THE MONKEES Headquarters Sessions (1967)

Headquarters Sessions (1967)
Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know About The Monkees… But Were Afraid To Ask!

The Monkees. Love ‘em or hate ‘em… you gotta love ‘em. This is the 2000, Rhino Handmade, 3CD, 84 track set of outtakes, chatter and unreleased material from The MonkeesHeadquarters sessions. I won’t bore you with a sell job. You’re either up for the challenge of hearing a “new band” finding their bearings in the studio… or you’re not. It’s fascinating, though. For Headquarters, The Monkees fought for – and won – their artistic independence from music mogul Don Kirshner to make this album on their own terms, for better or worse. And, with their TV show still on the air, Headquarters sales kept sailing and the kids didn’t seem to notice the difference between the studio musicians on the first two LPs and the boys themselves on their third. I know I didn’t in 1967. The irony is that, after these sessions, The Monkees would never do an album completely by themselves again. Was it because one of the versions of “Shades of Gray” here is numbered take 98? Only 4,500 copies of these Sessions discs were pressed and the release is now long out-of-print. The set also includes a complete mono master mix of the original album (and also the .pdf liner notes, courtesy of Rick). Below you can hear The Monkees‘ instrumental stab at Harry Nilsson’s “The Story of Rock And Roll.” For you dot connectors, it was at these sessions that Nilsson auditioned some of his unrecorded songs for the boys (get those tapes, HERE.


1
She’s So Far Out, She’s In (Tracking Session Takes 1 & 2)
The Girl I Knew Somewhere (First Version; Tracking Composite Takes 1-16)
The Girl I Knew Somewhere (First Version; Master Backing Track Take 22)
All Of Your Toys (Rehearsal)
All Of Your Toys (Tracking Session Composite Takes 1 To 10)
All Of Your Toys (Master Backing Tracking Take 20)
The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Second Version; Tracking Composite feat Take 15)
The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Second Version; Tracking Overdub Session 1 & 2)
The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Second Version; Master Backing Track Take 13A)
Seeger’s Theme (Demo)
Can You Dig It (Demo)
Nine Times Blue (Demo Vocal)
Until It’s Time For You To Go (Demo Vocal)
She’ll Be There (Demo Vocal)
Midnight Train (Demo Vocal)
Sunny Girlfriend (Acoustic Remix Of Master Vocal)
Sunny Girlfriend (Tracking Session Take 7 With Scratch Vocal)
Mr. Webster (Tracking Session Take 28)
Band 6 (Stereo Master)
Setting Up The Studio For Randy Scouse Git (Studio Dialogue)
Randy Scouse Git (Tracking Session Composite)
Randy Scouse Git (Alternate Version Take 18 Vocal)
You Told Me (Master Backing Track)
Monkee Chat (Studio Dialogue)

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You Told Me (Take 15 With Rough Lead Vocal)
Zilch (Peter Tork Vocal Track)
Zilch (Davy Jones Vocal Track)
Zilch (Micky Dolenz Vocal Track)
Zilch (Michael Nesmith Vocal Track)
I’ll Spend My Life With You (Master Backing Track Take 9)
Randy Scouse Git (Master Backing Track Take 23)
Forget That Girl (Rehearsal)
Forget That Girl (Master Backing Track)
Where Has It All Gone (First Version; Tracking Session Take 1)
Memphis Tennessee
Twelve-String Improvisation
Where Has It All Gone (Second Version; Master Basic Track Take 12)
Jericho
Forget That Girl (Rough Backing Vocals)
Peter Gunn’s Gun
I Was Born In East Virginia (Informal Recording Vocal)
Forget That Girl (Rejected Overdub Session Vocal)
Randy Scouse Git (Alternate Mix With Unused Tag Vocal)
Micky In Carlsbad Cavern (Studio Dialogue)
Pillow Time (Take 1 Vocal)
Shades Of Gray (Master Backing Track Take 98)
Masking Tape (Tracking Session Composite Takes 6 To 8)
You Just May Be The One (Tracking Session Composite)
You Just May Be The One (Master Backing Track)
No Time (First Version; Tracking Session Composite Takes 3 To 5)
Blues (Excerpt)

HEADQUARTERS SESSIONS DISC 3
I Can’t Get Her Off My Mind (Master Backing Track)
Banjo Jam (Excerpt)
Cripple Creek
Six-String Improvisation
The Story Of Rock And Roll (First Version; Tracking Session Take 23)
Early Morning Blues And Greens (Master Backing Track)
Two-Part Invention In F Major (Informal Recording)
The Story Of Rock And Roll (Second Version; Tracking Session Take 5A)
Don’t Be Cruel
For Pete’s Sake (Master Backing Track)
No Time (Second Version; Tracking Session Composite)
No Time (Second Version; Master Backing Track Take 7A)
Just A Game (Demo Takes 1 To 3)
Fever
Sunny Girlfriend (Master Backing Track)
No Time (Second Version; Master Take 7A With Backing Vocals)
All Of Your Toys (Mono Master)
The Girl I Knew Somewhere (First Version; Mono Master)
For Pete’s Sake (Mono Master)
I’ll Spend My Life With You (Mono Master)
Forget That Girl (Mono Master)
You Just May Be The One (Mono Master)
Shades Of Gray (Mono Master)
Band 6 (Mono Master)
Sunny Girlfriend (Mono Master)
Mr. Webster (Mono Master)
You Told Me (Mono Master)
The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Second Version; Mono Master)
Zilch (Mono Master)
Early Morning Blues And Greens (Mono Master)

Randy Scouse Git (Mono Master)
I Can’t Get Her Off My Mind (Mono Master)
No Time (Mono Master)

 

3 Comments

  • 1
    Anonymous
    November 14, 2009 - 03:05 | Permalink

    Thank you! I think Headquarters has a primitive honesty about it. It was worth a stab at it, playing on their songs. I agree that it's fortunate for us that they abandoned this idea because as much as I love Headquarters, there's a vast difference in their other albums all the way up to Birds, Bees as compared to this one. Even the relatively less produced sound of Instant Replay with the declining Monkees brand (and group members!) is a better audio experience than Headquarters.

    As an avid Monkees fan, I'd love to hear this style of studio work in progress for the Pisces & Birds albums.

    –Crazed

  • 2
    Capt. Willard
    November 14, 2009 - 03:11 | Permalink

    Ditto… and Head.

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    W
    February 22, 2011 - 20:15 | Permalink

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