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Rhino Reissues Deluxe Head Soundtrack – New Music from Micky and

April 3, 2011 by  
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Rhino Handmade To Release Three Disc Deluxe Edition Of The Monkees’
Album, Head, In Tandem With Criterion Collection Box Set

As many Criterion fans are surely aware, the cult film Head, starring
The Monkees, will soon be released as part of the box set America Lost
And Found: The BBS Story. Preceding this cinematic bonanza by a month,
Rhino Handmade will be releasing an expanded 3-CD edition of the
film’s soundtrack on October 26, chock-full of previously unreleased
goodies and rarities.

While this will certainly appeal more to hardcore Monkees fans than
the average Criterion collector, it is worth noting that The Monkees’
music is not without merit, and the Head soundtrack in particular was
one of their more adventurous albums.

From the get-go as a pop band manufactured for television in 1966 by
Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson, The Monkees chafed under the control
of music coordinator Don Kirshner, who commissioned songs to be
written (by professional songwriters such as Neil Diamond, Tommy Boyce
& Bobby Hart, and Harry Nilsson) and recorded the instrumental tracks
largely without the participation of the band members who, although
not lacking in musical ability, were dismissed by Kirshner as mere
actors. (Their second album, 1967’s More Of The Monkees, was released
without the band’s knowledge of its very existence; legend has it they
had to go out and buy copies for themselves like everybody else since
the record company didn’t even bother to give them one.)

Tired of being dismissed by the rock cognoscenti as the “Prefab Four”,
they eventually wrested control of their music away from Kirshner, and
promptly set about recording an album written and performed largely on
their own; the result, Headquarters, shot straight to number one on
the charts=85 and was knocked off its perch just one week later by an
obscure cult album of dubious renown, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
Band. (Kirshner, meanwhile, moved on to a more cooperative group: The
Archies. Cartoons can’t argue.)

By 1968, The Monkees’ TV series had been canceled, and Head was
conceived by Rafelson and co-writer/co-producer Jack Nicholson to
explode the band’s clean-cut, safe-for-all-ages image (guitarist Mike
Nesmith =97 the one whose mother invented Liquid Paper and thus had
enough money to skip every Monkees reunion of the last thirty years =97
has stated that Rafelson and NIcholson intended to “kill” the band for
good and all). The movie pretty much did the trick: after its November
1968 release, The Monkees had been largely written off, and indeed
began disintegrating as a band shortly thereafter. Regardless of what
one may think of the film, however =97 and the opinions may soon be
flying hither and yon on THAT topic =97 the soundtrack album is pretty

Assembled by Nicholson, the Head album is a somewhat unique collage of
songs and dialogue snippets from the film spoken by band members (“I’d
like a glass of cold gravy with a hair in it, please”), several
performers who made cameo appearances such as Victor Mature and Frank
Zappa, and seemingly random citizens of the world (“Are you telling me
that you don’t see the connection between government and laughing at
people?”). I say “somewhat” unique because the album is clearly
influenced by Zappa’s mindbending 1967 album Lumpy Gravy, which was
even more daring in its avant-garde, seemingly haphazard collage of
rock, orchestral music, strange sounds, and improvised dialogue from a
group of people who live in a piano. You heard me.

The songs are a solid lot, from Peter Tork’s psychedelic “Can You Dig
It?” to Harry Nilsson’s rollicking “Daddy’s Song”, from Nesmith=
burning rocker “Circle Sky” to the absolutely sublime “Porpoise Song
(Theme From Head)” =97 written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, authors
of such pop classics as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “The
Loco-Motion” =97 which is arguably one of the loveliest songs The
Monkees ever recorded. And, in spite of the band’s desire for more
control over their music, these songs were recorded with the
assistance of some of the finest musicians lurking round Los Angeles
studios at the time, including Jerry Scheff (bass player for Elvis
Presley’s TCB band), Dewey Martin (drummer for the Buffalo
Springfield), guitarist Ry Cooder (composer for another Criterion
title, Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas) and Neil Young (not to be confused
with Young Neil).
The deluxe edition of the Head soundtrack has been compiled with the
participation of Andrew Sandoval, mastermind of many previous Monkees
reissues for Rhino Records, as well as producer of several wonderful
Rhino collections such as the recent Big Star box set Keep An Eye On
The Sky and the deluxe reissue of Love’s immortal album Forever

