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Happy Together

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Makin' My Mind Up
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Guide For The Married Man
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Think I'll Run Away
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The Walking Song
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Me About You
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Happy Together
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She'd Rather Be With Me
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Too Young To Be One
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Person Without A Care
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Like The Seasons
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Rugs Of Woods And Flowers
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She's My Girl
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You Know What I Mean
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Is It Any Wonder
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 34:41

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04.22.11
The Turtles, Happy Together
2005 | Label: Flo & Eddie, Inc. / The Orchard

One of the best pop bands to come out of the US in the '60s, the Turtles remain sorely underrated today, probably because they never released a truly great album. 1967's Happy Together, released on the heels of the monster hit of the same name, came closest — despite being essentially a patchwork of singles, B-sides and (in the case of "Guide For the Married Man") one-off contributions to cheesy movie soundtracks. "She'd Rather Be… read more »

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Foot tappin!

starlite299

Definitely an original compilation. I heard this album for the first time right here on Emusic. Loved the style and grace it provides for your soul.

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great title track

benjiru

It's not bad, but certainly worth downloading for the title track - one of the best songs ever written.

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Just OK

EMUSIC-01D69A59

It sure would be nice to find some ORIGINAL versions by ORIGINAL artists. I guess that's too much to ask for! Pitty!!

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I'm happy too!

coopco95843

Downloaded Happy Together and She'd Rather Be With Me. Also got some great Herman's Hermits, Rolling Stones, and Deep Purple that have since been pulled from eMusic. My advice is that you check the website often and when you find originals, download them at first opportunity. You'll never know when they'll be pulled. I save them and use all my downloads on the first day my account refreshes just to be safe.

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Great album, OK sound quality

Webley

This is a pretty fab album, especially for those who love great, quirky pop with big vocal arrangements. The emusic version has some hiss, as though it is a dub from a very clean vinyl recording--I say that because there are no pops or crackles. The hiss is most pronounced during silences and quiet sections but effects the entire recording. Those looking for a pristine copy of this album may want to search elsewhere.

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Happy

jamesjszabo

I downloaded the title song Happy Together and I am happy with it.

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Not as good as I hoped

jcolton

This album contains songs that I've known since I bought a "Turtles' Greatest Hits" tape in high school: "Happy Together", "She'd Rather Be With Me", "She's My Girl", and "You Know What I Mean". Those are great! A couple of other nice songs were "Me About You", and "Too Young To Be One" (to the tune of Simple Gifts). Overall, though, the album wasn't as enjoyable as I had hoped.

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Pure Pop Paradise

whiterat

I wore out my big brother's LP nearly 40 years ago. The two huge hit singles are self-evident classics, but "Makin' My Mind Up," "Guide for the Married Man" and "Too Young to Be One" are just as indelible. "Guide for the Married Man," from the underrated 1967 Gene Kelly-directed comedy and written by John Williams & Leslie Bricusse (!), is absolute time-capsule material. Add "Like the Seasons," written by a young (then-labelmate at White Whale) Warren Zevon, and wacky Flo-&-Eddie-mode "Rugs of Woods and Flowers" to complete a pop classic.

They Say All Music Guide

The Turtles’ third original album (and their highest charting, peaking at number 25) was also their most rewarding, filled with mostly first-rate songs beautifully executed. The hits singles “Happy Together” and “She’d Rather Be with Me” (both authored by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon of the East Coast band the Magicians) helped propel the LP’s sales, but there was a cornucopia of superb music surrounding them. Opening with “Makin’ My Mind Up,” driven by horns and a jangly folk-rock guitar, the album pulls the listener through the goofy Hollywood-spawned pop of “Guide for the Married Man” (co-written by John Williams, and a third single off the LP, but not a hit) and the gentle Kaylan/Volman-composed “Think I’ll Run Away,” one of the two prettiest tunes on this record. And that’s just the first eight minutes — the weirdly trippy “Walking Song” and the Bonner/Gordon “Me About You” (the latter also a great showcase for Chip Douglas’ bass) also awaited listeners headed for “Happy Together.” Side two is no less impressive, offering a piece of psychedelic pop authored by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and the hauntingly beautiful “Like the Seasons,” the B-side to “Happy Together,” composed by a young Warren Zevon. The band saves its boldest satirical impulses for the finale, “Rugs of Woods and Flowers.” Its easy, unforced, quietly clever take on psychedelic pop makes this one of the more deceptively beguiling records of its era — as well as the best of the Turtles’ original albums. And ironically, Happy Together was also a better showcase for Bonner and Gordon’s music than their own band, the Magicians, ever gave them. – Bruce Eder

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