The Turtles

She'd Rather Be With Me

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A big, brassy pop song (in contrast to its immediate predecessor, the mellower "Happy Together"), "She'd Rather Be With Me" is probably the least ironically cheerful single the Turtles ever did. Written by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon, the same songwriting team responsible for "Happy Together," "She'd Rather Be With Me" is far removed from the melancholia and delusion at the root of the earlier hit. Howard Kaylan sings with unfeigned giddiness, and the huge production, featuring both an entire orchestra and an unusually (for 1967) prominent rhythm section including a clanking great cowbell that steamrollers every other instrument in its path, is as buoyant and bright as his vocals. It's not really the equal of the likes of "Happy Together" or "Elenore," but "She'd Rather Be With Me" is rather nifty nonetheless.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Happy Together 1967 Sundazed 2:21
Golden Hits [White Whale] 1969 White Whale
60's Jukebox Favorites 1979
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:16
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:19
The Turtles' Greatest Hits 1984 Rhino 2:22
Oldies but Goodies, Vol. 3 [CD] 1987
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:19
No Image 1987 Rhino
Classic Rock: 1967 - Shakin' All Over 1989
Various Artists
2:21
Golden Oldies, Vol. 7 [Original Sound 1989] 1989
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:17
History of Rock: The 60s, Pt. 3 1990
Various Artists
Collectables 2:21
History of Rock, Vol. 8 [Collectables 1992] 1990
Various Artists
Collectables 2:19
AM Gold: Late '60s Classics 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:20
Mellow Sixties 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:17
CBS-FM Oldies 93: History of Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
Sunny Afternoons [Polygram] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram 2:14
30 Years of Rock N Roll: Happy Together 1995 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:21
Eve of Destruction: 30 Years of Rock 'n Roll 1995 Laserlight / Delta Distribution / DV&A 2:21
Good Shit, Vol. 2: Red Hot & Juicy Hits of the 60s 1995
Various Artists
Drive Archive 2:21
Feelin' Groovy 1996
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:22
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 67 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:17
Best Sellers of the 60's & 70's 1997
Various Artists
Best Music International 2:17
Rockin' Jukebox, 1967 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:17
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:17
60's Flashback [Double Play] 1998
Various Artists
Double Play Records 2:21
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 10: Those Were the Days 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:17
Golden Hits [Delta Music] 1998 Delta Distribution 2:21
Best Sellers of the 60's, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Wise Buy 2:15
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records
Most of the Turtles 1999 DJ Specialist 2:20
60's Hits [Columbia River] 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:19
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 2 & 3 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:19
70 Ounces of Gold: Classic Gold 2000
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:20
Back 2 Back: Turtles and Jan & Dean 2000 Intercontinental Records 2:21
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:17
Rock N' Roll Reunion: 1960 to 1969 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:22
The Woodstock Generation: Everything Is Beautiful 2001
Various Artists
Woodstock Records 2:18
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:14
Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology 2002 Rhino 2:21
History of Rock Box 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
Back to Back 2003 K-Tel Distribution 2:20
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 2:20
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 8 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:19
Happy Together: The Very Best of the Turtles 2004 Shout! Factory 2:20
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 2:14
Save the Turtles: The Turtles' Greatest 2009 Manifesto Records 2:19
No Image
Various Artists
Allegiance Records 0:00
Box of Rock [Disc 3]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:20
Pirate Radio
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal 2:20
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
Time Life Presents the 60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:20