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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Japan
  • ASIN: B000EWBTC2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Format: Audio CD
CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by reputable reissue label Repertoire Records in 2005, contain 32 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with singles label & number, chart position, date of release, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 Summer in the City (Kama Sutra KA-211)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(3)/1966; CB Pop 1(2)/1966; RW Pop 1(1)/1966; UK 8/1966)(July 1966)*their biggest hit
02 Daydream (Kama Sutra KA-208)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(2)/1966; CB Pop 1(1)/1966; RW Pop 2(1)/1966; UK 2/1966)(February 1966)
03 Do You Believe in Magic? (Kama Sutra KA-201)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1965; CB Pop 8/1965; RW Pop 4/1965)(August 1965)
04 You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice (Kama Sutra KA-205)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1965; CB Pop 11/1965; RW Pop 9/1965)(November 1965)
05 Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x88ddf9b4) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8918b81c) out of 5 stars A Nearly Perfect Collection 20 Jun. 2006
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you were to purchase only one Lovin' Spoonful album, you can't go wrong with Repertoire's A's & B's. Granted, Rhino's single disc ANTHOLOGY (now out of print) and Buddha's Greatest Hits are both cheaper, but this two-disc collection is nearly perfect.

BRAVO's

All sixteen singles released between 1965 and 1968 are here, along with the flip sides. [Note: Only "Full Measure," the flip side of "Nashville Cats" charted. It peaked at No. 87.]

The 16-page booklet is filled with many pictures of the band that I haven't seen before. In addition, the picture sleeves are also included.

Even if you already own the four studio albums remastered by Buddha, there are several tracks included from the Spoonful's two soundtrack albums (WHAT'S UP, TIGER LILY? and YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW) and five tracks from the final Spoonful album, REVELATION REVOLUTION '69. That album was recorded after John Sebastian left the group, but Joe Butler has a fine voice and there are several memorable songs including the singles "Never Goin' Back" and "Me About You." [Note: This final album has never been released on CD.]

BOO's

My biggest gripe is the sequencing of the songs. They are neither presented chronologically, nor are the singles paired with their B-sides. So disc one starts with two of their 1966 hits before the appearance of their 1965 debut single "Do You Believe in Magic." In addition, Disc one contains a handful of B-sides, while disc two has a couple of A-sides. It would have made sense to present the songs chronologically with their flip sides, or at the very least put all the singles on one disc and the B-sides on the other.

Also, there is one single missing from this collection. Following Sebastian's successful (and unscheduled) appearance at Woodstock, Kama Sutra released "Younger Generation" b/w "Boredom" (both from EVERYTHING PLAYING) in 1970. [I suppose this didn't get included because by 1970, the Spoonful had splintered as a band two years earlier.]

Bottom line, the Spoonful were the feel-good band of the Sixties. To borrow a line from one of their biggest hits: "Just go and listen it'll start with a smile / It won't wipe off your face no matter how hard you try." VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88ddfeb8) out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! 26 May 2006
By Joseph K. Papa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I gambled on this thinking that mono single masters would be used to give that pure sound of the band which gets a little muffled in stereo recordings, it's getting harder and harder to find those gem mono lps for burning these days, so I plunked the money down. I don't need to review each track for if you are buying this , you already love John and the boys enough. It's in stereo and this is the trueist most wonderful recordings I have ever heard of the Spoonful, it sounds like they are standing and playing right in front of me, no exaggeration!!!!I hear every detail that the mono lps always revealed and longed to hear. My hats off to the engineers at Repertoire, now when are you going to reissue that Turtles material again!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89231648) out of 5 stars For Spoonful Fanatics Only....Like Me 20 Jun. 2012
By baldwin86 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First off, if you want the best sounding stereo Spoonful issues, get the BMG 2002 & 2003 reissues, also, I have the Razor & Tie soundtrack issue & it is great. I've always loved the What's Up Tiger Lily? album, the instrumental tracks are similar to the BMG bonus cuts, like the instrumental version of Vodoo in My Basement. A Cool Million is a superb R&B cut. I'm that kind of Spoonful nut, going back to 65 & 66, the Hit Parader days.

