Offered for sale is an original mono copy of the third album by the Monkees, Headquarters.
Note: This album was sealed when we acquired it. There was some question as to whether the shrink wrap was original, so we opened it to check. While no longer sealed, the record is new and unplayed.
About this copy: This copy of Headquarters is a 1967 U.S. pressing on the Colgems label.
This is a first pressing of the album, with an incorrect photo caption listing “Recording engineer Hank Cicalo and Producer Douglas Farthing Hatlelid” on the back cover.
The engineer shown in the photo was actually Dick Bogert, and not Hank Cicalo. This error was later corrected by replacing the photo with another one and changing the catalog number to COM-103RE.
The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, no tears, or holes. There are no saw marks, drill holes, or cut corners. There is a small break (1 cm) in the cover at the center of the bottom edge.
The mono disc is mint and unplayed.
A virtually perfect copy of a classic Monkees LP.
Background: The Monkees caught a lot of grief when it was revealed that they didn’t actually play their own instruments on their records. The instruments were actually played by session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew.
It’s to the Monkees’ credit that they never actually revealed that pretty much every band that recorded in Los Angeles at that time used session musicians, including the Beach Boys and the Byrds.
Still, the band wanted to show that they could play as a real band, and Headquarters was their first (and only) album on which they played it all themselves. The results were typical; the album reached #1 on the American album charts, making Headquarters their third consecutive album to do so.
Headquarters was released in May, 1967, just four months after More of the Monkees, making it the band’s third album in seven months’ time, with all three topping the charts.
Headquarters was originally released in both mono and stereo, and while the mono pressings sold well on initial release, they were deleted less than a year later, with all subsequent pressing released in stereo only until the recent release of the mono box set.
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.
You can listen to “Randy Scouse Git” here:
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