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The Lovin' Spoonful - The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful Album

The Lovin' Spoonful - The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful Album Performer: The Lovin' Spoonful
Album: The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful
Country: US
Released: 1967
Style: Pop Rock, Folk Rock
Label: Kama Sutra
Genre: Rock / Pop
Catalog #: KLP-8056, KLP 8056
Size FLAC: 1903 mb.
Size MP3: 2303 mb.
Rating: 4.7/5
Votes: 799
Record Source: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Mono, Gatefold


1Do You Believe In Magic2:04
2Summer In The City
Written-By – M. Sebastian
3Jug Band Music2:49
4Butchie's Tune2:34
5Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind2:00
6Blues In The Bottle
Arranged By, Adapted By – Butler, Sebastian, Sampfel, Boone, Weber, Yanovsky
7Didn't Want To Have To Do It2:06
8Wild About My Lovin'
Arranged By, Adapted By – John Sebastian
9Younger Girl2:23
10Night Owl Blues
Written-By – Butler, Yanovsky
12You Didn't Have To Be So Nice2:29


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
KLP8056, KLP-8056The Lovin' Spoonful The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful ‎(LP, Comp, Mono, Promo, Gat)Kama Sutra, Kama SutraKLP8056, KLP-8056US1967
BM 691The Lovin' Spoonful The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful ‎(LP, Comp, RE)BirchmountBM 691Canada1973
CH-3013The Lovin' Spoonful The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful ‎(LP, Comp, Unofficial)Chung Hwa RecordsCH-3013Taiwan1968
236 723The Lovin' Spoonful The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful ‎(LP, Comp, Fli)Polydor236 723NetherlandsUnknown
KLP 403The Lovin' Spoonful The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful ‎(LP, Comp, Mono)Kama SutraKLP 403UK1967


  • Cover, ArtworkChrystal Starr Russell
  • Cover, DesignAcy R. Lehman
  • EngineerVal Valentin
  • ManagementBob Cavallo
  • ProducerErik Jacobsen
  • Written-BySebastian (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5 to B1, B3, B5, B6), Boone (tracks: A3, A5, A6, B6)


Double pocket gatefold jacket. Includes a poster with color photos of each band member.

Catalog number KLP-8056 on cover, KLP 8056 on labels.


  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): KLP-8056-S-1 MG-620
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): KLP-8056-S-2 MG-621
  • Rights Society: BMI


  • Distributed By – MGM Records
  • Manufactured By – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
  • Produced For – Kama Sutra Records, Inc.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
  • Pressed By – MGM Record Manufacturing Division
  • Published By – Faithful Virtue Music Co., Inc.



The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful is a best of album of The Lovin' Spoonful hits featuring tracks from their first three albums. It charted the highest of the group's career, hitting number three on the Billboard chart. The album also included 9 x 12 individual color photos Suitable for framing, as labeled of John Sebastian, Joe Butler, Steve Boone, and Zal Yanovsky. Hums Of The Lovin Spoonful - The Lovin Spoonful. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей коллекцией. Формируйте собственную. Wild About My Lovin' Lyrics. Younger Girl Lyrics. One of the most solid compilations of the 1960s, this collection includes all of the Lovin' Spoonfuls biggest hits. The Best of the Lovin Spoonful Q&A. The Lovin' Spoonful had a marvelous run on the pop charts in the mid- to late '60s, and hits like 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 still exhibit a bright folk-rock charm when they pop up on oldies radio. This collection has all the essentials although they made fine albums, the Lovin' Spoonful was first and foremost a singles band, and mirrors similar compilations from Rhino Anthology, Buddha Greatest Hits, Camden Very Best of Lovin' Spoonful, and Paradiso Best of the Lovin' Spoonful, each of which has the same material in varying. The Lovin' Spoonful is a poprock band that was formed in New York City, New York, United States in 1965. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Their best known songs include Summer In The City, Do You Believe In Magic&qThe Lovin' Spoonful is a poprock band that was formed in New York City, New York, United States in 1965. The band consisted of John Sebastian vocals, autoharp, Zal Yanofsky guitar, Steve Boone bass and Joseph Campbell Butler drums. Yanofsky left the group in 1967 and was replaced by Jerry Yester, and Sebastian left the group in 1968. Their best known songs include Summer In The City, Do You Believe In Magic&q read more. the best of The Lovin' Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful greatest hits youtube. The Lovin' Spoonful's Greatest Hits Best Songs of The Lovin' Spoonful - Full Album The Lovin' Spoonful NEW Playlist 2017 Music can change the world because it can change people. Bono . The Lovin Spoonful - She Is Still A Mystery . tadeu caso. On this page you can download The Lovin' Spoonful albums and mp3 songs compilations for free without registration. The Lovin' Spoonful - The Best Of Lovin' Spoonful, Volume 2 cut-out - Vinyl. Condition: New. Time left: 26m 56s Ships to: Worldwide. THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL Do You Believe In Magic 2002 USA 17-track REMASTERED CD Condition: Like New. Time left: 40m 43s Ships to: Worldwide. The Lovin' Spoonful: Money, Close Your Eyes 45 Condition: Used. Time left: 1h 44m 19s Ships to: Worldwide. The Lovin' Spoonful - 4 Eyes Previously Unreleased Alternate VocalExtended Version 03:38, 320Kbs. The Lovin' Spoonful - 4 Eyes 2003 Remaster 02:51, 320Kbs. John Sebastian - Darlin' Companion Previously Unreleased Solo Demo 02:21, 320Kbs. The Lovin' Spoonful - Darlin' Companion Previously Unreleased Alternate VocalAlternate Mix 02:26, 320Kbs. Most important - you can download the album Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful to your computer or phone absolutely free of charge, and without registration. Listen online and stay in a good mood. Album: Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful 1966

