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Headquarters

the Monkees Audio CD
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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!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Monkees First Album Aug. 17 2006
Format:Audio CD
Whats significant and important about this album is the honesty of its intention, energy, unity and its eventual outcome.

The Monkees were televisions response to The Beatles and the British Invasion. They have always been called the Pre Fab Four (a term that has always bothered those of us who like the group), and its a tag/label that Headquarters addressed and should have silenced.

The Monkees initially was a television show.

With time constraints (and no band had them like this one did- something that their detractors never mentioned or factored into the equation) - meeting the demands of their network sponsors, the press commitments, doing the vocal work for the recordings, and the physical and mental demands of learning the scripts then filming the episodes, the first two albums were completed (and complimented) with session players- the four providing a vocals only effort. Mike contributed two songs per each album and Peter played alongside some of the session players on one of them but that was the initial extent of their involvement. When the albums sold in the millions, the audience was massive and so (it seems) was the envy. To their credit, they admitted what was going on very quickly, and fought a very tough and intense behind the scenes battle to gain control of their recording sessions. From that point on they began to play as a band. The result was this album and the talent- obvious to anyone who really listened. At the time it was enough to turn the tide the way that it should have. The album was overshadowed by Sgt. Pepper but so were a lot of other albums.

I want to point out some things that are very important about the group.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A successful Project May 26 2004
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Format:Audio CD
The beach Boys and countless other bands at the time were borrowing session people-why not the Monkees? Two fine vocalists-Davy-Baritone-Mickey-Tenor,two fine instrumentalists-Peter and Mike(a fine songwriter in his own right)-and some of the most creative pop to come out of that decade. Randy Scouse Git alone is as -dare I say it?-as innovative as anything else to come out of that summer of (Sgt. Pepper)love. Thank you Mickey. Experimentally as good as most pop coming out of that era. I only wish Mike would have been at the 2001 Westbury Music Fair Concert, which was professional, exciting,and brought back warm memories. Screw the hippie press- the Monkees were real, talented, and fun. God Bless Them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars They were a band... April 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
Don't let anybody tell you that they were not a band. By this time they clearly were, and this LP should be rated in the top 10-15 of the sixties. Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones is actually a better record, but for sheer simple bandsmanship, this was their peak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How come... Dec 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
it was okay for Hal Blaine and Glen Campbell to play on Beach Boy records, a majority of English pop bands at the time to use session musicians, and the Aniamls and the Byrds to record song by Brill building writers, but the Monkees got attacked for supposedly not playing their instruments as some sort of rock'n'roll blasphemy. This is the same kind of crap which keeps Black Sabbath out of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, while SERIOUS artists like Billy Joel get inducted. But, that is beside the point. Face it, the songs from the Monkees TV show stuck with us children who happened to either be there at the start, or were grabbed by the ears when syndication came calling in the early '70's. But, it wasn't until Rhino re-released these pop gems did I actually investigate. WOW!! Was I thrown for a loop. While, yes, the first two albums were production line efforts, there were plenty of blissful pop moments, especially on MORE OF THE MONKEES. So, as many other reviewers have pointed out, HEADQUARTERS, is the pre-fab four's RUBBER SOUL, the repsonse to Monkeemania and its trappings that RS was to Beatlemania. There really isn't a bad moment. Even slighter tunes like "I Can't Get Her Off My Mind" and "No Time" lend range and diversity. From the bass drop opening of "You Told Me", a shimmering slice of Nesmith-penned pop to the outre ramblings of Dolenz' "Randy Scouse Git", this is a piece of psych-tinged sixties pop the stands comfortable next anything by the Byrds, Mamas and the Papas, Holllies or Turtles. And, the bonus tracks "All Of Your Toys" and the alternative Nesmith-sung take of "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" only strengthen the set. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monkees Unleashed Sept. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the first of the Monkees albums in which they were loosened from the controls of the Don Kirshner music machine, and the results were surprisingly good. There is an energy and freshness about the album that is catching; these are creative people enjoying artistic freedom for the first time. For the first time, they are a real band, not just the manufactured TV band, and the enjoyment of the experience is impossible to miss and is just as enjoyable to hear. There are no weak songs; even Davy Jones, not my favorite, has a couple of good ones (including the vastly underrated "Early Morning Blues and Greens", in my estimation one of his best). Only "Pisces, Aquarius" and "Head" are better Monkees albums. Never again would they be this tight as a group; like the Beatles, after this album they would gradually drift apart. A great album.
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