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Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful

Lovin SpoonfulAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pair
  • ASIN: B000003C7I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not "All" ... But A Good Chunk Of Them October 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It seems the exact contents of this 1988 release from Pair/The Special Music Company was re-released by Rhino in 1994 with a different cover and the title changed to "The Best Of ..." without the "All."

There are two pages of liner notes by Stephen Kaplan and Arthur Marko, and a special note from critic Richard Robinson who says: "Let's go back to the sunny afternoons, the time when we all believed in magic, and none of us had found out what it was like to try and tell a stranger about rock and roll. Then the world of music was post-Beatles but pre-rock revolution ... and New York City had something then to be proud of, THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL ... a slowly-melting innocence, the consciousness of one last good time before the rumbling thunder and black storm clouds that put out the best lit fire."

Of course, anyone who knows the group's music is aware that Younger Girl, Didn't Want To Have To Do It [the uncharted B-side to Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind], Lovin' You, and Let The Boy Rock & Roll, were not among their hit singles. In that regard, they could have been replaced by the following minor hits which would then have lived up to the CD's title: Full Measure [the flip of Nashville Cats and a # 87 in 1967]; Money [# 48] and Never Going Back [# 73] - both from 1968, and their final hit, Me About You, which reached # 91 in 1969.

My delight in finding this album was seeing four hard-to-find Lovin' Spoonful hits in one grouping: Rain On The Roof; Darling Be Home Soon; Six O'Clock; and She Is Still A Mystery.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Awful Mix August 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When I put the headphones on, I tried to imagine watching the band, just as I did in Santa Barbara at the Earl Warren Showgrounds (The Leaves opened the show!), stinking of cattle ka-ka. James Newton Howard, the film composer, 16 at the time, might have been nearby. He later helped David Lee Roth cover "Coconut Grove" by playing all the instruments.
After the CD got rolling, all I could visualize was Cattle Ka-Ka. Here are some of the best pop/folk songs ever written, but mixed and mastered onto plastic by some cowpoke with a branding iron.. .Rhino should have listened to this first. What they have done to Zally and John's music is criminal, and far out-bludgeons the kind of treatment the Beatles early recordings got from Capitol USA.
I haven't ever been so upset about the quality of a recording.
Go elsewhere, people, but don't abandon the Spoonful in the process - it's not their fault !
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointed with the quality of the recording. February 1, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The volume in the first 2 song is not there have to turn the volume on 10 to hear it. About the 4th song the volume is where it belongs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane. February 5, 2013
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The selection of songs are great. However, I found the volume to be too low, as compared to other CDs that I have purchased.
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