The Lovin' Spoonful

Summer In The City

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Although it isn't a definitive collection by any means (look for Rhino's Anthology, if you want that), BMG Special Products' Summer in the City: The Encore Collection is nice sampler of ten of the group's biggest hits and best songs. Favorites like "Coconut Grove" and "Younger Generation" may be missing, but all the true essentials -- "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice, " "Nashville Cats, " "Summer in the City, " "Rain on the Roof, " "Do You Believe in Magic, " "Daydream, " "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind, " "Darling Be Home Soon, " "Younger Girl" -- are here in their original hit versions. There may be no liner notes and the sequencing may seem random, but Summer in the City is a nice, basic collection for budget-conscious casual fans.

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