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Assessment: The Monkees ‘Headquarters’ Tremendous Deluxe Version Field Set


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Mar 21, 2024
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Of the 9 studio albums The Monkees recorded and launched throughout their preliminary mid/late 1960’s interval, their 1967 third album ‘Headquarters’ is universally acknowledged as The Monkees most well-known and iconic document. After two albums launched with studio musicians beneath the supervision of music coordinator Don Kirshner, ‘Headquarters’ was the group’s declaration of independence the place their abilities as a functioning band had been on full show as they lastly had been allowed to carry out the vast majority of the music themselves. Whereas barely tough in spots, the storage band really feel of the album beneath the musical supervision of producer Chip Douglas and with Michael Nesmith taking up the helm of group chief, ‘Headquarters’ turned the Monkees third primary charting album in a row. The band’s efforts have been beforehand examined within the 2000 Rhino Handmade ‘Headquarters Classes’ field set and the 2007 two disc Deluxe Set. Now Rhino has lastly launched the extremely anticipated 4 cd disc Tremendous Deluxe Version set produced by the Grammy Award successful producer, Monkees professional and chronicler Andrew Sandoval, and it was nicely definitely worth the wait.

Underneath Sandoval’s meticulous supervision and a spotlight to element, the 4 discs are stuffed to capability with tons of bonus tracks, session tapes, studio chatter, and accompanied by a booklet of informative liner notes by Sandoval that chronicle all the genesis of the making of ‘Headquarters’, together with the inventive battle of wits between Don Kirshner and the Monkees. The essay is a condensed model of the extra detailed account present in Sandoval’s intensive rewrite of his 2021 guide ‘The Monkees: The Day To Day Story’. The booklet with the liner notes has nice images of the Monkees, Chip Douglas, Don Kirshner, Jeff Barry and the opposite main actors concerned throughout the interval of the periods which might be virtually definitely worth the value of admission alone. However the primary focus of the set is the superb treasure trove of music unfold out over the 4 cd discs with 67 beforehand unreleased tracks.

The discs are damaged up into 4 thematic sections: a brand new 2022 remix of the unique album with extra bonus materials, the January 1967 Classes, the February 1967 Classes and the March 1967 Classes and Past. The remix of the ‘Headquarters’ album discovered on Disc 1 is a serious revelation by itself. Working with the unique multitrack tapes, all of which nonetheless exist, Sandoval has created a brand new model that enhances the listening expertise by centering the drums and bass on the combo with out compromising the integrity of the document. The readability is astounding, it’s like listening to ‘Headquarters’ for the primary time, which with this combine you might be. The stereo image may be very near the mono mixture of the album which brings out sound textures beforehand buried within the unique mixes. There are longer fadeouts on among the songs like ‘Neglect That Lady’, ‘Shades Of Gray’ and clear endings to ‘Early Mornings Blues And Greens’ and ‘Randy Scouse Git’ which add to the enjoyable of these songs. The bonus tracks on disc one embrace the primary and second variations of ‘The Lady I Knew Someplace’, superb remixed variations of ‘All Of Your Toys’, ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’, the primary model of ‘She Hangs Out’ with an extended fadeout, ’99 Kilos’ and ‘You Can’t Tie A Mustang Down’ that virtually leap out of your audio system, headphones and ear buds. Even the weaker numbers ‘If I Discovered To Play The Violin’ and ‘Sally’ (‘I Didn’t Know You Had It In You Sally’) have a little bit of a kick to them in these remixes. Two songs on disc one, ‘Gotta Give It Time’ and ‘Love To Love’, initially produced by Jeff Barry and Brendan Cahill in 1967 and utilized by the late Adam Schlesinger for the 2016 ‘Good Occasions!’ album’, have additionally been remixed and enhanced with much less reverb on the 2016 Micky Dolenz lead vocals and Michael Nesmith’s backing vocals introduced up larger within the combine on the previous monitor and on the latter monitor utilizing Davy Jones’ 1969 vocals with the 2016 backing vocals of Dolenz and Peter Tork additionally introduced up within the combine with rather more readability.

