The Turtles

The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:14 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:55
3 2:31 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:45 SpotifyAmazon
6 1:59 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
8 1:34 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:54 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
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