Do not let the album cover of the Turtles dressed up in suits and ties delude you into thinking that this is anything other than a fun time. The only way to describe "The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands" is that the Turtles cover pretty much the entire late-Sixties music spectrum, albeit in a decidedly pop music manner, and do so with tongues planted firmly in their collective cheeks. For example, take a wild guess as to who they are doing a take off on with "Surfer Dan." My favorite bit of singing satire is "Earth Anthem." The group wrote most of the songs on this 1968 release but the big hit, "You Showed Me," was written by Roger McGuinn. However, the other song to hit the chart, the bubble-gum pop song "Eleanor," was their own. Some people might not want to take this album seriously, but, hey, hey, its the Turtles. As long as you open to the agenda here this is a fun album, especially if you know enough about Sixties music to recognize who is being spoofed. This reissue CD tacks on another two tracks, including "The Story of Rock and Roll" by Harry Nilsson, which is nice little bonus treat.
on 13 November 2014
I first heard this album around 1970 and am pleased to have finally got to own a copy. There was a lot more to The Turtles than just a pop hit machine and this album is a great pastiche of styles. For those of us in the UK who remember the Barron Knights and the Grumbleweeds with there great send ups of sixties and seventies music are likely to appreciate what is going on here.
If you end up with an electronic copy as I have it is worth looking up this LP on the internet to see the original names that were made up for the bands in the "Battle" as the e-copy list all tracks simply as The Turtles.
Good fun, and worth listening to for the musical gags. Probably the best is Elenore,bwhere they send themselves up and had a smash single hit with it too.