The Turtles The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands
- Released: May 5, 2017
- Originally Released: 1968
- Label: Manifesto Records
- 1.The Opening: The Battle of the Bands
- 2.The Last Thing I Remember
- 4.Too Much Heartsick Feeling
- 5.Oh Daddy!
- 7.Surfer Dan
- 8.I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're teh Royal Macadamia Nuts)
- 9.You Showed Me
- 11.Chicken Little Was Right
- 12.Closing: Earth Anthem, The (All)
- 13.She's My Girl
- 14.Chicken Little Was Right [Single Version]
- 15.Sound Asleep
- 16.Umbassa and the Dragon
- 17.The Story of Rock and Roll
- 18.Can't You Hear the Cows
- 19.Last Thing I Remember, The (The First Thing I Knew)
- 20.The Owl
- 21.To See the Sun
- 22.Earth Anthem
- 23.Battle of the Bands Radio Spot
The Turtles: Mark Volman (vocals, sound effects); Howard Kaylan (vocals); Al Nichol (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Jim Pons (bass); John Barbata (drums, percussion).
Producers: Chip Douglas, The Turtles.
Reissue producer: Bob Irwin.
Originally released on White Whale (7118). Includes liner notes by Harold Bronson.
Personnel: Al Nichol (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Jim Pons (vocals, bass guitar); John Barbata (vocals, percussion); Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman (vocals).
Recording information: Gold Star Studios, Hollywood.
Photographer: Rod Dyer.
Arrangers: Chip Douglas; The Turtles.
With this album the band came into their own, creating a kind of concept album that allowed them to adopt different guises, including The Crossfires, their surf band incarnation prior to becoming The Turtles. Furthermore, they wrote nearly all of the material themselves, including the big hit "Elenore," which was written as a sarcastic response to record company demands for a follow-up to the success of "Happy Together." "Elenore"'s hook "You're my pride and joy etcetera," was delivered with such polished sincerity that the song glided up the pop charts with ease.
The set also contains the hit "You Showed Me," written by Byrds Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark. The album is a wonderful tour through surf, pop, novelty, and folk-rock music and demonstrates that this band had much more on their mind than mere hit singles.
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