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John B. Sebastian & Four Of Us & Tarzana Kid & Welcome Back & In Concert Dvd CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set


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  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
  • Label: Demon Music Group
  • ASIN: B00G7BZEFW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Red-eye Express
2. She's a Lady
3. What She Thinks About
4. Magical Connection
5. You're a Big Boy Now
6. Rainbows All Over Your Blues
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sitting in Limbo
2. Friends Again
3. Dixie Chicken
4. Stories We Could Tell
5. Face of Appalachia
6. Wild Wood Flower
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Lovin' You
2. You're a Big Boy Now
3. She's a Lady
4. Rain On the Roof
5. Daydream
6. Jug Band Music
See all 10 tracks on this disc

Product Description

All four Reprise solo studio albums from the Lovin’s Spoonful’s John Sebastian plus a DVD of a solo concert, broadcast from a BBC TV studio in October 1970, commercially released for the first time ever, in a handsome digipak. The booklet includes an interview conducted in September 2013 by notewriter Paul Myers exclusively for this release, in which Sebastian tells the stories behind each of the four albums. John is helped out by an extraordinary array of musicians: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Buddy Emmons, Dallas Taylor, Harvey Brooks, Paul Harris, The Ikettes, Felix Pappalardi, Mac Rebennack, Lowell George, the Pointer Sisters, David Lindley, David Grisman, Amos Garrett, Phil Everly, Ry Cooder and Emmylou Harris.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb 2014
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I`ve waited so long for this.
In 1970 I bought John Sebastian`s self-titled debut solo LP, having been a big fan of The Lovin` Spoonful. I wasn`t disappointed, and played the living hell out of it. Hearing it again after so many years (stupidly sold all my LPs twenty years ago) I was almost in tears.
There are a handful of what I think of as `special people` in rock music, and I can`t quite explain my choices: for example, Ray Davies, John Fogerty, Rick Danko, Lowell George - and John Sebastian. Something to do with being a catalyst for others, but it`s more than that. Be that as it may...
This lovingly packaged deluxe box-set consists of two discs, bursting with musical joie de vivre, of JS`s first four 1970s solo albums, plus a live `70s DVD. To me it is the answer to a thousand prayers, a compilation that is much more than I`d ever dared hope for.
If I went through every track, we`d be here all night, so I`ll try and give a flavour of what`s here.
The `John B. Sebastian` debut album is utterly wonderful, with the gloriously upbeat opener Red-Eye Express an uplifting song about being on the move that will surely bring a daft grin to the glummest face:

Hurry up Laurie, hurry up Sue...

It`s followed by the tenderly lovely She`s A Lady, which could only have been written in the late sixties (the LP took two years to get a release, much to the impatience of JS et al). In this song, as in so many, he shows what a fine lyricist he is:

She`s a lady
and I chanced to meet her in my scufflin` days
She`s a lady
hypnotised me there that day
I came to play in my usual way, hey -
Floatin` along with a whimsical twinkln` in her strange green eyes
`Linger with me`, she said `Yes`
and oh! the time did fly...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2014
UK released February 2014 on Edsel EDSG 8039 - this 2CD/1DVD features the four Reprise albums John Sebastian made after he left The Lovin' Spoonful in 1968. It also sports a Previously Unreleased Concert recorded for the BBC "In Concert" TV Program and broadcast 16 October 1970 - approved by the artist himself - it makes its DVD debut here. Here's are the finite details...

Disc 1 (75:57 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are his debut solo LP "John B. Sebastian" - release January 1970 in the USA on Reprise RS 6379 and April 1970 in the UK on Reprise RSLP 6379
Tracks 12 to 19 are his 2nd studio album "The Four Of Us" - released in the USA August 1971 on Reprise RS 2041 and Reprise K 44149 in the UK
Tracks 20 and 21 are "Give Us A Break" and "Music For People Who Don't Speak English" - released February 1972 - they are the non-album A&B sides of a USA 7" single on Reprise 1074

Disc 2 (63:25 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are his 3rd studio album "Tarzana Kid" - released in the USA September 1974 on Reprise MS 2187 and November 1974 in the UK on Bearsville K 54028
Tracks 11 to 20 are his 4th studio album "Welcome Back" - released in the USA April 1976 on Reprise MS 2249 and Reprise K 54074 in the UK.

The presentation on this reissue is top-notch - a four-way foldout digipak with a chunky 36-page booklet featuring recording details, lyrics, photos, an essay on his career by noted writer PAUL MYERS, pictures of the original album labels and even personal photos supplied by Catherine Sebastian. Phil Rynston at Tall Order has done the mastering and the sound is uniformly great throughout.

The first album sounds amazing if not stylistically mixed up and out of time (recorded in 1968 but released until early 1970).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Feb 2014
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Since I discovered them - and despite a catty remark at their expense by one half of the indomitable Steely Dan duo (Becker, in this instance) - I've always had some time and quite a lot of love for The Lovin' Spoonful. Not only did they do Daydream, You're A Big Boy Now, and the fabulous Summer In The City (my favourite version of which is actually by Quincy Jones), and many other great tunes, but they even did a soundtrack to a Woody Allen movie! All the songs mentioned above are by Spoonful front man John B. Sebastian, and as much as I like the Lovin' Spoonful (great name, for starters), I like solo Sebastian even more... and not just 'cause he has a great name ;o).

I was loaned Faithful Virtue some years back, and the result has been a longstanding desire to get hold of all this music*. And now I can, and for only £12.99 (at the time of writing). Plus there's the added bonus of an in concert DVD, recorded in 1970 for the venerable ol' BBC. Of the four albums compiled in both this and that other older set, the first and third - the first being eponymous, whilst the third is called The Tarzana Kid - are my favourites. His contractual obligation fulfilling Welcome Back is much better than the scenario of its begetting suggests (the core rhythm section are the early back-line of Toto), and the only album I'm less keen on is the second, The Four Of Us (what was side one is dominated by a road-warrior rock'n'roll vibe, whilst side two is a side-long conceptual suite about life on the road).

Not only has Sebastian got a terrific voice, he's also a great guitarist and songwriter.
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