Head (The Monkees album)

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Head
Soundtrack album by The Monkees
Released December 1, 1968
Genre Psychedelic rock, psychedelic pop
Length 28:49
Label Colgems (original US release)
RCA (original release--rest of the world)
Arista (1981 Japanese LP reissue)
Rhino (1985 LP reissue + 1994 & 2010 CD reissues)
Producer The Monkees, Gerry Goffin
The Monkees chronology
The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
(1968)
Head
(1968)
Instant Replay
(1969)
Singles from Head
  1. "Porpoise Song" / "As We Go Along"
    Released: October 5, 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blogcritics (favorable)[2]

Head is the soundtrack to the film Head, the only theatrical release by The Monkees. Released in 1968 through Colgems, it was the band's sixth album. Head was the last Monkees album to feature Peter Tork till Pool It! in 1987, and the last to feature all four Monkees until 1996's Justus.

The soundtrack album intersperses the six full-length songs ("Porpoise Song", "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 bits of Ken Thorne's incidental music, dialogue fragments, and sound effects culled from the film. The selection of music and dialogue approximates the flow of the movie itself, and was compiled by actor Jack Nicholson, who co-wrote the film's shooting script.

History[edit]

The music of The Monkees often featured rather dark subject matter beneath a superficially bright, uplifting sound. The music of the film takes the darkness and occasional satirical elements of the Monkees' earlier tunes and makes it far more overt, as in "Ditty Diego – War Chant", or "Daddy's Song," which has Jones singing an upbeat, Broadway-style number about a boy abandoned by his father. In his 2012 essay on the soundtrack album, academic Peter Mills observed that 'on this album the songs are only part of the story, as they were with The Monkees project as a whole : signals, sounds, and ideas interfere with each other throughout.'

Artwork[edit]

The original issue of the record (Colgems #COSO-5008) featured a front cover with a surface of aluminized PET film, meant to reflect the listener's "head" (face) back at them. With the movie having only a limited release (and virtually no publicity), the point was largely lost, and while the cover was innovative for its time, manufacturing was problematic. (Micky Dolenz recalled years later that the cover was ruining the printing presses at RCA.) A March 1985 LP reissue from Rhino Records (RNLP-145) was less problematic by using foil paper instead, the result being less reflective than the original. The Rhino CD reissue from 1994 (R2-71795) has a grey cover that is not reflective at all.

Track listing[edit]

Original 1968 Colgems vinyl issue[edit]

Side 1
  1. "Opening Ceremony" - 1:20
  2. "Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 2:56
  3. "Ditty Diego – War Chant" (Jack Nicholson, Bob Rafelson) - 1:25
  4. "Circle Sky" (Michael Nesmith) - 2:31
  5. "Supplicio" - 0:48
  6. "Can You Dig It" (Peter Tork) - 3:23
  7. "Gravy" - 0:06
Side 2
  1. "Superstitious" - 0:07
  2. "As We Go Along" (King, Toni Stern) - 3:51
  3. "Dandruff?" - 0:39
  4. "Daddy's Song" (Harry Nilsson) - 2:30
  5. "Poll" - 1:13
  6. "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again" (Tork) - 2:39
  7. "Swami – Plus Strings (Ken Thorne), Etc." - 5:21

1994 Rhino CD reissue[edit]

Tracks 1-14: Original album

  1. "Ditty Diego—War Chant" (Nicholson, Rafelson) (Alternate version) - 4:30
  2. "Circle Sky" (Nesmith) (Live version) - 2:20
  3. "Happy Birthday to You" (Mildred Hill, Patty Smith Hill) - 1:02
  4. "Can You Dig It" (Tork) (Alternate mix) - 3:25
  5. "Daddy's Song" (Nilsson) (Alternate mix) - 2:06
  6. "Head Radio Spot" - 2:03
Notes
  • "Porpoise Song" is featured on the original Colgems LP and most reissues in short form, as in the movie. The 1985 Rhino LP reissue features the full 4:00 single version.
  • The version of "Ditty Diego-War Chant" from the LP is played at various speeds as if one was spinning the turntable manually. The "untampered" version, a remix from the original eight-track master, is featured on the 2001 Music Box CD compilation.
  • "Circle Sky" in the film is a live version, but the album features a studio version. The film's live version appears on the Rhino CD as a bonus track.
  • This is the only original Monkees album without a song by Boyce & Hart.
  • The original pressing of the LP featured the misspelled name of producer "Jerry Goffin". Later pressings corrected his name to "Gerry Goffin" and are denoted by the "RE" at the end of the catalog number: COSO-5008 RE.

2010 Rhino Handmade deluxe CD reissue[edit]

On October 26, 2010, Rhino Records released a three-disc deluxe box set through its Rhino Handmade division. Along with the three discs, the set contained a 27 page booklet and a bonus 7" record that includes unreleased instrumental versions of "Porpoise Song" and ‚"As We Go Along."

