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Head Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Opening Ceremony
  2. Porpoise Song [Theme from Head]
  3. Ditty Diego -- War Chant
  4. Circle Sky
  5. Supplico
  6. Can You Dig It?
  7. As We Go Along
  8. Dandruff?
  9. Daddy's Song
  10. Poll
  11. Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All over Again
  12. Swami -- Plus Strings
  13. Ditty Diego -- War Chant [*]
  14. Circle Sky [*]
  15. Happy Birthday to You [*]
  16. Can You Dig It? [*]
  17. Daddy's Song [Alternate Take][*]
  18. Head Radio Spot [*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic UK
  • ASIN: B000026130
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Head" was the last Monkees album to feature all four original members. Guitarist Pete Tork left the band shortly after finishing the album.

Though it's a soundtrack and not a regular album it contains some of the Monkees' finest recordings. Especially the two Carole King songs "Porpoise Song" and "As We Go Along" are outstanding. Also Tork's "Can You Dig it" and Nesmith's "Circle Sky" are Monkees classics.

Only 6 tracks on the original album are actually music. The rest of it is soundclips and dialouge; some of it quite entertaining.

Taken from the sleeve notes Jack Nicholson played a big part in the album's/movie's creation, which sounds to be pretty weird.

The bonus tracks are mostly alternate takes - most interesting is the fine live version of "Circle Sky" recorded in May 1968.

The list of guest musicians is impressive, featuring names like Leon Russell, Bill Chadwick, Dewey Martin, Carole King, Neil Young and Ry Cooder.
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This is the soundtrack to the Monkees' only feature film. It only has six songs, the rest of the soundtrack features sound collages assembled by Jack Nicholson, of all people. The songs are all great, it's some of the Monkees most mature work. The sound collages range from a few seconds long to five minutes long, and they are actually fairly interesting. The CD adds six great bonus tracks. On the alternate take of "Ditty Diego", you can hear Jack Nicholson instructing the boys to be "sillier". The alternate "Circle Sky" is the live version featured in the movie. There is a short recording of the other Monkees singing "Happy Birthday" to Mike. The alternate version of "Can You Dig It" features Peter on vocals instead of Micky. The alternate version of "Daddy's Song" features Mike on vocals instead of Davy. The CD closes with a radio advertisement for Head that is an incomprehensible sound collage which makes no mention of the Monkees, or even the fact that Head is a motion picture. With advertising like that, no wonder the movie flopped!
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Head is the soundtrack album to a true cult classic and underrated film. After the Monkees' TV show was cancelled, the band decided to make a movie that would destroy the Monkees' myth and image. They got together with Bob Rafaelson & Jack Nicholoson, smoked alot of dope and came up with this true gem. The film opens with the killing off the group by having them jump off a bridge. What follows is a stream of conscious film that jumps between scenes at a break neck pace. The soundtrack follows that same style. The album mixes songs with dialogue from the movie and it makes for an interesting and enjoyable listening experience. The songs are all top notch including the psychedelic "The Porpoise Song" which contains sounds from actual porpoises, Mike Nesmith's powerful "Circle Sky", the middle-eastern flavored "Can You Dig It?", "As We Go Along" is the prettiest song the band has ever done, "Daddy's Song" has a vaudevillian feel with good horn play and "Do I Have To Do This all Over Again" is the best song Peter Tork sang lead on for the band. Not what you would expect from the Monkees and it shows that the group were more than just a bunch of hired actors.
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Head (the movie and the album)could only have been released in 1968. At the time the music culture was navigating that treacherous turn from Teenybopper to Relevance. The Monkees--poster boys of teenybopperdom--were at a crossroads. Their TV show was rapidly losing its audience and they were in constant battles over artistic direction. They were unfairly accused in the press of being completely fake, even though the album "Headquarters" was primarily played and sung just by the four and battled "Pepper" for chart supremacy.

By '68, they were spent. It was time to explode the image. They had nothing to lose but their careers. Time to die ungracefully.

So what to do? Create a movie featuring Sonny Liston, Annette Funicello, and Frank Zappa (I know that's what I would have done). Spend the entire film firebombing your "manufactured" image. Show screaming girls in tandem with Vietnam atrocities.

The result? When it was released (with virtually no promotion), no one got it. Too "hip" for the teenyboppers and too "teenybopper" for the hipsters.

Viewing it today though, "Head" reveals its genius. Songs merge seamlessly with the images. The film is far better than any of the other "freak out" films of the era, in that it's actually watchable.

Strong songs (penned by group members as well as Harry Nilsson and Carole King. Randomly juxtaposed audio sampling from the film soundtrack (courtesy of Jack Nicholson of all people. Did he invent the mashup?. The record complements the film perfectly; it makes you want to see the movie and vice-versa.

I just can't believe they thought they'd get away with it.
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Rhino Records has always handled The Monkees music with such care and devotion. This release from their Handmade division is no different. The HEAD soundtrack fared a little better than its film counterpart, but not by much. Initially charting at #45, it was The Monkees first true flop. Every album The Monkees did before hit the top 5, so this would be essentially the beginning of the end. The album consisted of a sparse 6 songs (7 if you count "Ditty Diego", a mockery of The Monkees theme), with audio clips from the film interspersed throughout the record. Jack Nicholson actually arranged the album, and is given credit on the original back sleeve. The songs are among the best The Monkees ever recorded: "Porpoise Song (Theme From 'Head')", "Circle Sky", "Can You Dig It?", "As We Go Along", "Daddy's Song", and "Long Title: Do I Have to do This All Over Again". With any Monkees album, they had the best songwriters at the helm. Carole King and Harry Nillson, along with Monkees Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith, round out the song credits. Had they been released a year or so earlier, they would have been surefire hits for The Monkees.

That being said, it's sort of a minor miracle that the "HEAD" soundtrack is getting the royal treatment from Rhino. The box set is similar to Rhino's "The Birds, the Bees, and The Monkees" reissue, including a full color booklet with liner notes and a history on the movie and soundtrack, a 45 RPM record with instrumental tracks for "Porpoise Song" and "As We Go Along", a button featuring the original movie poster, and three discs chock full of unreleased bonus material. The first disc is the entire original stereo album complete with alternate takes and mixes of the songs.
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