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John Sebastian ♦ Zal Yanovsky 
 

Zally & John from The Mugwumps

2nd Big Sur Folk Festival(8/1/65) John Sebastian
Do You Believe In Magic? / On The Road Again
Sebastian (2:05) / Sebastian (1:52)
Kama Sutra 201, 8/65 BB

 
You Didn't Have To Be So Nice / My Gal
Boone-Sebastian (2:31) / Boone-Butler-Kweskin-Jacobsen-Sebastian-Yanovsky (2:30)
Kama Sutra 205, 11/65 BB

 

Do You Believe in Magic?
Kama Sutra KLPS-8050
11/65 BB [UK: 3/66]
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Side One
Do You Believe In Magic Sebastian 2:04
Blues In The Bottle arr Spoonful 2:10
Sportin' Life arr Spoonful 4:02
My Gal arr Spoonful 2:30
You Baby Mann-Spector-Weill 2:55
Fishin' Blues arr Spoonful 1:58
Side Two
Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? Sebastian 2:00
Wild About My Lovin' arr Spoonful 2:38
Other Side Of This Life Neil 2:30
Younger Girl Sebastian 2:23
On The Road Again Sebastian 1:52
Night Owl Blues Sebastian 3:00
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John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, vocals
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar, vocals (Blues In The Bottle, On The Road Again)
Steve Boone-bass, vocals
Joe Butler-drums (You Baby, Other Side Of This Life)
§Cover Photo-Charles Stewart
Produced by Erik Jacobsen

Note: Chart date is from 2nd pass, boosted by Daydream (highest on intial release was #71, 2/19/66)
 

The Big TNT Show(1/16/66)
Daydream / Night Owl Blues
Sebastian (2:18) / Sebastian (3:00)
Kama Sutra 208, 2/66 BB

 

Daydream
Kama Sutra KLPS-8051
3/66 BB [UK: 5/66] #8
Back Cover

Side One
Daydream Sebastian 2:23
There She Is Sebastian 1:55
It's Not Time Now Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:45
Warm Baby Sebastian 2:00
Day Blues Butler-Sebastian 3:12
Let The Boy Rock And Roll Butler-Sebastian 2:32
Side Two
Jug Band Music Sebastian 2:49
Didn't Want To Have To Do It Sebastian 2:06
You Didn't Have To Be So Nice Boone-Sebastian 2:29
Bald Headed Lena Porryman-Sneed 2:22
Butchie's Tune Boone-Sebastian 2:48
Big Noise From Speonk(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:34
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John [Sebastian]-vocals, guitar (lead on It's Not Time Now), harmonica, autoharp
Zal [Zalman Yanovsky]-lead guitar, vocals, lead vocal (Day Blues, Bald Headed Lena)
Steve [Boone]-bass, piano (Daydream), vocals
Joe [Butler]-drums, lead vocal (Butchie's Tune)
with:
John Curley-guitar, harmonica, autoharp
§Cover Photo-Alan Brooks; Design-Michael Malatak
Produced by Erik Jacobsen

 

Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? / Didn't Want To Have To Do It
Sebastian (2:00) / Sebastian (2:06)
Kama Sutra 209, 4/66 BB

According to legend, the two "girls" were Joan & Mini Baez
What's Shakin' album, 7/66
Includes four early 1965 recordings.
Summer In The City / Butchie's Tune
Sebastian-Boone (2:39) / Sebastian-Boone (2:34)
Kama Sutra 211, 7/66  1 

 
Newport Folk Festival(7/23/66)

In Woody Allen's "What's Up Tiger Lily?"
Kama Sutra KLPS-8053
9/66 BB [UK: 9/66]
Back Cover

Side One
Introduction to Flick(Woody Allen interview) Allen-Maxwell 2:03
Pow (Theme From "What's Up, Tiger Lily?") Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:28
Gray Prison Blues(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:15
Pow Revisited(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:30
Unconscious Minute(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:05
Fishin' Blues Traditional 1:58
Side Two
Respoken Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 1:48
A Cool Million(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:20
Speakin' Of Spoken(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:40
Lookin' To Spy(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:30
Phil's Love Theme(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:15
End Title(incorporates Fishin' Blues) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 4:05
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John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, autoharp, vocals
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar, vocals
Steve Boone-bass, piano, vocals
Joe Butler-drums
Produced by Jack Lewis

Note: Lookin' To Spy sure sounds a lot like Coconut Grove.
 