Pre-orders commence on September 20 at Rhino’s website
(, and everyone who pre-orders from their website will
also get a bonus 7″ single (hey kids, remember 7″ singles? You don’t?
Crap, I’m old). For those who still enjoy physical media, it would be
a nice way to support Rhino Records, a label that has produced
innumerable outstanding collections of classic rock and pop, but
nevertheless were forced to lay off many of their employees last year=85
and, rumor has it, are expected to lay off more very soon due to the
increasingly precarious condition of the major label music industry.

Again, for the casual Monkees fan and even for many a die-hard
Criterion fan, it may be a bit much =97 especially at $60 a pop =97 but
for the devoted Head-heads out there, it’s a must. So you better get
ready =97 they will be coming to your town=85.

From the Press Release:
Rhino Handmade Expands The Cult Classic’s Soundtrack Into A Three-Disc
Boxed Set With 21 Unreleased Tracks, Outtakes, Rarities, And Live

Pre-Order Beginning September 20 Exclusively At

And Receive A Bonus 7? With Two Previously Unreleased Instrumentals

Boxed Set Arrives October 26

LOS ANGELES – Ahead of its time when it was released in 1968, Head has
emerged over the years as a cult classic from the psychedelic era.
Produced by Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson, the surreal odyssey stars
The Monkees=97Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork.
While the film did not achieve commercial success, its soundtrack
contains some of the quartet’s finest and most daring work.

Rhino Handmade expands the superbly strange soundtrack, originally
compiled by Jack Nicholson, as a three-disc boxed set that features 21
previously unreleased tracks, outtakes, rarities, and live
performances, plus an entire disc containing a rare interview with
Jones recorded in 1968 for radio broadcast. All those who pre-order,
will receive a bonus 7? that includes unreleased instrumental versions
of “Porpoise Song” and “As We Go Along.” The collection comes in a =
x 7? deluxe box with a mirrored finish like the original vinyl
release. Due out October 26, HEAD (DELUXE EDITION) will be available
for pre-order beginning September 20 exclusively at Rhino for a
suggested list price of $59.98.

Later this year, the Criterion Collection will release Head as part of
America Lost And Found: The BBS Story, a compilation of innovative
films produced between 1968 and 1972 by Rafelson and Bert Schneider
(cocreators of The Monkees) and Steve Blauner. The BBS Story boxed set
will be available on Blu-ray November 23 and DVD December 14. Head
features a new, restored high-definition digital transfer (with DTS-HD
Master Audio 5.1 and uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray
edition). The extras include new audio commentaries by Dolenz, Tork,
and Jones, and an interview with Rafelson.

HEAD (DELUXE EDITION) begins with the original soundtrack remastered,
including “Porpoise Song” the film’s theme written by Gerry Goffin an=
Carole King, Nesmith’s rocker “Circle Sky,” Tork’s “Can You Dig I=
Jones singing Harry Nilsson’s “Daddy’s Song,” and Dolenz singing =
We Go Along,” a track penned by Carole King and Toni Stern (who later
composed the chart topper “You’ve Got A Friend”). Also included from
the original soundtrack are bits of dialogue from the film and
incidental music conducted by Ken Thorne, who composed music for The
Beatles’ film Help!

The first disc’s bonus tracks present alternate stereo mixes for
nearly every song, except “Can You Dig It” which is featured as a
rough stereo mix with Tork singing instead of Dolenz, and “Daddy’s
Song” which is remixed with a section that was never originally used
in the film or soundtrack album. The disc also features an unreleased
stereo mix of the album’s closing audio collage: “Swami – Plus

Disc two is dedicated to outtakes and rarities, including mono mixes
for every track along with unreleased mono movie mixes for “Can You
Dig It” and “Daddy’s Song.” The unreleased gems include an alternat=
version of “Ditty Diego – War Chant,” a satirical send-up of the them=
to The Monkees television series written by Nicholson and Rafelson,
plus “California, Here It Comes,” a song heard briefly in 1969 playing
over the credits of The Monkees’ television special 33? Revolutions
Per Monkee. The disc also includes a rare live set from the Valley
Music Hall in Salt Lake City from the spring of 1968. The performances
were recorded for the film, but ultimately only one track (“Circle
Sky”) was used. The unreleased live tracks from this set include the
Headquarters-era gems “You Just May Be The One,” “Sunny Girlfriend,=

and “You Told Me.”

