Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Turtles-It Ain't Me Babe (1965)


by John Bush
Though many remember only their 1967 hit "Happy Together," the Turtles were one of the more enjoyable American pop groups of the 1960s, moving from folk-rock inspired by the Byrds to a sparkling fusion of Zombies-inspired chamber-pop and straight-ahead good-time pop reminiscent of the Lovin' Spoonful, the whole infused with beautiful vocal harmonies courtesy of dual frontmen Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. Though they hit number one in 1967 with the infectious "Happy Together," the Turtles scored only three more Top Ten hits and broke up by the end of the '60s. Kaylan and Volman later joined Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention... Read More...
01. Wanderin' Kind02. It Was A Very Good Year03. Your Maw Said You Cried04. Eve Of Destruction 05. Glitter And Gold06. Let Me Be 07. Let The Cold Winds Blow 08. It Ain't Me Babe 09. A Walk In The Sun 10. Last Laugh 11. Love Minus Zero 12. Like A Rolling Stone 13. We'll Meet Again 14. Gas Money
The Turtles' first album presents them as a folk-rock group covering a lot of Dylan and P. F. Sloan material. They also found "It Was a Very Good Year" on a Kingston Trio album and cut it. Frank Sinatra heard their version and had one of his bigger hits with it, but their version is good too.
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