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  • Audio CD (22 Jan. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0000032RY
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. God Time Music
2. Do You Believe In Magic
3. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
4. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind
5. You Baby
6. Younger Girl
7. Fishin' Blues
8. Daydream
9. Jug Band Music
10. Didn't Want To Have To Do It
11. Summer In The City
12. Pow
13. Rain On The Roof
14. Nashville Cats
15. Full Measure
16. Lovin' You
17. Coconut Grove
18. Darlin' Be Home Soon
19. You're A Big Boy Now
20. Lonely (Amy's Theme)
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This anthology contains all of the many hit singles plus the best album tracks of Lovin' Spoonful's tuneful folky pop music. The sound can perhaps best be described as optimistic, summery pop music, as it is very different from the folk of for example early Dylan, Seeger or Baez, more in the vein of The Mamas And The Papas. Summer In The City stands out with its hooting car horns and other appropriate SFX, but my favourite is the lovely and evocative Rain On The Roof. I also love their take on country in Nashville Cats, quite a humorous little number, and Full Measure which sounds not too far from the Byrds. Never Going Back is another strong track with country influences. The same is true for Darling Be Home Soon with its wistful air and poetic lyrics, while She Is Still A Mystery has some nice psychedelic touches. Come to think of it, Lovin' Spoonful's music evokes a beautiful water-colour painting of an autumn country scene. The Anthology is a very accomplished collection; the only reason I'm giving it only four stars is because I'm at heart a rock 'n roller and when it comes to folk music, I like a bit of profundity, if not outright doom and gloom. But for those who love melodic pop music, this album is a masterpiece.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The Spoonful Will Make You Believe in Magic 30 Dec. 1999
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It was welcome news (and about time!) when I read that the Lovin' Spoonful would be among the Class of 2000 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March. However, this news is still offset by the fact that all of their original albums (except the two-fer soundtrack set What's Up Tiger Lily/You're a Big Boy Now) are regretably out of print in the U.S. [Hey, Kama Sutra, are you listening! And surely there are unreleased, live and/or alternate take tracks lying in the vaults to be used as bonus tracks.]
In the meantime, this set from Rhino is a good sampling of the infectious, goodtime music that was the trademark of John Sebastion, Zal Yanovsky (for a real treat try to locate his solo "Alive and Well in Argentina"), Steve Boone and Joe Butler. All the hits are here: "Do You Believe in Magic," "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind," "Daydream, "Summer in the City," along with key album tracks like "Fishin' Blues," "Jug Band Music" and "Lovin' You."
Tracks 1-20 feature the classic Spoonful lineup; 21-24 are with Jerry Yester replacing Zal. This version of the band made some good music, but a lot of the magic left with Zal. Tracks 25 and 26 are essentially Joe Butler solo tracks--but "Never Goin' Back" (NOT "Never Coming Back" as listed!) is a terrific song and blends in well with the Spoonful oeuvre.
Until the Spoonful's first three studio albums (Do You Believe in Magic, Daydream and Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful) are back in print, buy this CD and enjoy one of the most celebrated and talented American pop bands of the mid-Sixties.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The forgotten princes of sixties pop 16 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It really was quite sad to watch the Lovin' Spoonful FINALLY be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and to see that virtually nobody there cared at all about them. Because their music wasn't all that topical, 'serious', or heavy...it's an alarming reality that the songs of the Spoonful are now only used to sell cleaning agents and autos. One listen to this superb selection by John Sebastian and his band clearly illustrates that they are one of the greatest and, dare I say, most overlooked bands of the sixties...and Sebastian is one of the most shamefully ingnored songwriters.
The Lovin' Spoonful was a band that could successfully shift with ease from folk music to pop to jug band to rock and to, yes, even mild psychelia within the span of barely two years. It was their sheer love of 'the song' and their willingness to channel all of these different styles that made them so great and that make these tunes so unbelievably appealing.
Of all the Spoonful collections that are now out there, I'd have to say that the ANTHOLOGY on Rhino is still the must-have. It's a great overview and introduction to a band that needs to be introduced more. Comprehensive liner notes with comments about individual songs from our hero, John Sebastian, gives this one the edge over the other best-of packages. A few good listens to the tracks contained within and just about anyone can see that the songs of John Sebastian are as universal and timeless as those of the great pre-rock composers like Cole Porter or Rodgers and Hart or Irving Berlin. "Darling Be Home Soon" alone is worth the price of admission, and that's one of their lesser hits.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excellent overview of this fine, underrated band 18 Nov. 1999
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although hardly definitive (how could it be at one disc?), Anthology presents many of the best singles and album tracks recorded by this terrific, underrated 60's band. Many folks seem to forget that the Spoonful were favorably compared to the Beatles, Byrds and their other contemporaries. John Sebastian is, without a doubt, one of the finest song writers to have worked in the rock-pop idiom. The singles are punchy, full of hooks and strong harmonies that rival the best of both the Beatles and Beach Boys.
Rhino has done its usual fine job of remastering the music. Although the linear notes could be a bit more instructive (i.e., it would have been interesting to learn a little more about the recordings from the entire band), they do a fine job of distilling what was going on at the time and inspired Sebastian to write some of the material.
Best of all, this anthology restores some lustre to a band that has been lost in the hoopla and revisionist history by rock critics.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good Folk-Rock Psychedelia 10 Sept. 2004
By Squid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Short & sweet. Thi has all the hits, plus my personal faves "Money", Six O'Clock", She Is Still A Mystery" and "Full Measure". In fact, the only one that's not on here is "Night Owl Blues", a harmonica-based blues that's right up there with Muddy or Howlin' Wolf. I give this 5 stars, just wish it had "NOB" on it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I love the Lovin' Spoonful 2 Dec. 2001
By Rebekah Beall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My dad introduced me to the Lovin' Spoonful's music, and I have loved them ever since. I think they are highly underrated for a band that produced such wonderful songs as Do You Believe in Magic, Day Dream (which I might add influenced Paul McCartney to write Good Day Sunshine), and the almost PERFECT and absolutely GORGEOUS Darlin' Be Home Soon (if you've never heard it you're missing out on something beautiful). This cd covers all the classics and many more songs that are incredibly fun to listen to. All I can say is the Lovin' Spoonful makes me happy, and I'd recommend this cd to anyone.
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