The final disc contains a radio interview with Jones about the album
that was issued in 1968 by Colgems as a promotional LP. The disc also
includes full tracks and excerpts from the Head soundtrack that were
interspersed throughout the interview. Deluxe booklet features new
liner notes by Andrew Sandoval and Rachel Lichtman highlighted by
brand-new interviews with Michael Nesmith and director Bob Rafelson
about Head, in addition to dozens of unpublished color photos.


Track Listing

Disc 1 – Original LP=85Plus

1. Opening Ceremony

2. “Porpoise Song” (Theme From Head) – The Monkees

3. “Ditty Diego – War Chant” – The Monkees

4. “Circle Sky” – The Monkees

5. “Supplicio”

6. “Can You Dig It” – The Monkees

7. “Gravy”

8. “Superstitious”

9. “As We Go Along” – The Monkees

10. “Dandruff?”

11. “Daddy’s Song” – The Monkees

12. “Poll”

13. “Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again” – The Monkees

14. “Swami – Plus Strings (Ken Thorne), Etc.”

Bonus Material

15. “Porpoise Song” (Theme From Head) (Alternate Stereo Mix) – The Mo=

16. “Ditty Diego –War Chant” (Alternate Stereo Mix) – The Monkees

17. “Circle Sky” (Alternate Stereo Mix) – The Monkees

18. “Can You Dig It” (Peter’s Vocal – Stereo Rough Mix) – The Mon=
kees *

19. “As We Go Along” (Alternate Stereo Mix) – The Monkees

20. “Daddy’s Song” (Remix with slow verse) – The Monkees *

21. “Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again” (Alternate
Stereo Mix) – The Monkees

22. “Swami – Plus Strings (Ken Thorne), Etc.” (Alternate Stereo Mix) =

23. “Happy Birthday To You” (Alternate Stereo Mix) – The Monkees *

24. “Ditty Diego” (Session) – The Monkees *

Disc 2 – Outtakes And Rarities

1. Head Promo “Coming Soon”

2. “Porpoise Song” (Theme From Head) (Mono Single Mix) – The Monkees

3. “Ditty Diego – War Chant” (Mono Mix) – The Monkees *

4. “Circle Sky” (Mono Mix) – The Monkees *

5. “Can You Dig It” (Mono Mix) – The Monkees *

6. “As We Go Along” (Mono Single Mix) – The Monkees

7. “Daddy’s Song” (Mono Mix) – The Monkees *

8. “Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again” (Mono Mix) – The=
Monkees *

9. “Porpoise Song” (Theme From Head) (Rough Mono Mix) – The Monkees *

10. “Ditty Diego” (Alternate Version) – The Monkees *

11. “Circle Sky” (Alternate Mono Mix) – The Monkees *

12. “Can You Dig It” (Peter’s Vocal) – The Monkees

13. “Daddy’s Song” (Mike’s Vocal) – The Monkees

14. “Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again” (Rough Mix
Acetate) – The Monkees *

