Feb. 8 street date. This set contains the LOVIN' SPOONFUL's fifth and sixth albums, both from 1967. 'You’re A Big Boy Now' was the soundtrack of one of Francis Ford Coppola's earliest films, which features the hit "Darling Be Home Soon" and was the band's last album with guitarist Zal Yanovsky. 'Everything Playing' was the band's last album with John Sebastian and features the hits "She Is Still A Mystery", "Six O’Clock" and "Money". This release also features three bonus tracks, and the booklet is fully annotated.
Nov. 25 street date. The Albert Hotel in NYC's Greenwich Village was a hotbed of artistic activity in the mid 60s. Its cheap
rates made it especially popular with struggling musicians, and the digs also served as a rehearsal hall for many of them. In this cramped space, two powerhouse bands often rehearsed in succession, the mighty Paul Butterfield Blues Band from Chicago and hometown heroes The Lovin’ Spoonful. As the two groups listened to each other play, a natural, musical cross-pollination occurred, especially between the guitarists Zal Yanovsky and Mike Bloomfield. Licks were traded, ideas were passed back and
forth and each string bender sparked their respective band on to greater heights. The results of this six-string exchange burst forth on the Spoonful's "Night Owl Blues". The song is paired here with "Alley Oop", the Spoonful's gritty, garage-like take on the Dallas Frazier song that was a big hit for the Hollywood Argyles a few years earlier. Recorded during sessions for the first
album, "Alley Oop" ultimately was not included. While "Night Owl Blues" did make it on to the debut, time constraints required a shorter edit. Now, Sundazed is happy to reach back and create a "single that never was". Not only do you get "Alley Oop" in all its Zal-ified glory, you also get the full, unedited version of "Night Owl Blues", featuring an extra 1:38 of harmonica honking madness!
December 6 street date. During John Sebastian’s golden streak from 1965-1966, all seven of the Spoonful’s singles went top ten in the Billboard charts, an unprecedented achievement. Listening to these eighteen live TV recordings, the excitement they exude is contagious. The interview with Dick Clark does little to illuminate the band’s appeal, but then he was “trying to tell a stranger about rock’n’roll”.