Head

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This disc contains songs and snippets of dialogue from the Monkees' full-length feature film of the same name. Although their Emmy-winning television program had been cancelled in the spring of 1968, the quartet quickly regrouped and, with the assistance of budding actor/director Jack Nicholson, created a 90-minute surreal cinematic experience -- replete with matching soundtrack. Without question, both the movie and album are the most adventurous and in many ways most fulfilling undertaking to have been born of the Monkees' multimedia manufactured project. The music featured on both the screen as well as this album is a long strange trip from the Farfisa-driven bubblegum...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This disc contains songs and snippets of dialogue from the Monkees' full-length feature film of the same name. Although their Emmy-winning television program had been cancelled in the spring of 1968, the quartet quickly regrouped and, with the assistance of budding actor/director Jack Nicholson, created a 90-minute surreal cinematic experience -- replete with matching soundtrack. Without question, both the movie and album are the most adventurous and in many ways most fulfilling undertaking to have been born of the Monkees' multimedia manufactured project. The music featured on both the screen as well as this album is a long strange trip from the Farfisa-driven bubblegum anthem "I'm a Believer." Perhaps even more telling is that Head became the first Monkees long-player not to include a Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart composition. As such, the talents of each member are uniquely showcased -- especially those of Peter Tork, whose contributions were previously too few and far between. Ironically, his acid rocker "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again" and Eastern-flavored "Can You Dig It?" are not only among the best of the six original compositions on the soundtrack, but also among his finest Monkees offerings, period. Other notable tracks include Micky Dolenz's vocals on two Carole King works: the ethereal "Porpoise Song," which was co-authored by Gerry Goffin, and the Toni Stern collaboration on the pastoral "As We Go Along." The 1994 CD reissue includes six "bonus selections." Primary among them are the live version of Michael Nesmith's balls-to-the-wall rocker "Circle Sky" -- which highlights the self-contained quartet at its most incendiary -- and an unissued version of the Harry Nilsson-penned "Daddy's Song," featuring an alternate lead vocal from Nesmith rather than Davy Jones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Atlantic Uk
  • UPC: 745099765927
  • Catalog Number: 997659

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening Ceremony (1:20)
  2. 2 Porpoise Song (Theme From Head) (2:56)
  3. 3 Ditty Diego -- War Chant (1:25)
  4. 4 Circle Sky (2:31)
  5. 5 Supplicio (0:48)
  6. 6 Can You Dig It? (3:23)
  7. 7 Gravy (0:06)
  8. 8 Superstitious (0:07)
  9. 9 As We Go Along (3:51)
  10. 10 Dandruff? (0:39)
  11. 11 Daddy's Song (2:30)
  12. 12 Poll (1:13)
  13. 13 Do I Have to Do This All Over Again (2:39)
  14. 14 Swami (5:21)
  15. 15 Ditty Diego -- War Chant (4:30)
  16. 16 Circle Sky (2:20)
  17. 17 Happy Birthday To You (1:02)
  18. 18 Can You Dig It? (3:25)
  19. 19 Daddy's Song (2:06)
  20. 20 Head Radio Spot (2:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Monkees Primary Artist
Ry Cooder Guitar
Carole King Guitar
Michael Nesmith Organ, Guitar, Vocals
Leon Russell Keyboards
Neil Young Guitar
Ken Bloom Guitar
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Keith Allison Guitar
Dewey Martin Drums
Davy Jones Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Micky Dolenz Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Max Bennett Bass
Denny Bruce Percussion
Bill Chadwick Guitar
Marion Childers Trumpet
Frank Zappa Guest Appearance
John Gross Bass
Jim Hughart Bass
Jules Jacob Horn
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Raphael Kramer Cello
Richard Leith Trombone
Doug Lubahn Electric Bass
Jacqueline Lustgarten Cello
Lew McCreary Trombone
Harvey Newmark Bass
Michael Ney Drums
Earl Palmer Drums
Michel Rubini Organ, Piano
Emmet Sargeant Cello
Jerry Scheff Bass
Ralph Shuckett Keyboards
Russ Titelman Conductor
Peter Tork Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Lance Wakely Acoustic Guitar, Bass
William Hinshaw Horn
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Anthony Terran Trumpet
Gregory Bemko Cello
David Filerman Cello
Jan Kelly Cello
Brendan Cahill Percussion
Richard Dey Bass
Justin DiTullio Cello
Michael A. Glass Percussion
Clyde "Whitey" Hoggan Bass
Fast Eddie Hoh Drums
Ken Thone Conductor
Technical Credits
The Monkees Producer
Michael Nesmith Composer
Harry Nilsson Composer
Gerry Goffin Producer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger
Davy Jones Contributor
Micky Dolenz Contributor
Frank Zappa Critic
Tony McCashen Contributor
Jack Nicholson Composer
Andrew Sandoval Liner Notes
Peter Tork Composer, Contributor
John R. Hoenig Contributor
Mike Nesmith & The First National Band Contributor
Philip Lloyd-Smee Liner Notes
Robert Rafelson Composer
Patty Smith Hill Composer
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