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Headquarters

The Monkees

1967

Headquarters

Album Summary

Headquarters is the third album issued by the Monkees and the first with substantial songwriting and instrumental performances by members of the group itself, rather than by session musicians and professional songwriters. After a struggle for creative autonomy with their record label, the group had been allowed, to a degree, to record by themselves. Headquarters reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum in the United States with sales of more than two million copies within the first two months of release. It peaked at No. 2 on the UK charts. It is included in the 2006 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.86

Votes

4636

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

I really liked this. Like a dumb amount. For what is functionally a Beatles parody group at its inception, this was really jammin', and I get why they became popular in their own right. Fucking Zilch.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Released 1 week before Sgt. Pepper's - it sounds decades behind. Mid 60's pop. It's not bad; it's just not good either. Best tracks: You Told Me, You Just May Be The One, For Pete's Sake (Closing Theme)

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

I underestimated the Monkees

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

If someone made a Spinal Tap/Mighty Wind 60s band album this is exactly what it would sound like.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Always loved The Monkees. they're a band with no pretence or delusions of grandeur, just a bunch of musicians thrown together by a record label....that worked.

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Thu Sep 17 2020
4

This is a super fun album and it maintained a consistent good energy throughout. I wish some of the songs had been longer or more complex but I still enjoyed them. Some definite bops in there and all around a fun album.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Highlights: Randy Scouse Git, The Girl I Knew Somewhere, A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Having grown up with The Monkees on TV, this album contains quite a few rarer and deeper cuts than I'm used to. They really did gel as a band and by 1967, were producing much more polished music than their introductory efforts, for better or for worse. It's nice to see they didn't take themselves too seriously, even later in their heyday, where they continued to craft short and punchy tracks that never overstayed their welcome, but also were numerous. As such, I won't go over them all, but they're all pretty good.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

I love the Monkees. They're fun, they don't take themselves too seriously, and their songs are catchy. Yeah, they were a "fake" band for a TV show and the whole schtick was being a blatant Beatles-esque ripoff so you can easily slap a derivative label on them. But they're obviously creative, talented guys who worked well together as a group and the fact that they fought for more creative control over the music and wanted to grow as artists in their own right speaks volumes about them. They may have started out conceptually as puppets for the network but they became so much more. The endurance of their songs well beyond the shelf life of the TV show proves that what they did resonated with a lot people in a truly impactful way. I dig everything they represent and I love their tunes. It's worth noting that I write this as a person born in the 80's who loved watching their show when I was a kid even though the episodes were already 25+ year old reruns.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

Pretty derivative, with the first half especially just being “I can’t believe it’s not Beatles!™”, but still very listenable, and the back half especially had som fun creative ideas.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

*monkey noises*

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

It's okay, but really just sounds like a group trying (and struggling) to impersonate the more poppy elements of the Beatles, which I suppose is essentially what they were doing. It's well recorded and produced, but the songs just fall a little flat for me. There were a few interesting asides though - I now know where Del the Funky Homosapien got the main sample for Mistadobalina! Probably wouldn't listen to again, but it wouldn't annoy me if someone else wanted to put it on. (2.6)

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

The Monkees occupy an odd place in my pop music lexicon. The active band era predated my existence by a few years, with the barest intersection (various reunions I didn't register at the time notwithstanding). I watched tons of them in reruns, though, and the obvious hits are cataloged in the depths of my semiconscious inner pop library. Since childhood, I thought of this band not at all though, except briefly when Jones and Tork died. Reading up on this album, I'm impressed by their dedication to being allowed to operate as an actual band. Still, it's hard not to make the obvious comparisons: the whole thing is heavily derivative of the Beatles, and not truly up to that standard. But I'm persuaded it earns its place in this list.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

Ew you like The Monkees? You know they don’t write their own songs. They don’t play their own instruments. That’s not even Michael Nesmith’s real hat

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

"Headquarters" is a mismatched mishmash of mediocrity that is merely a meagre mimicry (one might even say maliciously so) of "modern" music. It leaves the listener feeling mocked, miserable, and more than a mite mad with the meretricious marketing machine that is the Monkees.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
1

