Soundtrack: Head by The Monkees

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Soundtrack: Head by The Monkees
Soundtrack: Head by The Monkees

Album Released: 1968

Head ::: Artwork

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1.Opening Ceremony1:20
2.Porpoise Song (Theme)2:56
3.Ditty Diego (War Chant)1:25
4.Circle Sky2:31
6.Can You Dig It?3:23
9.As We Go Along3:51
11.Daddy's Song2:30
13.Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again2:39
14.Swami (plus Strings)5:21


The Monkees' 1968 film Head came at a time when the group was in decline, and the television programme itself had been cancelled.

Head was a box office disaster, but a reasonable critical success, the reason for its initial lack of mainstream popularity being that the group wanted to do something different from their usual television show, so went for a weird surreal style, which put off many fans, while those who were not fans didn't want to see the film because they thought it would be like the TV show. It has since become a cult favourite.

This soundtrack, which is co-ordinated by Jack Nicholson, successfully puts across the offbeat style of the film, with snippets of dialogue dispersed between the six songs.

The dreamy “Porpoise Song (Theme from ‘Head’)” stands out, but Davy Jones' “Daddy’s Song” is jovial (despite being about a boy being abandoned by his father), and Peter Tork is finally given his due, having his largest input of all Monkees albums, writing two of the tracks and singing one (that might not sound like much, but he was most likely over the moon). The song itself, "Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again", is a somewhat reckless rocker that maybe had Tork letting all his frustrations out. Well, some of them.

The finishing string piece is a fittingly quirky conclusion to an interesting and enjoyable record, showing The Monkees were more than what they appeared on the surface.

Tork, who was never really that happy with the group and was sadly underused, left after this, leaving the other three to keep going, fighting a losing battle, although the rest of their albums shouldn't be dismissed completely.

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by Reviewer: The Doctor

Geez, this is some piece of work, and it's far from what you'd expect if you only know The Monkees as those manufactured sunshine boys responsible for "I'm a Believer" and "Theme from The Monkees".

Even if you were paying attention to their excellent and artistically-inclined 1967 and 1968 albums, you'd never expect something like this ... they're not so much taking hints from The Beatles any more, as *gasp* Frank Zappa!!!

For Head is an assemblage of soundbites that creates a sort of extended avant-garde sound collage. But don't let your imagination get too out of hand, as this is nowhere near as weird as Zappa, as there's still some real songs on Head.

There's six of them, and they're awesome! The soundbites tend to be lines of dialogue (apparently from old movies), except they're out-of-whack (examples: And I'd like a cold glass of cold gravy with a hair in it please. Then immediately after that there's sounds like a a lot of supernatural baloney to me. Supernatural, perhaps. Baloney, perhaps not).

So, what about the pop songs then? Well, they're excellent that's what. They're not particularly strange or anything, but they're interesting, even artistic. The usual bunch of outside songwriters such as Carole King and Harry Nilsson can be heard here, and theyve taken the opportunity to pen some wonderful tunes for The Monkees' movie.

The crowning achievement must be King's epic "Porpoise Song", which is so artsy that it even puts The Moody Blues to shame - sometimes. But that there are only six real songs here might phase a few potential buyers. They might think that means a lot of 'sound collage'. Well, not really ...

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by Reviewer: Don Ignacio (blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews)