Offered for sale is an original still sealed mono copy of the third album by the Monkees, Headquarters.
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.
You can listen to “Randy Scouse Git” here:
About this copy: The copy of Headquarters offered for sale is a still sealed original mono pressing, and the record is presumably new and unplayed. This is a first pressing of the album, with an incorrect photo caption listing “Recording engineer Hank Cicalo and Producer Douglas Farthing Hatlelid.”
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. 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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