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on 3 November 2010
One of the best tracks on the album is titled "Do you believe in magic"and after listening to this collection I would have to say that the whole album is just that-MAGIC! Probably one of the most underrated bands of the 60s, the Spoonful with mastermind John B Sebastian produced some wonderfully diverse music. Iconic tracks such as 'Summer in the city' and 'Daydream' are the two most famous but I can honestly say that every other track is superb. This is definitely one of the best value collections you could ever buy and at a ridiculously low price. Thoroughly recommended!
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John Sebastian's songs sum up that innocent part of the sixties just before the multi-coloured sights and sounds of psychedelia began to take over. The Lovin Spoonful were the most popular group in America in 1966 with hit after hit of charming and simplistic folk/blues based pop music. Unlike their contemporaries The Byrds, Sebastian knew what made young people tick within a three minute tune, hence songs about young romance, growing up pains, and hot Summer days were very much in evidence, but always combined with a tongue-in-cheek twist.
Not surprisingly the group were asked to record songs for two comedy films during this period, 'What's Up Tiger Lily?' and the coming of age classic 'You're A Big Boy Now'. It's good to see that featured songs are included; 'Pow' from the former film and 'You're...', 'Darlin' Be Home Soon', and the instrumental 'Lonely (Amy's Theme), from the latter, are available on this CD.
Relish the early Spoonful sound of the hits 'Do You Believe In Magic', 'Daydream', and what better tune sums up hot sweaty days in the smoke than the No1. single 'Summer In The City'. In addition there are some beautiful, lazy songs like 'Younger Girl', 'You Didn't Have To Be So Nice', and apparently one of Paul Weller's favourite songs, the spine-tingling, 'Coconut Grove', in which the melody and lyrics 'Tonight we'll find a dune that's ours, and softly she'll speak the stars', will break even the hardest of hearts.
After guitarist, Zal Yanovsky left in 1967, the Spoonful struggled commercially, but this CD takes into account their later flops, which is just as well as the John and the boys were still in top form. 'She's A Still Mystery' showed a more mature edge to Sebastian's songwriting, the young girls he once chased, now grown up, he now finds to difficult to understand; 'Boredom', the ultimate pastiche of life on the road, 'I feel about as local as a fish in a tree', and the cynically amusing 'Money' with the background sound of a typewriter scroll being returned at the end of each bar.
After Sebastian left in 1968 the death knell began to sound for this once incredible group, and as a result only the country-tinged 'Never Goin' Back' features from this period, plus John's first solo single 'She's A Lady'.
I love The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, but there's no other band who I return to so much as The Lovin' Spoonful. I believe that this CD is a generous introduction into the band and I would recommend it to anyone who loves short, snappy, uncomplicated pop songs.
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on 7 April 2000
Lovin' Spoonful, I belive were one of the best bands of the sixties and this album encompasses every thing that is good about the band. From the lazy rock of Summer in the City to the exuberance of Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind this is an album that will make you want to kick off your shoes and dance on the grass! (honest!)
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on 21 March 2016
Though they were they were often compared to The Monkees, and were once seen by some as America’s answer to the Beatles, the name of this short-lived, New York folk-pop group – which was taken from a Mississippi John Hurt song – isn’t one that springs readily to the lips of sixties-obsessed hipsters. That is probably because when two of their members got busted for marijuana possession - Zally Yanofksy (guitar/vocals) and Steve Boone (bass) – the pair co-operated with the police and their dealer got arrested, which led them to be ostracised by counterculture freaks. That fate is a shame, as this good-looking, 18 track CD shows pretty successfully.

Short and sweet, it features all of their big hits from the mid- to late-1960s – including the languid ‘Daydream’, the unusually rock-y ‘Summer In The City’, the infectiously optimistic ‘Do You Believe in Magic?’, and the yearning ‘Darling Be Home Soon’ - and it pitches in quite a few songs that aren’t so familiar. These include the original version of lead singer/songwriter John Sebastian's ‘Younger Girl’ - which was a hit for The Critters - and the John Barry-esque instrumental ‘Lonely (Amy's Theme)’, from the early Francis Ford Coppola film Youre a Big Boy Now [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC].
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on 7 July 2011
The Spoonful produced music that was fun beyond all else. This CD, a re-issued album I have somewhere on a record, has many of their most loved hits including Do You Believe in Magic, Jug Band Music, Younger Genration, Yoinger Girl, Summer In The City. 18 tracks in all! If you like them you may well have most or all of them already.
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on 6 September 2013
A basic compilation that could have been a little fuller and more imaginative, but a good and inexpensive reminder of what a fine group The Lovin' Spoonful were. John Sebastian is an oft overlooked songwriter almost out of the top drawer. 'Summer In The City' still takes some beating.
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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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on 20 August 2011
Virtually every big and modest hit included! Sounds great...arrived shrink-wrapped, and fully illustrates the incredible talent of John Sebastian and the Spoonful. Nice liner notes and what a bargain! Their music is folk, it's pop, it's rock, really happy and cool. And these are all ORIGINAL HITS...No re-records! Do You Believe In Magic? Then buy this nifty CD! Enjoy!
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on 12 September 2014
A very uplifting album, full of cheerful, foot-tapping tracks that should be in the collection of anyone who loves the sixties and its more positive optomistic side.
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on 6 September 2013
The songs are unique and can only be brilliant and different and great,mmm so many great times in that era musically speaking they are truly quite something Brill
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