Headquarters by The Monkees

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Headquarters by The Monkees
Headquarters by The Monkees

Album Released: 1967

Headquarters ::: Artwork

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1.You Told Me2:22
2.I'll Spend My Life With You2:23
3.Forget That Girl2:21
4.Band 60:38
5.You Just May Be The One2:00
6.Shades Of Gray3:20
7.I Can't Get Her Off My Mind2:23
8.For Pete's Sake2:10
9.Mr. Webster2:02
10.Sunny Girlfriend2:31
12.No Time2:09
13.Early Morning Blues And Greens2:00
14.Randy Scouse Git2:35


The Monkees’ third album found them now free of domineering publisher Don Kirshner, replaced by former Turtles bassist Chip Douglas, and for the first time, they performed instruments as well as vocals, with just several back-up musicians appearing from time to time, including Douglas himself, who also wrote "Forget That Girl" (as well as acting as producer).

The material is as consistent as anything they’ve done, highlights including the Mike Nesmith tracks, the best here being “You Told Me” and “You Just May Be The One”, as well as the lovely “Shades of Gray”, the excellent, Peter Tork co-written “For Pete’s Sake”, with its hippy-love lyrics, and the outstanding Micky Dolenz debut, “Randy Scouse Git”. The band prove themselves to be fine players, and it’s a shame they never had such a chance again in their career.

Headquarters, which oddly had no singles released from it (although some of the songs did make the second season of the television show), made No.1 in the U.S. for one week, before moving to No.2, and sitting behind The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band for the next eleven weeks. It also failed to give the band the credibility they craved.

Is there no justice?

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by Reviewer: The Doctor

This is The Monkees' 'real' album, made up of a bunch of self-composed songs, and where almost every instrument is played by the group, under the direction of Chip Douglas.

And it's good! Once given the chance to be creative, the group craft a homey inoffensive album with a light country-rock-ish sound, such that a listener would be hard-pressed to believe it came from a 'manufactured' band.

Although Headquarters lacks a stick-in-your-head single, The Monkees make up for that with a very pleasant album full of wonderful songs and surprisingly good instrumental performances. Peter Tork finally gets to shine on piano and guitar, and everyone gets in some great vocals.

Mann & Weil's "Shades of Grey" is a stunningly lovely song, enhanced (as they all are) by an unpretentious mostly acoustic arrangement and ethereal harmonies. Boyce & Hart's "I'll Spend My Life With You" is almost as nice, as is Douglas's "Forget That Girl", which has a memorable fade.

Nesmith contributes three fun, identical country raveups, one of which starts with She owns and operates her own sunshine factory, a phrase that I really like for some reason. Tork and Dolenz prove themselves with the rocking "For Pete's Sake", and the fun unclassifiable "Randy Scouse Git", respectively.

The only downers are the pleasant but half-baked "Early Morning Blues and Greens" and "Mr. Webster", a boring character sketch. On the other hand, there's a Little Richard ripoff called "No Time", which is a powerful shot of adrenaline with a strong Dolenz vocal.

Headquarters is enjoyable without being self-indulgent, which I imagine was hard to do in the 60's.

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by Reviewer: Cosmic Ben (blogging at Cosmic Ben [Defunct])