Friday, August 21, 2009

A Month of Monkees: An Alternate Reality Part 3

Moving forward with the "Alternate Reality" LPs put together by Michelle 66, today we have the alternate reality Headquarters. The original lineup of tracks for the album slightly differed from the line up actually used. The original lineup was printed in the accompanying booklet for "Headquarters Sessions" released by Rhino Hand Made back in 2000. Michelle 66 used that as the basis for her vision of the alternate reality version of the album. I took it one step further. Originally, A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You was supposed to appear on the album but the master tape never arrived from New York in time to be used on the album. It turned out to be a good thing as it was the only song that the Monkees did not have a hand in producing or recording. It would have been completely out of place with the rest of the album. Using this mentality, I removed the track from the listing and in its place put "All of Your Toys". The reason behind this was that it was recorded by the boys during the Headquarters sessions and it keeps the feel of the album in tact. Other than that, I stuck to the original song lineup.

1. For Pete's Sake
2. I’ll Spend My Life With You
3. Forget That Girl
4. You Just May Be The One
5. Shades of Gray
6. All Of Your Toys
7. Band 6
8. Sunny Girlfriend
9. Mr. Webster
10. You Told Me
11. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
12. Zilch
13. Early Morning Blues & Greens
14. Randy Scouse Git

Also of note on this "alternate reality" LP is that it is presented in MONO rather than STEREO as we have done with the last two. And as before, I have not included Michelle's "Bonus Tracks" to keep in step with the pure feeling of a legitimate "Alternate Reality" from the 60s. Enjoy!

The Monkees-Headquarters Alternate Reality LP

To see the original artwork that was put together by Michelle 66, head over to her Flicker page. Drop her a line and tell her the Dartman sent you!

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