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The Turtles made some of the best pop records of the 1960's.

  • Apr 22, 2009
It was a relatively short but highly successful run.  Between 1965 and 1970 a five man group from Los Angeles known as The Turtles produced some of the biggest and brightest pop records of the decade.  All told, The Turtles would place a total of 17 singles on Billboards "Hot 100 Singles" chart.  Five of these would become Top Ten smashes.  In 2009, founding members of The Turtles Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan regained control of their catalogue and decided to release a brand new collection of their hits on their very own label.   "Save The Turtles:  The Turtles Greatest Hits"  offers up 20 of The Turtles biggest hits and best recordings.  For Volman and Kaylan this project was quite obviously a labor of love.

The Turtles came out of nowhere in the summer of '65 with their debut single "It Ain't Me Babe".  The song was written by Bob Dylan who seemed to be all the rage that year and it climbed all the way to #8 on the national charts.  Most folks just presumed that The Turtles were a folk group  and were a bit surprised that a number of the groups subsequent releases were pure pop.  The group continued to release singles such as "You Baby" and "Can I Get To Know You Better" with varying degrees of success until early 1967 when they finally struck paydirt with a tune called "Happy Together".  This would prove to be their biggest and best remembered record.  "Happy Together" spent a total of 3 weeks as the #1 song in the land.  Over the next couple of years the group would continue its highly successful run with 3 more Top Ten hits including "You Showed Me",  "She'd Rather Be With Me" and a personal favorite "Elenore" .  All are included in this fine collection.  Also included on this disc are several more of the groups most popular tunes including "She's My Girl" , "You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain",  and the lush and lovely "You Know What I Mean" from the late summer of '67.  As the 60's drew to a close interest in The Turtles seemed to wane.  The Turtles disbanded in 1970 but Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan re-emerged in 1972 as Flo & Eddie.  They are still performing today and have managed to keep the music of The Turtles alive for all these many years.  

All 20 of the selections on "Save The Turtles:  The Best of The Turtles" have been lovingly remastered under the personal direction of Mssrs. Volman and Kaylan from the original master tapes.  As I recall the fidelity on those original White Whale 45's that I purchased back in the day left a lot to be desired.   Great music and fond memories at a very nice price.   Highly recommended!
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December 01, 2011
So glad to read a review on one of my favorite groups. I do their song She Only Wants To Be With Me when I do karaoke. You mentioned She's My Girl in your review. I had forgotten about that gem and now am off to Itunes to see if I can find it.
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review by . August 01, 2009
Glad to see your review of the turtles. One of my fondest memories was seeing Kaylen and Volman with Zappa and the Mothers at several concerts at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus probably 1971. What fun and great music! And the girl I took ran off with Aynsley Dunbar and became a groupie for a while. 
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 With the passing of the years the rights to music come and go in this messy business. And every once and a while the rights actually revert back to the original artists. This is what has happened with one of our favorite sixties acts. Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman are finally in charge of the master tapes of their band, The Turtles, and are now issuing this twenty track collection of original recordings. Every hit you can name is here in glorious new sound. Their huge single successes overshadowed some nice albums and they were unfairly pushed aside by FM radio. Nothing can change their contribution to AM radio though, and this set is proof positive as to how prolific they were in an era of one hit wonders and novelty tunes.

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Track Listings:

1. Happy Together
2. It Ain't Me Babe
3. She'd Rather Be With Me
4. You Baby
5. Elenore
6. Let Me Be
7. She's My Girl
8. Outside Chance
9. You Showed Me
10. Can I Get To Know You Better
11. Story of Rock and Roll
12. Love In the City
13. Me About You
14. You Don't Have To Walk In the Rain
15. You Know What I Mean
16. Sound Asleep
17. Makin' My Mind Up
18. Grim Reaper of Love
19. Guide For the Married Man
20. Chevrolet Camero Commercial [Never Before Released]
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Label: Manifesto
Genre: Pop
Release Date: April 21, 2009

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