Vinyl-a-Day #10: The Lovin' Spoonful - Daydream (Kama Sutra, 1966)
The Lovin’ Spoonful’s second album, contains the hits “Daydream,” and “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice.” Dissatisfied with the amount of covers on the group’s debut album, “Do You Believe in Magic,” lead singer John Sebastian penned all but one of the tracks on their follow-up effort, running the gambit from pop/rock to country to blues. A nice kick in the bollocks to the British Invasion, “Daydream” reached no. 2 and “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” peaked no. 10 on the US Billboard Chart. Simply put, it’s one of the most feel good albums of the 60s, and introduced a sensibility that inspired several imitations, including, but not limited to, Paul McCartney’s “Good Day Sunshine.” Oh, and “Jug Band Music” should have been a hit in the US.
I bought this album from Replay Records, now located in Hamden, CT, around 2005. It was my favorite hang out in high school and college. Glad I left the price tag on so I can remember where I got it.