An sealed mono copy of the Monkees third album, Headquarters with the rare "beards" cover.
Offered for sale is a still sealed mono copy of the third album by the Monkees, Headquarters with the rare “beards” photo on the back cover.
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 Los Angeles 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.
There were two cover variations on Headquarters. The original 1967 issue had a photo on the back cover captioned as “Recording engineer Hank Cicalo and Producer Douglas Farthing Hatlelid.” The photo was incorrectly captioned; the actual engineer shown in the photo was Dick Bogert.
The photo was replaced with a different one, showing the entire band posing with engineer Cicalo and producer Hatlelid. In this photo, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith are sporting beards.
As most of the copies of this album that were sold were sold shortly after the album’s original release, the copies with the incorrectly captioned photo are far more common than the later pressing with the “beards” photo, probably by a 10:1 ratio.
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About this copy: The copy of Headquarters offered for sale is a still sealed mono pressing, and the record is presumably new and unplayed. This is a rare second pressing of the album, catalog number COM-103 RE, with the photo of Hank Cicalo and Douglas Farthing Hatlelid posing with the Monkees, and Peter, Micky and Mike showing off their beards.
The second pressing with the “beards” cover is considerably harder to find than the original issue with the incorrect photo caption.
The wrap is almost fully intact, with a tiny break at the lower left corner. It’s so small that we almost missed it. Otherwise, there are no rips or tears. There are no saw marks, drill holes, or cut corners. This is as nice a copy of this album as you’re ever likely to find; it’s virtually perfect.
It’s a pretty good album, too.
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