My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-14
Brief Background: Headquarters was recorded and released in 1967. This album (The Monkees third) is the first time they were able to write some of the songs and play their instruments on an album. Headquarters has sold over eleven million copies worldwide and was knocked out of the number one Billboard position by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
What I think: I wasn’t expecting much with this album, because really The Monkees are more of a singles band, but I was really surprised my the cohesiveness of the first half of the album. All of the songs sound as though they belong together. My particular favorites are “I’ll Spend My Life with You” and “Shades of Gray”. The second half of the album does drop off a little in the sense that it sounds like a bunch of individual songs put together and the pseudo-psychedelia of “Zilch” is pretty lame.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is a good pop-rock record and a big step forward for the credibility of The Monkees. Taken with the number of copies the record sold, I think it belongs here.
Rating (Out of 5):3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.0
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (70/89)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%