Everything Playing

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Everything Playing
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Studio album by The Lovin' Spoonful
Released September 1967
Genre Pop, folk rock
Length 32:23
Label Kama Sutra
Producer Joe Wissert
The Lovin' Spoonful
The Lovin' Spoonful chronology
You're a Big Boy Now
(1967)You're a Big Boy Now1967
Everything Playing
Revelation: Revolution '69
(1969)Revelation: Revolution '691969

Everything Playing is an album by The Lovin' Spoonful, released in 1967.


Everything Playing was the first album featuring guitarist Jerry Yester (who replaced Zal Yanovsky) and the last commercial album as a quartet; principal songwriter and lead singer John Sebastian would leave the group in June 1968 for a solo career. This album also features the only known track to feature bassist Steve Boone on lead vocal: "Priscilla Millionaira".

Three of the songs made the Top 40: "Six O'Clock," "She Is Still a Mystery," and "Money". John Sebastian sang "Younger Generation" in his unscheduled appearance at Woodstock, dedicating it to an audience member whose wife or girlfriend had had a baby at the festival.[1]

Everything Playing was re-issued on CD in 2003 with three bonus tracks — alternate versions of songs from the original recording.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone Negative[3]

In his Allmusic review, music critic William Ruhlman wrote of the album "When Sebastian wasn't at the mic, the singing could be mediocre, and the group was often all over the map in its attempt at musical sophistication, but the record was saved by Sebastian's writing and singing."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by John Sebastian unless otherwise noted.

  1. "She Is Still A Mystery" – 3:01
  2. "Priscilla Millionaira" – 3:13
  3. "Boredom" – 2:25
  4. "Six O'Clock" – 2:43
  5. "Forever" (Steve Boone) – 4:23
  6. "Younger Generation" – 2:42
  7. "Money" – 1:55
  8. "Old Folks" (Joe Butler) – 3:05
  9. "Only Pretty, What A Pity" (Butler, Jerry Yester) – 3:03
  10. "Try A Little Bit" – 3:06
  11. "Close Your Eyes" (Sebastian, Yester) – 2:47
    2003 rerelease bonus tracks:
  12. "She Is Still A Mystery" (Alternate Version) – 3:11
  13. "Only Pretty, What A Pity" (Alternate Version) – 2:57
  14. "Try A Little Bit" (Alternate Version) – 3:02