“Headquarters” by The Monkees (1967) Formulaic pop which is not representative of the ‘Summer of Love’ in the American cultural scene. We regarded this music as immature even then. We can now add to our disdain the recognition that it was, from the beginning, a corporate project. I feel sorry for the artists, but the music is too formulaic to be called art. Still, it’s pleasing enough to listen to. Once. For old time’s sake. On the way out the door. Lyrically sappy, G-rated pulp. Musically, it would be fun to play a party game with 70-year-olds identifying which Beatles songs the Monkees are ripping off in each track. Mickey Dolenz’ drumming is poor (that’s why it’s wisely subdued in the mix) and bass is played by B-grade session musicians, demonstrating that the producers didn’t take the rhythm section seriously—a fatal flaw for rock music. Guitar arrangements performance are amateurish. All vocals are weak. Mr. Jones, please put down the tambourine. Okay, now that that unpleasant task is done, we can, at a minimum, celebrate the fact these guys were at least pretending to have fun. But they were being paid to. 2/5

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Wed Sep 23 2020
5

loved every song

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Knew of The Monkees but very few of their songs. Blown away by this album. Great late '60s pop.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Five stars just for "If I Learned To Play The Violin". Funniest song I've ever heard.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

❤️

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

Fantastic pop album no complaints

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Fri May 06 2022
5

I grew up in the 80s, but fell in love with the Monkees watching reruns of the television show. I bought copies of all their albums and knew all their songs. This album happens to be my favorite of theirs. A little something for everyone.

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Despite fillers, Band 6 and Zilch, it is a solid album from the band. They were finally able to play their own instruments and they were able to be a real band.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

Rock sesentero. Venga, vinilo, aunque alguna canción no me ha entusiasmado.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Needed this one today, great fun bit of silly 60s pop that's better than it pretends to be. Sure the beatles thing is writ large, but there is something special here.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

I just can't...

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Apart from one or two cringey-lyric songs, overall a great jam. Pretty creative and well-produced.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

not my type of music, but there was a couple okay songs

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

before listening, I predicted how they would sound. I was right haha. The more folky songs are so good. Forget that Girl is so nice!

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

Basically a good album. I noticed the influence of the 60's on many songs, like Chuck Berry or Little Richard. (7/10) Favourite songs: Randy Scouse Git, Zilch, Shades of Gray

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

the beatles from the USA?

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

A shockingly good album 5 or 6 absolute classic Monkees songs 4 stars

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Probably a 5 if it had I'm A Believer or Daydream Believer

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Good album! The deluxe edition comes up on Spotify, so these may be added but there are Def some fluffier songs of the guys goofing around in the recording studio that I wasn't a huge fan of But overall, really creative songwriting and I enjoyed the album

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Great throughout! Never a dull moment.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Been giving a lot of albums a 4 lately, so why not. A pretty enjoyable album, had heard some songs by The Monkees but none from this album. I’m a sucker for more simple uppity songs, and though the Monkees may have never reached the artistic level of the Beatles or the Beach Boys, a solid album. Favorite songs: Forget That Girl, I Can’t Get Her Off My Mind, Randy Scouse Git, Zilch

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Reminds me of Rubber Soul

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Fri May 06 2022
4

3.5/5. Above-average 60s pop. It's nothing amazing, but it's not bad.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

I thoroughly enjoy The Monkees and don't hold their origins as a manufactured group against them. I think it's rather remarkable that they were able to gain creative control in the process of making this record. And on top of that, the fact that they were talented enough to make that transition sound fairly seamless to their previous output is kind of amazing really. I appreciate their sense of humor and playful nature. It's not complete fluff as some would have you believe. Their music easily stacks up to other psychedelic pop albums on this list (Electric Prunes come to mind for example) and they're often much more enjoyable because they don't take themselves too seriously. Yeah, they are indebted to The Beatles, but who wasn't? They're not simply Beatles clones by any means.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

