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Everything Playing
Everything Playing
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1967
GenrePop, folk rock
Length32:23
LabelKama Sutra
ProducerJoe Wissert
The Lovin' Spoonful
The Lovin' Spoonful chronology
You're a Big Boy Now
(1967)
Everything Playing
(1967)
Revelation: Revolution '69
(1969)

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

History

Everything Playing was the first album featuring guitarist Jerry Yester (replacing Zal Yanovsky who left shortly after recording "Six O'Clock") 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]

The songs were recorded at Mirasound Studios in Manhattan using a prototype 16-track tape recorder which was custom built for the studio by Ampex.[2] This was one of the earliest recordings to use 16-track technology.

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

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stone(negative)[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[5]

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."[3]

Track listing

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

Personnel

References

  1. ^ Fornatale, Pete. Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock. Touchstone, 2009, p. 51-52. ISBN 978-1-4165-9119-1.
  2. ^ https://www.historyofrecording.com/mirasound.html
  3. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Everything Playing > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Robert Greenburg. Rolling Stone. Vol. 1 No. 6. February 24, 1968. p20". Archived from the original on March 28, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.

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