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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000329G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It Ain't Me Babe
2. Let Me Be
3. Eve Of Destruction
4. You Baby
5. Grim Reaper Of Love
6. Can I Get To Know You Better
7. Outside Chance
8. Happy Together
9. She'd Rather Be With Me
10. Me About You
11. Guide For The Married Man
12. She's My Girl
13. You Know What I Mean
14. Sound Asleep
15. Elenore
16. You Showed Me
17. The Story Of Rock & Roll
18. You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain
19. Love In The City
20. Lady-O

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Though they may not have possessed the hip cachet of The Beach Boys or The Byrds, this California combo (led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, a.k.a. Flo and Eddie) were one of the most consistently satisfying, inventive and subversive American pop acts of the '60s. Shimmering and infectious hits like "Happy Together," "Elenore," "You Baby," "She'd Rather Be with Me," and their impassioned rendering of Bob Dylan's, "It Ain't Me, Babe," remain some of the era's loveliest pop-rock tunes, embodying a good-humored sense of optimism that still sounds fresh more than two decades later. Rhino and Sundazed have done a fine job of keeping the Turtles' extensive catalogue in circulation in the CD era, but this generous single-disc best-of is an excellent place to start. --Scott Schinder

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This 20 track collection features every chart song that The Turtles ever recorded.
Johnny Heering
Other great Turtle tunes fit in well here: "Grim Reaper Of Love", "Outside Chance" {penned by Warren Zevon} and "You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain".
Philip S. Wolf
The singers are pretty universally appealing - I'm pretty sure most people will like them.
C. Cross

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In the late-seventies, I began to get serious about establishing a serious collection of sixties pop music. [Something I couldn't afford to do as a teenager.] One of the major stumbling blocks was finding anything by the Turtles. Sure, I could find "Happy Together" on countless various artists collections, but nothing else. Rhino Records has changed all that. In fact, Rhino at one time re-released all of the Turtles' albums. Except for the fanatics, this 20-song collection will do nicely.
Although they started out as the Crossfires, a surf band, they quickly found success following in the footsteps of other folk-rock bands of the period like the Byrds. [They even covered the Gene Clark-Roger McGuinn song "You Showed me," the band's last Top 40 hit in 1969.]
The songs are presented chronologically, beginning with their folk-rock version of Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe." Their follow-up single, "Let Me Be," continued in the same vein. They recorded a second P.F. Sloan tune, "Eve of Destruction," but it lacked the gritty vocal of Barry McGuire's hit version that came out the same year (1965).
Beginning with their next single, "You Baby," the Turtles abandoned their folk sound for the pop-rock sound that became their trademark. This was followed by the group's only million-seller, the No. 1 "Happy Together." The rest of the hits are here as well: "She'd Rather Be with Me," "You Know What I Mean," "She's My Girl" and "Elenore." All feature the lead vocals of Howard Kaylan and harmony singer Mark Volman. [After the break-up of the Turtles, they would perform and record as Flo and Eddie, adding harmony vocals to such acts as Frank Zappa and T. Rex.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Turtles were strongly influenced by British groups like the Zombies and Gerry and the Pacemakers (although their appearance was more like the Rolling Stones) but they only had three significant UK hits - Happy together, She'd rather be with me and Elenore. Of course, they had many more hits in their native USA and you can find them all on this excellent collection. Although they began as folk-rockers, their style evolved into mainstream pop rock and bubblegum.
The Turtles began their assault on the American charts with It ain't me babe, a cover of a Bob Dylan classic that made the USA top five. Their three UK hits were all massive USA hits, with Happy together going all the way to number one in America. Other major American hits included Let me be, You baby, You know what I mean and You showed me. Some of the others were only modest hits but 17 of the 20 songs here made the Billboard top 100 with another (Me about you) just failing to make it, bubbling under at 105. One of the two other tracks here, Guide for the married man, was a film title track. Although released as a single, it was never seriously marketed.
The Turtles were one of America's finest rock groups of the sixties. This compilation includes all that most people will ever need of their music but also serves as a great introduction to those that want to explore further.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Koropeckyj on May 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am a sixteen year old male, not the typical Turtles listener no doubt, however I find the songs presented on this compilation (I actually have this on vinyl, not handed down from my parents, but purchased in a Scottish record store. The vinyl also has a better cover with two Turtles getting it on.) Songs like Elenore, She'd Rather Be With Me, and of course So Happy Together, are classics and although they did seem to age a little bit, the use of the word swell, they still hold up pretty well in contrast to today's music. The Turtles are great for the reason that their songs are light hearted pop that is pleasent to listen to and this compilation delivers this charecteristic in an undiluted yet concise collection.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on November 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This 20 track collection features every chart song that The Turtles ever recorded. It's perfect for those who don't want to spring for the two disc Solid Zinc anthology. The two disc set gets deeper into the catalogue, for those who want more of The Turtles, but this single disc is great for the casual listener.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Cross on January 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Turtles were one of many sunshine pop/pop rock bands from the 60's, and like many they do not disappoint. "20 Greatest Hits" has all your favorite Turtles hits ("It Ain't Me Babe", "Happy Together", etc...) as well as some very good ones that you probably haven't heard before. What's great about these hits is that they were genuinely great songs - they are indeed (arguably lesser) timeless classics. The singers are pretty universally appealing - I'm pretty sure most people will like them. Musically it's pretty standard 60's pop rock, but it's all so well done that you won't mind. They are indeed great musicians and pretty good songwriters, too - every song is memorable and the lyrics are usually pretty well-worth your time to carefully pay attention to. The only complaint one could give about this collection is the audio quality which could certainly use a good remastering. Most people will love this collection, although some *may* not like the audio quality. All in all this is highly recommended!

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