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on 1 February 2008
I remember being a fan of the Mock Turtles, a group that never really made it big but had some success. This album is a mixed back, some very good songs, some not so good. 'Can you Dig It', 'Why Must I share This Air With Foolish Men', 'And Then She Smiles', 'Lay Me Down' and 'Strings and Flowers' are still excellent tracks .... but the rest are mediocre at best. Its a shame really as The Mock Turtles didnt really have the body of work to create a 'Best Of' album', therefor they have stretched this album out with sub-standard tracks. However, the songs that I mention earlier are still classics and make this album a worthy purchase. I only give it 3/5 but I am still glad I bought this CD.
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on 12 February 2010
This is one underrated band. Blessed with a great melodicist and clever lyricist in Martin Coogan (elder brother of famous comedian Steve), these songs show why The Mock Turtles deserved to be far bigger than the band that became known for their one big hit (Can You Dig It?). Whilst that was a superb tune, there are even better treasures to be had here. The first half of this 'best of' takes the best tracks from their only two studio albums 'Turtle Soup' and 'Two Sides'. 'Lay Me Down' boasts a similar shuffling beat to 'Can You Dig It' and it is a beauty, the others are less Madchester-inspired but remain fantastic slabs of upbeat indie rock, with slightly whimsical and psychedelic overtones, the dreamy 'Deep Down'a swirling pastoral haze of a tune a real highlight. The second half was apparently recorded by the reunited Turtles especially for this album (released to coincide with the resurgence in popularity for 'Can You Dig It' due to its appearance on Vodafone ads). The songs are a poignant reminder of what might have been, and come across as a kind of 'great lost britpop record'. The songs rock out more than the earlier stuff, but they actually suggest that they have improved as songwriters and musicians (the guitarist and drummer are excellent). The melodies on tracks such as the driving 'King For A Day', 'Here In Heaven' and 'Angel' are absolutely first class. 'Turn On' is the best track Suede never wrote. All in all an (exteremely) surprisingly good record.
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on 9 August 2016
A good selection of songs for a greatest hits compilation. I researched this group after hearing And Then She Smiles, the theme tune from "Stella". Also after finding out from Pop Master, that Can You Dig It was by this group, I decided to purchase this compilation. Definitely one of the better and more innovative groups of the 90's.
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on 25 January 2004
One of the most under-rated bands from the Madchester era, the Mock Turtles were more than just lightweight baggy, as this ace collection shows. Of course the blasting Can You Dig It (as heard on the Vodafone ads) is the most famous tune, but early songs such as Lay Me Down and Wicker Man show a band with more of a Syd Barrett or Bowie-influenced art-rock sound and a real knack for storytelling. Perhaps even more surprisingly there are several very worthwhile newer songs heard here for the first time, most notably the tragic Johnny 7. Definitely worth a go at a budget price.
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on 27 August 2008
It tells you here in the booklet notes about how 'Can You Dig It?' was written all of a rush and a hurry, and it ends up being to The Mock Turtles what 'Stairway To Heaven' is Led Zeppelin; an absolute classic! Now, generally, I detest the adverts or commercial breaks on the telly, but it was an absolute joy when The Turtles' had 'Dig It' as the phone advert, Vodaphone, wasn't it? And it was jammy for them as this album must have shipped about a zillion copies on the strength of it, and good luck to 'em. Agreed, if you listen, the riff is 'pinched' from Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' but there again that was 'pinched' from Boston's 'More Than A Feeling;' and so it goes on, history repeats itself, and nothing, but nothing is original anymore, it's just stuff from the past with a new twist. The thing with 'Dig It' was, it was a brilliant twist and it's an all-time favourite.
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such a great album from a band that should have smashed the british charts
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on 18 April 2013
I purchased this as I like the band anyway , but amazon has the most competitive prices of any body and it is easier to move songs about my devices than iTunes . The cloud player works faultlessly.
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on 6 April 2006
Not only are the Mock Turtles a great band, but the drummer of the band (Steve Cowan) was actually my primary school teacher (believe it or not, it's true!) and so i'm particulary fond of them. I also recently saw them on Top of the Pops 2. Can you dig It is probably the best song on the advert, and most people will have heard it, after it was blistered all over the Vodafone adverts a few years back.
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