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Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful
     

Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful

by The Lovin' Spoonful
 

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Having released two previous albums and a soundtrack, along with a stream of singles, over the previous 12-and-a-half months, the Lovin' Spoonful assembled their third regular studio LP, Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful, for release around Thanksgiving 1966. It contained the group's chart-topping single from the previous June, "Summer in the City," along with September's

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Having released two previous albums and a soundtrack, along with a stream of singles, over the previous 12-and-a-half months, the Lovin' Spoonful assembled their third regular studio LP, Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful, for release around Thanksgiving 1966. It contained the group's chart-topping single from the previous June, "Summer in the City," along with September's Top Ten hit "Rain on the Roof" (curiously titled "You and Me and Rain on the Roof" on the LP). Released simultaneously with the album and included on it were the two songs from the next single, "Nashville Cats," which became the band's seventh consecutive Top Ten entry, and "Full Measure," a B-side featuring drummer Joe Butler on lead vocals that scraped into the singles chart. Those were the money songs, although Bobby Darin discovered the leadoff track, "Lovin' You," and quickly covered it for a Top 40 hit, and the moody "Coconut Grove," a tribute to Fred Neil, would become a permanent part of Spoonful leader John Sebastian's repertoire in his solo career. An emphasis on the parts of the album is a way of describing it as more of a loose collection of disparate tracks than a unified effort, despite Sebastian's hand in all the compositions and his lead vocals on most of them. This was by necessity, but also by design, since Sebastian and co. went into the studio trying to sound completely different each time. They often succeeded: except for the vocal similarity, the rock band playing "Summer in the City" and the caustic, autobiographical "4 Eyes" doesn't sound much like the country unit picking its way through "Lovin' You" and "Nashville Cats." Sebastian may have been an obvious New Yorker (those "yellow Sun records" were from Memphis, not Nashville), but that didn't keep him from expressing his musical passions effectively.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2003
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0744659973222
catalogNumber:
99732
Rank:
119942

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lovin' Spoonful   Primary Artist
Henry Diltz   Clarinet
Larry Hankin   Jew's Harp

Technical Credits

John Sebastian   Composer
Steve Boone   Composer
Dennis Diken   Liner Notes
Henry Diltz   Photo Courtesy
Erik Jacobsen   Producer
Yoshiro Nagato   Liner Notes
Zal Yanovsky   Composer
Don Paulsen   Photo Courtesy
Bob Irwin   Reissue Producer
Rob Santos   Reissue Producer
Steve Besch   Photo Courtesy
Mark Sebastian   Composer
Ric Zannitto   Photo Courtesy
Clark Besch   Photo Courtesy
Jeff Smith   Reissue Design
J. Sebastian   Composer

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