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A Gift from a Flower to a Garden [Vinyl] [Deluxe Edition, Dual Disc, Box set]

4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (December 4, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Dual Disc, Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: EPIC
  • ASIN: B000A2P0H6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wear Your Love Like Heaven
2. Mad John's Escape
3. Skip-A-Long Sam
4. Sun
5. There Was a Time
6. Oh Gosh
7. Little Boy in Corduroy
8. Under the Greenwood Tree
9. The Land of Doesn't Have to Be
10. Someone Singing
11. Song of the Naturalist's Wife
12. The Enchanted Gypsy
13. Voyage into the Golden Screen
14. Isle of Islay
15. The Mandolin Man and His Secret
16. Lay of the Last Tinker
17. The Tinker and the Crab
18. Widow With Shawl (A Portrait)
19. The Lullaby of Spring
20. The Magpie
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A world in itself. November 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I can't say enough good things about this album. Preliminary warning: if you're not tuned into Donovan's world, philosophy, and mindset, this album will probably seem uninteresting, unexciting, and childish. But if you're in the mood and you *are* tuned into Donovan's cozy world of nature, friends, gypsies, hoboes, babies, love, and in general an appreciation for the small things in life, it's absolutely outstanding. The way I got tuned into this music was from a songbook of Donovan songs: after reading the lyrics and actually playing the songs myself, I developed a profound appreciation of every single song on this album. In my days of hitchhiking and riding busses into natural coastal areas, these songs would run around my head and in time I learned to play every single song here on guitar. Every single song here has some subtle but very appealing hook if you listen carefully: a cool jazzy bass intro, a beautiful acoustic guitar riff, lyrics from Shakespeare, poetic imagery of the underworld, contrary motion in the lines of a piano riff, a call to environmentalism, analogy of children with flowers, the charm of old friends far away, human qualities in starfish, rock 'n' roll chords played quietly on organ in contrary motion to a melody, an interesting flute embellishment, the contrast between the world of children and adults, several poems with beautiful beach imagery, poems of married love and the eccentric husband, the pain of faithfulness, glimpses into life on the lam, psychedelic contemplation of colors, images inside a forest, ad infinitum. Absolutely charming. Many of these songs have strong imagery of places in Europe. Read more ›
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flower children never fade... we just produce seeds December 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
At 17 years old in 1967 I would lie in my room under my psychedelic crystal ornaments and the "Frodo Lives" slogans written on my wall to listen endlessly to Donovan. I dreamed one day of having children of my own to whom I could sing the gentle love songs of the second half of this album. Life passes and I lovingly protected this album and it's beautiful lyric sheets. The songs became the lulabys of my two darling daughters. Late nights with fretfull children... "the silver girl, the wild jewel's neice" and "the raggle taggle gypsy" would sweep them back into sleep. Now my beloved eldest is far away with her love, and for Christmass I am sending him this album ( now a CD) so that he may sing her the songs.... and perhaps someday to new little buds in the garden.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY -- AND BEAUTIFULLY -- ONE OF HIS BEST... March 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
...and a shining example of how good music from the 1960s 'hippie' movement could be. Following on the heels of his hits 'Sunshine superman' and 'Mellow yellow', the two-record set 'A gift from a flower to a garden' gave Donovan the chance to spread out - the first album of the set (entitled 'Wear your love like heaven' in its individual release) presents Mr. Leitch with a full band, including some of his regular collaborators (Candy John Carr and Harold 'the very debonair' McNair) along with some fine UK studio musicians, including Jack Bruce of Cream, who plays bass on 'Someone singing'. The songs on this part of the album are all extremely hummable pop ditties with jazz and folk overtones (keyboardist Mike Carr does some beautiful work on vibraphone), and the lyrics give us a glimpse of Donovan at his 'hippie-dippie' (and that's NOT a derogatory term, trust me) best. He sings of love and the beauty of nature - and some of the songs sound like he's addressing them to children in his gentle, characteristic way. One tune - 'Under the greenwood tree' - is taken from Shakespeare; he ends the tune fading out with ' the Willie the Shake...' 'Wear your love like heaven' is the only real hit from this double set, and it's a great, memorable song.
The second half of 'Gift' was also available separately, under the title 'For little ones' - which would seem to indicate an album of songs for children. While several of them would easily fit into that category - and the arrangements on this half, all acoustic, would make it more listenable for younger ears - the subject matter of some of the selections is a bit dark. I suppose I can admit here that MANY fairy tales are VERY dark, when viewed closely - so this is a minor point, and certainly not a complaint.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Amazing Flying Sky" February 5, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For Little Ones, a collection of very beautiful acoustic songs, evokes in me visions and feelings of a pastoral life in a Britain of times past, similar to the classical piece The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. Perhaps one of those rare/obscure masterpieces. Still sounds as fresh and magical today as it did in 1967. I don't know why the two records were packaged together because for me they are nothing alike, and there is no reason to draw comparisons between them. There are no songs on Wear Your Love Like Heaven that are anything like those on For Little Ones. And nothing in any of Donovan's other work that is really like these songs. Donovan seems to have had a clear vision of what he was doing on For Little Ones and one could be forgiven for thinking all the songs were written in a short space of time. It was released as a single album in Australia. Every one a beautifully crafted song, of things simple and innocent - whelks and periwhinkles, crabs, tinkers, old men, starfish, banjos, lullabies, dreams. These are timeless songs and themes, and have nothing to do with flower power. They are the work of a very talented artist. And songs not for children as the title seems to imply, but for all ages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, memories!
Wish I still had the original LP double album I bought as a teenager. But this is good enough. Great songs from a great songwriter and artist. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Sound Good
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I listen to it almost every day...
Published 1 month ago by louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely nostalgia......................
Played this album constantly for my daughter when she was a baby......and I still love its soothing melodies. Donovan rocks!!!
Published 4 months ago by Christine E. Fyvie
5.0 out of 5 stars His best work
Excellent flashback material. This is still my favorite of his albums.
It brings back memories of seeing him live in the sixties.
Published 5 months ago by Cynthia Maher Mull
5.0 out of 5 stars DONOVAN
Published 5 months ago by Carol J. Canale
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
This is my favorite Donovan album. As my first music purchase on my new Galaxy Note 3, it was easy. I was able to pick it up and play it off of my PC too. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pam Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing album That I have been hoping would come out ...
This is an amazing album That I have been hoping would come out on disc. It was a milestone, even if few folks knew of it.
Published 9 months ago by R. Siegert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good compellation
good compellation of a few albums. There are a few memorable tunes herein. 'How high the gull flies, ore Islay, how sad the farm lad deep in play..."
Published 9 months ago by kirby lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Like listening to Kahlil Gibran expressed in song
This was one of the first albums I'd every purchased. From here I went on to collect most of Donovan's songs, and then later do it again. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thomas A Nagy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, but not as good as I remembered.
I had looked for this recording for years and not been able to find it. There were a couple of songs I remembered and wanted badly to hear again. Read more
Published 10 months ago by T. Polk
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