I ordered this CD from Amazon a while back, but they did not have it in stock (they still don't), so I went ahead and ordered it from Videoranch. I'm glad I did. THE WICHITA TRAIN WHISTLE SINGS, Nesmith's big-band instrumental album from 1968, is presented here newly remixed from the original tapes, with a new running order by Nes, and is far superior to the individual Wichita Train Whistle Sings CD, which I previously returned to Amazon for a refund because it was mastered from a beat-up mono LP.
The ten songs include:
1) "Nine Times Blue" was originally demoed during the HEADQUARTERS SESSIONS; The Monkees' version was not issued until Missing Links in 1987; Michael's First National Band recording appears on the Magnetic South / Loose Salute "two-fer."
2) The Monkees' version of "Carlisle Wheeling," recorded during THE BIRDS, THE BEES, AND THE MONKEES and the INSTANT REPLAY sessions, also was not released until MISSING LINKS. Under the title "Conversations," Michael's First National Band recording appears on the MAGNETIC SOUTH / LOOSE SALUTE "two-fer" listed above.
3) "Don't Cry Now" is the only non-Monkees-era recording on the set. I don't think Nes ever rerecorded it after this.
4) and 5) "Papa Gene's Blues" and "Sweet Young Thing" appear on the first album, The Monkees (Deluxe Edition, 2 CD).
6) and 7) "You Told Me" and "You Just May Be The One" both appear on Headquarters (Deluxe Edition, 2 CD). The original TV version of the latter appears on Missing Links, Volume 2.
8) "Tapioca Tundra" appeared as the B-side to "Valleri," as well as on The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees (3 CD Boxed Set).
9) "Don't Call On Me," written by Nes in the early '60s, appeared on Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (Deluxe Edition, 2 CD).
10) "While I Cried" was incorrectly credited as "While I Cry" on Instant Replay (Deluxe Edition 3-CD Boxed Set).
For those who want to play the album with the original Dot Records running order, program your CD player as follows: 1, 6, 4, 10, 5, 2, 7, 3, 9, 8.
The second album on the set, the soundtrack from the 1982 film "Timerider," is also quite good: it's a hard-rocking CD with lots of guitar and synthesizer (it was the '80s, after all). Considering that Papa Nes has never written a soundtrack before, he did an amazing job. The package also includes full production credits and new liner notes from Mike. If Amazon or one of the Merchants doesn't have it, it's worth buying elsewhere.