Tantamount To Treason Volume 1 is Michael Nesmith's fourth post-Monkees solo album. Released in 1972, it's the only LP Nez recorded with the Second National Band, which included O.J. "Red" Rhodes (pedal steel), Michael Cohen (keyboards and Moog), Jack Ranelli (drums), José Feliciano (congas), and Johnny Meeks (bass). The First National Band, which had backed Michael on his initial solo efforts (Magnetic South, Loose Salute, and Nevada Fighter), disbanded in 1971. Red Rhodes was the only FNB member to continue on with Michael. The album also features a contribution from Bill Chadwick ("Talking to the Wall").
In the early 2000s, Tantamount To Treason was reissued on compact disc with three bonus tracks: the instrumental "Cantata & Fugue in C&W," a cover of "Rose City Chimes," and "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)."
On a personal level, most days it's my favorite Nez solo album. Check out its review on AllMusic, too.
Here's the rear cover of the LP, complete with Michael's own personal home-brew recipe! (Thanks a lot to Ben Belmares for this scan - the back cover of my LP has suffered some damage and I needed a clean copy.)
You can download Tantamount to Treason directly from Michael's Videoranch website (or on iTunes).
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