Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Turtles - The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands

Though the Turtles were rightfully known as an excellent pop/rock singles band, on this recording they let loose their humor, which was part of their act from the beginning. On the outside cover the group is dressed in conservative suits and bow ties, yet on the inside the group is clad in, shall it be tastefully said, less traditional attire. The Turtles (who wrote nine of the 12 songs on the original LP, two songs being added to the CD) basically mock the entire spectrum of music on this album, though elements of their pop/rock sound are contained even in the most country, psychedelic, and R&B elements of the music presented here. Two Top Ten hits are contained in this collection, Roger McGuinn's "You Showed Me" and the Turtles own subtly mocking "Elenore." Light psychedelia meets Booker T. & the MG's in the instrumental "Buzzsaw." The Beach Boys sound shows up in "Surfer Dan," and the original album closer "Earth Anthem" is a hippie ecology, folk-pop anthem that is both very pretty and quite satirical -- a listener could easily lose himself in the fine melody and atmospheric production, while laughing at the same time. The only potential problem with this album is that it is caught in the middle between two extremes: On the one hand, non-mainstream listeners will criticize the album for sounding too commercial, and, on the other, typical Turtles fans will find the album too sophisticated, especially if they are looking for another album like Happy Together. Between these two points of view falls an excellent album that is both commercial and comical, as if both of these elements couldn't coincide in one album.

1. The Turtles - The Battle Of The Bands (2:14)

2. The Turtles - The Battle Of The Bands (2:14)

3. The Turtles - The Last Thing I Remember (2:54)

4. The Turtles - The Last Thing I Remember (2:54)

5. The Turtles - Elenore (2:30)

6. The Turtles - Elenore (2:30)

7. The Turtles - Too Much Heartsick Felling (2:42)

8. The Turtles - Too Much Heartsick Felling (2:42)

9. The Turtles - Oh, Daddy (2:45)

10. The Turtles - Oh, Daddy (2:45)

11. The Turtles - Buzzsaw (1:56)

12. The Turtles - Buzzsaw (1:56)

13. The Turtles - Surfer Dan (2:41)

14. The Turtles - I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're The Royal Macadamia Nuts) (1:33)

15. The Turtles - You Showed Me (3:14)

16. The Turtles - You Showed Me (3:14)

17. The Turtles - Food (2:39)

18. The Turtles - Food (2:39)

19. The Turtles - Chicken Little Was Right (2:46)

20. The Turtles - Chicken Little Was Right (2:46)

21. The Turtles - Earth Anthem (3:52)

22. The Turtles - Earth Anthem (3:52)

23. The Turtles - Sound Asleep (2:27)

24. The Turtles - Sound Asleep (2:27)

25. 14.The Story Of Rock And Roll (2)

26. 14.The Story Of Rock And Roll


  1. I think The Turtles are underrated, especially the singers Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. They showed themselves worthy of being in rock 'n' roll when they joined Frank Zappa's band in 1970. They were fantastic Mothers.


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