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Editorial Reviews

The band wrestled creative control from their producers for their third LP (1967). The result: another #1 smash and several of their all-time best songs: the Nesmith-penned hit The Girl I Knew Somewhere ; the driving rockers No Time; You Told Me; Randy Scouse Git; For Pete's Sake , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You Told Me
  2. I'll Spend My Life With You
  3. Forget That Girl
  4. Band 6
  5. You Just May Be the One
  6. Shades of Gray
  7. I Can't Get Her Off My Mind
  8. For Pete's Sake
  9. Mr. Webster
  10. Sunny Girlfriend
  11. Zilch
  12. No Time
  13. Early Morning Blues and Greens
  14. Randy Scouse Git


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B004GE80XA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After escaping from the oily clutches of Donnie Krishner,the Monkees went into Goldstar studios in Hollywood determined to prove to the world that they were a bonafide group,and could play their own instruments.What resulted was HEADQUARTERS,a unique blend of rawness and beauty;all four Monkees thrashing it out in the studio with very few guest musicians.All group members shine on this release:Mike Nesmith provides some selfpenned classics (SUNNY GIRLFRIEND,YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE);Davy Jones contributes his best vocals(SHADES OF GREY,EARLY MORNING BLUES AND GREENS, FORGET THAT GIRL);Mickey Dolenz pens two Monkee milestones(NO TIME,RANDY SCOUSE GIT);not only does Peter Tork give us the future closing theme(FOR PETE'S SAKE),he also shares a beautiful song with Davy(SHADES OF GREY).The playing on this album is honest and pure and it sounds as if the boys are having a great time(BAND 6,ZILCH,JERICHO,PILLOW TIME[written by Mickey's mother],PETER GUNN'S GUN).Just when you think you've heard it all,Mike chimes in with a demo(and supreme)version of his country ballad NINE TIMES BLUE.Chip Douglas does an excellent job at producing HEADQUARTERS(and even writes FORGET THAT GIRL).For 11 weeks thisalbum was in the number two position on th Billboard charts(behind SGT.PEPPER);as it fully deserved to be.If any of your friends claim that the Monkees were were just hype,play them HEADQUARTERS and then tell them to shut up!
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If you are looking for the best Monkees album, in my opinion, this is definitely it. This is the first album after Don Kirshner was fired, which meant the Monkees were finally allowed to have more creative control and play their own instruments. Just from listening to this album, you could tell the amount of excitement and enjoyment that was put forth into making it. The sad thing is that Headquarters often gets overlooked because it hit number 1 for one week, then Sgt. Pepper's came out by the Beatles and immediately took over that position. Also, there were no singles released in the US off this album. However, every song is high quality, and I think the Monkees best work. Here is my review of the songs:

1. "You Told Me" - A Perfect way to start off the album. This is a classic Mike song that features some great banjo playing from Peter. One of my favorite Monkees songs. 10/10

2. "I'll Spend My Life With You" - This is a Boyce/Hart song that was originally recorded for an earlier Monkees album. It's a slow song that features some great vocals from Micky. In my opinion this song can be overlooked, because it's sandwiched between two amazing songs. 8/10

3. "Forget That Girl" - This song was written by Chip Douglas, and has some good vocals from Davy. Very catchy song. 9/10

4. "Band 6" - Not really a song, but just a short session of the Monkees practicing in the studio.

5. "You Just May Be The One" - Another excellent Mike song, which had been recorded earlier and featured in some Monkees episodes. This version, with them playing their instruments, is much better, and really has a classic Monkees sound. 10/10

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Released in perhaps the second most important year of rock history (the first probably being 1954), Headquarters is one of the defining albums of that year. By the end of the fabled "Summer Of Love", the Beatles seminal "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" held the number 1 spot on the billboard charts. Numbers 3, 4 and 5 were the Rolling Stones, Doors and Jefferson Airplane respectively. Can you guess who number 2 was? That's right, the Monkees.

The Monkees were also the top selling act of 1967, but it was based on the success of their first 2 albums, the self titled "The Monkees" followed by "More Of The Monkees". However, it was the release of "More Of The Monkees" that led to the boys earning the right to record an album playing all of their own instruments (save for the bass work of producer Chip Douglas, and a horn and cello player) and also the ousting of producer Don "The Golden Ear" Kirschner.

Headquarters is, at heart, a garage band tour de force. That's right, 4 millionaires, 4 of the most popular figures in music and television in the year 1967, but the force behind this album is just so raw, I even want to use the word "punk" here!

Think about it; Micky Dolenz had been playing the drums seriously for less than a year. Nesmith and Tork were adequate at guitar, and Tork could play a bit of piano, but neither were fully polished musicians (yet). And Jones could merely sing and bang a tambourine or shake some maracas. To top that all off, Dolenz was the only one of the 4 who was commonly accepted to have held a good range of voice.

So why is this important? Well, the 4 Monkees just went into the studio and made it happen. Some of the songs they wrote, and some were written by the usual Monkees songwriting teams....
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1967 was an incredible year for pop music. Among the highlights: "Sgt. Pepper", "Pet Sounds", "The Velvet Underground and Nico", "Surrealistic Pillow", "Absolutely Free", "Album 1700", "The Doors", "Headquarters"... "Headquarters"? Yep, that's right, the Monkee's all - singing, (almost) all - playing release makes my short list of essential albums to take on a desert island. For a brief moment in their carreers, the Monkees had the power to make any album that they wanted to; they did not squander the opportunity. Hiring The Turtles' Chip Douglass to produce, the Monkees went in to make an album to please themselves only. The results still hold up 33+ years later. I can't believe that any bubblegum (a term not coined till 1968, BTW) A&R man would have let songs like 'Randy Scouse Git', 'Early Morning Blues and Greens' or 'Mr. Webster' on any album designed for teenaged consumption. My favorite track is probably 'Shades of Grey' although the banjo-driven 'You Told Me' is one of the best opening tracks any album ever had (ranks up there with 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and 'Back in the USSR'). 'Band 6' is fun for the helluvit and 'Zilch' is an inspired bit of lunacy. There is not a weak track on the album - unless you are talking about the CD's bonus tracks. 'Jerico' showcases more of Mickey Dolenz's zaniness and works for me. 'The Girl I Knew Somewhere' is good but, I think that most of the bonus tracks belonged on another CD (titled, "Why Are We Releasing This Junk", maybe?). Program your CD player for the original 14 tracks and you can enjoy it the way we who loved it on vinyl heard "Headquarters" - but on better stereo systems and without the scratches and pops etc. Enjoy!
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