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Donovan's Greatest Hits

March 30, 1999 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 30, 1999
  • Release Date: March 30, 1999
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 50:14
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  • ASIN: B0040GY8US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,400 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Listen to this CD and you most likely will be too.
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I've owned this collection on LP and casette both; with the added songs, it's the perfect time to being it back into my collection in CD form.
Michael J. Edelman
I was pleasantly surprised that this remastered cd sounded so good and original.
Thomas P. Mcauliffe

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ray Riddle on August 12, 1999
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When Donovan first released his "Greatest Hits" album back in the sixties, it featured new versions of two of the songs, "Colours" and "Catch the Wind". Those versions were only available on the "Greatest Hits" album. This CD adds tracks to that album, and remasters all the songs, but replaces the "new" versions of those two songs with the original album versions. Both versions are really good, and I'd highly recommend this CD, but warn you that if you're expecting the "Greatest Hits" versions of "Colours" and "Catch the Wind", you won't find them here.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Porch Sitter on June 11, 2003
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To be brief, Donovan was a sixties Icon. To have a sixties collection, Donovan must be a part of it, crossing boundries and providing further definition as to what the 60's were truly about.
This collection is an excellent introduction to Donovan's many "faces". From his Dylanesque (many people called him the "British Bob Dylan", to his Psychedelic phases where many of his hits came from, to the more mature and rock crafted phase, and then full circle to more introspective.
If you like is Folk music, (Colours, Universal Soldier, Catch The Wind, etc) you can branch out to his "Summer Day Reflection Songs" CD which provide a true example of his Folk phase. (This is one of my favorite CD's, and this area of his music is highly underated).
For others who wish to hear more of his latter period, the "Love Is Hot, Truth Is Molten" CD (Australian Import)is excellent with great sound quality and stereo versions and of course the all inclusive "Troubadour" Box set covers much.
Many people forget his impact, having written the hit "Museum" covered by Herman's Hermits, to his "backup session players" which included The Jeff Beck Group ad Ron Wood, Madeline Bell, Suzie Quatro "Barabajagal", Paul McCartney and George Harrison (Mellow Yellow), and the then developing Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones , (just listen to "Hurdy Gurdy Man"), Jim Gordon and Gabriel Mekler "Susan On The West Coast Waiting", "Atlantis". This CD is an excellent buy, with jems such as "There Is A Mountain", (very tropical) to Atlantis, (Great song and Lyrics").
A must buy you a collector. If you like this period of music, this is required. Worth it for "Sunshine Superman" alone. This CD is an excellent value, has all the major hits, with great good sound quality so you will not be disapointed.
Good Listening!
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I grew up listening to this the LP of "Donovan's Greatest Hits", and I love it. However, THIS IS NOT THAT ALBUM. The LP release of "Greatest Hits" featured re-recordings of "Catch the Wind" and "Colours" that were in step with Donovan's late 60's sound, and flowed better (in terms of ambience and sound quality) with the rest of the songs on the album. This CD features the original, folkier versions of those songs and it totally DESTROYS the flow and overall mood of the album. I do appreciate having the original, folkier versions of "Catch the Wind" and "Colours" but I would have MUCH preferred to keep the flow of the original album. Why couldn't they have tacked the original versions on as bonus tracks??? I'd still like to have the re-recorded versions that I am more familiar with on a remastered CD.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If this is one of those albums you're looking to upgrade from LP to CD, beware. Though the title, graphics, and song listings are the same as the original LP (except the bonus tracks), three songs are presented in their folksie versions: "Colours", "Catch the wind", and "Lalena". Though you might consider them equally as good as the LP versions, they're not the same.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on May 26, 2000
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In his updated liner notes to "Epistle To Dippy," Donovan writes, "Whatever you think this song is about, it probably is." Amid the flowery, quasi-mystical prose which decorated his songs and liner notes, it was a moment of clear truth.
It could also apply to the rest of the set, which joins catchy pop melodies to World Music rhythms breaded in organic, cerebral myths and ideology. Many keep their freshness: "Sunshine Superman" was recently sampled in a rap song, while "Season Of The Witch" (great line: "Beatniks striking to get rich...") and "Mellow Yellow" retain some self-mocking wit with the second-hand smoke. "Atlantis" and "Barabajagal" remain fun relics.
But Donovan the hippie troubadour trumps Donovan the folky, earthy poet. "Colors" and "Catch The Wind" (here on their original, Hickory Records singles from 1964) catch Bob Dylan's style but not soul. "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting" (which Donovan describes as "a Dear John letter in reverse") is too pretty and slight to be an effective anti-war song. Yet these, Donovan's other hits here, and his lyrical world-view (which, judging from the liner notes, he still has) are a basic thread of Sixties pop culture. This makes Donovan's music essential to studying that period, and "Greatest Hits" the most cost-effective way to do it.
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