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When he led the Lovin' Spoonful from 1965 to 1967, John Sebastian experimented with a variety of styles, expanding from the folk, jug band, and rock & roll that were the band's basic mixture to include everything from country ("Nashville Cats") to orchestrated movie scoring ("Darling, Be Home Soon"). Freed from the confines of a four-piece band, he stretched further on his debut solo album, including the samba-flavored "Magical Connection" and the R&B-styled "Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy" (complete with the Ikettes on backup vocals) in addition to traditional country on "Rainbows All Over Your Blues," which spotlighted Buddy Emmons on pedal steel guitar. But there were also delicate ballads like the string-filled "She's a Lady," a stripped-down remake of "You're a Big Boy Now," and "The Room Nobody Lives In," the last performed with only a harmonium and bass guitar. And there were pop/rock songs like "Red-Eye Express," "What She Thinks About," and the utopian "I Had a Dream" that you could imagine having fitted easily into the Spoonful's repertoire. The songs continued Sebastian's trend toward a more personal writing style, many of them containing images of travel that corresponded to his peripatetic lifestyle. Like Paul McCartney's McCartney, which followed it into the marketplace by a few months, the album was an eclectic but low-key introduction to the solo career of a former group member whose band was known for more elaborate productions, and all the more effective for that. (John B. Sebastian was the subject of a legal dispute between MGM records and Reprise records, with Reprise winning out, although MGM briefly issued its own version of the LP, apparently taken from a second-generation master. The MGM version is sonically inferior to the Reprise one and has different artwork, but the contents of the two LPs are identical.)
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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Red-Eye Express 2007 Remastered Album Version
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John Sebastian, Writer, Performed by, MainArtist - Paul Rothchild, Producer

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

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She's a Lady 2007 Remastered Album Version
00:01:44

John Sebastian, Writer, Performed by, MainArtist - Paul Rothchild, Producer

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

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What She Thinks About LP Version
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John Sebastian, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

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Magical Connection 2007 Remastered Album Version
00:02:47

John Sebastian, Writer, Performed by, MainArtist - Sebastian, Writer

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

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You're a Big Boy Now 2007 Remastered Album Version
00:02:48

John Sebastian, Writer, Performed by, MainArtist - Sebastian, Writer - Paul Rothchild, Producer

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

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Rainbows All over Your Blues 2007 Remastered Album Version
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John Sebastian, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Paul Rothchild, Producer

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

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How Have You Been 2007 Remastered Album Version
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John Sebastian, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Paul Rothchild, Producer

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

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Baby, Don't You Get Crazy LP Version
00:02:58

John Sebastian, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

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The Room Nobody Lives In 2007 Remastered Album Version
00:03:10

John Sebastian, Writer, Performed by, MainArtist - Paul Rothchild, Producer

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

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Fa-Fana-Fa LP Version
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John Sebastian, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

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I Had a Dream 2007 Remastered Album Version
00:02:47

John Sebastian, Writer, Performed by, MainArtist - Paul Rothchild, Producer

1970 Warner Records Inc. 1970 Reprise Records

Album Description

When he led the Lovin' Spoonful from 1965 to 1967, John Sebastian experimented with a variety of styles, expanding from the folk, jug band, and rock & roll that were the band's basic mixture to include everything from country ("Nashville Cats") to orchestrated movie scoring ("Darling, Be Home Soon"). Freed from the confines of a four-piece band, he stretched further on his debut solo album, including the samba-flavored "Magical Connection" and the R&B-styled "Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy" (complete with the Ikettes on backup vocals) in addition to traditional country on "Rainbows All Over Your Blues," which spotlighted Buddy Emmons on pedal steel guitar. But there were also delicate ballads like the string-filled "She's a Lady," a stripped-down remake of "You're a Big Boy Now," and "The Room Nobody Lives In," the last performed with only a harmonium and bass guitar. And there were pop/rock songs like "Red-Eye Express," "What She Thinks About," and the utopian "I Had a Dream" that you could imagine having fitted easily into the Spoonful's repertoire. The songs continued Sebastian's trend toward a more personal writing style, many of them containing images of travel that corresponded to his peripatetic lifestyle. Like Paul McCartney's McCartney, which followed it into the marketplace by a few months, the album was an eclectic but low-key introduction to the solo career of a former group member whose band was known for more elaborate productions, and all the more effective for that. (John B. Sebastian was the subject of a legal dispute between MGM records and Reprise records, with Reprise winning out, although MGM briefly issued its own version of the LP, apparently taken from a second-generation master. The MGM version is sonically inferior to the Reprise one and has different artwork, but the contents of the two LPs are identical.)
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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