Greatest Hits Original recording remastered
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|1. Do You Believe In Magic?|
|2. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice|
|4. You Baby|
|5. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?|
|6. Wild About My Lovin'|
|7. Younger Girl|
|8. On The Road Again|
|9. Didn't Want To Have To Do It|
|10. Jug Band Music|
|11. Summer In The City|
|12. You And Me And Rain On The Roof|
|14. Nashville Cats|
|15. (Sittin' Here) Lovin' You|
|16. Darlin' Companion|
|17. Coconut Grove|
|18. Full Measure|
|19. Darling Be Home Soon|
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Way more than a spoonful of their best-26 tracks on one CD! This is their first collection digitally remastered from the original master tapes, so their Top 10 hits Summer in the City; Daydream; Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?; Nashville Cats; Do You Believe in Magic; You Didn't Have to Be So Nice , and Rain on the Roof have never sounded better.
It almost feels as though The Lovin' Spoonful have been edged out of history, sidelined as a whimsical footnote to the West Coast Sound. Yet few of their contemporaries matched such huge, magnificent hits as "Daydream" or "Summer In The City", and few in history have matched the transcendent "Do You Believe In Magic?", a record that can still turn January into June ("I'd tell you about the magic that can free your soul/But it's like trying to tell a stranger about rock'n'roll..."). Legend has it that The Spoonful auditioned en masse for The Monkees. They'd have been good at it, having the right candy-sweet sound and a warm good humour always in evidence. But it wouldn't have lasted: lead songwriter John Sebastian was too wilful and idiosyncratic, the closest thing to an American Ray Davies on songs like "Younger Generation", a prescient meditation on the hippy generation's future parental dilemmas. Greatest Hits is a fine introduction to this great and perennially underrated band. --Taylor Parkes
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-If you're the casual Lovin' Spoonful fan, it's doubtful this compilation will fail to please you. Just about every big hit is here. Among them are Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind, Summer In The City, Do You Believe In Magic, and You Didn't Have To Be So Nice.
-Many highly underrated masterpieces found their way onto this compilation. Among them is You're A Big Boy Now, featured in the film of the same name.
-This is an affordable compilation.
-Most major retailers of compact discs carry this compilation, so you shouldn't have to look to hard for it.
-TWENTY-FIVE SONGS ON ONE DISC?! Sweet.
-Here's a few words you won't hear from me very often - This compilation is virtually flawless.
If you're a casual fan of the Lovin' Spoonful, then I suggest picking this up. This, my friends, is REAL rock and roll, not the junk that's been flooding the mainstream in recent years.
In Britain, they are mainly remembered for Summer in the city (a top ten UK hit and an American chart-topper) and Daydream (a number two hit in both Britain and America), though they also had some minor UK hits. They were far more successful in America, where they had many more big hits, beginning with their first single, Do you believe in magic, an American top ten.
One of their songs, Nashville cats, takes an affectionate look at country music's musicians. The group never ventured into country music themselves, though Dolly Parton did a fine cover of Lovin' you on her Here you come again album and John Sebastian (lead singer of the Lovin' Spoonful) was a guest on the same singer's Treasures album in the nineties.
The original version of Lovin' you is included in this compilation. Some other great songs to be found here include You don't have to be so nice, Did you ever have to make up your mind, Younger girl and Darling be home soon.
Yet perhaps the most interesting song is Younger generation, which takes an amusing look at the problems of growing up and how attitudes change as one gets older.
The good-time music of the Lovin' Spoonful sounds as good today as it ever did. There are many compilations around though there is very little difference between the track listings of most of them. If you enjoy good-time sixties music, this is for you.
Lead singer John Sebastian was also an incredibly gifted songwriter. The evidence of this can be found throughout the 26 selections on this incredible CD. Believe me, there is no filler on this CD. You will find what I discovered years ago.
Even the "B" sides of Spoonful records were amazing!!! Check out tunes like "Didn't Want To Have To Do It", "Younger Girl" and "You're A Big Boy Now".
Unfortunately the party was short lived. Lead guitarist Zal Yanovsky left the band in 1967 and was replaced by Jerry Yester. About a year later John Sebastian left to pursue a solo career and the group disbanded.Read more ›
This collection includes two of my personal all time favorites of The Spoonful: "Rain On The Roof" (caught up in that summer shower . .. maybe we'll be caught for hours . . .waitin' out the rain) and "Darlin Companion"! I first heard John sing as a duet with Mama Cass Elliot (possibly a carry-over from "The Mugwumps?). This song brings back a great memory of them both together . . .and it's a great neat song to boot.
This cd brings back many many happy memories of younger years. But it's much more than that. The songs and music are timeless and hold up well over these decades. It sounds as good or even better now, today, than it first did a-way back then. My thanks go out to "The Lovin' Spoonful" for this great album of truly wonderful songs and music.
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Great album. I love the music of John Sebastian and we have a CANADIAN in the band. This is a good compilation of their music.Published 6 months ago by brian edward kirton