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The Prison (Remixed Edition + Book) [Original recording remastered]

Michael Nesmith Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Edsel Records
  • ASIN: B0012PK05C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening Theme (Life, The Unsuspecting Captive)
2. Dance Between The Raindrops
3. Elusive Ragings
4. Waking Mystery
5. Hear Me, Calling
6. Marie's Theme
7. Closing Theme (Lamp Post)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful music 1 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
this is absolutely nothing like the monkees so please don't pre-judge his solo stuff-this is a serious piece with a short book to read as you listen!!!i always finish the book too soon!i particularly like dance between the raindrops and life the unsuspecting captive.it is country music but it's strange too and you will always go back to it as a lot of it is hard to remember because it kinda washes over you at first.it is a good album to relax to and think about life(or read the book).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A one-off concept that kind of works 1 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have the original LP version of this concept piece by Nesmith. The theory is that you put the music on and treat it as a soundtrack to the book. It more or less works and I usually finish the book just a few mninutes before or after the music. But I confess it only works as music when accompanying the book in my opinion. As a standalone album it is a little lost. Same applies to the sequel "the Garden". If you want to hear Nez as a solo artist you'd do much better with his traditional style albums like The Hits Keep on Coming or Tropical Campfires, or even Live at the Britt festival.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What was Nesmith thinking? 19 April 2005
By greyhoundude - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The original issue of THE PRISON (1974) was an ambitious, book-with-a-soundtrack contraption which was far ahead of its time. Musically, Nesmith explored new territory, leaving his progressive country/rock experiments in rear-view mirror land. Red Rhodes was still on board, as was Second National Band member (keyboardist) Michael Cohen. Percussion was provided by Roland Rhythm 77 (get it?). Those folks, together with Nesmith's guitar, created a "philosophy meets folk-rock" LP that sounded a whole lot better than it should have. I'm glad I still have the LP. A solid 4-star album.

HOWEVER......in the early 1990's, Nesmith finally issued THE PRISON on CD. Sort of. For the CD release, and for reasons known only to Nesmith, he totally remixed the album, adding completely unnecessary GODAWFUL strings and synthesizers to many of the songs, rendering them painfully ordinary. Instruments clearly heard on the original version of the LP are now MIA, replaced with newly added synthesizers and those GODAWFUL strings. I guess they're strings. They may just be more synthesizers. At any rate, THE PRISON is now reduced to a below average new age album, and who needs that?

My LP's still in good shape. I'll be transferring it to CD shortly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celestial Beauty Reached 19 Aug 2004
By Michael Daly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a difficult album to listen to if you're not familiar with Michael Nesmith beyond his days with The Monkees. Conceived as the soundtrack to a short story authored by Mike in the album's liner notes, Mike Nesmith reaches beyond where any pop-country artist would dare go in the use of synthesizers to create the infinate wall of sound quality of symphonic orchestras combining with the close-range intimacy of a guitarist. The whole point of the album is to listen at the same time as reading the story, a fusion of senses that Mike readily admits in the notes to the 1990s reissue is anything but an easy task to accomplish.

But story or not, it is the sheer atmosphere and grooves of the music that captures the listener and compels him to stay through every last note. Mike uses synthesizers with such cunning smartness it is a wonder the tactic has not been used, or used well, since. It is the second track, Dance Between The Raindrops, that really establishes the mezmerizing mood of the album; as the most openly country-esque track, it makes the best use of Red Rhodes' pedal steel in the instrumental portion of the song's body, while a nice soft rock groove is hit in Elusive Ragings before downshifting to a mildly religious groove and the return of Red Rhodes in Waking Mystery, then a slow cowboy groove in Hear Me Calling, all tracks that serve as a strong message to the melancholy to overcome fears and get going.

The somewhat overblown Marie's Theme gets off to a strong start and might have been the best track on the album, except it suffers from a fade that is several minutes too long as well as repeated vocals that begin grating on the listener. A similar flaw hurts the ending of the album's closer, Lampost, hurting what is otherwise the album's most soaring track; the synthesizers simulate orchestral strings throughout and interplay with Mike's guitar groove perfectly, fading out during the lengthy outro down to Mike's guitar riff that finally begins to die down but takes an excruciatingly long time to finally complete itself. A few judicious edits should have been called for here, but such are nits to pick on Mike's most artistically ambitious project ever.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album!!! 5 July 2008
By LUIS E. CASAS AVILA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Amazing Stuff! Ethereal and country sounds. Sometimes reminds me to Beach Boys early 70's albums. A nice surprise!
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3.0 out of 5 stars What was he thinking?? 7 Aug 2006
By Dirk Diggler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Mike Nesmith, even back in the days of the Monkees, was a great songwriter. This CD is a concept album. Kinda like Pink Floyds "The Wall" but not as good. It tells a story. The disc comes with a CD mini-book that you are supposed to read as you listen to the music.(That's what it says). Problem is, the music has lyrics, and I have a hard time reading and listening to lyrics at the same time. So I'm like , WTF???

It's not a bad disc but, it's different. Cool idea, I guess but...WTF??
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