I'm tempted to give this five stars. It's not the Monkees I expected. There is some really creative amazing music on this album. But there is also some pretty elementary stuff. Overall, loved it and listened to several of the songs multiple times. Would def listen again.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Hey hey, it's the Monkees.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Tenía este prejuicio en conta de The Monkees, quizá un poco por Los Simpson o porque eran en su origen un producto para la TV basado en tomar todo lo que estaba funcionando en la época y empaquetarlo. Sin embargo este disco me gustó. Tiene rolas agradables, pedacitos chistosos y muy buena instrumentación. Ahora me da curiosidad checar su trabajo previo (que según lo que leí es mucho más controlado por la televisora) y comparar.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Rock sesentero variadito y bien hecho. For Peter's Sake y Randy Scouse Git mis favoritas.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Of all the Beatles clones - the Monkees on this album capture Help! Era feel and fun. And it’s a good record overall - helps that it is short and keeps you wanting more.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

first listen it's good

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

Nice album, actually really enjoyed most of it. Clearly loads of Beatles influence but they definitely have their own sound in some of the songs. Forget That Girl, Shades of Gray, Randy Scouse Git, Love to Love, All of Your Toys

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

That first song sounds like it belongs on Ticket to Ride or Rubber Soul with a little Pinball Wizard lick thrown in at the beginning. Interesting album that would have been amazing if it hit two years earlier.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

notes - 60s pop band the monkees’ third album - reminds me a lot of early beatles stuff and a bit of beach boys - first album where the members of the monkees got to have creative input in the music that they made - after kicking out their former music director/producer - some interesting experiments with tape effects, multitrack recording - you can tell they were having fun in the studio and just seeing what happened fav - forget that girl - i like the laid back vibe and falsetto vocals least fav - i cant get her off of my mind - goofy little tune but i wasnt a huge fan 4.5/5, fun listen and more enjoyable than i expected

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Tue Sep 29 2020
3

pretty good. 60's feel. monkees are okay

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Thu Nov 26 2020
3

Fun album. Definitely harmless

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Standard stuff

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

false

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Old school, short, fun and upbeat

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Poorly recorded but actually had some songs I enjoyed. A mono version would be better. The stereo was too far panned.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

I like the Monkees. Don’t love them.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

3

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

i thought this music sounded good with a beatles-esque, early rock sound. then i learned that the group was manufactured for a tv show. it lowered my interest in the group.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Toothless but pleasant enough. 5/10

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

It's The Monkees. It's fun but kinda boring 60s music.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Had some enjoyable songs, but not fabulous overall. Higher end of 3

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

I've liked other Monkees songs but didn't love this album - some songs were cool, some were kinda boring. They just sounded like worse Beetles. 3 stars from me

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

some good songs interspersed with annoying songs. low 3

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

Duidelijk jaren '60 muziek, Niet echt uitspringers op het album, maar het nummer 'Zilch' vond ik precies wel nog grappig

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

Opgewekt en aangenaam

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: You Just May Be The One, I Can't Get Her Off My Mind, Randy Scouse Git, All Of Your Toys*, The Girl I Knew Somewhere*, A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You* (last three songs were added on for the deluxe rerelease) Cutting Edge: Shades of Gray Overall Notes: Another less-good version of the Beatles. Felt more by the numbers than the Byrds did, but it just goes to show the crazy influence those English guys had on popular music.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Cute album

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

It's the Monkees. Singles are great.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Pretty decent. Idk if I would listen to it often but the first couple of songs I really liked.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Quirky album with a few good tunes, decent.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

This is the Monkees at their most Beatle inspired. It's fine enough but nothing remarkable.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Strange skits in this one. Songs are good though and really good 60s throw back.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

I don’t really like the Monkees, but it was fun to hear the del sample from Zilch

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Sat May 22 2021
3

This was pretty good, not what I usually listen to but I enjoyed most of it.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Monke

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

good

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

bootleg beatles

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

funky, lite wack låtar

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

Let's start here: None of the Monkees' songs you're familiar with are on this album. There's no Daydream Believer. No I'm A Believer. No Last Train To Clarksville. Not even the gloriously weird song that was used at the end of a late season episode of Mad Men (it's called "Porpoise Song" and it's on Head, an album a sort of wish was on this list. "Porpoise Song" is a 5). I'm glad to see The Monkees getting recognition on the list, although I wonder if this is the album that should represent them. It was released towards the end of their Imperial Phase. This is the album where the Monkees actually got to play their own instruments, as if to show the world they weren't just actors hired for a silly TV show. Has one absolute banger in "Randy Scouse Git", two if we're allowed to include "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", which is on the Spotify version I listened to. That one, like several Monkees songs, was written by a gentleman named Neil Diamond. Ol' Neil isn't anywhere on this list. Probably because Neil was more of a singles artist than anything else. Just like the Monkees.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Much better than anticipated! Fun 60s pop stuff you may hear in a diner. Also similar to early Beatles! Pleasant!

