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Headquarters [Deluxe Edition]
     

Headquarters [Deluxe Edition]

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

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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:
08/20/2013
Label:
Friday Music
UPC:
0829421103004
catalogNumber:
211030
Rank:
50145

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monkees   Primary Artist
Neil Diamond   Background Vocals
Michael Nesmith   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Spoken Word,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Stan Free   Clavinet
Davy Jones   Percussion,Maracas,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Micky Dolenz   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Zither,Timpani,Wood Block,Spoken Word,Vocal Harmony,Lead
Larry Taylor   Bass
Artie Butler   Organ
Sal DiTroia   Guitar
Chip Douglas   Bass,Background Vocals
Wayne Erwin   Guitar
Gene Estes   Tambourine
Gorgoni   Guitar
John London   Bass,Tambourine
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Don Thomas   Guitar
Peter Tork   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Piano,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Harpsichord,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Tack Piano,Spoken Word,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Vocal Harmony
Jerry Yester   Bass
Tom Cerone   Tambourine
Gerry McGee   Guitar
Lou Mauro   Bass
Louis Shelton   Guitar
Coco Dolenz   Vocal Harmony
Fred Seykora   Cello
Billy Lewis   Drums
Vince Derosa   French Horn

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Michael Nesmith   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Davy Jones   Composer
Micky Dolenz   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer,Bonus Track Producer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Hank Cicalo   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Jack Keller   Composer
Joey Levine   Composer
Peter Tork   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Douglas Farthing Hatlelid   Composer,Original Album Producer,Bonus Track Producer
Joseph Richards   Composer
Janelle Scott   Composer
Joe Reagoso   Liner Notes
Matt Willis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Artie Resnick   Composer
Diane Hilderbrand   Composer
Bill Martin   Composer

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