HA! I’ve had so many conversations regarding the moniker The Lovin’ Spoonful chose, and heard so many rummers over the years, that I think it’s time to set the record straight. It’s been said that lovin’ spoonful referred to heron cooking in a spoon, it’s also be said that the song “Day Dream” which was also the title of their second album implied that the boys where doing nothing but having a good time shooting heron and dreaming the day away. And while the lads certainly took their fair share of the medications of the day, with Yal Yanovsky managing to get arrested in 1967 for marijuana, and seeking not to be deported, he gave up the name of his dealer. Even though he could play like Elmore James, Floyd Cramer and Chuck Berry, the consequence was that both he and the band were ostracized by fans and the music community, and was a central point for Sebastian going out on his own.

But as usual, I digress … The Lovin’ Spoonful took their name from line in Mississippi John Hurt’s blues classic “Coffee Blues,” a line that went like this with a bit of spoken word at the beginning:

This is the “Coffee Blues”, I likes a certain brand – Maxwell’s House – it’s good till the last drop, just like it says on the can.

I used to have a girl cookin’ a good Maxwell House. She moved away.
Some said to Memphis and some said to Leland,
but I found her.
I wanted her to cook me some good Maxwell’s House. You understand, if I can get me just a spoonful of Maxwell’s House, do me much good as two or three cups this other coffee.
I’ve got to go to Memphis, bring her back to Leland
I wanna see my baby ’bout a lovin’ spoonful, my lovin’ spoonful
Well, I’m just got to have my lovin’
(spoken: I found her)
Good mornin’, baby, how you do this mornin’?
Well, please, ma’am, just a lovin’ spoon,
just a lovin’ spoonful
I declare, I got to have my lovin’ spoonful
My baby packed her suitcase and she went away
I couldn’t let her stay for my lovin’,
my lovin’ spoonful
Well, I’m just got to have my lovin’
Good mornin’, baby, how you do this mornin’?
Well, please, ma’am, just a lovin’ spoon,
just a lovin’ spoonful
I declare, I got to have my lovin’ spoonful
Well, the preacher in the pulpit, jumpin’ up and down
He laid his bible down for his lovin’
(spoken: Ain’t Maxwell House all right?)
Well, I’m just got to have my lovin’

Anyway, the song is about coffee, nothing more than a spoonful of java.

While their music is in no way remarkable or revolutionary, what The Lovin’ Spoonful laid down was sheer good time music, that was easy on the heart and easy on the head. Their songs were catchy, yet often fragile, quietly filled with a joyous optimism that many of the mid level British invasion bands lacked. Listen, by no means am I indicating that the music The Lovin’ Spoonful put out was even good, it was merely average, and to be honest, it was invested with cover versions of old folk songs that sent fans running for the album’s single releases such as “Do You Believe In Magic,” “Younger Girl,” and “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind,” where the band’s talent’s blossomed. Each album foreshadowed what was to come, where on their fourth album Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful they managed to pull together a delivered perhaps the finest album of their career, filled with tracks such as “Summer In The City,” the haunting “Rain On The Roof” and “Coconut Grove;” though it wouldn’t be until their next outing where they would shattered the world with “Darlin’ Be Home Soon,” a song that became an anthem during the Viet Nam War, a song filled with the complexities of both love and sorrow, loss and joy.

Yet again I get off track … The Lovin’ Spoonful are a musical legacy that some would infer are all too overlooked and even neglected, but they weren’t. Their albums certainly may have been, but their 45’s were things of wonder, songs that earned more jukebox play than any other band from the time, save The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Their music was seamless, pure Americana folk and jug band numbers set to a new era that demanded a sense of sincerity and clarity. So yes, even a meteoric career can have its moments that seem to last for an eternity. And all this leaves me rather perplexed at what I’m actually trying to say, at what I can suggest to you … and I suppose that would be to settle on one of their compilations or greatest hits, where the silliness and overtly folkiness has been filtered out. With that being said, you just may find yourself wanting to take the journey that I lived through, though what you’ll find on my turntable will be The Best Of The Lovin’ Spoonful, and The Best Of The Lovin’ Spoonful Vol. Two.

Every album, and every song that 'makes' that album what it is, needs to be contextually placed into history, so please, indulge me ... here were the times from which the number "Summer In The City" rose. During the summer of 1966 a heat wave boiled New York City at the most brutal temperatures recorded since 1869, the year weather data began to be consistently collected. For 34 days it was 90 degrees or higher.

The conflict in Vietnam was also heating up with 382,010 men drafted into service that year, 151,019 more than the previous year. Opposition to the war as well as to chronic discrimination against blacks, women and gays was gathering steam in the city. Clashes broke out elsewhere, with race riots that summer in Chicago and Lansing, Michigan.

On August 1st in Austin, Texas a lone gunman introduced America to mass murder. Charles Whitman killed his mother and wife and then more than a dozen people, sniper-style, from the University of Texas’s clock tower, wounding more than 30 others.

Meanwhile, “Summer in the City,” a propulsive, apolitical rock song by the New York based the Lovin’ Spoonful, was climbing the charts to No. 1, reassuring listeners that “despite the heat it’ll be all right.” Sung and co-written by John Sebastian, the band’s frontman, the song was conceived by his younger brother Mark Sebastian, when he was just fourteen, with Steve Boone, the bass player, contributed the memorable instrumental interlude. The three shared writing credit and continue to reap royalties. The song has endured as an anthem for every heat wave since and has been covered by Quincy Jones, Joe Cocker and Isaac Hayes among others.

Review by Jenell Kesler