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The Turtles Complete Original Albums Collection

For a band as important as they are, and one that (unlike almost all of their contemporaries) owns all their own masters, the Turtles have been rather shoddily dealt with in terms of reissues of their catalogue. While they were … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Lady-O

White Whale were unhappy with the Turtles, and the feeling was mutual. The Turtles were White Whale records’ only successful act, but their most recent album, Turtle Soup, had been a massive flop. The band had brought in Ray Davies … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Happy Together

1967 saw the Turtles as practically a new band, with a new sound, and in search of a new song. In early 1966, the band had seen the Lovin’ Spoonful play live, and had immediately found the missing piece of … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: It Ain’t Me Babe

In 1965 it seemed like everyone was recording a version of It Ain’t Me Babe. Johnny Cash had got in first, having a country hit with a mariachi-tinged version of the Dylan song at the back end of 1964, but … Continue reading

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Shell-Shocked by @howardkaylan

For the next month or so, most of my writing time will be taken up with copy-edits on the Beach Boys book and on my novel (along with the Doctor Who posts and How To Build Your Own Time Machine). … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on “Piracy”

I have been wanting to read Howard Kaylan’s book Shell-Shocked (his autobiography) for some time now, but when it first came out it was only in paperback, and I’m trying not to buy dead-tree books unless I really know I’m … Continue reading

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Monkee Music 3: Headquarters

A revised and improved version of this essay appears in my book Monkee Music, available as paperback, hardback, PDF, Kindle (US), Kindle (UK) and ePub (all DRM-free). A brief note for this one, I will be dealing with the Headquarters … Continue reading

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