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Barabajagal [Import, Original recording remastered]

DonovanAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 16, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B00081MUYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Barabajagal
2. Superlungs My Supergirl
3. Where Is She
4. Happiness Runs
5. I Love My Shirt
6. The Love Song
7. To Susan On The West Coast Waiting
8. Atlantis
9. Trudi
10. Pamela Jo
11. The Stromberg Twins
12. Snakeskin
13. Lauretta's Cousin Laurinda
14. The Swan (Lord Of The Reedy River)
15. A Poor Man's Sunshine (Nativity)
16. New Years Resolution (Donovan's Celtic Jam)
17. Runaway (Demo)
18. Sweet Beverley (Demo)
19. Marjorie (Margarine) (Demo)
20. Little White Flower (Demo)
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

2005 Digitally remastered re-issue that features 13 bonus tracks 'Snakeskin', 'Lauretta's Cousin Laurinda', 'The Swan' (Lord Of The Reedy River), 'A Poor Man's Sunshine' (Nativity), 'New Years Resolution' (Donovan's Celtic Jam), 'Runaway' (Demo), 'Sweet Beverley' (Demo), 'Marjorie' (Margarine) (Demo), 'Little White Flower' (Demo), 'Good Morning Mr Wind' (Demo), 'Palais Girl' (Demo), 'Lord Of The Universe' (Demo). On Barabajagal, Donovan made his first steps away from the folk rock of before towards an acid rock sound, with songs such as the title track and Trudi. EMI.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EMI Opens the Vaults June 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've always liked Donovan's "Barabajagal," right down to the Victoriana of the album's artwork. This is not his most consistent album - I really don't need to hear "I Love My Shirt" or "Happiness Runs" very often, and they embody a certain precious quality that has not worn well (and didn't sound so great in 1969). There are, however, several gems on the original set, including the double-sided hit "To Susan On the West Coast Waiting", a still-fresh, deceptively low-key anti-Vietnam song, and the grand, five-minute "Atlantis," one of Donovan's biggest US hits, recorded in L.A. with the great Jim Gordon (Derek & the Dominos) providing superb drumming. Forget the "Hey Jude" comparison, this song has a power and personality all its own. The original album also included two collaborations with the Jeff Beck Group (classic line-up, with Beck, Ron Wood, Nicky Hopkins, Tony Newman, and Rod Stewart who stayed home), opening with the ferocious title track, an almost unbelievably intense excercise in controlled dynamics - a hard rock/funk classic, with Donovan at his 'hottest' and the Group truly 'molten'. The other D/JBG collaboration, "Trudi," rocks out, albeit in a less overpowering manner. I should note these tracks were from the last session by the Beck Group (May '69) who would break up by the end of July. EMI has turned this (and their other Donovan reissues) into "The story of the making of..." with outtakes, demos, copious notes, and period photos and memorabilia. A long rumored third track with the Beck Group ("Stromburg Twins") finally sees the light of day (a fourth, "Homesickness," appears in abruptly truncated form on the fine "HMS"), and the alternates, demos and sketches all provide great context and background on this still underrated artist's work habits, not to mention some highly listenable music, making this the edition of "Barabajagal" to own. Kudos to EMI!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An okay album greatly improved by the bonus tracks June 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Barabajagal is the last of the four remastered Donovan cds released by EMI in 2005. The original album was definitely a mixed bag. When it's good, it's excellent. Songs like Barabajagal, Superlungs and Atlantis rank among the best rock songs of 1969, and Happiness Runs is a charming children's song. Unfortunately, most of the other album tracks are just filler.

EMI seems to have solved the problem with this reissue. The addition of the bonus tracks, all previously unreleased, double the length of the album, and -- like Sanctuary's reissue of Kinda Kinks -- many of the best songs on the disk are bonus tracks. All the bonus tracks here are good, some are great, and Swan (Lord Of The Reedy River) is one of the most gorgeous songs Donovan ever recorded, which is quite saying something when you think about it.