This German Import is no big deal at all, sound-wise, average at best. Maybe one day we'll see a mono issue, the Daydream Album especially, the stereo of You Didn't Have To Be So Nice has always been lacking. But I think the mono tapes are gone, maybe in Baltimore Harbor 35+ years ago, when Steve Boone's Blue Seas Studio sank. For a singles compilation, it's an odd issue. The songs are not in chronological order, nor are the cd's set up with the A sides on disc 1 & B sides on disc 2. Also, the singles are a mix of US & I guess Danish (since they have US & D after each cut), so most of the B sides were not the B sides US fans had seen. It does have a few cuts from the Joe Butler Revelation Revolution album, which other than Me About You & the great Never Goin Back, is crap.

So why should a Spoonful fan get this package? Because 90% of the photos are not familiar to me, so I assume they would be rare to most of the Spoonful fans. A great shot of Zal & John at the Isle of Wight festival in '70 or '71, Zal was in Kris Kristofferson's band and he, with a great big fu manchu mustache, joined John on stage. I saw this photo or one like it in an NME or Melody Maker paper way back when. It must've been a magical experience to see them together on stage. They look like they are having a blast. Other photos are from photo shoots that I had seen but not these particular shots, all worth having.

And there is a shot from the Big TNT Show, which brings me to a personal rant....where is the Big TNT Show on dvd? Where is the cd of a 1965 Night Owl Show that we were teased with in the 90's? And finally, there has to be tapes of the Spoonful practicing for their appearance in One Trick Pony. Just saying..... I want them all!

I love these guys, been living with the hand full of their albums for 45 years and they never let me down.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89bc3a44) out of 5 stars Track list correction...ignore star rating 30 May 2006
By Stephen Cummings - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The track listing for disc 2 printed on the case and found here at Amazon is incorrect. Track 8 is the version of "You're a Big Boy Now" that originally appeared as the B side of the "Six O'Clock" single. I like this version and way prefer it to "Pow!." On the single it was subtitled "The Finale," so I assume it played at the end of the film. ("Pow!," the tune listed as track 8, is not included.) "Forever," and "Lonely (Amy's Theme)," are swapped and actually appear in slots 16 and 15, respectively. Haven't checked disc 1.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x890afb58) out of 5 stars Lovin’ Spoonful Singles As & Bs (2 CDs): 32 songs; the best Greatest Hits; all the singles covering entire career; great sound. 28 Jun. 2015
By Dr. Joseph Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by reputable reissue label Repertoire Records in 2005, contain 32 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with singles label & number, chart position, date of release, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 Summer in the City (Kama Sutra KA-211)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(3)/1966; CB Pop 1(2)/1966; RW Pop 1(1)/1966; UK 8/1966)(July 1966)*their biggest hit
02 Daydream (Kama Sutra KA-208)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(2)/1966; CB Pop 1(1)/1966; RW Pop 2(1)/1966; UK 2/1966)(February 1966)
03 Do You Believe in Magic? (Kama Sutra KA-201)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1965; CB Pop 8/1965; RW Pop 4/1965)(August 1965)
04 You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice (Kama Sutra KA-205)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1965; CB Pop 11/1965; RW Pop 9/1965)(November 1965)
05 Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? (Kama Sutra KA-209)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(2)/1966; CB Pop 4/1966; RW 3(1)/1966)(March 1966)
06 Rain On The Roof (Kama Sutra KA-216)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1966; CB Pop 9/1966; RW Pop 6/1966)(October 1966)
07 Nashville Cats (Kama Sutra KA-219)(a-side)(BB Pop 8/1966; CB Pop 10/1966; RW Pop 8/1966; UK 26/1967)(December 1966)
08 Darling Be Home Soon (Kama Sutra KA-220)(a-side)(BB Pop 15/1967; CB Pop 15/1967; RW Pop 11/1967; UK 44/1967)(February 1967)*from “You’re A Big Boy Now”)
09 She Is Still A Mystery To Me (Kama Sutra KA-239)(a-side)(BB Pop 27/1967; CB Pop 16/1967; RW Pop 26/1967)(October 1967)
10 Six O’Clock (Kama Sutra KA-225)(a-side)(BB Pop 18/1967; CB Pop 17/1967; RW Pop 11/1967)(April 1967)
11 Never Going Back (Kama Sutra KA-250)(a-side)(BB Pop 73/1968; CB Pop 59/1968; RW Pop 56/1968)(July 1968)
12 Fishin’ Blues (Kama Sutra 618 007)(German b-side, August 1966)*from “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?”
13 Darlin’ Companion (Kama Sutra KA-220)(b-side, February 1967)
14 Bald Headed Lena (Kama Sutra KAS-200)(UK b-side, July 1966)
15 On The Road Again (Kama Sutra KA-201)(b-side, August 1965)
16 Revelation: Revolution ’69 (Kama Sutra KA-251)(b-side, September 1968)