Rain On The Roof / Pow! (Theme from What's Up Tiger Lily?)
Sebastian (2:11) / Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky (2:28)
Kama Sutra 216, 10/66 BB

 
What's Up Tiger Lily?(11/2/66)

Hums Of
Kama Sutra KLPS-8054
11/66 BB [UK: 12/66]
Back Cover

Side One
Lovin' You Sebastian 2:25
Bes' Friends Sebastian 1:52
Voodoo In My Basement Sebastian 2:35
Darlin' Companion Sebastian 2:22
Henry Thomas Sebastian 1:40
Full Measure Sebastian-Boone 2:40
Side Two
You And Me And Rain On The Roof Sebastian 2:13
Coconut Grove Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:38
Nashville Cats Sebastian 2:34
4 Eyes Sebastian 2:53
Summer In The City Sebastian-Boone 2:39
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John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, autoharp, piano, organ, harmonium, ocarina, pedal steel guitar, Irish harp, vocals
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar, banjo, slide whistle (Henry Thomas), vocals (lead on Voodoo In My Basement)
Steve Boone-bass, piano, organ, percussion
Joe Butler-drums, percussion, lead vocal (Full Measure)
with:
Henry Diltz-clarinet (Bes' Friends)
Artie Schroeck-electric piano (Summer In The City)
§Cover Photo-Henry Diltz
Produced by Erik Jacobsen

 

You're A Big Boy Now(12/9/66)
Nashville Cats / Full Measure
Sebastian (2:34) / Sebastian-Boone (2:40)
Kama Sutra 219, 12/66 BB / BB

 
Darling Be Home Soon / Darlin' Companion
Sebastian (3:32) / Sebastian (2:22)
Kama Sutra 220, 2/67 BB

A-side from film "You're A Big Boy Now"
The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful
The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful


Kama Sutra KLPS-8056, 2/67 BB [UK: 5/67]
no unique tracks, but 4 great photos for your wall
Six O'Clock / You're A Big Boy Now (The Finale)
Sebastian (2:38 / Sebastian (2:28)
Kama Sutra 225, 4/67 BB

B-side from film "You're A Big Boy Now"

Zally returned to Canada after pot bust in San Francisco (he gave up dealer to avoid deportation—other
musicians not pleased). Jerry Yester added as guitarist.

As Long As You're Here / ereH er'uoY sA gnoL sA
Bonner-Gordon (2:09) / Bonner-Gordon (2:09)
Buddah 12, 9/67

B-side is instrumental version backwards
She Is Still A Mystery / Only Pretty, What A Pity
Sebastian (3:00 / Butler-Yester (3:04)
Kama Sutra 239, 10/67 BB

 

Everything Playing
Kama Sutra KLPS-8061
12/67 BB [UK: 3/68]
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Side One
She Is Still A Mystery Sebastian 3:00
Priscilla Millionaira Sebastian 2:20
Boredom Sebastian 2:23
Six O'Clock Sebastian 2:38
Forever Boone 4:24
Side Two
Younger Generation Sebastian 2:40
Money Sebastian 2:01
Old Folks Butler 3:04
Only Pretty, What A Pity Butler-Yester 3:04
Try A Little Bit Sebastian 3:04
Close Your Eyes Sebastian-Yester 2:44
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John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, vocals
Jerry Yester-guitar, vocals
Steve Boone-bass, vocal (Priscilla Millionaira)
Joe Butler-drums, vocal (Old Folks)
with:
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar (Six O'Clock, Try A Little Bit)
§Cover Art-John Sebastian
Produced by The Lovin' Spoonful & Joe Wissert

Note: Zally's tracks recorded before he was let go.
 

Money / Close Your Eyes
Sebastian (2:01) / Sebastian-Yester (2:44)
Kama Sutra 241, 12/67 BB

 

John Sebastian to solo career (see below)

The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful (Volume Two)
The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful (Volume Two)


Kama Sutra KSLP405, 3/68 BB [UK: 5/68]
no unique tracks

Alive And Well In Argentina
Buddah BDS-5019
6/68 [UK: ?/71]
Back Cover

 
Reissue Cover

Side One
Raven In A Cage Yanovsky-Yester-Yester 2:51
You Talk Too Much Kamile-Smeck 2:31
Last Date Cramer 3:03
Little Bitty Pretty One Byrd 2:57
Alive And Well In Argentina de-Boeuf-Rapport-Yanovsky 3:27
Side Two
Brown To Blue Franks-Jones-Mathis 2:27
Priscilla Millionaira Sebastian 2:10
I Almost Lost My Mind Hunter 3:10
Hip Toad Yester-Yester 2:05
Lt Schtinkckhausen Yanovsky-Yester 6:11
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Zalman Yanovsky-guitar, keyboards, vocals
with:
Jerry Yester-guitar
Joe Butler-drums
§Cover Art-Peter Max
Produced by: Zalman Yanovsky & Jerry Yester

Note: Reissued in Feb 1971 with the single As Long As You're Here added as track six on side one (and a new cover—see note 2).
 

