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The Turtles Expand And Reissue Six Classic Albums

by Paul Cashmere on July 28, 2020

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The six classic albums by The Turtles have been reissued with extra tracks.

The Turtles features vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, later known as Flo & Eddie who went on to join Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in th 70s.

The Turtles core time together generated the six album between 1965 and 1970. During that time they had nine Top 40 Billboard hits in America.

The Turtles biggest Top 40 hit was the number one song ‘Happy Together’.

The six reissues are:

It Ain’t Me Babe, the Turtles’ 1965 full-length debut, includes the Top 10 hit cover of the classic Bob Dylan tune that served as the album’s title track, and renditions of Dylan’s “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” and “Like a Rolling Stone,” as well as a take on P.F. Sloan’s “Eve of Destruction.” The album also features several Kaylan originals that show his evolution as a songwriting force.

It Ain’t Me Babe (MFO 48041)
Record One – MONO
Side A
1. Wanderin’ Kind
2. It Was A Very Good Year
3. Your Maw Said You Cried
4. Eve of Destruction
5. Glitter and Gold
6. Let Me Be
Side B
1. Let the Cold Winds Blow
2. It Ain’t Me Babe
3. A Walk in the Sun
4. Last Laugh
5. Love Minus Zero
6. Like A Rolling Stone
Record Two – STEREO
Side C
1. Wanderin’ Kind
2. It Was A Very Good Year
3. Your Maw Said You Cried
4. Eve of Destruction
5. Glitter and Gold
6. Let Me Be
Side D
1. Let the Cold Winds Blow
2. It Ain’t Me Babe
3. A Walk in the Sun
4. Last Laugh
5. Love Minus Zero
6. Like A Rolling Stone

You Baby, the band’s 1966 sophomore set, also features a mix of covers and originals, including the Top 20 hit title track, penned by Sloan and Steve Barri, whose “Can I Get to Know You Better” closes out the album. Another Sloan cover from the album, “Let Me Be,” was also released as a single and cracked the Top 30 prior to the album’s release.

You Baby (MFO 48042)
Record One – MONO
Side A
1. Flyin’ High
2. I Know That You’ll Be There
3. House Of Pain
4. Just A Room
5. I Need Someone
6. Let Me Be
Side B
1. Down In Suburbia
2.Give Love A Trial
3. You Baby
4. Ball Bearing, Ball Bearing World
5. All My Problems
6. Almost There

Record Two – STEREO
Side C
1. Flyin’ High
2. I Know That You’ll Be There
3. House Of Pain
4. Just A Room
5. I Need Someone
6. Let Me Be
Side D
1. Down In Suburbia
2. Give Love A Trial
3. You Baby
4. Ball Bearing, Ball Bearing World
5. All My Problems
6. Almost There

With 1967’s Happy Together, the Turtles reached their peak, both chart-wise (#25 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart) and artistically. It features the band’s two highest-charting singles: the #1 title track as well as “She’d Rather Be With Me” (#3), both written by the songwriting team of Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon. A third song written by the duo, “You Know What I Mean,” reached #12. Also notable are the Kaylan/Volman co-write “Think I’ll Run Away,” and “Like the Seasons,” composed by a young Warren Zevon.

Happy Together (MFO 48043)
Record One – MONO
Side A
1. Makin’ My Mind Up
2. Guide For The Married Man
3. Think I’ll Run Away
4. The Walking Song
5. Me About You
6. Happy Together
Side B
1. She’d Rather Be With Me
2. Too Young To Be One
3. Person Without A Care
4. Like The Seasons
5. Rugs Of Woods And Flowers

Record Two – STEREO
Side C
1. Makin’ My Mind Up
2. Guide For The Married Man
3. Think I’ll Run Away
4. The Walking Song
5. Me About You
6. Happy Together
Side D
1. She’d Rather Be With Me
2. Too Young To Be One
3. Person Without A Care
4 .Like The Seasons
5.R ugs Of Woods And Flowers

On 1968’s The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, the group broke out of their, er, shell with a concept album in which the band adopted the personas of 11 fictitious acts, including the Atomic Enchilada and Chief Kamanawanalea and His Royal Macadamia Nuts. It included the band’s most original material to date, plus the title track, written by Harry Nilsson and producer Chip Douglas, and “You Showed Me,” penned by the Byrds’ Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark, which became the Turtles’ final Top 10 hit. “Elenore,” credited to Howie, Mark, Johny, Jim and Al on the album, also cracked the Top 10.