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Very long album - would have to be a super fan to listen to it all!

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

The big problem here is certainly not that anything is "too long". For the most part, these are fragments of songs (in some cases, pretty experimental ones). It smacked of inclusion-by-context, especially at the beginning, but covered enough ground that I understand some of the appeal.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Udmærket men megrt præget af den måde mn lavede musik på den gang. Korte Numre, meget diskant og korte indslag. 3,5

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

Bisschen eintönig, aber hörbar!

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

It's obvious how scripted and intentional this band is. I love the Monkees and enjoyed this listen to their early work.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Like that Monkees sound!

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Lots of very short songs. Bring back the 2 minute single...

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Its pleasant, but if I wanted more of this sound and better I would listen to the Beatles

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Listen to this album just to understand why "I'm A Believer" became their runaway hit. This is not a bad album, it just isn't really good either without the contextual relevance of the TV show.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Reminds me of the Beatles.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Buen disco. Cultura general

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Solid. Reminds me of the Beatles

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

lovey dovey. ok sounds but all about some girl idk

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

Just a lesser Beatles or Beach Boys album. Good background music, but nothing stands out.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

3/5

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

Tussen beach boys en Beatles, soms ook experimentele uitschieters

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

I like the Monkees. Turns out I really like their greatest hits. The rest of this is by no means bad, but just didn't hit right with me. (To be fair, I didn't listen to every single song on this LONG album)

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Rock suave.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
3

The Beatles maar dan anders

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Peachy.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

“What if the Beatles never did acid?”

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

GreatValu Beatles. Nurse Robert. Sweetheart of My Bunghole.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Skipped quite a few songs, nit really doing it for me 2.8

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

If people really gave a listen to the Monkees they would realize they don't sound like the Beatles at all. They start out with banjo blended in with 60's folk/rock on You Told Me. I'll Spend My Life With You has what sounds like a bath tub Bass, banjo, and slide guitar. The guys harmonize wonderfully together. This being said, they are no Beatles and get a little mundane on this album. I love them growing up but not really influencing music much.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Un très bon album de la part de ces joyeux singes. Cet album était d'ailleurs une très belle représentation de l'essence même du générateur, de la l'ADN Robert. En effet, cet album des années 60 était une copie conforme des Beatles, comme de nombreux autres albums avant cela. Même si les Monkees ont tenté de se démarquer en recrutant Zac Effron, visible sur la droite de la pochette avec son pentalon doré ridicule, on peine malgré tout à les considérer comme autre chose qu'un simple sous Beatles.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Plus de peur que de mal pour Robert qui vient de sortir de l'hôpital avec une simple fracture du tibias. Vous êtes tous au fait de ma nouvelle mission du vendredi consistant à surveiller les élèves de ma classe de sixième à la piscine municipale. Vous savez également que, n'ayant rien à faire de plus que de les regarder nager, je trouve en général le temps extrêmement long. C'est la raison pour laquelle je demandai au professeur que j'accompagne si j'avais la possibilité d'emmener mon enceinte JBL FLIP 5. Ma requête fut déclinée. Oui mais voilà, en arpentant les bords du bassin, je fis une découverte on ne peut plus intéressante : dans un coin était accrochée une énorme enceinte de la marque concurrente BOSE. Ni une ni deux, je profitai d'un moment où le professeur de sport était inattentif pour connecter mon portable à celle-ci. Une poignée de secondes plus tard, l'enceinte détonait l'album des Monkees, provoquant la panique générale. Les quelques regards qui avaient le malheur de se tourner vers moi étaient accueillis par un haussement d'épaule. Petit à petit, le mouvement de panique laissa place à des réflexions telles que « Mais c'est comme les Beatles ?! » parmi les élèves en train de patauger. Vers la fin de l'album, mon attention était si focalisée sur les différences que j'essayais de pointer entre les singes et lesdits Beatles que je ne vis pas une élève de douze ans se noyer et couler vers le fond du bassin. Quelle galère...

