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Headquarters
Headquarters

Label

Colgems Records

Country

United States

Release date

22 May 1967

Catalog no.
 

COM-103 (mono)
COS-103 (stereo)

Preceded by

More of the Monkees

Followed by

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

Headquarters is the third studio album by the Monkees, first released on 22 May 1967 as COM-103 (mono) and COS-103 (stereo). It was the first Monkees album to be released after the departure of Don Kirshner as the Monkees' musical director, and the first to feature the Monkees playing instruments on all tracks.

The entire album was produced by Chip Douglas, a recent member of the Turtles. Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz performed instrumentally on every track (except the a cappella novelty "Zilch"), with Davy Jones joining for the majority of them. Other session musicians include Douglas, Jerry Yester, and John London on bass, and horns by Frederick Seykora and Vincent De Rosa on "Shades of Gray".

None of the songs on the album were initially released as singles in the United States, though "Randy Scouse Git" and "Forget That Girl" were issued as flip sides of a single in the United Kingdom and Australia, the former under the alternate title "Alternate Title". "You Just May Be the One", "Sunny Girlfriend", and "No Time" were also issued as B-sides in Australia, and Arista Records released "Randy Scouse Git" under its original title as the B-side of a newly remixed "Daydream Believer" in the United States in 1986. In spite of its lack of American singles, the album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 top albums list for one week, before being replaced by the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

In 2000, Rhino Handmade issued a 3-CD compilation, to online customers only, called Headquarters Sessions. The box set features many tracking sessions and informal recordings, chronicling the growth of the Monkees as a studio band. It also features mono mixes of the album masters in a proposed, but ultimately unused, track order. The compilation has since fallen out of print.

Track Listing Edit

Original album Edit

Side 1

  1. "You Told Me"
  2. "I'll Spend My Life with You"
  3. "Forget That Girl"
  4. "Band 6"
  5. "You Just May Be the One"
  6. "Shades of Gray"
  7. "I Can't Get Her off My Mind"

Side 2

  1. "For Pete's Sake"
  2. "Mr. Webster"
  3. "Sunny Girlfriend"
  4. "Zilch"
  5. "No Time"
  6. "Early Morning Blues and Greens"
  7. "Randy Scouse Git"

Colgems 8-track Edit

Program 1

  1. "I'll Spend My Life with You"
  2. "Early Morning Blues and Greens"
  3. "Randy Scouse Git"

Program 2

  1. "I Can't Get Her off My Mind"
  2. "Sunny Girlfriend"
  3. "Band 6"
  4. "No Time"

Program 3

  1. "You Told Me"
  2. "You Just May Be the One"
  3. "Shades of Gray"

Program 4

  1. "Forget That Girl"
  2. "For Pete's Sake"
  3. "Mr. Webster"
  4. "Zilch"

1995 CD reissue Edit

  1. "You Told Me"
  2. "I'll Spend My Life with You"
  3. "Forget That Girl"
  4. "Band 6"
  5. "You Just May Be the One"
  6. "Shades of Gray"
  7. "I Can't Get Her off My Mind"
  8. "For Pete's Sake"
  9. "Mr. Webster"
  10. "Sunny Girlfriend"
  11. "Zilch"
  12. "No Time"
  13. "Early Morning Blues and Greens"
  14. "Randy Scouse Git"
  15. "All of Your Toys"
  16. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere"
  17. "Peter Gunn's Gun"
  18. "Jericho"
  19. "Nine Times Blue"
  20. "Pillow Time"

1996 vinyl reissue Edit

Side 1

  1. "You Told Me"
  2. "I'll Spend My Life with You"
  3. "Forget That Girl"
  4. "Band 6"
  5. "You Just May Be the One"
  6. "Shades of Gray"
  7. "I Can't Get Her off My Mind"
  8. "All of Your Toys" — prev. unissued alt. mix

Side 2

  1. "For Pete's Sake"
  2. "Mr. Webster"
  3. "Sunny Girlfriend"
  4. "Zilch"
  5. "No Time"
  6. "Early Morning Blues and Greens"
  7. "Randy Scouse Git"
  8. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — prev. unissued alt. version

Headquarters Sessions Edit

Headquarters Sessions

Headquarters Sessions (2000)

Disc 1

  1. "She's So Far Out, She's In" — tracking session, takes 1 & 2
  2. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — first version; tracking session composite, takes 1 to 16
  3. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — first version; master backing track, take 22
  4. "All of Your Toys" — rehearsal
  5. "All of Your Toys" — tracking session composite, takes 1 to 10
  6. "All of Your Toys" — master backing track, take 20
  7. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — second version; tracking session composite featuring take 15
  8. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — second version; tracking overdub session takes
  9. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — master backing track, take 13A
  10. "Seeger's Theme" — demo
  11. "Can You Dig It" — demo
  12. "Nine Times Blue" — demo
  13. "Until It's Time for You to Go" — demo
  14. "She'll Be There" — demo
  15. "Midnight Train" — demo
  16. "Sunny Girlfriend" — acoustic remix of master
  17. "Sunny Girlfriend" — tracking session, take 7
  18. "Mr. Webster" — tracking session, take 28
  19. "Band 6" — stereo master
  20. Setting up the studio for "Randy Scouse Git"
  21. "Randy Scouse Git" — tracking session composite
  22. "Randy Scouse Git" — alternate version, take 18
  23. "You Told Me" — master backing track
  24. Monkee chat

