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Do you Believe In Magic Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (20 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000069KG2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Ah, perfect. Finally replaced my old vinyl album lost years ago and this 'Spoonful re-issue is exactly as I remember it. Great songs written with a nice mixture of humour, romance, blues and it just damn good enjoyable music. Can't pick a good track, they're all good but as 'You didn't have to be so nice' was the one played in the clubs a lot then I'll give that favourite status on this album.You don't need track by track analysis, this is just a great album it was when I heard it in 1965 and it still is.
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An early showing of the incredible talent that John Sebastian would become. Jug band joy at its best. Summer of '65 as best I recall.
Ah, youth and jugband music.
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Brilliant first album from the best New York Rock outfit of the sixties. Sounds just as good on CD.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x986771a4) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
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HASH(0x9b3fc9a8) out of 5 stars The Magic's In the Music! 13 Aug. 2002
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
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In the fall of '65, The Spoonful burst onto the national scene with their Top Ten single, "Do You Believe in Magic." It was the first of a string of ten hits over the next two years. The other hit from their debut was a second John Sebastian-penned song, "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?" The other group originals (all written by Sebastian) were "Younger Girl," "On the Road Again" and the instrumental "Night Owl Blues," named for the Night Owl Cafe where the early Spoonful honed their music. [The Daydream reissue contains the complete 4:40 version as one of the bonus tracks.] The rest of the material consists of either traditional songs (like "Blues in the Bottle" and "Fishin' Blues") or writers Fred Neil ("Other Side of Life) and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil ("You Baby"). The lack of more original material was as much a result of the need to cut an album quickly after "Do You Believe In Magic" went Top Ten as it was a desire of the band to play the music they had been playing live.
The bonus tracks (all previously unreleased) include only one new song--a cover of the Hollywood Argyles' "Alley Oop" with lead guitarist Zal Yanovsky singing lead. "Younger Girl" is offered in a demo version. There are alternate--but similar--versions of "Blues in the Bottle" (with different lyrics) and "Wild About My Lovin'." And finally, an instrumental version of "Other Side of This Life." It would have been nice if they could also have included "Good Time Music"--a track they cut for Elektra before signing with Kama Sutra--but it's nice to see the Spoonful albums back in print. Now if they would also rerelease Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful and Everything Playing...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
PS: Do you think amazon.com will let me put in a plug for Rhino Records Handmade limited box set reissue of all five of John Sebastian's solo LPs?
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HASH(0x9828d27c) out of 5 stars Their first album and one of their best. 11 July 2010
By Craig Case - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first time I saw the Lovin' Spoonful was on TV and they were peforming "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice". That was the first time I saw a rocker with granny glasses. It was also the first time I saw that same rocker playing an autoharp, hardly the instrument of choice for most rock bands. The Lovin' Spoonful was one of those very special 60s bands that put as much care into their albums as they did their singles. They were a triple threat with 3 vocalists although John B Sebastian sang lead on most of their hits. They were a quaduple threat in that by the 4th album each member had written or co-written at least one track.
Now this abum is [...] for a reason--no extra tracks and runs about 30 minutes. If you think that's a ripoff may I remind all of you that in 1966 a mono LP went for $2.99 and stereo for a dollar more. So the price has only gone up 3 bucks in 40 years--not a bad deal.
Because the tracks aren't listed above, I'll discuss them in playing order.

1. Do You Believe in Magic?--Their first single and all of you know it by heart.
2. Blues in the Bottle--Sung by Zal
3. Sportin' Life--my favorite on the LP. It's a 4 minute slow blues with guitar and harp solos. Fabulous.
4. My Gal--b side of "Nice" and his gal is something. She drinks shoe polish and chases guys around with a razor.
5. You Baby--Sung by Joe. Not the Turtles single but a nice love song that was also included on a Sonny & Cher LP.
6. Fishin' Blues--short and to the point. Let's go fishin'!
7. Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind--You know this hit as well. It was release as their 4th single.
