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From the group’s pre-fab inception, The Monkees’ albums were the brainchild of music industry veteran Don Kirshner. The Monkees started out being actors playing the parts of musicians singing songs written by and selected for them by others. They supplied the singing voices to music performed by session players.

In 1967, this changed. After a series of creative tug-of-wars, Kirshner was out of the picture and Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz were- for the first time ever- given creative control over the making of a Monkees album. They now found themselves at RCA Studio C in Hollywood as a working band, just as they had always been on the small screen. And the album they were about to create, Headquarters, would be released on May 20, 1967; a month later it would hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remain in the Top Ten for almost three months.

The Monkees Headquarters Sessions is an 84-track 3-CD set which contains 60 previously unreleased recordings and which also includes the complete original mono mixes of the album on compact disc for the first time anywhere. Researched and compiled by longtime Monkee maniacs Andrew Sandoval and Bill Inglot, Headquarters Sessions collects almost four hours of unique audio insight into the recording of this Monkee milestone. It includes almost three-and-one-half-hours of alternate takes, demos, backing tracks, and recording session audio hijinx.

Headquarters Sessions includes only recordings from those sessions where the band had control over all aspects of the recording process and where they played most, if not all, of the instruments. The 3-CD set collects all of the vocal masters from these sessions that were not included on the original stereo album as well as all of the surviving vocal demos and a few tracks with vocals which were never completed.

However, the beefy middle of this tasty digital triple-decker is the collection of previously unreleased instrumental backing track sessions (both for familiar and previously unknown compositions), rehearsals, spoken word oddities, and studio chatter. And to top it all off, the original mono masters are presented in an initially proposed, but ultimately unused, running order.

DISC 1:
SHE’S SO FAR OUT, SHE’S IN (TRACKIN SESSIONS TAKES 1 & 2)
THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE (FIRST VERSION – TRACKING SESSIONS COMPOSITE TAKES 1 TO 16)
THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE (FIRST VERSION – MASTER BACKING TRACK TAKE 22)
ALL OF YOUR TOYS (REHEARSAL)
ALL OF YOUR TOYS (Tracking sessions composite takes 1 to 10)
ALL OF YOUR TOYS (MASTER BACKING TRACK TAKE 20)
THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE (SECOND VERSION – TRACKING SESSIONS COMPOSITE FEAT. TAKE 15)
THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE (SECOND VERSION – TRACKING OVERDUB SERSSIONS TAKES 1 & 2)
THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE (SECOND VERSION – MASTER BACKING TRACK TAKE 13A)
SEEGER’S THEME (DEMO)
CAN YOU DIG IT (DEMO)
NINE TIMES BLUE (Demo vocal)
UNTIL IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO GO (Demo vocal)
SHE’LL BE THERE (DEMO VOCAL)
MIDNIGHT TRAIN (DEMO VOCAL)
SUNNY GIRLFRIEND (ACOUSTIC REMIX OF MASTER VOCAL)
SUNNY GIRLFRIEND (TRACKING SESSIONS TAKE 7 WITH SCRATCH VOCAL)
MR WEBSTER (TRACKING SESSIONS TAKE 28)
BAND 6 (STEREO MASTER)
SETTING UP THE STUDIO FOR RANDY SCOUSE GIT (STUDIO DIALOGUE)
RANDY SCOUSE GIT (TRACKING SESSION)
RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALT. VERSION TAKE 18 VOCAL)
YOU TOLD ME (MASTER BACKING TRACK)
MONKEE CHAT (Studio DIALOGUE)
DISC 2:
YOU TOLD ME (TAKE 15 WITH LEAD VOCAL)
ZILCH (PETER TORK VOCAL TRACK)
ZILCH (DAVIY JONMES VOCAL TRACK)
ZILCH (MICKY DOLENZ VOCAL TRACK)
ZILCH (MICHAEL NESMITH VOCAL TRACK)
I’LL SPEND MY LIFE WITH YOU (MASTER BACKING TRACK TAKE 9)
RANDY SCOUSE GIT (MASTER BACKING TRACK TAKE 23)
FORGET THAT GIRL (REHEARSAL)
FORGET THAT GIRL (MASTER BACKING TRACK)
WHERE HAS IT ALL GONE (First version – TRACKIN SESSION TAKE 1)
MEMPHIS TENNESSEE
TWELVE-STRING IMPROVISATION
WHERE HAS IT ALL GONE (SECOND VERSION – MASTER BASIC TRACK TAKE 12)
JERICHO
FORGET THAT GIRL (ROUGH BACKING VOCALS)
PETER GUNN’S GUN
I WAS BORN IN EAST VIRGINIA (INFORMAL RECORDING VOCAL)
FORGET THAT GIRL (REJECTED OVERDUB SESSION VOCAL)
RANDY SCOUSE GIT (Alternate mix with unused tag)
MICKY IN CARLSBAD CAVERN (STUDIO DIALOGUE)
PILLOW TIME (Take 1 vocal)
SHADES OF GRAY (MASTER BACKING TRACK TAKE 98)
MASKING TAPE (Tracking session composite takes 6 to 8)
YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (TRACKING SESSION COMPOSITE)
YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (MASTER BACKING TRACK)
NO TIME (FIRST VERSION – TRACKING SESSION COMPOSITE TAKES 3 TO 5)
BLUES (EXCERPT)
DISC 3:

I CAN’T GET HER OFF MY MIND (MASTER BACKING TRACK)
BANJO JAM (EXCERPT)
CRIPPLE CREEK
SIX-STRING IMPROVISATION
THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL (FIRST VERSION – TRACKING SESSION TAKE 23)
EARLY MORNING BLUES AND GREENS (MASTER BACKING TRACK)
TWO-PART INVENTION IN F MAJOR (INFORMAL RECORDING)
THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL (SECOND VERSION – TRACKING SESSION TAKE 5A)
DON’T BE CRUEL
FOR PETE’S SAKE (MASTER BACKING TRACK)
NO TIME (SECOND VERSION – TRACKING SESSION COMPOSITE)
NO TIME (SECOND VERSION – MASTER BACKING TRACK TAKE 7A)
JUST A GAME (DEMO TAKES 1 TO 3)
FEVER
SUNNY GIRLFRIEND (MASTER BACKING TRACK)
NO TIME (SECOND VERSION – MASTER TAKE 7A WITH BACKING VOCALS)
ALL OF YOUR TOYS (MONO MASTER)
THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE (FIRST VERSION – MONO MASTER)
FOR PETE’S SAKE (MONO MASTER)
I’LL SPEND MY LIFE WITH YOU (MONO MASTER)
FORGET THAT GIRL (MONO MASTER)
YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (MONO MASTER)
SHADES OF GRAY (MONO MASTER)
BAND 6 (MONO MASTER)
SUNNY GIRLFRIEND (MONO MASTER)
MR WEBSTER (MONO MASTER)
YOU TOLD ME (MONO MASTER)
THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE (SECOND VERSION – MONO MASTER)
ZILCH (MONO MASTER)
EARLY MORNING BLUES AND GREENS (MONO MASTER)
RANDY SCOUSE GIT (MONO MASTER)
I CAN’T GET HER OFF MY MIND (MONO MASTER)
NO TIME (MONO MASTER)

This sale is for 4 CD-R's and paper slip covers only...no case or booklet. I will accept mailed payments only for this sale...no paypal payments accepted. Thanks, and God bless you!