Album #85 – Headquarters
This album was another album that was quite different than I expected. It was the first album that The Monkees made where they played their own instruments and had their own creative control over. The album was a great showcase for all of the members and Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith all wrote or co-wrote some of the album’s songs. I particularly loved Michael Nesmith’s songs You Told Me and You Just May Be The One. You Told Me sounds like a song Buffalo Springfield would have recorded and Nesmith’s voice sounds very similar to the way Stephen Stills sang at the time. It was cool to hear Nesmith because before this album, most of their hits were sang by Jones or Dolenz. I had never heard of Nesmith singing on a Monkees track. Even Peter Tork sings on a track. There are also two short pieces of experimental nonsense which the group all wrote together. Overall, the album was good and shows that even a group such as The Monkees can do things their way. There were no big hits off this album but it is their most well known album for the reasons I mentioned above. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.
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