Disc 2 options the January 1967 periods that begins with the beforehand unreleased instrumental demo periods recorded on the legendary Gold Star Studios for ‘The Lady I Knew Someplace’ and ‘All Of Your Toys’, with the Monkees enjoying the backing tracks and Chip Douglas within the producer’s seat, that had been meant for Don Kirshner to hearken to and show that the group had been adequately able to accompanying themselves on their information. One other of the Monkees’ recorded backing tracks is ‘She’s So Far Out, She’s In’ which the group had been acting on their early concert events. (A dwell model with Nez singing lead from the 1967 Arizona live performance could be discovered on the ‘Extra Of The Monkees’ Tremendous Deluxe Field Set.) Nearly all of Disc 2 are the varied backing tracks for ‘Love To Love’, ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’, ‘Gotta Give It Time’, ’99 Kilos’ ‘She Hangs Out’ and ‘Mustang’. Many of those tracks had been supervised by Kirshner with producer Jeff Barry on the helm on the New York RCA studios. Nearly all of these tracks had been up for consideration for the proposed Kirshner supervised third Monkees album. Among the many recorded backing monitor are these written and produced by the crew of Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer which embrace ‘Love Is On The Method’, ‘Sally’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Pet Canine’ and ‘Sugar Man’, the latter track notoriously confused with Jeff Barry and Andy Kim’s ‘Sugar, Sugar’ which turned successful for The Archies in 1969 with Ron Dante singing the lead. Andrew Sandoval definitively dispels the misguided fantasy that ‘Sugar, Sugar’ was provided and rejected by the Monkees in 1967 when in actuallity it wasn’t composed till late 1968, a truth corroborated by the track’s writers Barry and Kim. Different backing tracks of songs for the proposed third Monkees album embrace ‘Poor Little Me’, ‘Eve Of My Sorrow’, ‘The Love You Obtained Inside’, ‘If I Discovered To Play The Violin’ and ‘Black And Blue’ which was written by Neil Diamond. The rest of the disc is rounded out by demo takes and mono mixes of ‘Seeger’s Theme’ with Peter Tork on acoustic guitar and whistling, ‘The Lady I Knew Someplace’ and ‘All Of Your Toys’.

‘Sugar Man’ by Denny Randell & Sandy Linzer

‘I Wanna Be Your Pet Canine’ and ‘Love Is On The Method’ by Denny Randell & Sandy Linzer

As chronicled in Sandoval’s liner notes, Don Kirshner was finally ousted from his place as music supervisor when he breeched his contract by issuing via RCA Data in Canada an unauthorized single of ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’ backed with the early model of ‘She Hangs Out’ with vocals by Davy Jones as an alternative of the group recorded ‘The Lady I Knew Someplace’ with Micky Dolenz on lead vocals that was provided as a compromise which Kirshner refused and noticed as an affront to his authority. With Don lastly out of the image, the Monkees together with Chip Douglas and engineer Hank Cicalo, Disc 3 of the February 1967 periods presents the group as a musical working unit as they correctly start work on the album that may change into ‘Headquarters’. Among the many tracks are alternate variations of ’99 Kilos’, ‘She Hangs Out’, the Monkees’ recorded ‘Mr. Webster’, ‘Sunny Girlfriend’, the in-studio demos for ‘She’ll Be There’ and ‘Midnight Practice’ with Micky and his sister Coco singing collectively, Peter Tork’s early tough mono mixture of ‘Can You Dig It?’, Michael Nesmith’s mono combine demo of ‘9 Occasions Blue’, particular person demos of Davy and Nesmith singing ‘Till It’s Time For You To Go’ that Nez first recorded as Michael Blessing and with Michael accompanying Davy on acoustic guitar. The cd additionally contains the mono single mixes for ‘A Little Bit You, A Little Bit Me’, ‘She Hangs Out’ and ‘The Lady I Knew Someplace’.