Battle of the Bands (MFO 48044)
Record One – Stereo
Side A
1. The Opening: The Battle of the Bands
2. The Last Thing I Remember
3. Elenore
4. Too Much Heartsick Feeling
5. Oh Daddy!
6. Buzz Saw
Side B
1. Surfer Dan
2. I’m Chief Kamanawanalea (We’re the Royal Macadamia Nuts)
3. You Showed Me
4. Food
5. Chicken Little Was Right
6. The Closing: Earth Anthem (All)

Record Two – The Bonus Tracks
Side C
1. She’s My Girl
2. Chicken Little Was Right (single version-stereo)
3. Sound Asleep
4. Umbassa The Dragon
5. The Story of Rock and Roll
Side D
1. Can’t You Hear the Cows
2. The Last Thing I Remember (The First Thing I Knew)
3. The Owl
4. To See the Sun
5. Earth Anthem (alternate version) [previously unreleased]
6. Battle of the Bands Radio Spot

Although 1969’s Turtle Soup failed to spawn a hit single, and stalled at No. 117 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, it’s notable as the full-album production debut of the Kinks’ Ray Davies, who likely felt a kinship to a group that seemed the American pop cousins of the British band.

Turtle Soup (MFO 48045)
Record One
Side A
1. Come Over
2 .House on the Hill
3. She Always Leaves Me Laughing
4. How You Love Me
5. Torn Between Temptations
6. Love in the City
Side B
1. Bachelor Mother
2. John & Julie
3. Hot Little Hands
4. Somewhere Friday Night
5. Dance This Dance With Me
6. You Don’t Have to Walk in the Rain
Record Two – The Bonus Tracks
Side C
1. Goodbye Surprise
2. Like It Or Not
3. There You Sit Lonely
4. Can I Go On
5.Y ou Want to be A Woman
6 .If We Only Had the Time
Side D
1. Dance This Dance With Me (Demo)
2. Come Over (Demo) [Previously Unreleased]
3. How You Love Me (Demo)
4. Strange Girl (Demo) [Previously Unreleased]
5. Marmendy Mill (Demo)
6. Turtle Soup Radio Spot

With 1970’s Wooden Head, the Turtles collected B-sides and other rarities, including an alternate version of “The Wanderin’ Kind,” which goes back full circle, as the original version was the opening track on the band’s first album, 1965’s It Ain’t Me Babe.

Wooden Head (MFO 48046)
Record One
Side A
1. I Can’t Stop
2. She’ll Come Back
3. Get Away
4. Wrong From The Start
5. I Get Out Of Breath
Side B
1. We’ll Meet Again
2. On A Summer’s Day
3. Come Back
4. Say Girl
5. Tie Me Down
6. Wanderin’ Kind

Record Two – The Bonus Tracks
Side C
1. You Baby (1967 Stereo Mix)
2. So Goes Love
3. Makin’ Up My Mind (1966 Version-Stereo)
4. Is It Any Wonder?
5. Let Me Be (1967 Stereo Mix)
6. Grim Reaper Of Love
Side D
1. It Ain’t Me Babe (1967 Stereo Mix)
2 .Can I Get To Know You Better
3. Outside Chance
4. You Know What I Mean
5. Cat In The Window
6. We’ll Meet Again (Alternative Take) [Previously Unreleased]
7. The Turtles! Golden Hits Radio Spot

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