The Lovin' Spoonful

Anthology

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Unquestionably the finest collection of a major band that did much to launch American folk-rock in the mid-'60s. Anthology jams 26 cuts onto a single CD, including all of their hits and some of their strongest album tracks, drawing mostly from their 1965-1966 prime. As for the more interesting non-smashes, these include the original version of John Sebastian's "Younger Girl," which was a hit in a more commercial version by the Critters; the minor 1967 hit "She Is Still a Mystery," a dreamily psychedelic number that holds its own with their other standards, but has somehow been forgotten by oldies radio; and "Good Time Music," recorded early in 1965 for an obscure Elektra sampler (and a small hit in a cover version by the Beau Brummels). The most overlooked find here is the instrumental "Lonely (Amy's Theme)," from the early Francis Ford Coppola film You're a Big Boy Now, a lushly orchestrated, melancholy tune featuring Sebastian's wistful harmonica. There are also little-known Sebastian originals, with vocals, from You're a Big Boy Now and Woody Allen's early screen venture What's Up, Tiger Lily? The accompanying booklet features comments from Sebastian himself about some of the group's most famous songs.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:06
2 2:04
3 2:31
4 1:58
5 2:55
6 2:19
7 2:00
8 2:18
9 2:51
10 2:36
11 2:39
12 2:28
13 2:11
14 2:34
15 2:40
16 2:28
17 2:42
18 3:31
19 2:38
20 3:19
21 2:41
22 3:02
23 1:54
24 2:40
25 2:44
26 3:48
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