- 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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As far as the Monkees goes, this is an interesting cd and one that's hard to put down. It plays much better after all these years than the movie itself does. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rob Kulbeth
Mickey Dolenz hitting the water after he jumps off a bridge is the opening scene of the film HEAD. The sequence also heralds its finale, or as Davy Jones says in 'Ditty Diego':... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Annie Van Auken
all this guff about the beatles and the monkees, who is better,is finally answered with this album
it's the monkees, still brillant then ,still brillant now
The music is amazing. I have loved the Monkees since seeing them on reruns growing up, but I had never heard anything from Head before, this was a revalation.Published on May 18, 2013 by Gina
A soundtrack to a very weird film. As a serious Monkees fan, I purchased this soundtrack at a young age and was a bit startled. Read more
This is the soundtrack to the Monkees movie "Head". It contains some of their best music, songs like "As We Go Along","Porpoise Song" and "Circle Sky". Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by sibiris