Forget the zany, madcap Monkees that sang cheeky pop songs such as Last Train To Clarksville and I'm A Believer, this is a collection of experimental songs that even Radiohead would be hard pressed to match!
The soundtrack to the 1968 movie of the same name (it even includes sound bites from the film) Head starts with a psychedelic masterpiece, The Porpoise Song, that wouldn't sound out of place on Sergeant Pepper.
It is a mass of swirling 60's organs and dreamy vocals by Micky Dolenz - a truly under-rated singer - if you have not heard this song before, prepare to be absolutely astonished! The other stand out track is the beautiful As We Go Along. This is one of the most touching ballads ever recorded, Dolenz again singing tenderly to an acoustic backing supplied by Neil Young, Carole King and Ry Cooder(!) The price of the album is worth it for these two songs alone. Sheer excellence!
Circle Sky is Mike Nesmith's wonderful attempt at punk, 8 years before it happened and Can You Dig It has an eastern feel which adds to the colour of the album. Do I Have To Do This All Over Again features a rare Peter Tork vocal, and tumbles wildly into a fantastic guitar break and frenzied fade out. Oh, and Davy Jones sings one as well, but still...
If you are looking to buy a Monkees album with all the hits on, then go for the greatest hits collections. If you are looking for an interesting, intelligent album that over the years has matured into a cult classic, then look no further. Head this way!