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

3.5/5 Some cheesy songs, but I enjoyed it. For me the album is a bit too long. Overall not bad. Favourite songs: - You told me - Sunny girlfriend - Shades of grey

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

essential sixies pop rock

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

You can tell in this record that they were a ‘60s boy band. Designed to make catchy “Beatles-esque” tunes. There’s a couple on here.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

better value Beatles

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Fri May 06 2022
3

I am too young to have known much of The Monkees, I just assumed they were a shitty band trying to capitalize on Beatlemania, but seems I'm half right. It was an interesting Wikipedia read to see that they were originally a made-for-tv band for a sitcom, which over time morphed into a real thing due to the band members feeling like they were duping people. I can respect the drive to want to be their own thing and not just letting other musicians play their music behind closed doors. Regardless of that though, it really is not my thing. Definitely of the time and still sounds like knock-off Beatles, manufactured music to appeal to the kids. They paved the way for all boy bands and other manufactured pop stars, it seems.

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Fri May 06 2022
3

I sometimes think of the Monkees as an inferior version of The Beatles, which probably isn't fair, but I couldn't stop thinking about it as I listened to this album.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

ehh? My reaction went from "aw jeez, i don't need to hear the Monkees" to "ok this is different..." to "yeah i'm just not that interested in this." I mean, it's fine - it's truly not bad at all, just that i think 60s pop music like this doesn't hold my interest for very long. Each song is kind of quirky and fun and I suppose "Randy Scouse Git" might be my favourite; it's almost like a very early period Who song. I'd say if you like 60s pop (I've seen this labeled as psychedelic but i don't agree) this might be up your alley. I'll give it a soft 3 seeing as nothing made me turn it off (what an endorsement eh). n.b. I had no idea that "Mr Dobalina" came from the Monkees (catchy Del Tha Funky Homosapien early 90s hiphop hit) 5/10 3 stars.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Fine.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

I like the Monkees. I was the right age for when their show had a revival, and I honestly liked the show and their music. I may have only listened to some compilation and greatest hits albums, and I know I've never listened to Headquarters. Three tracks from this album are added to my personal playlist ("You Just May Be the One", "For Pete's Sake" and "Randy Scouse Git"), all of which I've heard before. "You Just May Be the One" is one of my all-time favorite Monkees songs, and for me is an example of what Michael Nesmith had to offer as a songwriter and a performer. Headquarters is an interesting mix of music, considering the history of what it took to get an album that the Monkees could actually record on their own. There is a tinge of country (which I believe is due to Nesmith) and a couple tracks that have some of the experimentation that you might have expected from this album ("Band 6", "Zilch"). Surprisingly there is a track that sounds very much like a Davy Jones (not necessarily a 'we're the Monkees and we're going to record what we want') song ("I Can't Get Her Off My Mind"), and a generic pop track that sounds like a low energy filler on the show ("Forget That Girl"). I liked hearing the whole album, but the final product is uneven in energy and musical styles.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

You know it's another Beatles riff off when it's a '60s boy band with a misspelled animal name as a band name.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

For all the grief they took for being "prefab" during their time, the Monkees were actually a pretty talented group of performers. These songs are a testament to that, with some really charming, well-produced and highly listenable pop confections. This is an especially fun album if you're only familiar with the Monkees' hits, lots of surprisingly interesting stuff. You can hear shadows of the Beatles and the Byrds and everything in between in these songs. But we never entirely hear who the Monkees are. I genuinely like many of the songs here. The musicianship is solid, with some lovely melodies and beautiful guitar work. The vocals are crisp and spot on. But in the end it all just feels a little hollow. I think "Zilch" really made that point for me. It's an empty headed obverse of other musical experimentation going on at that time, made by far better bands. I had heard the song before, presumably on the TV show, but for some reason it bugged me today. Fave Songs: Randy Scouse Git, For Pete's Sake, I'll Spend My Life with You, You Told Me, You Just May Be the One

