Chip Douglas - The Turtles, Revisited

The Turtles, Revisited

As 1967 ended, The Monkees wanted to take full control of their music, and said farewell to Douglas, who returned to producing The Turtles. The first project was “The Turtles Present The Battle of the Bands” album, the name of which was taken from the title track, co-written by Douglas and Harry Nilsson. It also included two more Turtles’ chart toppers: “Elenore” and “You Showed Me,” which was the last Turtles’ hit.

Douglas later performed the song with Gene Clark in 1966, while he was a member of The Gene Clark Group. Originally an uptempo number, the slow, moody arrangement came about by accident. Douglas was demonstrating the song for vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, on an organ whose bellows was broken, requiring him to play it slowly. Douglas told them "This isn't the way it's supposed to sound," but Kaylan and Volman disagreed, thinking the new tempo would be perfect — correctly, as it happened.

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