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Album Review

The group's final album, produced by Ray Davies, is a modestly enjoyable collection of good-time rock, occasionally with a slight progressive or satirical edge. The Turtles always seemed to harbor some serious ambitions, but the fact was that their only true forte was catchy pop/rock singles; when they aimed for more, the results were merely pleasant...There aren't any hit singles missing in action here, except maybe "You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain..." The CD reissue has a couple of bonus tracks.

Customer Reviews


After the battle of the bands this album is really a let down. Some of it is really pretty good, other pieces.... Not so much. 3 words describe this album "hit and miss"

Ray Davies Production

You can really hear Ray Davies imprint on this album. My fave is track 10 "Somewhere Friday Night". Give a listen.

underappreciated classic

OK, the weak tunes are there, but there are at least a few shoulda-been hits (Love in the City, Somewhere Friday Night, You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain) and a lot of catchy choruses (which you can't necessarily hear in the iTunes samples): House on the Hill, The Last Thing I Remember, She Always Leaves Me Laughing, Torn Between Temptation). And How You Loved Me sounds a LOT like a late 60s Kinks track. Maybe only worth 3 1/2 stars, but as I have to choose I give it 4.


Formed: 1963 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though many remember only their 1967 hit, "Happy Together," the Turtles were one of the more enjoyable American pop groups of the '60s, moving from folk-rock inspired by the Byrds to a sparkling fusion of Zombies-inspired chamber pop and straight-ahead, good-time pop reminiscent of the Lovin' Spoonful, the whole infused with beautiful vocal harmonies courtesy of dual frontmen Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. Though they hit number one in 1967 with the infectious "Happy Together," the Turtles scored...
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