A copy of the instrumental album The Wichita Train Whistle Sings, conducted by Mike Nesmith of the Monkees.
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Offered for sale is a copy of the instrumental LP, The Wichita Train Whistle Sings, conducted by Mike Nesmith of the Monkees.
When stardom hit in 1966, the members of the Monkees found themselves earning a fair bit of money…and having to pay appropriate income taxes on it. Mike Nesmith found a tax dodge, however – he came up with the idea of releasing an instrumental LP of his music and hired LA’s famed Wrecking Crew to play on it. The whole event was held over a weekend, at overtime pay, and catered by a very expensive Los Angeles restaurant, Chasens.
The The Wichita Train Whistle Sings LP hit the shelves in 1968 and confused everyone, as the title simply said Mike Nesmith Presents The Wichita Train Whistle Sings. What was it?
What it is is an interesting artifact of the time, presenting some quirky interpretations of both Monkees tunes and some otherwise-unreleased Nesmith songs.
Here’s a recording of “Tapioca Tundra” from the LP:
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- DLP 25,861
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