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Do You Believe In Magic

The Lovin' Spoonful

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Early supporters of The Lovin' Spoonful included The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Fred Neil (they cover his “Other Side of This Life”), and Phil Spector (they cover his “You Baby”)—so it’s no surprise that the Spoonful's 1965 debut album is as diverse a musical statement as anything released that year. There’s traditional blues (“Blues in a Bottle”), jugband adaptations (“My Gal”), and a Henry Thomas ragtime classic (“Fishin’ Blues,” later covered by Taj Mahal and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Some of it sounds kind of British Invasion–esque, but these guys were Yankees all the way. (Though bandleader John Sebastian rightfully credited The Beatles for reminding them of their own American roots.) “Nightowl Blues” reflects the band’s Greenwich Village home turf, which gave them a rich folk history from which to rise. The folky beauty in Sebastian’s own “Younger Girl” and “On the Road Again” equals his ear-bending ability to translate classic Americana into rock ’n’ roll. The insanely catchy title song made the band pop stars; it’s a joy-provoking sing-along that sweetly straddles a jangle of electric autoharp and Zal Yanovsky’s arpeggiated guitar.

Customer Reviews

WOO HOO First Review!

THe Lovin' Spoonful: Under-Rated Group. Very good, especially with Do You Believe in Magic, a classic hit.

Reminds me of Pyroland

Heard this in "Meet the Pyro." Got hooked instantly. Mmmmph mmph!

Do You Believe In Magic

Do you want to know why I love this song? Because of "Meet the Pyro" ;-)

Biography

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...
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