THE TURTLES Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology (2002)

Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology (2002)
A Little Respect, If You Please

Everybody knows The Turtles, yet few ever seem to give them any props. True, they weren’t breaking any new ground with their likable brand of folk & pop/rock, and being fronted by a couple of fat guys won’t work any wonders for one’s legacy. But, The Turtles were good at what they did and their talent pool was deep, including, among others; Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman and Jim Pons (who would move on to Frank Zappa’s Mothers), ace arranger/producer/bassist Chip Douglas (The Monkees, among others) and John Barbata (drummer for CS&N & Jeff/Air). Early on, The Turtles raided all the happening song catalogs for material. P.F. Sloan’s was one. But later, as their folky leanings gave in to the psychedelic era, they had a keen knack for picking (and writing) hits. Their self-irreverence was a breath of fresh air, though it probably did them damage in the long run. Vocalist Howard Kaylan’s pop chops, however, have rarely gotten their due. His was a distinctive and memorable voice that, had he not traded it in for Zappa’s comedy rock, might have been better recognized and appreciated (ironic, in that they all sang about that very idea back in the day). As a result, it’s now well nigh impossible to hear him without that tongue in his cheek. Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology is a meaty, 51-song collection that gathers plenty of the band’s lesser known album tracks alongside some of the era’s hands-down catchiest radio pop; “Elenore,” “You Showed Me,” “She’s My Girl,” “You Don’t Have To Walk In The Rain,” “You Know What I Mean” and “Happy Together.” Too many others have garnered far more respect with so much less. Not cheap at Amazon.

It Ain’t Me Babe
Almost There
Let Me Be
Wanderin‘ Kind
Your Maw Said You Cried
Glitter And Gold
It Was A Very Good Year
Let The Cold Winds Blow
Eve Of Destruction
Flyin‘ High
You Baby
I Know That You’ll Be There
Just A Room
She’ll Come Back
Tie Me Down
I Can’t Stop
I Get Out Of Breath
So Goes Love
Grim Reaper Of Love
Is It Any Wonder?
Like The Seasons
We’ll Meet Again
Outside Chance
Makin‘ My Mind Up
Can I Get To Know You Better
Happy Together
Too Young To Be One
Me About You
She’d Rather Be With Me
Guide For The Married Man
You Know What I Mean
She’s My Girl
Cat In The Window
Sound Asleep
The Last Thing I Remember (The First Thing I Knew) (Demo)
The Story Of Rock And Roll
The Battle Of The Bands
You Showed Me
Surfer Dan
Earth Anthem
Somewhere Friday Nite
Marmendy Hill (Demo)
How You Loved Me (Demo)
House On The Hill
You Don’t Have To Walk In The Rain
Love In The City
There You Sit Lonely
Goodbye Surprise
We Ain’t Gonna Party No More


  • Willard
    February 10, 2010 - 13:43 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Anonymous
    February 11, 2010 - 17:17 | Permalink

    just a little trivia info..Like the Seasons was written by Warren Zevon..

  • Capt. Willard
    February 11, 2010 - 17:34 | Permalink

    Zevon also co-wrote the great Outside Chance. There's also material from Roger McGuinn & Gene Clarke (You Showed Me), Nilsson (The Story Of Rock And Roll, Battle Of The Bands), Judee Sill (Lady-O), Dylan (It Ain't Me Babe) and bunch from P.F.Sloan and a slew of hits from the team of Bonner & Gordon.

  • Anonymous
    February 11, 2010 - 16:00 | Permalink

    While I own the "Zinc" collection, I'm glad you posted it for those who don't.
    Also, I strongly recommend seeing "My Dinner With Jimi," the amazing story of the Turtles' first trip to London. Priceless. Thanks, Capt.

  • Anonymous
    February 12, 2010 - 00:42 | Permalink

    I'm now speechless…..