Disc 2

  1. "You Told Me" — Take 15
  2. "Zilch" — Peter Tork vocal track
  3. "Zilch" — Davy Jones vocal track
  4. "Zilch" — Micky Dolenz vocal track
  5. "Zilch" — Michael Nesmith vocal track
  6. "I'll Spend My Life with You" — master backing track, take 9
  7. "Randy Scouse Git" — master backing track, take 23
  8. "Forget That Girl" — rehearsal
  9. "Where Has It All Gone" — first version; tracking session, take 1
  10. "Memphis Tennessee"
  11. "Twelve-string Improvisation"
  12. "Where Has It All Gone" — second version; master basic track, take 12
  13. "Jericho"
  14. "Forget That Girl" — rough backing vocals
  15. "Peter Gunn's Gun"
  16. "I Was Born in East Virginia" — informal recording
  17. "Forget That Girl" — rejected overdub session
  18. "Randy Scouse Git" — alternate mix with unused tag
  19. "Micky in Carlsbad Cavern"
  20. "Pillow Time" — take 1
  21. "Shades of Gray" — master backing track, take 9B
  22. "Masking Tape" — tracking session, composite takes 6 to 8
  23. "You Just May Be the One" — tracking session composite
  24. "You Just May Be the One" — master backing track
  25. "No Time" — first version; tracking session composite, takes 3 to 5
  26. "Blues" — excerpt

Disc 3

  1. "I Can't Get Her off My Mind" — master backing track
  2. "Banjo Jam" — excerpt
  3. "Cripple Creek"
  4. "Six-string Improvisation"
  5. "The Story of Rock and Roll" — first version; tracking session, take 23
  6. "Early Morning Blues and Greens" — master backing track
  7. "Two-part invention in F major" — informal recording
  8. "The Story of Rock and Roll" — second version; tracking session, take 5A
  9. "Don't Be Cruel"
  10. "For Pete's Sake" — master backing track
  11. "No Time" — second version; tracking session composite
  12. "No Time" — master backing track, take 7A
  13. "Just a Game" — demo, takes 1 to 3
  14. "Fever"
  15. "Sunny Girlfriend" — master backing track
  16. "No Time" — second version; master take 7A with backing vocals
  17. "All of Your Toys" — mono master
  18. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — first version; mono master
  19. "For Pete's Sake" — mono master
  20. "I'll Spend My Life with You" — mono master
  21. "Forget That Girl" — mono master
  22. "You Just May Be the One" — mono master
  23. "Shades of Gray" — mono master
  24. "Band 6" — mono master
  25. "Sunny Girlfriend" — mono master
  26. "Mr. Webster" — mono master
  27. "You Told Me" — mono master
  28. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — second version; mono master
  29. "Zilch" — mono master
  30. "Early Morning Blues and Greens" — mono master
  31. "Randy Scouse Git" — mono master
  32. "I Can't Get Her off My Mind" — mono master
  33. "No Time" — mono master

2007 CD reissue Edit

Disc 1 — The Original Stereo Album

  1. "You Told Me"
  2. "I'll Spend My Life with You"
  3. "Forget That Girl"
  4. "Band 6"
  5. "You Just May Be the One"
  6. "Shades of Gray"
  7. "I Can't Get Her off My Mind"
  8. "For Pete's Sake"
  9. "Mr. Webster"
  10. "Sunny Girlfriend"
  11. "Zilch"
  12. "No Time"
  13. "Early Morning Blues and Greens"
  14. "Randy Scouse Git"
  15. "All of Your Toys" — stereo remix
  16. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — first recorded version; stereo remix
  17. "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" — stereo remix
  18. "She Hangs Out" — stereo remix
  19. "Love to Love" — stereo remix
  20. "You Can't Tie a Mustang Down" — stereo remix
  21. "If I Learned to Play the Violin" — stereo remix
  22. "99 Pounds" — stereo remix
  23. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — single version; stereo remix
  24. "Randy Scouse Git" — alternate version
  25. "Tema dei Monkees" — stereo remix

Disc 2 — The Original Mono Album

  1. "You Told Me"
  2. "I'll Spend My Life with You"
  3. "Forget That Girl"
  4. "Band 6"
  5. "You Just May Be the One"
  6. "Shades of Gray"
  7. "I Can't Get Her off My Mind"
  8. "For Pete's Sake"
  9. "Mr. Webster"
  10. "Sunny Girlfriend"
  11. "Zilch"
  12. "No Time"
  13. "Early Morning Blues and Greens"
  14. "Randy Scouse Git"
  15. "All of Your Toys" — mono mix
  16. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — first recorded version; alternate mono mix
  17. "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" — mono single mix
  18. "She Hangs Out" — mono single mix
  19. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" — mono single mix
  20. "Nine Times Blue" — demo version
  21. "She'll Be There"
  22. "Midnight Train" — demo version
  23. "Peter Gunn's Gun"
  24. "Jericho"
  25. "Pillow Time" — demo version

Release History Edit

United States Edit

  • 1967: Colgems COM-103 — LP (mono)
  • 1967: Colgems COS-103 — LP (stereo)
  • 196?: Colgems P8CG-1003 — 8-track
  • 196?: Colgems P8CG-5002 — 8-track (double album with Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.)
  • 196?: Colgems CG3P-5002 — reel-to-reel (double album with Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.)
  • 1984: Rhino RNC-70143 — cassette
  • 1986: Rhino RNLP-70143 — LP
  • 1989: Arista AC-8602 — cassette
  • 1989: Arista ARCD-8602 — CD
  • 1995: Rhino R2 71792 — CD (bonus tracks)
  • 1996: Sundazed LP 5047 — LP (yellow vinyl; bonus tracks)
  • 2000: Rhino Handmade RHM1-7715 — Headquarters Sessions, 3 CDs (limited edition; bonus tracks)
  • 2001: Sundazed LP 5047 — LP (180-gram black vinyl; bonus tracks)
  • 2007: Rhino R2 77760 — 2 CDs (limited edition; bonus tracks)
  • 2011: Rhino — CD

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