michael Nesmith was in the Monkees, but was always slightly off kilter, always looked a little bored with the plasticity of the band.
they broke up and the other band members went back into comparative anonimity. But Nesmith was a performer and a damn good songwriter.
He never had hits on the scale of the Monkees, apart from the wonderfully witty 'Rio'!
I first encountered Tropical Campfires on a cassette posted to me by a fellow Texan many yonks ago. (1992)
It's a great collection, 12 tracks,pretty stingey, but what it lacks in playing time ,it makes up for in quality!
All but 3 of the songs are self writes, oddball stuff like 'I am not that' a fun song of self denial,and 'For the island' which, 19 years after first hearing it, I still can't grasp!
The 3 'standards' are definitive, I have never ever heard a better version of 'Begin the Beguine'. It is a sublime effort as are his versions of 'In the Still of the Night' another Cole Porter composition, and 'Brazil', sung entirely in Spanish.
An album that is both intiguing and satisfying! Buy, before they pull it off the shelves again!!!!!!!