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

I was surprised at the diversity of styles on this album. The weird talking just distracts and detracts but there are some nice songs here.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

it was okay, not the best, not the worst.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

What I knew of this album was Zilch, as this was sampled years later, and from that and it's reputation, I was expecting an album of wild experimentation - this is definitely not that. It's a pop band trying to go 'serious'. It is pleasant, but largely unexciting, with the exception of Randy Scouse Git, which is great, if a little derivative of Ray Davies. Like a post Disney Miley Cyrus record, I respect the move, even if I wouldn't bother with a whole album of it.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Nothing wrong with a little Monkees. Not quite sure it belongs on this list, but it's a decent album with a few more original songs than their previous albums. Kind of when The Monkees started coming into their own I guess. At their best, they sound like a more bubble gum version of the Zombies. 3 stars.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Solid 60's rock - cool to see an old TV band get creative freedom to write their own music and actually do well with it. 3.5

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Beatles if they weren't great.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

Entertaining album without any real highlights or anything that make it hard to give more than the usual 3 stars

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

I like the harmonies and the uplifting nature of each song, but overall the music is very average for the 60s considering all that came from that decade.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Den gamle pop-rock, en smule Beatles-vibe, korte sange, simpel lyrik, catchy

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Ok album

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

Never listened to an album from The Monkees before and this is a lot cooler than I thought it would, sure it's got the very classic British pop vibes you'd expect from the late 60s but there's something a bit weirder and stranger on a lot of the tracks rather than the just straightforward pop songs I was expecting. The Monkees seem cool

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Ok. This has a surprising number of high points. The Peter Tork song, For Pete’s Sake seems like such a signature sound for the Monkees. The Mike Nesmith songs are pretty good, but less fun. You can see he takes himself too seriously. Besides that, the first song, You Told Me is a blatant Beatle ripoff. Obviously the whole group is based on the Beatles, but if Mike Nesmith wanted to be recognized for his own work and have the Monkees seen as more than a caricature of the Beatles, that’s not the best way to do it. I liked the other songs the four of them did together, as they seemed to capture something of the humor and whimsy that the group had naturally, while also taking things in the psychedelic direction that they, and music in general, were heading.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Interesting harmony with the voices, but not my favorite

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

It was completely fine. 2.5 stars/5. Favorite track: Sunny Girlfriend

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

I had heard of The Monkees before, and knew that they were America's answer to The Beatles and had a TV Show, but never delved into their stuff too much. Apparently this was the first album where the label allowed them to create their own music instead of regurgitating music that was created for them, so with that in mind, there is some experimentation here, and some of it feels a bit unpolished. You can hear how they were very similar to The Beatles, and can also hear inspiration from the likes of Chuck Berry and Simon & Garfunkel. Spotify links to the Deluxe version of this album, which has a bunch of stereo remixes of songs as well as some demo stuff from the recording studio, and a few stand alone singles. I didn't mind this album, you can see what they were driving at, but it just didn't wow me, and it wasn't refined and groundbreaking like The Beatles, more of a parody of sorts. Favourite songs: 99 Pounds, No Time, For Pete's Sake (Closing Theme), Sunny Girlfriend, Randy Scouse Git, Mr. Webster, All of Your Toys, She Hangs Out, Nine Times Blue, Love to Love, You Can't Tie a Mustang Down Least favourite songs: Zilch, Pillow Time, Band 6, Early Morning Blues and Greens, If I Learned to Play the Violin, Peter Gunn's Gun 3/5

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Well I don’t really like the idea of a “fake band” that the monkees brought to the scene especially that it was for shallow corporate reasons but the album itself is pleasant if not a little forgettable at places until zilch which is just wired. Rest is ok though 3/5.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Meh. It's just the Beatles D sides.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Esattamente come mi immagino un album dei Monkees. Speravo in un qualche guizzo

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Very nostalgic listen for me on this one as I watched their tv show as a child and can remember the neighborhood kids debating the relative musical merits of the group. Nothing really special about this album but considering they were a group of guys just tossed together for a faux Beatles-like tv production, they managed to find a sound unique enough to distinguish themselves in the era. As an aside Mike Nesmith went on to become a successful singer/songwriter and Grammy winner.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Such an era defining sound. I wouldn't normally like it but it made me feel happy - and that's alwasy good.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

