Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Turtles - Rhino's 20 Greatest Hits (Rhino Records 1982) (199?) Flac

Rhino's 20 Greatest Hits stands as the finest Turtles collection yet assembled, featuring not only all of their hits, but also providing a good insight to why certain '60s fans believe the group to be one of the most underrated pop groups of their time. The very nature of this kind of collection downplays the group's idiosyncratic nature and warped sense of humor -- it's hard to tell that they're responsible for such a delightful detour as their Battle of the Bands album, where they assumed a different persona for each cut -- but it does bring their music to the forefront. And while some of these songs, such as "Happy Together," may be overly familiar, the music still retains a bright freshness whether its through folky melodies, exuberant sunshine pop, or dreamy psych-pop. It's a dynamite summation of a fine band.(allmusic.com)

Here is a further review by allmusic but that's more about the release by Flo & Eddie - All The Singles (2 disc box, 48 tracks) from 2016 which i also have. If there is any interest i will post the double disc in the next days, too. But i would post it in mp3 than.

 The Turtles have been anthologized many times over the years -- Rhino released a near-definitive single-disc set in 1984 called The Turtles' Greatest Hits, which they later expanded into the double-disc Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology in 2002; once those fell out of print, Shout! Factory followed through with 2004's Happy Together: The Very Best of the Turtles -- but Flo & Eddie's own 2016 compilation All the Singles may be the best of the batch. What makes this set so appealing is that it marches through the discography of this singles-oriented band a 7" at a time, an approach that highlights their diversity and progression. Sometimes, the group indulged in excesses -- it's hard to tell whether "Rugs of Woods and Flowers" is a sendup of prog rock or an attempt to ride its coattails -- but part of the charm of the Turtles is how they were so willing to try anything, to twist trends to their favor and push the mainstream forward. More than anything, All the Singles highlights the idiosyncrasies of the Turtles, how they became emboldened by success to send up the idea of a mainstream pop band without ever losing sight of delivering the goods. Happy Together covers nearly the same ground -- and there's considerable overlap between the two compilations -- but All the Singles is preferable due to its focus on 45s, letting the story unfold a 45 at a time, accentuating how the band existed just above the fray of pop; they belonged to the Top 40 but also commented on the proceedings. The hits start to slow on the second disc -- the biggest are "Elenore" and "You Showed Me" -- but the craft heightens, with the results sounding richer than the insistent folk-rock on the first disc. Either way, All the Singles showcases a band that wasn't like any other in the '60s: a sharp, sophisticated outfit who recognized the shenanigans of the charts, but always wanted to send it up from within.(S.T. Erlewine, allmusic.com)

Okidoki, just give me a comment if you want the double disc.
           Frank   Rhino's 20 in Flac

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this - never met a double disc Turtles comp in flac that I didn't like.