Never Going Back / Forever
Stewart (2:44) / Boone (4:24)
Kama Sutra 250, 7/68 BB

 
(Till I) Run With You² / Revelation: Revolution '69³
Bonner-Gordon (2:02) / Butler-Finiz (2:05)
Kama Sutra 251, 9/68

 
She's A Lady / The Room Nobody Lives In
Sebastian (1:45) / Sebastian (3:05)
Kama Sutra 254, 11/68 BB

 

Revelation: Revolution ’69
Kama Sutra KLPS-8073
12/68 [UK: 6/69]
Back Cover

 
Original Title on Label


Now the cover makes sense!
Side One
Amazing Air Bonner-Gordon 2:50
Never Going Back† Stewart 2:48
The Prophet Butler-Finiz 2:45
Only Yesterday Dino-Sembello 2:43
War Games Butler 7:02
Side Two
(Till) I Run With You Bonner-Gordon 2:52
Jug Of Wine Dino-Sembello 2:31
Revelation: Revolution '69 Butler-Finiz 2:29
Me About You Bonner-Gordon 3:48
Words Dino-Sembello 2:18
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Jerry Yester-guitar, vocals
Steve Boone-bass, vocals
Joe Butler-drums
with:
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar (The Prophet, Words)
Zacherly-narration (War Games)
§Cover Direction-Acy Lehman; Cover Photo-Ken Whitmore
Produced by Bob Finiz "with special assistance from Joe Butler"
†Produced by Chip Douglas

Note: Issued as by: The Lovin' Spoonful Featuring Joe Butler
Album was titled Til I Run With You until the single flopped (see last note).
 

Me About You² / Amazing Air
Bonner-Gordon (2:43) / Bonner-Gordon (2:50)
Kama Sutra 255, 1/69 BB

 
And so ends America's goodtime answer to The Beatles. John's a stoned solo star, Jerry Yester joins up with Judy Henske and Steve Boone buys a sailboat and lives the Caribbean.
Woodstock Music & Art Fair(8/16/69) John Sebastian
6th Big Sur Folk Festival(9/13-14/69) John Sebastian
John Sebastian Song Book Vol 1
John Sebastian Song Book Vol 1


Kama Sutra KSBS 2011, 1/70 [UK: 1/72]
no unique tracks—all Spoonful tracks. Kama Sutra recycled this material relentlessly.

Note: Sebastian's first two solo albums were mired in legal tussle betwixt Reprise and MGM
see notes and this handy link for more details
 

John B Sebastian
Reprise RS-6379
1/70 BB [UK: 4/70]
Back Cover

 
Inside Cover

 
Tie-dye Lyric Sheet!


 
MGM also releases album


Released on MGM (SE-4654) at the same time (using a stolen
master), withdrawn due to contract disputes.
 
MGM Back Cover

Side One
Red-Eye Express Sebastian 2:53
She's A Lady Sebastian 1:43
What She Thinks About Sebastian 3:00
Magical Connection Sebastian 2:46
You're A Big Boy Now Sebastian 2:46
Rainbows All Over Your Blues Sebastian 2:26
Side Two
How Have You Been Sebastian 4:07
Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy Sebastian 2:56
The Room Nobody Lives In Sebastian 3:10
Fa-Fana-Fa Sebastian 2:43
I Had A Dream Sebastian 2:42
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John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, percussion, vocals
with:
Paul Harris-organ, piano
David Crosby-guitar (She's A Lady, Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy)
Stephen Stills-guitar (She's A Lady)
Danny Weiss-guitar
Buddy Emmons-steel guitar, Moog synthesizer
Buzzy Linhart-vibes (Magical Connection), vocal (Fa-Fana-Fa)
Harvey Brooks-bass
Ray Neopolitan-bass
Dallas Taylor-drums
Reinol Andino-conga
Gayle Levant-harp
Bruce Langhorne-tambourine
Burt Collins-horn
Jose Cuervo-horn
Mr Beutens and Mrs Stanley and Friends-flute, lute, viola
Graham Nash-vocals
The Ikettes-vocals (Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy)
§Cover Photo-Jerry De Wilde
Produced by Paul Rothchild

