The Lovin' Spoonful

John Sebastian Songbook

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This is a Lovin' Spoonful compilation, released in late 1968 or early 1969, containing 11 tracks, five of them Spoonful hits -- "Do You Believe in Magic," "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," "She Is Still a Mystery," "Six O'Clock," and "Nashville Cats" -- plus six other tracks culled from the four Spoonful albums featuring John Sebastian. The album's release, scant months after the appearance of Revelation: Revolution '69, the final post-Sebastian Spoonful LP, demonstrates Kama Sutra's lack of faith in the new lineup and identification of Sebastian as both the group's leader and as the name that would emerge from the group. The album's liner notes, written by compiler Richard Robinson, feature an interview with Sebastian conducted in October 1968 in which be discusses his reasons for leaving. Ironically, Sebastian was embroiled in a legal battle with Kama Sutra when this album came out, which makes the company's use of his name here suspect. This is a miscellaneous compilation, and though much of its material is undeniably worthwhile, other compilations have packaged these songs better.