THE MONKEES | HEADQUARTERS-THE DELUXE EDITION CD
In 1967 after two number one albums, a plethora of hit singles and a smash television show, The Monkees were on top and knew they each had true musical talents not championed by their label executives. Michael Nesmith spearheaded a change in direction before sessions began on their legendary Headquarters album. This action resulted in the much covered dissolution with music mogul Don Kirshner, and Chip Douglas (The Turtles) was now recruited by Nesmith to work with the band. In rapid succession, things began to fall into place in February 1967. With initial tracks like country rocker Sunny Girlfriend and the acid rock imagery of Mr. Webster, the band set the stage for what would become one of the most loved works in their catalog and one of the finest rock albums of a generation. A definite album opener, You Told Me begins Headquarters. The track features a brilliant 12 string guitar and the rockin' vocals of Nesmith, as Tork's incredible banjo fills the track alongside Dolenz's driving drum work. With Jones' percussion and all three fine-tuning their background vocals with Nesmith, it became the very first songthat many of us remember as we opened up our sealed copies back in the summer of '67. Not straying too far from previous success, the band scored a few more of Boyce and Hart compositions like Micky Dolenz's folk rock ballad I'll Spend My Life With You. The solid steel guitar work of Mike Nesmith became somewhat of a precursor to his groundbreaking Nashville sessions in the late sixties. Davy Jones has several watershed moments here with both Forget That Girl and Early Morning Blues and Greens. Forget That Girl employs a unique English northern soul vibe, while the latter shares a wonderful Peter Tork background vocal and keyboard making it one of the more psychedelic infused and standout tracks on the LP. Michael Nesmith's handiwork is evident on the entire album. You May Just Be The One rocks the album into full gear and makes it one of his definitive landmark tracks. To this day, it is still performed on stage to exuberant and excited audiences. Headquarters also brought rightful acclaim to Peter Tork, as his first recorded Monkees' song For Pete's Sake soon became a prolific standard. The song transcendedwith the times and became one of the more insightful tunes from the quartet. For Pete's Sake also replaced the familiar Monkees Theme at the end of season two, giving the song more TV exposure over the years. Peter also shares a brilliant vocal duet with Davy on the reflective Shades Of Gray, which unfortunately has a different meaning these days to a lot of us since the untimely passing of Davy Jones on February 29, 2012. And as always, you can count on Micky Dolenz to deliver óñ whether it's his hard rocking vocals of No Time or For Pete's Sake or his prog-rock feel on Mr. Webster. The album was definitely a great showcase for the artist. Albeit no singles were released from the album stateside, Randy Scouse Git closes out the album with a furor not heard on previous efforts and became one of his finest tunes ever in The Monkees catalog. The Monkees' Headquarters was one of 4 albums of The Monkees that topped the charts in 1967. This fact alone is enough to warrant the importance of this album in musical history. But there are other amazing feats that Headquarters managed to deliver to millions of fans on its eventful release back in May of 1967. The album hitthe stores before Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. Friendly rivals as they were, Headquarters rose to number one and also opened the door to "The Summer of Love". It remained in the upper rung of the retail charts until their fourth platter Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (FRM-104) became a number one album to close out the year. Wow! Most notably, Headquarters showed the real world the transition of four talented guys on a hit TV show evolving into a self-produced, self-reliant and one of the most loved bands in musical history. As another installment in our extensive Monkees Deluxe Edition Series, Friday Music is honored to announce The Monkees masterpiece Headquarters - The Deluxe Edition. For this limited edition 2 CD deluxe set release, we are pleased to offer once again, the full complete stereo and mono recordings, newly and impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso (The Monkees/Brian Wilson/Elvis Presley) to sound as warm and exciting as you remember them back in '67. We are also including a plethora of 22 bonustracks that will make your Headquarters revisit that much more enjoyable including the "should have been a hit single" All of Your Toys, the massive double sided hit single A Little Bit Me , A Little Bit You (featuring Neil Diamond on background vocals) and Michael Nesmith's classic The Girl I Knew Somewhere. There are a number of Davy Jones' rarities like his early version of She Hangs Out which was released only in Canada, the rare stereo version of 99 Pounds, the soulful You Can't Tie a Mustang Down and Neil Diamond's powerful Love to Love. All in all, over two hours of pure 1967 Monkeemania. A very hip time in our American culture you can now relive with these newly impeccably mastered recordings from the much loved band that broke a lot of ground in a very short time...and made the world a much better place for it... 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