Monday, June 20, 2016

The Turtles Catalog Coming in New Box Sets With Bonus Material

via Press Release

During their original 1965-1970 run, the Turtles led a musical double life, scoring a lengthy run of unforgettable pop hits, such as Happy Together, Elenore, You Baby and She’d Rather Be With Me, while making albums that were among the era’s most distinctive, inventive and gently subversive. With co-frontmen Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman providing heavenly harmonies, infectious sonic craft and effervescent humor, the Turtles were a ubiquitous presence on Top 40 radio for much of the ’60s, while earning their counterculture credentials with such adventurous LPs as the Ray Davies-produced Turtle Soup and the wildly eclectic The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, on which they impersonated a different fictional act on each track.

Originally released on the small White Whale label, the Turtles’ original albums have remained stubbornly out of print for many years, leaving fans with various greatest-hits collections that only scratched the surface of the band’s deep and rewarding catalog. That situation changes on August 19, 2016, when the Turtles’ label FloEdCo, in association with Manifesto Records, celebrates the band’s 50th anniversary with the release of a pair of definitive CD packages that encompass, for the first time, the whole of the Turtles’ recorded output from 1965 to 1970.

The Complete Original Albums Collection is a six-CD box set of the six albums that the Turtles released between 1965 to 1970, plus a wealth of rare bonus material. Each of the band’s first three albums, It Ain’t Me Babe, You Baby and Happy Together, is presented in its original mono and stereo mixes, while each of the remaining three, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, Turtle Soup and Wooden Head, provide a generous assortment of rare bonus tracks, including some previously unreleased material.

The two-CD All the Singles collects the A and B sides of every original 1965-1970 Turtles 45, with the tracks presented in the same mono or stereo mixes that were heard on the original singles. All the Singles also features several tracks that were prepared for singles release but not issued at the time.

Both sets have been meticulously researched and prepared from the original master tapes by renowned engineer Bill Inglot, and both contain detailed liner notes by noted writer and archivist Andrew Sandoval. The resulting packages offer a unique insight into one of rock’s most misunderstood bands.

“We were thought of as a hit-making machine, but buried in there was a very thought-provoking group,” Mark Volman notes. “We really cared about what was going on ... We were never really afforded the credibility of bands like the Byrds.”

The Turtles, Volman points out, were “making records that made it to the radio, but were still challenging and adventurous records. Experimental, but at the same time full of commerciality. The Turtles were really walking on a fine edge. We were only two years out of high school and we were making some pretty challenging music.”

After the Turtles disbanded at the end of the decade, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman maintained their partnership, serving a five-album stint as members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention before releasing several albums as Flo and Eddie. They also had an extended run as FM rock DJs, provided voices for animated films and became in-demand studio singers, lending their trademark harmonies to a wide range of acts from T. Rex and Alice Cooper to Bruce Springsteen and the Ramones. Today, the pair continues to carry the Turtles’ legacy forward, leading the band’s present-day incarnation on their wildly successful annual Happy Together tours. This year’s tour launches on June 3 in Biloxi, Mississippi and continues through September.

The track list for The Complete Original Albums Collection:

Disc 1 (It Ain't Me Babe)

