmith breaks ground with his First National Band, waxing 11 country-rock classics. Taped at RCA's Hollywood Studios in February 1970 directly after his departure from The Monkees, the album thematically opens Nesmith's First National American trilogy of blue, red and white albums (with a trademark needle point sleeve designed by none other than Dean Torrence).
Magnetic South is brimming with songs Nesmith stockpiled during The Monkees' heyday and also includes the Top 40 hit single "Joanne," with covers of "One Rose" and "Beyond The Blue Horizon" topping off this spirited and infectious long player. Issued in July 1970, Magnetic South was the first of two albums issued by The First National Band that year to critical accolades. Available 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.