8. Wild About My Lovin'--A slow laid back song written and sung by John.
9. The Other Side of This Life--a very popular folkie tune sung by Joe.
10. Younger Girl--written and sung by John. You know the tune. The Critters had a hit with it.
11. On the Road Again--Sung by John. This was the B side of "Magic" and not to be confused with the Canned Heat tune.
12. Nite Owl Blues--(instrumental) The Spoonful rave up. The first half is harp and the second is guitar. It fades out at the 3 minute mark. There's a 4:40 version on the extended edition of the Daydream CD.

So here it is and what an album. One of the best from 1966.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3fc870) out of 5 stars John Sebastian and friends make happy happy music 11 Feb. 2003
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is rather amazing how many folk-rock groups from the Sixties put out great debut albums and then never got to that same height ever again. The Byrds put out six stellar albums before they imploded, but they were always in a whole different league when it came to folk-rock, but for every rare exception to the rule like Buffalo Springfield (whose second album was their best), the standard history was more like the Beau Brummels and the Lovin' Spoonful where the first album, in this case "Do You Believe in Magic," was as good as it was going to get. I know there are inherent reasons for this, the main one being that the first album usually represents the best songs culled from two or three albums worth of materials that a group has in their repertoire when they sign a recording contract.
"Do You Believe in Magic" gets to be the album's title simply because the title track had already been a major hit of the summer of 1965. John Sebastian establishes the group's happy sound with the album's other bit hit, "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind" and "Younger Girl." Sebastian was obviously the group's major talent, mainly because he was the one writing the songs, while the rest of the album were peppy versions of traditional songs such as "Blues in the Bottle" and "Wild About My Lovin'', which tend to remind me of an old fashioned jug band (again, totally in keeping the Lovin' Spoonful's happy happy sound).
I probably would give this 1965 album (originally released on the Kama Sutra label in a nice touch of irony) five stars but one of the great things about all these CD reissues is that they go back and raid the vaults to see what else they can find. On "Do You Believe in Magic" this means the demo version of "Younger Girl," alternate vocals for "Blues in the Bottle" and "Wild About My Lovin'," an instrumental version of "Other Side of This Life," and a fun little cover of the novelty hit "Alley Oop."
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x985c86b4) out of 5 stars Confident debut from magical act 24 Aug. 2002
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Lovin' Spoonful burst on the scene like America's answer to The Beatles; John Sebastian's tuneful, melodic hits brightened AM radio and reminded one what was so vital about American music to begin with. While not quite as strong as their second album, Magic features 5 strong originals by Sebastian and this remastered edition also features outtakes and alternate versions of more familiar material. The title track still retains its original magic more than 30 years on. As a child I remember being capitvated by this melodic classic. It's no exaggeration to say that it perfectly captures the navity of youth. It also captures the very mystery of infatuation.
Lovingly remastered with extension liner notes, Magic is restored to its former glory. While previous reissues sounded very good, this is the first time the album has been remastered from the original master tapes. Believed to be lost for the better part of a decade, it's nice to rediscover this fine album finally the way it was meant to be heard.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaadecdc8) out of 5 stars Good Times 15 Sept. 2008
By Todd D. Alt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I recently bought this one on vinyl and CD. I believe that this was one of the first records I ever owned. I don't really even know where my original record went as it just disappeared over the years. Listening to this music again really took me back. Back to a time when music was just fun to listen to and made you feel good. These guys were the first musical group that I looked up to and they meant more to me at the time than the Beatles for me. I had their pictures on my wall in my bedroom just like every kid does when they are young. Listening to the Spoonful makes you realize just how the trend of popular music slowly went from a lighthearted fun time to a slow slide into the darkness represented by such bands as the Doors. Of course I loved the Doors and you can't really compare such artists but it it relevant to note the changes in our music and our society and the relationship between the two. The music of the Spoonful is just a great way to uplift your mood and for us oldies you have to get past the nostagia. Sound quality is only so good when you get these discs on CD, so don't be dismayed by over expectations. I would recommend that anyone who was a kid back in the day re live the sixties with these guys as you can almost close your eyes and be back to those days. For young people this music can be a way to lighten up, but beware these guys didn't have tattoos or piercings.
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