Like the rest of the albums in this series of reissues, the sound quality is excellent and the liner notes are poor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best.. August 12, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite Donovan albums. The Jeff Beck Group accompanies him on some of the songs, giving a truly cool electric sound to those songs. It's got his war protest "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting", and also shows his fun/silly side with songs like "Happiness Runs" and "I Love My Shirt". "Atlantis" was one of his bigger hits. Worth checking out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
In the early years of his career, Donovan had to deal with being called the British Bob Dylan, even if his brand of songwriting was nowhere near the caliber of Bob's. Where Donovan was childlike & precious, Bob was hardened & wise. Where Donovan stuck to his flower-child posturings for most of his career (that has changed slightly in recent years), Bob switched writing styles frequently, from topical songwriting to poetic mindscapes & back again. Perhaps it is that everchanging style that has kept Bob in the forefront of today's music scene, and saddled Donovan with oldies status. In 1969, both Donovan & Bob released albums that confounded the masses, and met with vastly different responses to both their careers. Bob put out the country-based NASHVILLE SKYLINE that was more a sign of Bob's wish to conduct his career as he saw fit, and his fans were either along for the ride or not (clearly, enough of them were). Donovan released BARABAJAGAL, which was yet another example of his psychedelia-lite approach to music, and indicated his days as a serious hitmaker were coming to a close.

While lyrically, Donovan's music had refused to budge from its child's-eye view of the world, credit should be given later in the 1960s for musically shaking things up a bit. 1968's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" benefitted greatly from Jimmy Page's scorching electric guitar work, and had to have made Donovan, at least briefly, cool to fans of the harder, more serious psychedelic rock of the time. It would have been a direction Donovan had done well to continue in, but the accompanying album of the same name was mostly more of the same gentle folk-pop people had come to associate with him. BARABAJAGAL is another case of a few signs of rock life, but the rest sticking closely to the script.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the bonus tracks are worth the purchase April 24, 2006
By esp
Format:Audio CD
as whats previously been said, this album marks a decline in Donovan's consistency in terms of putting a whole flowing album together. Nevertheless this cd is well worth purchasing for the bonus tracks which makes one feel as if you have bought a full album's worth of unreleased material. Interestingly as well is the fact that the version of "superlungs, my supergirl" is NOT the same version that appeared on the original album. This version adds guitar parts and even ends differently with donovan chanting "hey". Its very similar however and may even be better upon comparison. The Swan (lord of the reedy river) is perhaps the most psychedelic or magical donovan song i've ever heard. This version even beating the brilliant simple version on the HMS Donovan album. If you are a hugh donovan fan already i think this should be the first remaster to start with considering there is so much unreleased material on this particular disc. The sound quality is also surprisingly great which is not always the case with remasters of 60s albums. "Where is she" sounds fantastic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Loved the original LP when I bought it back in the 70s. Love this CD version.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Sound Good
5.0 out of 5 stars Donvan Strums a Beautiful Guitar
Along with the original 10 tracks are some gems in the Bonus Tracks -that you will be singing to long after you have shut off your Stereo and some nice demos -not heard before
Published 3 months ago by Edward L Hartnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Donovan Album
I had to replace from my LP days. Worth listening to many times. Ordered as used but received as new.
Published 19 months ago by Ray Howell
2.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of the End
1 great tune (Atlantis), a couple of good tunes and the rest is pretty bad. Get it if you are a completist, otherwise skip this one.
Published on May 11, 2012 by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Cool Rock" Donovan Album
1969, BARABAJAGAL was the last collaboration of the Donovan Leitch and Mickie Most years, encompassing SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, MELLOW YELLOW, A GIFT FROM A FLOWER TO A GARDEN, HURDY... Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Beatlenik
4.0 out of 5 stars Donovan - Barabajagal
Barabajagal is a strange beast. It is a less coherent album than its predecessors, Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow, giving the impression that it may not have all been recorded... Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by Bob Hastings
2.0 out of 5 stars And one star just for the bonus tracks
First, before you decide to send a few guys in dark shades to break my arms, let me say that I am a huge fan of Donovan, and my other reviews of his work will attest to that. Read more
Published on June 11, 2010 by Bertrand Stclair
5.0 out of 5 stars where I want to be...
Okay, I LIKE Donovan. Yep.
And this is very good.
Barabajagal with Jeff Beck is a great jam. Read more
Published on May 8, 2010 by George Bereschik
4.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Almost Great Donovan Disc
"Barabajagal" finds the latter period Mr. Leitch getting downright goofy on songs like the title track; "Superlungs My Supergirl" & "The Love Song" (both also slyly sexually... Read more
Published on February 28, 2010 by Jay Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail Donovan!
The final chapter of the 1960s' Mickie Most-produced albums features some of Donovan's most clever songs. Although most of the songs were produced mostly by Most (get the pun? Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by Catherine Goltz
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