The Best of The Lovin' Spoonful

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The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful
Greatest hits album by The Lovin' Spoonful
Released 1967
Genre Folk rock
Length 29:10
Label Kama Sutra
The Lovin' Spoonful chronology
Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful
The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful
You're a Big Boy

The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful is a best of album of The Lovin' Spoonful hits featuring tracks from their first three albums. Despite being a "best of", this album charted the highest of the band's career, hitting number three on the Billboard chart.

The album also included a 12'x9' pictures of John Sebastian, Joe Butler, Steve Boone, and Zal Yanovsky.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

In his Allmusic review, music critic William Ruhlman wrote "this compilation is an attempt to balance group concerns rather than present their most successful performances. Nevertheless, it picks the strongest material from the group's three previous albums..."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Do You Believe in Magic?" (John Sebastian) – 2:04
  2. "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" (John Sebastian) – 2:00
  3. "Butchie's Tune" (Steve Boone) - 2:34
  4. "Jug Band Music" (John Sebastian) – 2:49
  5. "Night Owl Blues" (John Sebastian/Zal Yanovsky/Steve Boone/Joe Butler) – 3:00
  6. "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" (John Sebastian/Steve Boone) – 2:29
  7. "Daydream" (John Sebastian) – 2:18
  8. "Blues In The Bottle" (Arranged and adapted by John Sebastian/Zal Yanovsky/Steve Boone/Joe Butler/Stephen Weber/Peter Stampfel) – 2:10
  9. "Didn't Want To Have To Do It" (John Sebastian) - 2:06
  10. "Wild About My Lovin'" (Arranged and adapted by John Sebastian) - 2:38
  11. "Younger Girl" (John Sebastian) - 2:23
  12. "Summer In The City" (John Sebastian/Mark Sebastian/Steve Boone) – 2:39


  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "The Best of The Lovin' Spoonful > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011.