  • Paul McClelland
    February 12, 2010 - 03:08 | Permalink

    Turtles! Yes, I admit to a guilty pleasure. Their pop sound was shimmering in my youth. Elenore was a pop anthem to me, and we all know how successful 'Happy Together' was, but if you remove yourself from the history, and listen to it with fresh ears, It's surprisingly fresh, and everything pop music strives for. 'You showed me" knocked me out. I forgot all about that song until I heard it on your jukebox. The Turtles caught my attention at a very early age, and the lead singing and arrangements were, although not trend-setting, very satisfying (and memorable, in some cases) ..But don't get me started, or we'll be talking soon about Tommy James and the Shondells. (late 60's output, of course)

  • Capt. Willard
    February 12, 2010 - 03:25 | Permalink

    Your influences are showing.

  • Anonymous
    February 12, 2010 - 16:08 | Permalink

    insightful comments: funny how an on the fence band can bring them out; i'm just familiar with them thru zappa, and always wondered at the strange connection, these guys actually sound quite good, in that lazy 60's way, thanx, jx.

  • Quark
    February 14, 2010 - 11:54 | Permalink

    Always thought that `Elenore` was one of the greatest `Pop` songs ever, still sing along at the top of my voice whenever it comes on the radio :)
    But I must admit to a soft spot for the silliness of `Surfer Dan` a `B` side here in the U.K.
    Howard kaylan and Mark Volman made some solo albums as `The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie` or just `Flo and Eddie` although i think by this time they had lost their `Pop Sensibility` and were just out for a good time.

  • jackie p
    February 14, 2010 - 14:19 | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this! GREAT STUFF!!

  • Loren
    February 15, 2010 - 03:36 | Permalink

    Thanks Capt. I've been looking for this this for awhile. This is a good compilation of a band that never quite took off for the quality of their music (though they did undercut as well as one of the other commenters noted). Thanks for the share.

  • Anonymous
    February 15, 2010 - 21:46 | Permalink


  • Anonymous
    February 19, 2010 - 23:59 | Permalink

    many many thanks, Sir!

  • Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    November 1, 2011 - 12:55 | Permalink

    There are also nice remasters of their albums proper around with mono/stereo and bonus cuts for folks deeper into them. Like some other acts, I found the mono really benefitted some early tunes that were mixed vocals one side, instruments the other in stereo

    I recall buying a greatest hits in the early 80’s that grabbed me less, but then I grabbed a comp called Chalon Road around 87 that had Outside Chance and collected alot of their more psychedelic cuts, and that totally hooked me. And Surfer Dan rules!

    I’d love to hear that Gumby disc, I recall writing a Gumby-themed parody of Tommy one wasted night in University. Seems the do-bees built a box around his head…

    • Willard
      November 1, 2011 - 13:11 | Permalink

      I’ll need to seek those out. I was a big fan back in the day. Had all the vinyl (even Woodenhead, which was rare for awhile in the 70s. Gumby… will be posted tomorrow. Here’s a link if you’re the can’t wait type.

  • Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    November 1, 2011 - 15:06 | Permalink

    no, no. plenty on my plate, and I’m in a country groove today anyway, I’ll wait and get it from you. thanks!

  • November 1, 2011 - 16:31 | Permalink

    I definitely need to get to know these guys beyond their four (?) hit singles. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • KDNYfm
    May 14, 2012 - 18:30 | Permalink

    I had an opportunity to see the Turtles, but unfortunately it didnt work out that night. My next opportunity came when Flo & Eddie were playing at the infamous El Mocambo in Toronto. We drove over but unfortunately it was sold out. So we sat in the bar downstairs and had a few drinks. About an hour later the whole downstairs bar starts to fill with smoke, and the waiter tells us, ‘oh nothing to worry about, Flo & Eddie just started their show, and decided to get the big wrap up, ‘Cream-style’ ending, with flames and smoke and everything out of the way first, so they could concentrate on playing music!’
    Still havent seen any of em!
    But this looks like a great collection! (other than not including King Kamanawanaleiya)

    Thanx Capn!!

  • Indiana Scott
    December 13, 2012 - 10:32 | Permalink

    Thanks Capt. W.

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