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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 2011)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: August 4, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Buddah
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000894OW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After a strangely long absence from the catalog, the glorious HUMS OF THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL is back. This masterpiece of wit--rich with variety--is delightful by turns. This album was the band's third, released late in 1966, and remains one of the best from that year (a year that yielded many great records). It does have its share of hits: "Darlin' Companion," "Rain On The Roof," "Nashville Cats" and "Summer In The City" all are known commodities...fantastic songs of musical diversity, imagination, charm and good taste. That description sums up this band in general; they combined musical styles to produce something wonderfully unique. Their songs are simple, but not simplistic. They're interesting and colorful...utterly enjoyable. They make me smile, no, beam from ear to ear.
Still, to this day, John Sebastian's voice is one of the most comforting sounds I know. From the first notes of "Lovin' You," the music will warm you and make you grin. "Coconut Grove" is one of the most deliciously dreamy songs you'll ever hear. The Spoonful could have fun, sometimes to the point of being silly, but they always remained consummately artistic at the same time. "Henry Thomas" is an example of that: stomping, bluegrass-like, with its perfectly appropriate use of a slide whistle. The lyrics are hilarious. "4 Eyes" (a particularly witty tune about the plight of wearing glasses as a youngster) is a masterpiece of humor. The marvelously bizarre "Voodoo In My Basement" is proof that it wasn't necessarily a bad thing that Zal was from outer space. (Love Zal!) And, this time around, we get bonus cuts. They are not earth-shattering, but always nice to have. Certainly, the price is right.
If you're a Spoonful fan, this album is a must. If you love the 60s, this album is a must. Heck, just get this.
Cheers and happy listening,
Murray
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It didn't get any better than this for the Spoonful. The late great Zal was shortly to leave (or be fired depending on what you read)for narcing on his pot dealer (it was either that or face being deported and possible jail time). Sebastian's originals were about as strong as they would ever be. Summer In The City, while the stand out cut and hit single, was only the tip of the iceberg. Voodoo In My Basement had the slightly off-kilter lazy day melody that was always so memorable; the witty paen to Tennessee session players Nashville Cats captures the feel of country music without imitating its cliches; Coconut Groove was the album's secret weapon. It's sly melody and witty lyric would be echoed and have an impact on other musicians (most notably Harry Nilsson).
The bonus cuts are icing on the delicious cake. There's nothing as interesting as on the previous reissues but that's not the point really; the bonus tracks provide fans a glimpse into the band's creative world.
If it was all downhill from here (and it was despite some wonderful moments on the underrated Everything's Playing), Hums was the original incarnation's Cody Jarret moment; Yep Ma, they were top of the world for a brief, brilliant and shining moment.
Thanks guys for such a marvelous album.
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Flashback to the summer of 1968: I just discovered Hums of the Loving Spoonful in my sister's collection of LPs. She was away, and it's a good thing too, for I played it over and over. Rain on the Roof, Coconut Grove, Summer in the City, and Lovin' You are all pure gems. These are the songs of a simpler time, of a better time. They are still playing in my mind.
When I hear the Lovin' Spoonful, I think of lazy summer days in the country. I captured that feeling again a few years ago while traveling among the vineyards of western New York in late summer. Thank you Lovin Spoonful!
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The music is 5 Stars+. The CD itself is 1 Star. First of all, it is a CD-R. I really feel ripped off. To charge that much for a burned CD? No packaging, liner notes etc. Even the insert is subpar quality. . Sorry, Amazon. This is a major FAIL!

But the album is fantastic. The Lovin' Spoonful are highly underrated.
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The Spoonful's third album (not counting the soundtrack LP to "What's Up, Tiger Lily?") is the most satisfying of their all too short career. It was their first album of all original material and all of the songs were written or co-written by John Sebastian. These are all Spoonful classics and continue to reflect their wide range of influences: the jugband sound of "Henry Thomas," the countrified "Darlin' Companion" and "Nasville Cats," the bluesy "Coconut Grove," the folk-influenced "Lovin' You" and the contemporary sound of "Summer in the City." The consistent high quality of the material on this album is all the more amazing when you realize this was their third album in 12 months!
On the back cover of the CD, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck declares HUMS is the "best, most consistent record by America's most underrated band." He's right. ESSENTIAL
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By Bryan on May 14, 2016
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Huh? The Lovin' Spoonful are a folk band? Since when? Well that's what wiki says on their page. I don't think so. Elements of folk, but also much stronger elements of pop/rock. That's what I think anyway.

"4 Eyes" is a funny song. Though it's never a good idea to make fun of those who wear glasses. I used to hate that when I first started wearing glasses, and even got into a fight with my dad over it when he called me 4 eyes. "4 eyeeeeees, whatcha gonna do now, 4 eyeeeees, how much do you see now!" These lyrics are hilarious but offensive too! "When your kids that see through plastic with a harness of elastic, so the girls all think you're icky and the boys all think you're q, then the hinges all get rusty, and the seventh pair gets busted, so you graduate to tortoise shell that makes you look severe, when you're so blind they call you Batman, you can't even see a fat man, you can't dig just where he's at man!" Hey not! Not being able to see is no laughing matter. This song rocks more than I expected. Is that slide guitar? Well slide on over 4 eyes! Sorry sorry that's not funny (though keep in mind I'm making fun of myself if I WERE to dare laugh!)

"Full Measure" features accordion in the beginning and though it sounds cheesy, these Procol Harum-like vocals and piano come in a moment later and changes everything for the better. The vocals get a little messy when the lead and background vocals blend together, but there's also a sense of beauty and innocence in it all so I don't mind. "Getting love is so easy, giving love takes so long". So true! This is really strange but the vocals sort of remind me of Morrissey, the guy from the 80's band the Smiths. Just at times.
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