THE TURTLES - 'It Ain't Me Babe'/'Almost There' (Pye International 7N.25320) September 1965
As everyone knows The Turtles are the undisputed kings of sunshine/harmony pop music but do not discount their folk rock period of 1965/66 and in particular the ferocious Kinks inspired garage rocker of 'Almost There' written and sung by Howard Kaylan.
The Turtles didn't have the cool, beautiful people image of say The Byrds or Love but they had the cutting 'now sound' of '65 alright. 'It Ain't Me Babe' transforms the Dylan original for the Sunset Strip crowd and I'm sure most of the kids back then would have been hip to the punky 'Almost There'......fantastic double sider to seek out and enjoy!
Pictured is my copy of the UK release and as you can imagine it's a tough 45 to find, set your sights on the USA White Whale release which is easier to locate but now getting quite sought after.
While I'm here I'd like to add that my website is fast becoming the only 60s blog worth bothering with but I'm sure you know that anyway.. However, last month my site hit rate was approx 17,000 which is showing a steady decline since I peaked at 20,000 earlier this year?
THE TURTLES - Almost There
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