DISC 2:
01 My Gal (Kama Sutra KA-205)(b-side, November 1965)
02 Butchie’s Tune (Kama Sutra KA-211)(US b-side, July 1966)
03 Full Measure (Kama Sutra KA-219)(b-side, December 1966)(BB Pop 87/1966; CB Pop 97/1966)*double sided hit.
04 Night Owl Blues (Kama Sutra KA-208)(b-side, February 1966)
05 Warm Baby (Kama Sutra KAS-201)(UK b-side, October 1966)
06 Only Pretty What A Pity (Kama Sutra KA-239)(b-side, October 1967)
07 You’re A Big Boy Now (Kama Sutra KA-231)(unreleased a-side, July 1967)*rare gem; from “You’re A Big Boy Now”
08 Pow (Theme from “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?”)(Kama Sutra KA-216)(US b-side, October 1966)*rare gem; from “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?”
09 (Til I) Run With You (Kama Sutra KA-251)(a-side)(BB Pop 128/1968; CB Pop 113/1968)(September 1968)*featuring Joe Butler.
10 Amazing Air (Kama Sutra KA-255)(b-side, January 1969)
11 Didn’t Want To Have To Do It (Kama Sutra KA-209)(b-side, March 1966) and (Kama Sutra KA-301X)(Canada b-side, June 1966)
12 Money (Kama Sutra KA-241)(a-side)(BB Pop 48/1968; CB Pop 40/1968; RW Pop 34/1968)(December 1967)
13 Close Your Eyes (Kama Sutra KA-241)(b-side, December 1967)
14 Me About You (Kama Sutra KA-255)(a-side)(BB Pop 91/1969; CB Pop 82/1969; RW Pop 90/1969)(January 1969)
15 Lonely (Amy’s Theme)(Kama Sutra KA-231)(b-side, July 1967)*rare gem; from “You’re A Big Boy Now”
16 Forever (Kama Sutra KA-250)(b-side, July 1968)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 There are many “Greatest Hits” out there. This current set is simply the definitive Greatest Hits of the Lovin’ Spoonful, covering their entire career with many rare gems.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a wonderful 16-page booklet, with an informative essay by Chris Welch. The label and number are included. There are many beautiful colourful picture sleeves. Good job!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The songs are not arranged chronologically.
2 There are 5 more songs missing in the Singles Discography:
(1) Jug Band Music (Kama Sutra KA-301X)(uncharted Canada a-side, June 1966)
(2) You're A Big Boy Now (The Finale)(from "You're A Big Boy Now")(Kama Sutra KA-225)(US b-side, April 1967)
(3) Younger Girl (Kama Sutra 617 110)(French b-side, 1967)
(4) Younger Generation (featuring John Sebastian)(Kama Sutra KA-505)(uncharted a-side, February 1970)
(5) Boredom (Kama Sutra KA-505)(b-side, February 1970)

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although the Lovin’ Spoonful has 15 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and found that they have 17 singles from 1965 – 1970 (37 songs, not 34 because there were 4 extra b-sides and 1 repeat release). There is only 1 label: Kuma Sutra.

COMPLETE ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY:

Not counting Greatest Hits, the Lovin’ Spoonful has 7 domestic album releases. Besides the five albums above, the other two are “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” and “You’re A Big Boy Now.” The above two albums are available as an expensive twofer, probably a Japanese import, which I have just purchased to complete my Lovin’ Spoonful collection.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Lovin’ Spoonful was a jug-rock band formed in New York, consisting of John Sebastian, Zalman Yanovsky, Steve Boone and Joe Butler. If you are looking for their albums, I would recommend “Original Album Classics” (my review elsewhere). I have collected quite a few Lovin’ Spoonful Greatest Hits over the years. This current 2 CD set is the best and definitive collection with great sound. This set is highly recommended.
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