Disc 1 (Original LP... Plus)

Tracks 1-14: Original album in stereo

  1. "Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Goffin, King) - 4:12
  2. "Ditty Diego" (War Chant) (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Live) (Nicholson, Rafelson) - 0:52
  3. "Circle Sky" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:34
  4. "Can You Dig It?" (Peter's Vocal - Stereo Rough Mix) (Tork) - 3:31
  5. "As We Go Along" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Stern, King) - 4:10
  6. "Daddy's Song" (Remix with Slow Verse) (Nilsson) - 4:33
  7. "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Tork) - 2:35
  8. "Swami - Plus Strings" (Ken Thorne), Etc." (Alternate Stereo Mix) - 3:58
  9. "Happy Birthday to You" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Patty Hill, [Mildred J. Hill]]) - 1:06
  10. "Ditty Diego" (Session) (Nicholson, Rafelson) 22:55
Disc 2 (Outtakes and Rarities)
  1. Head Promo: "Coming Soon" - 1:02
  2. "Porpoise Song" (Mono Single Mix) (Goffin, King) - 4:03
  3. "Ditty Diego - War Chant" (Mono Mix) (Nicholson, Rafelson) - 1:06
  4. "Circle Sky" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:33
  5. "Can You Dig It" (Mono Mix) (Tork) - 3:25
  6. "As We Go Along" (Mono Mix) (Stern, King) - 3:56
  7. "Daddy's Song" (Mono Mix) (Nilsson) - 2:17
  8. "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again" (Mono Mix) (Tork) - 2:36
  9. "Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)" (Rough Mono Mix) (Goffin, King) - 4:16
  10. "Ditty Diego" (Alternate Version) (Nicholson, Rafelson) - 0:53
  11. "Circle Sky" (Alternate Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:32
  12. "Can You Dig It" (Peter's Vocal) (Tork) - 3:27
  13. "Daddy's Song" (Mike's Vocal) (Nilsson) - 2:08
  14. "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again" (Rough Mix Acetate) (Tork) - 3:45
  15. "Can You Dig It" (Mono Movie Mix) (Tork) - 3:08
  16. "Daddy's Song" (Mono Movie Mix) (Nilsson) - 3:10
  17. Head Promo: "It's this and that" (Hidden track)/Head Promo: "Now Playing" - 0:55
  18. Introduction to Live Show - 8:21 (recorded in Salt Lake City May 17, 1968)
  19. "You Just May Be the One" (Live) (Nesmith) - 3:39 (recorded in Salt Lake City May 17, 1968)
  20. "Sunny Girlfriend" (Live) (Nesmith) - 3:32 (recorded in Salt Lake City May 17, 1968)
  21. "You Told Me" (Live) (Nesmith) - 3:20 (recorded in Salt Lake City May 17, 1968)
  22. "Circle Sky" (Live) (Nesmith) - 2:34 (recorded in Salt Lake City May 17, 1968)
  23. "California, Here It Comes" (Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Joseph Meyer) (The same version used in the ending of the 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee television special) - 1:04
Disc 3 (Head Open-End Radio Special Interview Platter with Davy Jones)
  1. "Circle Sky" (Excerpt) (Nesmith) - 1:38
  2. Davy Jones Interview, Pt. 1 - 2:39
  3. "Can You Dig It" (Excerpt) (Tork) - 2:17
  4. Davy Jones Interview, Pt. 2 - 8:32
  5. "Daddy's Song" (Nilsson) - 2:43
  6. Davy Jones Interview, Pt. 3 - 5:30
  7. "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again" (Excerpt) Tork) - 2:47
  8. Davy Jones Interview, Pt. 4 - 3:20
  9. "Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)" (Goffin, King) - 2:47
  10. Davy Jones Interview, Pt. 5 - 0:06
  11. "Can You Dig It" (Excerpt) (Tork) - 1:59
Vinyl 45
  1. "Porpoise Song" (Instrumental Mix) (Goffin, King) - 4:18
  2. "As We Go Along" (Instrumental Mix) (King, Stern) - 4:20

The front cover of the box also features an authentic reproduction of the album's original front cover, printed on foil mylar to reflect the person's head.

Session information[edit]

Personnel[edit]

The Monkees
  • Micky Dolenz (vocals, drums on live version of "Circle Sky")
  • Davy Jones (vocals, maracas and organ on live version of "Circle Sky")
  • Mike Nesmith (vocals, guitar, electric organ, maracas)
  • Peter Tork (vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar on live version of "Circle Sky")
with
  • Ken Bloom – guitar
  • Danny Kortchmar – guitar on "As We Go Along"
  • Leon Russell – keyboard
  • Ralph Shuckett – keyboard
  • Douglas Lubahn – electric bass
  • Mike Ney – drums
  • William Hinshaw – horn
  • Jules Jacob – horn
  • Gregory Bemko – cello
  • David Filerman – cello
  • Jan Kelly – cello
  • Jacqueline Lustgarten – cello
  • Max Bennett – string bass
  • Clyde Hoggan – string bass
  • James Hughart – string bass
  • Jerry Scheff – string bass
  • Michael Rubini – piano
  • Keith Allison – guitar
  • Bill Chadwick – guitar
  • Richard Dey – bass
  • John Gross – bass
  • Eddie Hoh – drums, cowbell
  • Lance Wakely – guitar, bass
  • Dewey Martin – drums
  • Michael A. Glass – percussion
  • Ry Cooder – guitar on "As We Go Along"
  • Neil Young – guitar on "As We Go Along"
  • Carole King – guitar on "As We Go Along"
  • Harvey Newmark – bass
  • Earl Palmer – drums
  • Dennis Bruce – percussion
  • Stephen Stills – guitar on "Long Title"
  • Pete Candoli – trumpet
  • Marion Childers – trumpet
  • Anthony Terran – trumpet
  • Richard Leith – trombone
  • Lewis McCreary – trombone
  • Justin Ditullio – cello
  • Raphael Kramer – cello
  • Emmet Sargent – cello
  • Eleanor Slatkin – cello
  • Brendan Cahill – percussion
  • Jack Nitzsche – arrangement on "Porpoise Song" and "As We Go Along"
  • Russ Titelman – conductor on "Porpoise Song"
  • John R. Hoening – unknown
  • Tony McCashen – unknown
  • unknown – organ and flute


Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Peak
Position
1969 Billboard 200 45[3]

Single[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
Position
1968 "Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)" Billboard Hot 100 62[3]

References[edit]