All the Singles

All the Singles

by The TurtlesThe Turtles


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2016
Label: Manifesto Records
UPC: 0767004804026
catalogNumber: 48040
Rank: 18897

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Turtles   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

P.F. Sloan   Composer
Lee Andrews   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Turtles   Producer
John Williams [composer]   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Judee Sill   Composer
Ray Davies   Producer
John Barbata   Composer
Steve Barri   Composer
John Beck   Producer
Jan Berry   Composer
Garry Bonner   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Will Calhoun   Composer
Jack Dalton   Composer
Chip Douglas   Composer,Producer
Alan Gordon   Composer
Bob Harris   Producer
Bones Howe   Producer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Howard Kaylan   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Gary Montgomery   Composer
Nichol   Composer
Jim Pons   Composer
Andrew Sandoval   Liner Notes
Stephen Schlaks   Composer
John Seiter   Composer
John Sembello   Composer
Mark Volman   Composer
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Jerry Yester   Producer
Warren Zevon   Composer
Don Altfeld   Composer
Chuck Portz   Composer
Arnie Ginsburg   Composer
Dan Perloff   Reissue Producer
Ralph Dino   Composer
Lisa M. Sutton   Art Direction
Ross Parker   Composer
Robert Glazer   Composer
Glenn Crocker   Composer
Hugh Charles   Composer
Bobby Jimmi   Producer
Steven Finger   Archives Coordinator

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