 

Magical Connection / Fa-Fana-Fa
Sebastian (2:46) / Sebastian (2:43)
Reprise 0902, 3/70

 
Rainbows All Over Your Blues / You're A Big Boy Now
Sebastian (2:26) / Sebastian (2:46)
MGM K-14142, 3/70

 
Woodstock(3/26/70)
What She Thinks About / Red-Eye Express
Sebastian (3:00) / Sebastian (2:53)
Reprise 0918, 5/70

 
Atlanta International Pop Festival(7/3/70)
New York Pop(7/17/70)
Summer Festival For Peace(8/6/70)
Goose Lake International Music Festival(8/7/70)
Isle of Wight Festival(8/29/70) Zally makes suprise appearance

Cheapo-Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live
Reprise MS-2036
4/71 BB [UK: 7/71]
Back Cover

 
MGM releases another album


Released on MGM (SE-4720) in 9/70, the recording was basically a
bootleg, and Reprise forced withdrawl. In the spring of 71, Reprise
released the "official" live recording.
 
MGM Back Cover

Live One
Mobile Line Duren-Stampfel 1:25
Lovin' You Sebastian 1:25
Fishin' Blues Sebastian-Stampfel 2:20
Younger Girl Sebastian 2:35
Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? Sebastian 1:58
Rooty-Toot Lewis 1:33
In The Still Of The Night Parris 2:16
Blue Suede Shoes Perkins 1:32
Nashville Cats Sebastian 2:05
Live Too
Waiting For A Train Rodgers 2:25
My Gal Boone-Jacobsen-Muldaur 2:33
Younger Generation Sebastian 2:45
Darling Be Home Soon Sebastian 3:20
Blues For Dad And JB's Happy Harmonica Sebastian-Sebastian 3:05
Amy's Theme Sebastian 1:38
Goodnight Irene Ledbetter-Lomax 4:14
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John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, vocals
with:
Dan Armstrong-guitar
Lucian Barnes-guitar
Paul Harris-keyboards
§Cover Photo-Jim Marshall; Illustrations-Catherine Sebastian
Produced by Paul Rothchild

 

Celebration At Big Sur(4/9/71) John Sebastian
Celebration Of Life(7/21-28/71)
I Don't Want Nobody Else / Sweet Muse
Sebastian (3:16) / Sebastian (3:54)
Reprise 1026, 7/71

 

The Four Of Us
Reprise MS-2041
8/71 BB [UK: 12/71]
Back Cover

 
Inside Cover

Side One
Well, Well, Well arr White 2:20
Black Snake Blues Chenier 2:28
I Don't Want Nobody Else Sebastian 3:16
Apple Hill Sebastian 3:09
Black Satin Kid Sebastian 2:38
We'll See Sebastian 2:05
Sweet Muse Sebastian 3:54
Side Two
The Four Of Us
   The Four Of Us
   Domenica
   Lashes LaRue
   Red Wing, Colorado
Sebastian 17:12
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John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, percussion, piano, vocals
with (Side One):
Paul Harris-piano
Kenny Altman-bass
Felix Pappalardi-bass (Apple Hill)
Greg Reeves-bass (Well, Well, Well)
Dallas Taylor-drums
with (Side Two):
Mac Rabinac [Dr John]-piano (The Four Of Us)
Kenny Altman-bass
John Barbata-drums
The Esso Trinidad Steel Band-pan drums (The Four Of Us)
§Photography-Catherine Sebastian
Produced by Paul Rothchild

 

We'll See / Well, Well, Well
Sebastian (2:05) / arr White (2:20)
Reprise 1050, 11/71

 

 


John Sebastian Covers
Darling Be Home Soon Joe Cocker (Joe Cocker!) 10/69
Didn't Want To Have To Do It Rotary Connection (Rotary Connection) 2/68
  Julie Driscoll (Jools & Brian) 4/69
Good Time Music The Beau Brummels (45) 12/65
The Room Nobody Lives In Mama Cass Elliott (Dream A Little Dream) 9/68
 
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs

Links!  

The Official Lovin' Spoonful web site
Official John Sebastian web site

 


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