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Album Review

The BMG Heritage budget series Platinum & Gold Collection works best when it covers those artists who have a short discography of prize-winners, since 12 songs may be all that most listeners need to hear of the Real McCoy or the Verve Pipe. The Lovin' Spoonful, of course, enjoyed a long, fruitful career and easily fill up a compilation with more than two dozen excellent songs. Their edition of the Platinum & Gold Collection may satisfy a few listeners who need the most basic introduction available, but a true appreciation for the group necessitates something on the order of Buddha's Greatest Hits volume of 2000. Here, alongside the group's biggest hits — "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," "Do You Believe in Magic?," "Daydream," and "Summer in the City" — appear a bare few more of their standards: "Didn't Want to Have to Do It," "Six O'Clock," and "Younger Girl."


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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