The Turtles

Let Me Be: 30 Years of Rock 'n Roll

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Laserlight managed to get hold of the Turtles' catalog in the mid-'90s and dispersed it in two ways. They released a three-disc box set with 60 tracks, and also five separate discs, each with 12 tracks. Let Me Be: 30 Years of Rock 'n Roll is one of these discs. As a rule, the tracks are randomly chosen, the sound less than great, and the packaging subpar. This edition contains the group's biggest hit ("Happy Together"), the folk-rock gem "Let Me Be," the powerful sunshine pop classic "You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain," and nine obscure album and single tracks. The discs seem designed to sucker casual Turtles fans into thinking they are buying some kind of greatest-hits collection. Yet those people will no doubt be disappointed by the selection of tracks and generally cheap presentation. You get what you pay for, though. Anyone who wants a real Turtles collection needs to shell out for 20 Greatest Hits on Rhino or Happy Together: The Very Best of the Turtles on Shout Factory.

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