Disc 4 rounds out the set with the March 1967 periods. Among the many gathered gems are alternate vocal variations of ‘Randy Scouse Git’, ‘You Instructed Me’, ‘Neglect That Lady’, ‘You Simply Might Be the One’, ‘No Time’, demo takes for Micky’s ‘Simply A Recreation’ and ‘Pillow Time’ which was written by his mom Janelle Scott and Matt Willis, a model of ‘Early Morning Blues And Greens’ with alternating vocals between Davy and Peter, a casual recording of Tom Paxton’s ‘The Final Factor On My Thoughts’ with Peter on lead vocal and concord vocals by Micky, an alternate vocal model of ‘Randy Scouse Git’ with a fast segue into the standard track ‘East Virginia’, Micky and Peter playing around on ‘Joshua Match The Battle Of Jericho’, an unedited demo of Nesmith’s ‘Cantata & Fugue In C&W’ (which Nez later rerecorded on his personal and seems as a bonus monitor on the 7a Data reissue of ‘And Hits Simply Hold On Comin’), backing tracks for Harry Nilsson’s ‘The Story Of Rock And Roll’, a ‘Zilch’ live performance tickets radio contest spot for KHJ Radio, the TV edit of ‘For Pete’s Sake’, the mono model of the ‘Tema Dei Monkees’ Italian 45 single with an extra stereo LP model that appeared on ‘I Monkees in TV’ Italian album and mono mixes for ‘Love To Love’ (initially issued on the 1979 ‘Monkeemania: 40 Timeless Hits From The Monkees’Australian LP), ‘You Can’t Tie A Mustang Down’ and ’99 Kilos’ which was initially issued on the Monkees remaining album ‘Modifications’ in 1970.

However Wait, There’s Extra!!! A bonus 45 single with the 1967 mono mixes of ‘All Of Your Toys’ backed with ‘The Lady I Knew Someplace’ with Michael Nesmith on lead vocals is the cherry on the cake.

The field set is fantastically put along with alternate back and front cowl images on the extra cds, the booklet crammed with intensive and informative liner notes by Andrew Sandoval that provides you a primary primer on the historical past of the ‘Headquarters’ album with an interesting peek behind the scenes of the backstage machinations and intrigues. There are lots of unbelievable images taken throughout the studio periods that features photos of the grasp tapes bins that are an additional deal with. And, as a nod to those that bought the 2000 Rhino Handmade ‘Headquarters Classes’ field set, the inside casing of the field is made to resemble the cardboard OBI belt that secured that set, a pleasant little Easter egg for Monkees collectors.

Andrew Sandoval deserves further kudos for compiling and producing this unbelievable assortment. Monkees followers who buy this set, which is restricted to 4,000 items, could have hours of enjoyable diving deep into the varied contents of the field. The set can solely be bought at an affordable value for such a jam packed assortment on Rhino’s Monkees Store On-line Hyperlink and can NOT be out there on every other on-line sale shops like Amazon. Until Rhino decides to run one other batch of bins, as soon as it’s gone, it’s gone, and will probably be anticipated to garner outrageously huge bucks on websites like eBay down the street. The success of this set can even bode nicely for, hopefully, a brilliant deluxe field set of the ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd’ album, and maybe, if all of the grasp tape components and supplies could be situated or miraculously turns up, fingers crossed, a deluxe version of ‘Modifications’.

The 2022 ‘Headquarters’ Tremendous Deluxe Version Field set shouldn’t be solely unbelievable in its personal proper, it makes the right companion piece to the sooner 2000 ‘Headquarters Classes’ and 2007 Deluxe Version two cd set. An album this necessary deserves the deluxe remedy this set supplies.

In 1967 The Monkees had been in search of respect. With the 2022 ‘Headquarters’ Tremendous Deluxe Version Field Set, they greater than earned it.

The 2022 ‘Headquarters’ Tremendous Deluxe Version Field Set can ONLY be ordered on the net Rhino Monkees Retailer:

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The 2000 ‘Headquarters Classes’ set can be out there for Digital Streaming and Obtain Buy on most Streaming Providers like Apple/iTunes, Amazon Music and Spotify.

Fred Velez, 2022.

Fred Velez is the writer of the books ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You: The Monkees From A Fan’s Perspective’, ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You 2: The Monkees From Worldwide Fan Views’ and the Monkees themed Vacation CD ‘A Little Bit Christmas’.

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