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Greatest Hits Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 7 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • Run Time: 66.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004KD24
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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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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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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Brilliant artistry and lovely reproduction of the Spoonful classics.. Greatest Hits attests to the groups rich musical diversity and accomplishments as musicians.. it is as contemporary today as it was "in the day"... in cross over pop/rock and country scene/genres... give it a go, you will find it is good value for money.
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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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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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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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One of the truly worthwhile things about the Internet (and Amazon's review forum) is that music lovers can exchange ideas, trivia, opinions and remembrances about their favorite artists. So it has been fun for me, a lifelong Spoons fan, to read others' contributions here. Like Peter Castanos, I am also a devotee of Bill Inglot and Rhino. They will always have my thanks and admiration for the CDs they issue. But I always thought Rhino's Spoons anthology sounded pretty rough. It was clear to me after I heard it that Rhino did not have access to the original tapes, and I think Inglot did the best he could with what he had. So, this new Buddha collection is the one to buy. Like Peter, I A-B'd the two. But unlike Peter, I think the sound on this one is much more than a slight improvement over Rhino's effort. I can hear nuances in Joe's singing and drumming, Zally's guitar licks, Steve's bass lines and piano playing, and John's singing and strumming that I've never heard before. As with Sony's remastered Byrds CDs, listening to Buddha's remastered Spoons CD is akin to hearing the songs for the first time. If your CD collection lacks music by the Lovin' Spoonful, and the band's hits are all you desire, then get this CD. It's essential listening. I'm still going to buy all the original Spoons CDs if and when they're released because the band created too many other good songs ("Fishin' Blues," "Butchie's Tune," "Let the Boy Rock and Roll," "Boredom" to name but a few) to stop with this hits collection, but this one will stay in my CD player till then.
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