The Lovin' Spoonful

Do You Believe in Magic/Everything Playing

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By the time of its release, Do You Believe in Magic -- the Lovin' Spoonful's debut album -- was already a significant record because of the inclusion of its title track, John Sebastian's timeless anthem to love and music, which had been one of the major hits of the summer of 1965. The album elaborated upon Sebastian's gentle, winning songwriting style with the humorous "Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind" and the wistful "Younger Girl," which became a chart hit for the Critters. Their fourth album, Everything Playing -- also on this reissue -- was made under trying circumstances; the Sgt. Pepper/Summer of Love era had made the Spoonful's good-time, jug-band approach obsolete, and Sebastian had to try to keep up. He was able to turn out a good album paced by three Top 40 hits: "Six O'Clock," "She Is Still a Mystery," and the deceptively comic "Money," in which he castigated financial aspects of the music industry.