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COSO-5008 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, Myl) Colgems COSO-5008 US 1968 Sell This Version
COSO 5008 The Monkees Head(LP, Album) RCA COSO 5008 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
COSO-5008 The Monkees Head(LP, Album) RCA Victor COSO-5008 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
RPLS- 3430 The Monkees Head(LP, Album) RCA Victor RPLS- 3430 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
COSO-5008 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, Foi) Colgems COSO-5008 US 1968 Sell This Version
COSO-5008 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, Foi) Colgems COSO-5008 US 1968 Sell This Version
SRA-5153 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, Foi) RCA SRA-5153 Japan 1968 Sell This Version
COSO-5008 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, Ind) Colgems COSO-5008 US 1968 Sell This Version
CGO3 1003 The Monkees Head(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Colgems CGO3 1003 US 1968 Sell This Version
SF 8051 The Monkees Head(LP, Album) RCA SF 8051 UK 1969 Sell This Version
COSO-5008 The Monkees Head(LP, Album) RCA Victor COSO-5008 Australia 1969 Sell This Version
38 052 The Monkees Head(LP, Album) RCA Victor 38 052 South Africa 1969 Sell This Version
RD8051 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, Mono, Lam) RCA RD8051 UK & Europe 1969 Sell This Version
COSO-5008RE The Monkees Head(LP, Album, RP, Foi) Colgems COSO-5008RE US 1969 Sell This Version
YBPC-3 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Bell Records YBPC-3 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
25RS-125 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, RE) Arista 25RS-125 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
RNC 145 The Monkees Head(Cass, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2) RNC 145 US 1985 Sell This Version
RNLP 145 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2) RNLP 145 US 1985 Sell This Version
LIG CD 5001 The Monkees Head(CD, Album, RE) Lightning (3) LIG CD 5001 UK 1992 Sell This Version
8122717952 The Monkees Head(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2) 8122717952 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
R2 71795 The Monkees Head(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2) R2 71795 US 1994 Sell This Version
4509-97659-2 The Monkees Head(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Rhino Records (4) 4509-97659-2 Russia 1994 Sell This Version
4509-97659-2 The Monkees Head(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2) 4509-97659-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
AMCY-788 The Monkees Head(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Rhino Records (2), EastWest Japan AMCY-788 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
SW278-2 The Monkees Head(CD, Album, Unofficial) SomeWax Recordings SW278-2 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
RHM2 525670 The Monkees Head(Box, Ltd, Rep + CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD + 7") Rhino Handmade RHM2 525670 US 2010 Sell This Version
R1 528615 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle) Rhino Records (2) R1 528615 US 2011 Sell This Version
8122-79757-1 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Rhino Records (2) 8122-79757-1 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
R1 528615 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Rhino Records (2) R1 528615 US 2011 Sell This Version
R1 528615 The Monkees Head(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP) Rhino Records (2) R1 528615 US 2011 Sell This Version
R2 71795 The Monkees Head(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM, RP) Rhino Records (2) R2 71795 US Unknown Sell This Version
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blackops23

blackops23

February 28, 2019
referencing Head, CD, Album, RE, RM, R2 71795
Watching the film now, one wonders who the intended audience was! Clearly, they knew hordes of preteen girls would be in the audience, but it also seems like they were making this almost solely for their Laurel Canyon peers and friends. It's a weird bag that works almost perfectly 50 years later with loads of hindsight. It's shocking, hilarious, and even at times very deep. Or, in the nomenclature of the time: far out, man.
The album? Unless you have seen the film, the non-musical parts will be a bummer, man. But, you can skip them and get to the music; which is some of their best. Porpise Song might be one of the best ever psychedelic pop songs ever recorded by anyone! Can You Dig It, As We Go Along, Circle Sky, Do I Have To Do This, and hell, even Daddy's Song (written by Nilsson!!) are all gems.
While the TV show was kitschy and fun, maybe it's time to stop laughing and take a long, serious look at this band's actual music. Finely crafted psyche pop and proto-alternative country (thanks to Nez) abound!
toshberman

toshberman

December 2, 2018
referencing Head, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, R1 528615

The Monkees shouldn't be brilliant, but somehow due to sonic magic, classic Brill Building songwriting, great character, fantastic TV show, and the songwriting/performing talents of Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Mickey Dolenz - they became this great oddity. In theory, two musicians and two actors, which when the camera is turned off shouldn't be a band. Yet, somehow they not only became a band, but a weird hybrid of showbiz, commercialism, and art. In the long run, maybe they're more important than the other Fab Four, The Beatles.

When the show died down, The Monkees made a film called "Head" written by Jack Nicholson and directed by The Monkees TV producer, Bob Rafelson. No "Head" there will probably be no "Easy Rider" or "Five Easy Pieces" or the career of Jack Nicholson as the iconic star. What makes "Head" so unusual is that the film questions the nature of a 'manufactured band" and how that, becomes a genuine work of art. Malcolm McLaren wanted to do his own version of The Monkees by having the Sex Pistols, but the truth is, The Monkees were even more radical than the Pistols/McLaren.

