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The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful

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Review

This first Lovin' Spoonful hits collection, released in March 1967, gathers The Spoonful's five successful singles from July 1965 to June 1966 -- "Do You Believe in Magic," "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," "Daydream," "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?," and "Summer in the City." But, as the title suggests, it is more of a "best of" than a "greatest hits" collection, as later Spoonful singles such as "Rain on the Roof," "Nashville Cats," and "Darling Be Home Soon" have not been included, and the album's other seven tracks emphasize the band's assets other than John Sebastian's songwriting and lead singing abilities, culling traditional jugband songs and tunes that feature Zal Yanovsky and Joe Butler on lead vocals. As such, this compilation is an attempt to balance group concerns rather than present their most successful performances. Nevertheless, it picks the strongest material from the group's three previous albums, Do You Believe in Magic, Daydream, and Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Do You Believe in Magic The Lovin' Spoonful 2:3
  3. 2 Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? The Lovin' Spoonful null:null
  4. 3 Butchie's Tune The Lovin' Spoonful null:null
  5. 4 Jug Band Music The Lovin' Spoonful 2:51
  6. 5 Night Owl Blues The Lovin' Spoonful null:null
  7. 6 You Didn't Have to Be So Nice The Lovin' Spoonful 2:26
  8. 7 Daydream The Lovin' Spoonful 2:17
  9. 8 Blues in a Bottle The Lovin' Spoonful null:null
  10. 9 Didn't Want to Have to Do It The Lovin' Spoonful 2:36
  11. 10 Wild About My Lovin' The Lovin' Spoonful null:null
  12. 11 Younger Girl The Lovin' Spoonful 2:19
  13. 12 Summer in the City The Lovin' Spoonful 2:39
  14. 13 Didn't Want Her to Do It The Lovin' Spoonful null:null
  15. 14 Jug Band Music The Lovin' Spoonful null:null
  16. 15 Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind The Lovin' Spoonful 2:0
  17. 16 Darling Be Home Soon The Lovin' Spoonful 3:34
  18. 17 Eyes The Lovin' Spoonful 2:55
  19. 18 Pow The Lovin' Spoonful 2:25
  20. 19 Let the Boy Rock 'N Roll The Lovin' Spoonful null:null

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