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The Turtles - 20 Greatest Hits
The Turtles - 20 Greatest Hits
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Though they may not have possessed the hip cachet of The Beach Boys or The Byrds, this California combo (led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, a.k.a. Flo and Eddie) were one of the most consistently satisfying, i...  more »


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All Artists: Turtles
Title: The Turtles - 20 Greatest Hits
Members Wishing: 9
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Oldies, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227516024

Though they may not have possessed the hip cachet of The Beach Boys or The Byrds, this California combo (led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, a.k.a. Flo and Eddie) were one of the most consistently satisfying, inventive and subversive American pop acts of the '60s. Shimmering and infectious hits like "Happy Together," "Elenore," "You Baby," "She'd Rather Be with Me," and their impassioned rendering of Bob Dylan's, "It Ain't Me, Babe," remain some of the era's loveliest pop-rock tunes, embodying a good-humored sense of optimism that still sounds fresh more than two decades later. Rhino and Sundazed have done a fine job of keeping the Turtles' extensive catalogue in circulation in the CD era, but this generous single-disc best-of is an excellent place to start. --Scott Schinder

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Bob P. (Desorow) from BETHEL PARK, PA
Reviewed on 12/7/2008...
1 It Ain't Me Babe
2 Let Me Be
3 Eve of Destruction
4 You Baby
5 Grim Reaper of Love
6 Can I Get To Know You Better
7 Outside Chance
8 Happy Together
9 She'd Rather Be With Me
10 Me About You
11 Guide For The Married Man
12 She's My Girl
13 You Know What I Mean
14 Sound Asleep
15 Elenore
16 You Showed Me
17 The Story of Rock & Roll
18 You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain
19 Love In The City
20 Lady-O
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Joe M. (Jmart) from JOHNSON CITY, TN
Reviewed on 4/4/2007...
Excellent CD
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Steven M. from NORTHVILLE, MI
Reviewed on 12/10/2006...
like new
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

CD Reviews

Stick Your Neck Out and Buy This Album!
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 02/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In the late-seventies, I began to get serious about establishing a serious collection of sixties pop music. [Something I couldn't afford to do as a teenager.] One of the major stumbling blocks was finding anything by the Turtles. Sure, I could find "Happy Together" on countless various artists collections, but nothing else. Rhino Records has changed all that. In fact, Rhino at one time re-released all of the Turtles' albums. Except for the fanatics, this 20-song collection will do nicely.Although they started out as the Crossfires, a surf band, they quickly found success following in the footsteps of other folk-rock bands of the period like the Byrds. [They even covered the Gene Clark-Roger McGuinn song "You Showed me," the band's last Top 40 hit in 1969.] The songs are presented chronologically, beginning with their folk-rock version of Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe." Their follow-up single, "Let Me Be," continued in the same vein. They recorded a second P.F. Sloan tune, "Eve of Destruction," but it lacked the gritty vocal of Barry McGuire's hit version that came out the same year (1965).Beginning with their next single, "You Baby," the Turtles abandoned their folk sound for the pop-rock sound that became their trademark. This was followed by the group's only million-seller, the No. 1 "Happy Together." The rest of the hits are here as well: "She'd Rather Be with Me," "You Know What I Mean," "She's My Girl" and "Elenore." All feature the lead vocals of Howard Kaylan and harmony singer Mark Volman. [After the break-up of the Turtles, they would perform and record as Flo and Eddie, adding harmony vocals to such acts as Frank Zappa and T. Rex.]In addition to the hits are failed singles and album tracks that are all worth a listen. "Grim Reaper of Love" has a psychedelic quality to it. "Can I Get To Know You," written by the same Barri-Sloan team that wrote "You Baby," stalled at No. 89. "Outside Chance" is an early Warren Zevon-penned rocker. "Me About You" features a horn section and would show up in a nearly identical arrangement on the Joe Butler-led final album by the Lovin' Spoonful two years later. "Guide for the Married Man" is a fairly inconsequential theme song to a movie of the same name. "Sound Asleep," the band's attempt to produce themselves (and write their own songs), is an interesting song--it even features the sound of cutting a tree down! "The Story of Rock & Roll" is Harry Nillson's update of Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music." The band's last single, "Lady-O," has the distinction of coming from an album produced by the Kinks' Ray Davies.If you grew up during the sixties, this album is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. RECOMMENDED"
Better get the originals
Steven D. Miller | Sebastopol, CA USA | 01/20/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is a good set of the Turtles' hits, but it's a low-quality recording (and lower volume than almost any other CD in my collection), and Sundazed (and others) has since released pretty much the full Turtles catalog. The re-released originals, esp. the first five or so albums, will definitely reward multiple listening, contain the hits in their proper context, and provide numerous non-hit gems."