Here's the last part of Monkees week. The hit is Heart and Soul from their 1986 reunion album Pool It and the "unhit" is Circle Sky from the soundtrack to their 1969 movie, Head.
"Heart & Soul," though a hit, (and one that really takes me back to my senior year of high school) has not aged gracefully. The tinny '80s production values that I was so used to at the time are horrendous now, and the song (I feel so bad saying this, like I'm throwing my favorite old teddy bear in a bonfire) really is not good on its own. It's cute enough though, and they are, as always, charming.
"Circle Sky" is almost indescribable. It's a Mike song, but rock and roll, not country. It's got some pretty fuzzy production values, at least regarding the vocals, but despite that, it is very good and really stays with you. And I've got to say, for once? Davy's maracas are utterly necessary to the song.