by The Monkees
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After the release of More of the Monkees, on which the band had little involvement beyond providing vocals and a couple Mike Nesmith-composed songs, the pre-fab four decided to take control of their recording destiny. After a well-timed fist through the wall of a hotel suite and many fevered negotiations, music supervisor Don Kirschner was out and the band hit the studio by themselves. With the help of producer Chip Douglas, the band spent some time learning how to be a band (as documented on the Headquarters Sessions box set) and set about recording what turned out to be a dynamic, exciting, and impressive album. Headquarters doesn't contain any of the group's biggest hits, but it does have some of their best songs, like Nesmith's stirring folk-rocker "You Just May Be the One," the pummeling rocker "No Time," the MOR soul ballad "Forget That Girl," which features one of Davy Jones' best vocals, Peter Tork's shining moment as a songwriter, "For Pete's Sake," and the thoroughly amazing (and surprisingly political) "Randy Scouse Git," which showed just how truly out-there and almost avant-garde Micky Dolenz could be when he tried. Even the weaker songs like the sweet-as-sugar "I'll Spend My Life with You," the slightly sappy "Shades of Gray," or the stereotypically showtune-y Davy Jones vehicle "I Can't Get Her Off My Mind" work, as they benefit from the stripped-down and inventive arrangements (which feature simple but effective keyboards from Tork and rudimentary pedal steel fills from Nesmith) and passionate performances. Headquarters doesn't show the band to be musical geniuses, but it did prove they were legitimate musicians with enough brains, heart, and soul as anyone else claiming to be a real band in 1967. [Rhino's 1995 reissue adds six previously unissued tracks recorded during the Headquarters sessions including an early take of the single "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" and rare demos "Nine Times Blue" and "Pillow Time."]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2011
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227978037
catalogNumber: 527075
Rank: 77062

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Performance Credits

Monkees   Primary Artist
Michael Nesmith   Organ,Vocals
Keith Allison   Guitar
Davy Jones   Maracas,Tambourine,Vocals,Jawbone
Micky Dolenz   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Chip Douglas   Bass
John London   Bass
Peter Tork   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar,5-string Banjo
Jerry Yester   Guitar
Fred Seykora   Cello
Vince Derosa   French Horn

Technical Credits

Michael Nesmith   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Davy Jones   Composer
Micky Dolenz   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Hank Cicalo   Composer,Engineer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Diane Hildebrand   Composer
Jack Keller   Composer
Peter Tork   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Douglas Farthing Hatlelid   Composer,Producer
Joseph Richards   Composer

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