Do You Believe in Magic (album)

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Do You Believe in Magic
Studio album by The Lovin' Spoonful
Released November 1965
Recorded Jun 1965-Sep 1965
Genre Folk rock[1]
Length 40:08
Label Kama Sutra
Producer Erik Jacobsen
The Lovin' Spoonful chronology
Do You Believe In Magic
(1965)
Daydream
(1966)

Do You Believe in Magic is the debut album by the folk rock group The Lovin' Spoonful. It was released in November 1965, on the Kama Sutra label. The album features the hits "Do You Believe in Magic" (U.S. No. 9) and "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" (U.S. No. 2).

Do You Believe in Magic was re-released on CD in 2002 with five bonus tracks.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau A–[1]

In his Allmusic review, music critic William Ruhlmann wrote "The album elaborated upon Sebastian's gentle, winning songwriting style... The album also revealed the group's jug band roots in its arrangements of traditional songs... The Spoonful would be remembered as a vehicle for Sebastian's songwriting, but Do You Believe in Magic was a well-rounded collection that demonstrated their effectiveness as a group."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Do You Believe in Magic"   John Sebastian 2:07
2. "Blues in the Bottle"   Traditional 2:12
3. "Sportin' Life"   Traditional 4:04
4. "My Gal"   Traditional 2:38
5. "You Baby"   Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil 2:56
6. "Fishin' Blues"   Traditional 2:02
7. "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?"   Sebastian 1:59
8. "Wild About My Lovin'"   Traditional 2:36
9. "Other Side of This Life"   Fred Neil 2:30
10. "Younger Girl"   Sebastian 2:20
11. "On the Road Again"   Sebastian 1:51
12. "Night Owl Blues"   Steve Boone, Joe Butler, Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky 3:05

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (March 29, 2013). "The Lovin' Spoonful". MSN Music. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Do You Believe in Magic > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011.