Rhino largely established itself by mining the Turtles' rich catalog; this new two-disc collection again reinforces the fact that we're talking about one of the ultimate '60s pop/rock bands—tha

Rhino largely established itself by mining the Turtles' rich catalog; this new two-disc collection again reinforces the fact that we're talking about one of the ultimate '60s pop/rock bands—thanks to many varied hits, including the immortal 1967 chart-topper "Happy Together." The band's range, in fact, was such that 1968's The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands—represented here by four cuts, including "Elenore"—had the band in a different stylistic guise on every cut. The enduring core of the group remains Howard Kaylan and his eternal sidekick Mark Volman, together since the early '60s as surf-rock band the Crossfires. The renamed Turtles hit with their first single, a folk-rock cover of Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe." Solid Zinc documents an incredible career, encompassing jangly Byrds-like folk-rock (the 1968 hit "You Showed Me" was actually a Byrds cover), protest anthems ("Eve of Destruction"), and social commentary ("Earth Anthem"). The set concludes with Ray Davies-produced material, as well as the roots of what would become Flo & Eddie, Kaylan and Volman's prodigious alter-ego act.—JB

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