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Headquarters Sessions

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The Monkees 8/21/2000

Review

Like many Rhino Handmade releases (available only via Internet), the Monkees' Headquarters Sessions is marketed for fanatics. Indeed, this set - which contains over three discs filled with all the outtakes and studio chatter you could ever hope for or need -- is essentially the Holy Grail of Monkees material. Informal versions of "Cripple Creek," "Don't Be Cruel," "Nine Times Blue," "The Story of Rock and Roll" (made into a modest hit by the Turtles), and "She's So Far Out, She's In" are only a handful of the set's rarites. On the tracks that would become the Headquarters album, it becomes obvious this was an amateur band struggling to get through a simple take. However, you can feel the camaraderie (even though Davy Jones is absent from most of this) between musicians Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork, while actor Mickey Dolenz is heard numerous times throughout apologizing for yet another drum flub. In this potentially volatile scenario, there is a sense of friendship and lack of studio ego, which is exactly why this package is so charming. These are mainly actors, struggling to prove their musicianship, maintaining their cool while finding out the hard way how difficult the recording process actually is (and how good Don Kirshner's studio musicians were). After Headquarters, the Monkees would never attempt to go into the studio again depending wholly on themselves. Their individual musical direction, especially in Nesmith's case, would be required from then on, with the final results being mixed at best. Along with the mainly unreleased instrumental versions of these tracks, studio flubs and conversations is the scrapped mono version of Headquarters with a completely different song sequence that included Nesmith's "The Girl I Knew Somewhere." ~ Al Campbell
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 She's So Far Out She's In The Monkees 3:57
  3. 2 The Girl I Knew Somewhere The Monkees 2:36
  4. 3 The Girl I Knew Somewhere The Monkees 2:56
  5. 4 All of Your Toys The Monkees 2:58
  6. 5 All of Your Toys The Monkees 5:30
  7. 6 All of Your Toys The Monkees 3:6
  8. 7 The Girl I Knew Somehwere The Monkees 3:21
  9. 8 The Girl I Knew Somewhere The Monkees 4:13
  10. 9 The Girl I Knew Somewhere The Monkees 2:37
  11. 10 Seeger's Theme The Monkees 1:21
  12. 11 Can You Dig It? The Monkees 2:17
  13. 12 Nine Times Blue The Monkees 2:9
  14. 13 Until It's Time for You to Go The Monkees 3:2
  15. 14 She'll Be There The Monkees 2:33
  16. 15 Midnight Train The Monkees 2:27
  17. 16 Sunny Girlfriend The Monkees 2:12
  18. 17 Sunny Girlfriend The Monkees 2:34
  19. 18 Mr. Webster The Monkees 2:9
  20. 19 Band 6 The Monkees 0:39
  21. 20 Setting up the Studio for Randy Scouse Git The Monkees 6:17
  22. 21 Randy Scouse Git The Monkees 6:25
  23. 22 Randy Scouse Git The Monkees 2:24
  24. 23 You Told Me The Monkees 2:24
  25. 24 Monkee Chat The Monkees 2:39
  26. 1 You Told Me The Monkees 2:34
  27. 2 Zilch The Monkees 1:6
  28. 3 Zilch The Monkees 1:9
  29. 4 Zilch The Monkees 1:6
  30. 5 Zilch The Monkees 1:7
  31. 6 I'll Spend My Life With You The Monkees 2:22
  32. 7 Randy Scouse Git The Monkees 2:39
  33. 8 Forget That Girl The Monkees 2:20
  34. 9 Forget That Girl The Monkees 2:33
  35. 10 Where Has It All Gone The Monkees 2:50
  36. 11 Memphis The Monkees 2:9
  37. 12 Twelve-String Improvisation The Monkees 3:4
  38. 13 Where Has It All Gone The Monkees 2:37
  39. 14 Jericho The Monkees 2:26
  40. 15 Forget That Girl The Monkees 2:35
  41. 16 Peter Gunn's Gun The Monkees 3:37
  42. 17 I Was Born in East Virginia The Monkees 2:26
  43. 18 Forget That Girl The Monkees 5:10
  44. 19 Randy Scouse Git The Monkees 2:57
  45. 20 Micky in Carlsbad Cavern The Monkees 1:2
  46. 21 Pillow Time The Monkees 7:17
  47. 22 Shades of Gray The Monkees 3:16
  48. 23 Masking Tape The Monkees 4:47
  49. 24 You Just May Be the One The Monkees 1:58
  50. 25 You Just May Be the One The Monkees 2:8
  51. 26 No Time The Monkees 4:44
  52. 27 Blues The Monkees 4:2
  53. 1 I Can't Get Her off My Mind The Monkees 2:32
  54. 2 Banjo Jam The Monkees 3:10
  55. 3 Cripple Creek The Monkees 1:45
  56. 4 Six-String Improvisation The Monkees 0:43
  57. 5 The Story of Rock & Roll The Monkees 2:43
  58. 6 Early Morning Blues and Greens The Monkees 3:9
  59. 7 Two-Part Invention in F Major The Monkees 1:32
  60. 8 The Story of Rock & Roll The Monkees 3:27
  61. 9 Don't Be Cruel The Monkees 0:43
  62. 10 For Pete's Sake The Monkees 2:7
  63. 11 No Time The Monkees 4:10
  64. 12 No Time The Monkees 2:42
  65. 13 Just a Game The Monkees 3:51
  66. 14 Fever The Monkees 1:48
  67. 15 Sunny Girlfriend The Monkees 2:36
  68. 16 No Time The Monkees 2:31
  69. 17 All of Your Toys The Monkees 3:1
  70. 18 The Girl I Knew Somewhere The Monkees 2:39
  71. 19 For Pete's Sake The Monkees 2:11
  72. 20 I'll Spend My Life With You The Monkees 2:25
  73. 21 Forget That Girl The Monkees 2:24
  74. 22 You Just May Be the One The Monkees 2:2
  75. 23 Shades of Gray The Monkees 3:19
  76. 24 Band 6 The Monkees 0:38
  77. 25 Sunny Girlfriend The Monkees 2:33
  78. 26 Mr. Webster The Monkees 2:4
  79. 27 You Told Me The Monkees 2:24
  80. 28 The Girl I Knew Somewhere The Monkees 2:34
  81. 29 Zilch The Monkees 1:6
  82. 30 Early Morning Blues and Greens The Monkees 2:33
  83. 31 Randy Scouse Git The Monkees 2:35
  84. 32 I Can't Get Her off My Mind The Monkees 2:27
  85. 33 No Time The Monkees 2:9

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