15. “Can You Dig It” (Mono Movie Mix) – The Monkees *

16. “Daddy’s Song” (Mono Movie Mix) – The Monkees *

17. Head Promo “Now Playing”

18. Introduction To Live Show – The Monkees *

19. “You Just May Be The One” (Live) – The Monkees *

20. “Sunny Girlfriend” (Live) – The Monkees *

21. “You Told Me” (Live) – The Monkees *

22. “Circle Sky” (Live) – The Monkees

23. “California, Here It Comes” – The Monkees *

Disc 3 – Head Open-End Radio Special Interview Platter With Davy Jones

1. “Circle Sky” (Excerpt) – The Monkees

2. Davy Jones Interview, Pt. 1

3. “Can You Dig It” (Excerpt) – The Monkees

4. Davy Jones Interview, Pt. 2

5. “Daddy’s Song” – The Monkees

6. Davy Jones Interview, Pt. 3

7. “Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again” – The Monkees

8. Davy Jones Interview, Pt. 4

9. “Porpoise Song” (Theme From Head) – The Monkees

10. Davy Jones Interview, Pt. 5

11. “Can You Dig It” (Excerpt) – The Monkees

* Previously Unissued


From: Jason Nesmith

I have a new album out called “shelter” it is available wherever
digital media is available… iTunes …amazon etc…… I hope you
guys enjoy it and i would love to know what you think.


Micky Dolenz ‘King for a Day’ a Moving Carol King Tribute

It’s been said by persons better schooled than me in all things music
that Micky Dolenz possesses one of the best voices in rock and roll.
Now comes, Gigatone Records with “King For A Day,” Dolenz’s album
tribute to the songs of Carole King.

I can’t really argue that point; his group, The Monkees, sold in
excess of 65 million records and he was the lead singer.

Micky, 63, has gone on to numerous stints on Broadway musicals
(including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida and Grease).


Monkee fans turn on their bedlam

Published: October 5, 1968

TOKYO =97 It was the rattle of 10,000 tin cans. It was the roar of a
herd of elephants. It was an ear-splitting melange of mass hysteria
… of waving kerchiefs, outstretched arms and the clanging of vocal

It was the Monkees.


Springfield, Jones and Noone – Three Idols, One Stage

(i think they were all big in the 80’s – except for Noone – check out
the photos)

Three heart throbs, two distinctive generations, one stage and a lot
of screaming fans – all three of these came together last night at
Thunder Valley Casino & Resort where Davy Jones, Peter Noone and Rick
Springfield performed for a packed house. These were the generations
of artist that brought their music to the audience; it was their (the
artists) work and they wanted to share it. It wasn’t about money, but
about living.

What started out as an evening of Rick Springfield and two =91OTHER’
bands turned into a life lesson on just how much music effects people
and how that very music can transcend the generations.


From: Micky fan

Micky interview here q1043 .com/pages/onair/morningshow.html


From: Sarah

I’ve managed to locate Adrianne Bommer, the kid who won the Meet The
Monkees contest and appeared in Don’t Bring Me Down during the 20th
anniversary tour. She’s agreed to an interview with my website. I’m
taking questions at if anyone”> if anyone
would like to ask one. The interview will appear at


From: Frev

Micky Dolenz narrates a BBC Radio 2 special on Laurel Canyon and it’s
musical history. The special will be in two parts and the first part
will be on the BBC Radio 2 archives for one week from it’s broadcast
day, the same with part two.


Gigatone Launches myRecordFantasy Event

Monkees’ Micky Dolenz Hosts Premiere August 2-4th

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and NEW YORK, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Gigatone
Entertainment, a next generation entertainment company based in
Sacramento and Hollywood announced the launch of the first in a series
of myRecordFantasy recording events allowing fans the opportunity to
be a part of the making of a new album from a renowned artist. The
premiere event, being held August 2-4th in Sacramento features Monkees
lead singer Micky Dolenz. Micky’s forthcoming release, “King For A
Day” is a tribute to legendary songwriter Carole King and his first
release in over 15 years.
During the myRecordFantasy event, fans will be afforded the
once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the making of the album. These
lucky fans will be in the studio with Micky, and will be able to
audition to actually perform on the album. Each fan will be also be
credited as an Executive Producer on the album project.


Wine and music with a Monkee

It was a who’s who of legendary rock n roll music on Monday night at
Pearl on the River in Sacramento. Starship’s Mickey Thomas and the
legendary Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees graced Sacramento fans with a
patio jam. Handfuls of fans crammed into the gorgeous eatery to sip
on vino from various local wineries including Frank Family Vineyards,
while listening to the nostalgic music of an era gone by. Dolenz is
in town cutting a tribute album with songs from Carole King at
Gigatone Records for the my record fantasy contest.


Former Monkee plays concert series


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