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Album Review

One of the most joyful bands of the mid- to late '60s, the Lovin' Spoonful, led by John Sebastian's songwriting and singing, had a string of good-time hits in the latter part of the decade, all of which are here, including the classics "Do You Believe in Magic," "Daydream," and the thundering "Summer in the City," as well as two-thirds of the infectious did/didn't series, "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind," "Didn't Want to Have to Do It" (not included in this set) and "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," all three of which have refreshingly simple melodies and approaches. There are several other Spoonful collections on the market, and most of them will have these same songs, so there's no particular reason to seek this one out over any of the others. The essential hits from this fun band are here, though.


Formed: 1965 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '80s, '90s

Right on the tails of the Beau Brummels and the Byrds, the Lovin' Spoonful were among the first American groups to challenge the domination of the British Invasion bands in the mid-'60s. Between mid-1965 and the end of 1967, the group was astonishingly successful, issuing one classic hit single after another, including "Do You Believe in Magic?," "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," "Daydream," "Summer in the City," "Rain on the Roof," "Nashville Cats," and "Six O'Clock." Like most of the folk-rockers,...
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