Monday, April 4, 2016

The Turtles - 1965 - It Ain't Me Babe

The Turtles
It Ain't Me Babe

Mono Album
01. Wanderin’ Kind (2:09)
02. It Was A Very Good Year (1:57)
03. Your Maw Said You Cried (1:45)
04. Eve Of Destruction (2:45)
05. Glitter And Gold (2:09)
06. Let Me Be (2:23)
07. Let The Cold Winds Blow (2:19)
08. It Ain’t Me Babe (2:14)
09. A Walk In The Sun (2:14)
10. Last Laugh (1:47)
11. Love Minus Zero (2:54)
12. Like A Rolling Stone (3:15)
13. We’ll Meet Again (Single Version) (2:28) – Bonus Track
14. Gas Money (2:14) – Bonus Track
Stereo Album:
15. Wanderin’ Kind (2:08)
16. It Was A Very Good Year (1:58)
17. Your Maw Said You Cried (1:44)
18. Eve Of Destruction (2:42)
19. Glitter And Gold (2:10)
20. Let Me Be (2:25)
21. Let The Cold Wind Blow (2:20)
22. It Ain’t Me Babe (2:13)
23. A Walk In The Sun (2:14)
24. Last Laugh (1:45)
25. Love Minus Zero (2:54)
26. Like A Rolling Stone (3:12)

Howard Kaylan Composer, Keyboards, Producer, Vocals
Don Murray Drums
Al Nichol Bass, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Mark Volman Guitar, Producer, Vocals

The Turtles' first album was recorded in a frantic hurry, in response to the hit status achieved by their debut single, "It Ain't Me Babe." At the time, the members were barely out of high school, a situation that might have caused a lot of other young musicians to fold up under the strain of the moment -- there was no time to write (and barely time to find) the songs the members might have seemed worthy of so momentous an event (which it would have been) as a debut long-player. But the members were smart and they were also lucky -- they reached out to more of Bob Dylan's songbag, and also back to their own high-school past in folk music as the Crosswind Singers. Thus, their debut album led with a chiming electric rendition of Howard Kaylan's 1963-vintage "Wanderin' Kind." That genial opening number led into their overwrought, almost folk-punk reinterpretation of "It Was a Very Good Year," which showed audiences to expect the unexpected from this quartet -- and in case anyone missed that point, the almost garage-punk style of "Your Maw Said You Cried" (which trod onto Paul Revere & the Raiders territory) brought it home in high amplification (for the time and the genre). The rest of the record veered across the folk-rock spectrum in smoothly polished form, as the bandmembers successfully shaped an artistic statement out of the flotsam and jetsam of their past, anchored by some prime Dylan material and a surprisingly un-ironic rendition of P.F. Sloan's "Eve of Destruction" (which belatedly became a hit single five years later, as a posthumous release by the record label). Heard with the benefit of hindsight, this album may now seem a very tame and predictable body of music from this band, but it has a geniality and polish that make it an enduring classic of its genre and period, if not exactly representative of the Turtles' range or their very best work.

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