The Turtles

The Turtles' Greatest Hits

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Rhino's 20 Greatest Hits stands as the finest Turtles collection yet assembled, featuring not only all of their hits, but also providing a good insight to why certain '60s fans believe the group to be one of the most underrated pop groups of their time. The very nature of this kind of collection downplays the group's idiosyncratic nature and warped sense of humor -- it's hard to tell that they're responsible for such a delightful detour as their Battle of the Bands album, where they assumed a different persona for each cut -- but it does bring their music to the forefront. And while some of these songs, such as "Happy Together," may be overly familiar, the music still retains a bright freshness whether its through folky melodies, exuberant sunshine pop, or dreamy psych-pop. It's a dynamite summation of a fine band.

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