кажется не слышала их раньше, но по результатам одного дня ощущение только битлов для бедных

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Wed Nov 11 2020
2

Notable because they played their own instruments for the first time like the big boys that they are. It also sold well. It's insane that this album, which sounds like it came out in 1962, was the #2 best-selling album during the Summer of Love. Best track: Shades of Gray

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Meh

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

It's okay, I don't want to listen to it more than once. The only version I could find was the deluxe edition and it was too long. Probably liked shades of Gray the most. 4/8.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

Was a long monkeys album. Had a few of their greats on here. Are there better monkey's albums to put on this list?

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Wed May 26 2021
2

I listened to so much of this... Its not bad, its just too much :D

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Very whatever. Some of "talking" tracks were weird and I'm not sure why they would be remastered, but whatever.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Nje, inget jättekul. En del lite bra men det mesta har inte åldrats tillräckligt väl för att fortfarande vara intressant. Enkla ackord, enkla basgångar, enkla melodier. Var ändå taggad på Monkees! Zilch ganska rolig, och kan nog ha varit briljant på sin tid, idag känns det som nåt varje youtuber skulle göra 😅

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Tue Feb 02 2021
2

The album is certainly fun, and the interstitial moments of the band joking around remind us of their youth. The songs are strongly thematic of the era, but not memorable.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

eh its ok, not really my thing

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

4

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

The Monkees are ok. Always weird to take a band seriously that was created for a TV show.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

I didn't go into this with that high of hopes, always kinda thought these guys were just budget Beatles. It wasn't bad, just not something I think I would return to Saved: Shades of Gray, All of Your Toys

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Lightweight pop dross

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

Great story. TV show band. This was the first album that they were given freedom to write on their own. Good story, but not great.

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Tue May 04 2021
2

Listened to the first two songs. Is this going to be all 60’s music from here on out?

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

meh

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

Boring Beatles. The Monkees have better music than what was on this album.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
2

It sounds like a Beatles album, only more repetitive which makes it worse. But I can't say that it is bad. My favourite song is I Can't Get Her Off My Mind

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

boring, discount beatles

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

Were they the first "boy band"? Very Bee Gees sounding, maybe with a couple of Beatles bars thrown in (but nowhere near them!). It's OK easy listening, but IMO more than 2 tracks in a row it's a sugar OD.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

If Disney tried to make a discount Beatles knock-off this is what it would sound like.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
2

First Listen 2/5. Better than expected. Surprised how much I liked it. I had heard none of these songs before.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
2

Pretty bad. If this is the only Monkees album on this list then they messed up. Was cool to hear "Mr. Dobalina, Mr. Bob Dobalina" on "Zilch" but that and "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" were really the only highlights of this (long) album.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
2

Irgendwie gehört es in seine Zeit aber nach hier und heute eher nicht

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Sat Oct 23 2021
2

This entire album sounded like a spinal tap song: Don't get me wrong Try getting me right Your face is okay But your purse is too tight I'm looking for pound notes, loose change, bank checks, anything Gimme some money, gimme some money 2/5

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

Disappointing pop. There wasn't anything that was memorable or remarkably enjoyable. Does not hold up very well.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

Some really good harmonies, but overall, just doesn't carry long enough.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
2

This hasn't done much to give me an appreciation of the Monkees. From what I gather, they were a pretend band for a TV show, but this was the first album where they actually had creative input. It's listenable and inoffensively pleasant. But just seems like middling "1960s psych-pop lite for mass appeal". 2*

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

Ok 60s pop, but lacking any catchy songs or big hits. They should have stuck with the external song writers and session musicians. 2/5.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

The Monkees finally were finally allowed to write and perform on their own records. And it is not a a disaster. Pleasant folk/country inspired pop rock, with some hints of psychedelia. But I can't really remember a single song on it, except Zilch (and experimental thing that I quite like)

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

Reading the story of how this album came to be was the most interesting part and really informed my listen. The album was all over the place with Beatles-esque tunes and then absolute bad nonsense.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

