By Fred Velez
Friday Music has issued The Monkees ‘Head Alternate’, a limited anniversary vinyl edition of the ‘Head’ soundtrack. The new edition has alternate mixes of the songs and tracks from the original soundtrack which originally appeared on the Rhino Handmade ‘Head’ boxset. (Because this is a remastered/remix of the ‘Head’ soundtrack, the Jack Nicholson mixes are not on the album so his credit is not on the back cover).
The alternative songs include the stereo mix of ‘Porpoise Song’ with the long coda, a stereo mix of ‘Ditty Diego’, a stereo mix of ‘Circle Sky’ with Michael Nesmith’s vocals up front and clear and are not buried in the mix as in the original version, a rough stereo mix of ‘Can You Dig It’ with Peter Tork’s vocals. Side two has a alternate stereo mix of ‘As We Go Along’, a remix of ‘Daddy’s Song’ which mixes an alternate vocal by Davy Jones with scatting from Michael Nesmith’s version of the song and includes the slow verse reading by Davy. This version of ‘Daddy’s Song’ is longer than the released version. The rough mix acetate version of ‘Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again’ has a different vocal by Peter Tork which features more of the backing track and a very prominent bass line. The album was mastered by Joe Reagoso and is dedicated to the memory of Davy Jones.
The album is pressed on 180 Gram translucent gold vinyl. The front cover of the album is on gold foil and the back cover is an alternate color shot of the Monkees originally issued on the Japanese version of the ‘Head’ album.
For collectors of Monkees vinyl records, the ‘Head Alternate’ is a nice addition.
Fred Velez, 2017.
Fred Velez is the author of the book ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You: The Monkees From A Fan’s Perspective’.
Micky Dolenz performs a song from the soundtrack to The Monkees’ feature film, Head, at Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo on July 22, 1989. Please visit my website at www.monkeesconcerts.com.
The Monkees perform this Mike Nesmith original from the soundtrack to the band’s 1968 film, Head. Filmed at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York on August 25, 1996. Please visit my website at www.monkeesconcerts.com.
Davy Jones performs “Daddy’s Song” at a Monkees concert in Kansas City, Missouri at the Sandstone Amphitheatre on July 14, Read more
Peter Tork performs “Can You Dig It” at a Monkees concert in Kansas City, Missouri at the Sandstone Amphitheatre on Read more
The Monkees perform in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Valley Forge Music Fair on July 29, 1989. Songs included are Long Title: Read more
The Monkees rehearse “Can You Dig It” (with Micky Dolenz on drums) in Cleveland, Ohio in August 1987. The Monkees Read more
The Monkees appeared on the Philadelphia-based dance show, Jerry’s Place, hosted by DJ Jerry Blavat, on November 18, 1968. The Read more
This audio is taken from a 1968 Japanese promotional only 7″ flexi disc, featuring an interview with The Monkees’ Davy Read more
The Monkees perform one of Peter Tork’s compositions from their movie HEAD. Live at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center (Poughkeepsie, New Read more
Rough mix of the live ‘Circle Sky’ as used in the film, with Mike Nesmith’s overdubbed vocals seemingly in the process of being mixed into the track (includes an abandoned attempt at the start where the vocals are too low in the mix – which cuts abruptly and gets rewound). Audio synced with the actual movie footage, cropped to its original 1:85.1 aspect ratio, and a couple of the Vietnam clips replaced with colour versions of the same from ‘Hearts and Minds’ (1974).
This is a clip from the Monkees movie “Head”, featuring Frank Zappa in a cameo role (along with a Hereford Bull on a leash). Check out what he tells Davy, pretty heavy stuff…
Yeah, the video explains it all. Hannah dedicated her channel to The Monkees and The Beatles! I get to check out more of their stuff. www.youtube.com Here are two for you to see that I love… I’m a Believer www.youtube.com Last Train To Clarksville www.youtube.com Another channel posted this one. Saturday’s Child is one of my all-time fave Monkees songs… www.youtube.com I was going to include Monkees tunes but due to copyright jargon I decided not to. Here are the complete theme song lyrics, though. w00t! Theme from The Monkees By Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart Here we come, walkin’ Down the street. We get the funniest looks from Ev’ry one we meet. Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees And people say we monkey around. But we’re too busy singing To put anybody down. We go wherever we want to, do what we like to do We don’t have time to get restless, There’s always something new. Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees And people say we monkey around. But we’re too busy singing To put anybody down. We’re just tryin’ to be friendly, Come and watch us sing and play, We’re the young gneration, And we’ve got something to say. Any time, Or anywhere, Just look over your shoulder Guess who’ll be standing there Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees And people say we monkey around. But we’re too busy singing To put anybody down. (break) Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees And people say we monkey around. But we’re too busy singing To put anybody down. We’re just tryin’ to be friendly, Come and watch us sing and play, We’re …
This is a far out promo for the headtrip film… Head. This was co wrote by none other than Jack Nicholson. One of my all time favorite movies with a truely groovy soundtrack.. Can you dig it? Yes you can!