  • Mono Album 
    • Wanderin' Kind
    • It Was a Very Good Year
    • Your Maw Said You Cried
    • Eve of Destruction
    • Glitter and Gold
    • Let Me Be
    • Let the Cold Winds Blow
    • It Ain't Me Babe
    • A Walk in the Sun
    • Last Laugh
    • Love Minus Zero
    • Like a Rolling Stone
  • Stereo Album
    • Wanderin' Kind
    • It Was a Very Good Year
    • Your Maw Said You Cried
    • Eve of Destruction
    • Glitter and Gold
    • Let Me Be
    • Let the Cold Winds Blow
    • It Ain't Me Babe
    • A Walk in the Sun
    • Last Laugh
    • Love Minus Zero
    • Like a Rolling Stone
Disc 2 (You Baby)
  • Mono Album
    • Flyin' High
    • I Know That You'll Be There
    • House of Pain
    • Just a Room
    • I Need Someone
    • Let Me Be
    • Down in Suburbia
    • Give Love a Trial
    • You Baby
    • Pall Bearing, Ball Bearing World
    • All My Problems
    • Almost There
  • Stereo Album
    • Flyin' High
    • I Know That You'll Be There
    • House of Pain
    • Just a Room
    • I Need Someone
    • Let Me Be
    • Down in Suburbia
    • Give Love a Trial
    • You Baby
    • Pall Bearing, Ball Bearing World
    • All My Problems
    • Almost There
Disc 3 (Happy Together)
  • Mono Album
    • Makin' My Mind Up
    • Guide For the Married Man
    • Think I'll Run Away
    • The Walking Song
    • Me About You
    • Happy Together
    • She'd Rather Be With Me
    • Too Young to Be One
    • Person Without a Care
    • Like the Seasons
    • Rugs of Woods and Flowers
  • Stereo Album
    • Makin' My Mind Up
    • Guide For the Married Man
    • Think I'll Run Away
    • The Walking Song
    • Me About You
    • Happy Together
    • She'd Rather Be With Me
    • Too Young to Be One
    • Person Without a Care
    • Like the Seasons
    • Rugs of Woods and Flowers
Disc 4 (The Turtles Present The Battle of the Bands)
  • Original Album
    • The Opening: The Battle of the Bands
    • The Last Thing I Remember
    • Elenore
    • Too Much Heartsick Feeling
    • Oh Daddy!
    • Buzzsaw
    • Surfer Dan
    • I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're The Royal Macadamia Nuts)
    • You Showed Me
    • Food
    • Chicken Little Was Right
    • The Closing: Earth Anthem (All)
  • Bonus Tracks
    • She's My Girl
    • Chicken Little Was Right (single version)
    • Sound a Sleep
    • Umbassa and the Dragon
    • The Story of Rock and Roll
    • Can't You Hear the Cows
    • The Last Thing I Remember (The First Thing I Knew) (alternate version)
    • The Owl
    • To See the Sun
    • Earth Anthem (alternate version)
    • Battle of the Bands Radio Spot
Disc 5 (Turtle Soup)
  • Original Album
    • Come Over
    • House on the Hill
    • She Always Leaves Me Laughing
    • How You Love Me
    • Torn Between Temptations
    • Love in the City
    • Bachelor Mother
    • John & Julie
    • Hot Little Hands
    • Somewhere Friday Night
    • Dance This Dance With Me
    • You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Goodbye Surprise
    • Like It Or Not
    • There You Sit Lonely
    • Can I Go On
    • You Want to Be a Woman
    • If We Only Had the Time
    • Dance This Dance (Demo)
    • Come Over (Demo)
    • How You Loved Me (Demo)
    • Strange Girl (Demo)
    • Marmendy Mill (Demo)
    • Turtle Soup Radio Spots
Disc 6 (Wooden Head)
  • Original Album
    • I Can't Stop
    • She'll Come Back
    • Get Away
    • Wrong From the Start
    • I Get Out of Breath
    • We'll Meet Again
    • On a Summer's Day
    • Come Back
    • Say Girl
    • Tie Me Down
    • Wanderin' Kind
  • Bonus Tracks
    • You Baby (1967 Stereo Mix)
    • So Goes Love
    • Makin' Up My Mind (1966 Stereo Version)
    • Is It Any Wonder?
    • Let Me Be (1967 Stereo Mix)
    • Grim Reaper of Love
    • It Ain't Me Babe (1967 Stereo Mix)
    • Can I Get to Know You Better
    • Outside Chance
    • You Know What I Mean
    • Cat in the Window
    • We'll Meet Again (Alternate Take)
    • The Turtles! Golden Hits Radio Spot
The track list for All the Singles:

Disc 1
  • It Ain't Me Babe
  • Almost There
  • Let Me Be
  • You Maw Said You Cried
  • You Baby
  • Wanderin' Kind
  • Grim Reaper of Love
  • Come Back
  • So Goes Love
  • On a Summer's Day
  • We'll Meet Again
  • Outside Chance
  • Makin' My Mind Up
  • Can I Get to Know You Better
  • Like the Seasons
  • Happy Together
  • She'd Rather Be With Me
  • The Walking Song
  • Guide For the Married Man
  • Think I'll Run Away
  • You Know What I Mean
  • Rugs of Woods and Flowers
  • She's My Girl
  • Chicken Little Was Right
Disc 2
  • Sound Asleep
  • Umbassa the Dragon
  • The Story of Rock and Roll
  • Can't You Hear the Cows
  • Elenore
  • Surfer Dan
  • Christmas is My Time of Year
  • You Showed Me
  • Buzz Saw
  • House on the Hill
  • Come Over
  • How You Loved Me
  • You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain
  • Love in the City
  • Bachelor Mother
  • Lady-O
  • Somewhere Friday Night
  • Teardrops
  • Gas Money
  • Who Would Ever Think That I Would Marry Margaret?
  • We Ain't Gonna Party No More
  • Is It Any Wonder?
  • Eve of Destruction
  • Me About You

1 comments:

Michael Boyce said...

This will be another welcome addition to my CD collection! I'd had the complete collection on Sundazed,but the masters seemed too muddy!

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