She hangs out has got some serioooouuss 60s creep vibes about it, no good.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

Definitely Beatles-lite. I didn't recognize any of these songs by name so I thought perhaps I had heard one before without knowing it. I did not. It's The Monkees. It doesn't have Daydream Believer. It's watered down Beatles. It's certainly not God awful but it isn't memorable or essential in anyway unless you're really into this genre. I'll take the Fab 4 everytime.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Nothing special with this album… ziltch was a bit funny since it’s been sampled

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Sun Mar 27 2022
2

We want to write our own songs, they get the opportunity and just do half rate Beatles pastiches

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

So according to Wiki the band fought hard for creative freedom... and then this is what they did with it? It's sort of crazy how cheesy and dated this one is and I really can't fathom a reason to listen to this, except in a museum sense of "this is what people liked almost 60 years ago".

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Mon May 09 2022
2

Começo do pop rock.

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Wed May 11 2022
2

It's fine. Upbeat and pleasant. Manufactured or not, the songs are just very simplistic when viewed from a 21st century perspective. I can appreciate them contextually but I'm not sure how much I'd listen to them on my own.

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Thu May 12 2022
2

grrr this was an awkward album because i don’t hate it but i definitely don’t like it because it’s just outdated? like it’s just music i wouldn’t listen to not because it’s bad but because it’s old. it’s interesting but not for me.

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Fri May 27 2022
2

I liked it better when they didn't write their own songs.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
2

Too long

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Mon Jun 20 2022
2

it's funny that this is their creative breakout album, where they finally wrestled some creative control away from the producer and played all the instruments for themselves. It's not really fun and it just sounds like any old pop/rock/folk band from 1967. Not all of it is terrible but they really should have just stayed as an boy band with no creative control.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
2

I know we're supposed to say that they were actually as good as the Beach Boys and the Kinks. but they weren't were they? A stellar greatest hits, but their albums? No.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

I guess there is some merit to this one, but I made the mistake to just press play in spotify and then endured like 2 hours of off brand beatles lol...

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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

2.5/5 Nothing special here.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
2

painful at times

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Fri Aug 26 2022
2

smá erfitt með þessa, nokkur fín lög en svolítið dated

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

det är ganska uddlöst

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Sun Sep 11 2022
2

Ok but nothing spectacular.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Better than i thought, but that's not a high bar to clear

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Mon Sep 19 2022
2

After they told the world they didn’t play on their own albums, they took more creative control for their third release. It plays as a poor imitation of the Beatles who were weeks away from releasing Sgt. Pepper. While music in 1967 was pushing boundaries of musicianship, lyrical content, genre, and form, the Monkees were making bland music for a TV show about a fictional band. Obviously this album was more successful than it had any business being, and its production is slick, but it's just not good.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
2

Meh, they weren't really musicians, although I did appreciate finding a tune I used to enjoy on the closing credits of the TV show when I was a kid

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Sun Oct 09 2022
2

hahaha i am aware that some people actually think the Monkees were good musicians and that's fine i guess, but this is not a good record, very dependent on vocals and harmonies except they are not great singers, otherwise a very derivative 60s sound

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Mon Oct 10 2022
2

Rating: 3.4 Best Track: No Time

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

Prefs: For Pete's Sake, Sunny Girlfriend, Zilch, No Time, Early Morning Blues and Greenes, Randy Scouse Girl Moins pref: Band 6

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Tue Oct 25 2022
2

I didn't make it far into the album but it's 60s pop music for a TV show so....

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Tue Oct 25 2022
2

I really thought I would like this more, but man wanted to rip my hair out at points

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Tue Oct 25 2022
2

Decent, but not great.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
2

A perfect example of an older album that should be cut to make room for newer releases. The album The Monkees wrote themselves because they wanted to be taken seriously as musicians? So?

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Sat Nov 05 2022
2

Eh

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Wed Nov 23 2022
2

Bleibt nicht wirklich viel von hängen. Das hat man alles von anderen Sixties-Bands ebenso gehört. Nicht schlimm, aber auch keine drei Sterne.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
1

doodoo

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Thu Feb 25 2021
1

Couldn’t get through it. Really bad.

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Wed May 12 2021
1

Absolutely not my style

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