Which comes to this unique and great original soundtrack album, "Head." On the surface, it is only six Monkees' songs, plus spoken dialogue from the film, and incidental music from Ken Thorne. Supervised by Nicholson in some mysterious sense, and mostly self-produced by the 'band,' except for the magnificent track "Porpoise Song" produced and co-written (with Carole King) Gerry Goffin. "Head" is just as radical as the film. The album is psychedelic but obviously made by pop songwriting geniuses, such as King/Goffin and Harry Nilsson, as well as Tork and Nesmith. This is probably the one album that is the death of the Brill Building aesthetic as well as the idea of an organic band at work. On one level, it's a f**k you to the world, but also an entrance way to another world. The Monkees were contained by their songwriters, the TV series, showbiz schedule, and here they needed to break free from the constraints of their society. They do so, without a chance that they will ever come back to their commercial 'home.' A remarkable album or document of a time that can only be 1968.

Also on a personal note, I visited the set of "Head" with my father, Wallace Berman, when I was 15, and watched the Mickey Dolenz performance of "Can You Dig It." It was odd for me to be there, watching my favorite TV stars being part of the spectacle that's movie-making. - Tosh Berman
NotPresentNowPresent

NotPresentNowPresent

November 17, 2016
referencing Head, LP, Album, Mono, Lam, RD8051
Is this a genuine mono mix or just a stereo fold-down?
Lord-CBD

Lord-CBD

June 12, 2016
referencing Head, LP, Album, Myl, COSO-5008
How is Jack nicholson connected to this? Sounds interesting I think.
veedub76

veedub76

February 16, 2016
referencing Head, LP, Album, Myl, COSO-5008

This album is ridiculously good, no matter your opinion on the movie. It contains some of the best original work from Tork and Nesmith (Circle Sky is a brilliant song that has never received it's due credit) and masterpieces by GoffIn/King and the darkly loveable Harry Nilsson. Interspersed is an odd assortment of bits from the movie that highlight the anti-establishment, anti-war and anti-commercialism themes of the movie. It even ends with a trippy swami musing on consciousness followed by a nice ending string suite.
jadedtom

jadedtom

May 17, 2014
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Head, LP, Album, Myl, COSO-5008

What a mess the Monkees made of themselves. They imagined that they were 'wronged' by record producer Don Kirshner. Don Kirshner's crime? Insisting on studio musicians and proven songwriters for the group's songs (many of them going to the top of the charts). Apparently, the Monkees were upset by their sudden success and fame.

So the Monkees continued their self-destruction, and made this 'psychedelic' mess of a movie, wasting not only the Monkees' talents, but everyone from Annette Funicello's to Frank Zappa's. This was the 'new' 'hip' Monkees. It was a quick ride from the top of the TV ratings' list to this confusing and pretentious movie with the triple XXX title. I can't get through the movie (I've tried twice).

Even the usually sublime Goffin and King writing combination fails here, as 'The Porpoise Song' is some sort of trippy paean to those gentle sea creatures...'the porpoise is waving goodbye...' Shades of the coming idiotic environmental movement and Of Course Our Eventual Inevitable Apocalypse.

It's hard after all these years to defend four young men who were handed everything on a silver platter and then threw it all away by insisting they were 'artists'. But that is what was happening in the late sixties. Rock and roll music was by now 'art' and it was becoming all quite pompous. Suddenly, the very fine band that was Buffalo Springfield was now the 'supergroup' Crosby, Stills and Nash.

After all these years, I finally understand the Sex Pistols. It was lovely of them to refuse their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Methinks we need to blow the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame up and somehow reinvent the Fender Stratocaster. It's ironic that so many of the Monkees' fans consider their entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so necessary. I used to feel so, until I fully appreciated the grief that they gave Don Kirshner for his producing their excellent pop music, which they performed for enthusiastic crowds for three decades after their 'break-up'.

I realize there are dedicated Monkees' fans here and they no doubt truly enjoy this album (and the movie).

Sorry if I have rained on your parade.
swagski

swagski

June 21, 2010
referencing Head, CD, Album, RE, RM, R2 71795
Soundtrack, with bonus material, from The Monkees' film "Head". A pastiche movie of parody and music, brimming with psychedelia and in-jokes of the late 60s and perhaps a precursor of National Lampoon humor and the likes of "Airplane!".

Brainchild of Jack Nicholson & Bob Rafelson, the film (and this soundtrack album assembled by Nicholson) were not well-received by critics or fans, but later became a 'cult-classic' for hardcore followers - especially for the cameo roles among its plot-free and convoluted story. Victor Mature features as 'Big Victor', a parody of himself. Frank Zappa leads a cow through the set. A young Teri Garr appears, as does 'Sally Silicone', aka Carol Doda, the first topless dancer at The Condor on L.A.'s Sunset Strip. Like Matt Groening's work, much of The Monkees' material had acidic social comment hidden below its commercial superficiality and this 'Head' material pushed the bar a little too far for its audience of the time. The film's solarization effects, Warhol-like framing & editing techniques and innuendos to 'head' and 'blow-jobs' may have added to the poor reception of the work.

For those interested in Jack Nicholson roles, or Zappa's early activities (that may well have inspired his own movie-making projects), the "Head" film on DVD is worth grabbing [June 2000]. For those with the patience to listen, the "Head" album has tracks penned by the likes of Goffin & King, Harry Nilsson and, of course, those merry American ersatz-Beatle japesters The Monkees...