Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful
|Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful|
|Studio album by The Lovin' Spoonful|
|Recorded||1966 at Bell Sound Studios and Columbia Studios, New York, NY and in Los Angeles, CA|
|Genre||Folk rock, pop|
|Length||26:48 (original LP)|
|The Lovin' Spoonful chronology|
Hums was a deliberate attempt by the band to record in a variety of styles. They composed and played in the pop, country, jug-band, blues and folk styles. It would ultimately end up to be the last full project by the original lineup. It was recorded in New York with the exception of "Lovin' You' which was recorded in Los Angeles.
The album managed to spawn four charting singles for the band, including the No. 1 hit "Summer in the City". "Rain on the Roof", "Nashville Cats", and "Full Measure" also appeared on the Pop charts, all but the last making it to the Top 10. Bobby Darin had a Top 40 hit with a cover version of "Lovin' You". Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash later covered "Darlin' Companion" in 1969 on Johnny Cash at San Quentin. Principal songwriter John Sebastian said of "Nashville Cats" — which made No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 — "We thought our version would cross over to the country market. It never did. So we're always kind, gee, well I guess that tells us what we are and what we aren't." Flatt & Scruggs took "Nashville Cats" to No. 54 on the country charts as a single.
Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful was re-released in 2003 on the Sundazed label with bonus tracks consisting of four demos, instrumental tracks, and alternate versions/mixes of songs from the album, along with extensive liner notes. It was also released on CD along with Do You Believe in Magic? in 1995.
In his Allmusic review, music critic William Ruhlman wrote of the album "An emphasis on the parts of the album is a way of describing it as more 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..."
All songs by John Sebastian unless otherwise noted.
- "Lovin' You" – 2:29
- "Bes' Friends" – 1:54
- "Voodoo In My Basement" – 2:29
- "Darlin' Companion" – 2:22
- "Henry Thomas" – 1:43
- "Full Measure" (Steve Boone, John Sebastian) – 2:42
- "Rain On The Roof" – 2:13
- "Coconut Grove" (John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky) – 2:43
- "Nashville Cats" – 2:35
- "4 Eyes" – 2:53
- "Summer in the City" (John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, Steve Boone)[a 1] – 2:45
- 2003 reissue bonus tracks:
- "Darlin' Companion" (John Sebastian Solo Demo) – 2:23
- "Rain On The Roof" (Instrumental Version) – 2:17
- "4 Eyes" (Alternate Vocal/Extended Version) – 3:41
- "Full Measure" (Instrumental Version) – 2:43
- "Voodoo In My Basement" (Instrumental) – 2:40
- "Darlin' Companion" (Alternate Vocal/Alternate Mix) – 2:25
- John Sebastian – lead and background vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, autoharp, piano, organ, ocarina, pedal steel guitar, Irish harp
- Steve Boone – electric and double bass, piano, organ, percussion
- Joe Butler – drums, percussion, background vocals, lead vocal on "Full Measure"
- Zal Yanovsky – electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, background vocals, slide whistle, lead vocal on "Voodoo in My Basement"
- Henry Diltz – clarinet
- Artie Schroeck – electric piano on "Summer in the City"
- Larry Hankin – "Jews" harp
- Produced by Erik Jacobsen
- Engineered by Roy Halee
- Photography by Henry Diltz
- Although John Sebastian wrote most of the Lovin' Spoonful's original material, this song was a collaboration between him, the group's bassist Steve Boone, and Sebastian's brother (and non-group member) Mark Sebastian.
- Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful re-issue liner notes by Dennis Diken, January 2003.
- Allmusic entry for Do You Believe in Magic and Hums re-release.
- Ruhlman, William. "Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- "Summer In The City". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-30.