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Greatest Hits [Original recording remastered]

The Lovin' Spoonful Audio CD
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1. Do You Believe In Magic?
2. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
3. Daydream
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
13. Pow
14. Nashville Cats
15. (Sittin' Here) Lovin' You
16. Darlin' Companion
17. Coconut Grove
18. Full Measure
19. Darling Be Home Soon
20. Lonely
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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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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation from a great band Sept. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Lovin' Spoonful were one of the greatest rock bands of the sixties, but these days they have become forgotten. Why? THESE GUYS ARE A GREAT BAND! The mere fact that their music has become forgotten fills me with rage, because it's about a thousand times better than the junk that gets radioplay these days. Fortunately, the record company remembered them, and released this - this is their best known hits compilation. Read on for my review.
PROS:
-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.
CONS:
-Here's a few words you won't hear from me very often - This compilation is virtually flawless.
OVERALL:
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 60's Jan. 31 2014
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Great CD from a great band from the 60's... If you are over 50 you are going to love this CD, and will be singing along at the top of your lungs with John Sebastian.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lovin' spoonful greatest hits July 2 2013
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this c.d. has a few tracks I can remember from the 60's but a lot of the tracks are new to me, good sound track production.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lovin' Spoonful Greatest Hits Jan. 29 2013
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I Have been into the 60s music since it originally came out on LP . It's great to hear all these wonderful groups again If you are into Retro music this should be one for your collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album Sept. 13 2012
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I remember these tunes from my childhood and man are they great....

The lyrics evoke warm memories and transport the listener to places, times and experiences in life that are the foundation of the human experience.....

This band is just awesome.
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In the summer of '65 I turned 14. It was virtually impossible not to be mesmorized by the sounds eminating from my little Radio Shack transistor radio. The Beatles were at the height of their popularity and Motown was churning out one memorable tune after another. I went on vacation with my parents for two weeks in mid-July and when I returned a couple of hippies I had never heard of---Sonny and Cher--had several records on the charts!! It was difficult to decide which 45's to buy with the limited resources from my paper route. It was about this time that two rockers from Long Island teamed up with two folkies from Greenwich Village to form what would become the Lovin' Spoonful. They would become one of my all-time favorite bands. The debut single "Do You Believe In Magic" quickly raced up the charts and became a Top Ten smash. Over the next year and a half the group would place another 6 tunes in the Top 10. The biggest of these, "Summer in the City" reached number one for 3 weeks in August 1966. To me, the amazing thing about the Spoonful was that no two tunes sounded the same.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great folk-rock group of the late sixties Aug. 24 2003
By Peter Durward Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Lovin' Spoonful were formed (as were the Mamas and Papas) following the break-up of a folk-rock group in the sixties called the Mugwumps that only lasted a few months.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' Spoonful Greatest Hits
Good compiliation of Lovin' Spoonful hits. Great for collectors of albums from the 60's and 70's. Do You Believe in Magic, Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind and Summer in... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Debbie A
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing quality
The cd "The Lovin Spoonful Greatest hits was disappointing.
I loved Rock and Roll(before it died in the late 1908's)and this band during their popular days for their 'Good... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2011 by Patrick Ahern
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' Spoonful - Greatest Hits
Brilliant artistry and lovely reproduction of the Spoonful classics.. Greatest Hits attests to the groups rich musical diversity and accomplishments as musicians.. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2011 by Andrew St Paul Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Biggest and Best Mouthful of the Lovin Spoonful
I had a couple of inexpensive cd's of the Loving Spoonful and what a waste of money. The mastering was horrible like someone had an old album recorded it onto a cassette and then... Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Charles M. Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lovin' Spoonful's good time music.
The Lovin' Spoonful is often unrecognized for their other great songs in their catalog besides the ones we all know: "Do You Believe In Magic", "Daydream",... Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by Josh P.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVIN' THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL
If you're looking for one cd collection that has "the hits" and the best memories of "The Lovin' Spoonful" this "Best Of" is the one. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by Michael G. Batcho
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin Spoonful
I think it is really good. My favorite songs are "Summer In the City" and "Money." I also think it sounds really good.
Published on Sept. 13 2003
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