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The Essential Donovan Original recording remastered

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Even when this Scottish folk singer hit #23 in the U.S. with Catch the Wind , no one knew he'd go on to become a worldwide pop star, reaching the Top 40 with Sunshine Superman; Mellow Yellow; Epistle to Dippy; There Is a Mountain; Wear Your Love Like Heaven; Jennifer Juniper; Hurdy Gurdy Man; Atlantis , and more. All those '60s classics are here plus five more!


1. Catch The Wind (Mono)
2. Colours (Mono)
3. Sunshine Superman (Unedited Version)
4. Season Of The Witch
5. Mellow Yellow (Mono)
6. Epistle To Dippy
7. There Is A Mountain
8. Wear Your Love Like Heaven
9. Jennifer Juniper
10. Hurdy Gurdy Man
11. Lalena
12. To Susan On The West Coast Waiting
13. Atlantis
14. Barabajagal

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0001MDPZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Smith on September 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
While it is incredibly good news that Donovan--who has always been under rated--is being included in the "Essential" series, the compilation itself is a disappointment. All of the tracks included here, and one other as well, can be found on the expanded version of Donovan's Greatest Hits released last year. The album notes and the sound quality on "Greatest Hits" are also superior. Unless you are a Donovan completist (and I admit that I am), I would strongly suggest "Greatest Hits" instead of "The Essential."
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After checking out Epic/Legacy's latest repackaging of Donovan's Sixties material, one has to wonder if they had been smoking those banana skins referenced in "Mellow Yellow." Yes, this single-disc collection includes all twelve of Donovan's Top 40 hits [plus "Colours" (No. 61) and "Season of the Witch" (not released as a single)], but so does 1999's expanded GREATEST HITS, which also included 1970's "Riki Tiki Tavi" (No. 55).
So if you're looking for a top notch single-disc collection, I'd recommend GREATEST HITS. [I first bought it on vinyl when it was originally released in 1969.] If that isn't enough to satisfy your appetitie for the music of this folkie-turned-hippie flower child, 1992's 45-track TROUBADOUR should satisfy even the most die-hard fan.
Bottom line? This is a terrific collection, but there's nothing new here to justify its release.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Wiggin on December 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
During the "Sixties," I was not particularly a fan of Donovan. I thought he was a bit soft. But about three months ago, I heard him interviewed on the NPR program "Fresh Air." I was impressed by how intelligent and articulate he is, and the excertps from his songs stuck me as wonderfully fresh and engaging. So I bought "The Essential Donovan" and have been playing it continually, enjoying it more and more.

For Donovan to have moved from a ballad like "Colours" to "Sunshine Superman," with its surrealistic poetry and multi-colored orchestration, in only a few months, is a real artistic advance. At that time, 1966, Donovan was twenty, and he was consistently writing better songs -- with more imaginative lyrics and more sophisticated rhythms -- that did either The Beatles or Bob Dylan at the same age.

I've since explored more Donovan albums. I am increasingly impressed by the abundance of his imagination, and I find it dismaying that he is so little remembered, especially considering that he is one of the truly emblematic figures of the age and was, at the time, almost as famous as The Beatles.

I call this the best of Donovan anthologies because the versions of "Catch the Wind" and "Colours" are the clean and simple ones, without backup strings and vocals; because the version of "Sunshine Superman" is the long one; and, most importantly, because the songs are presented in chronological sequence.

The insert notes about original release dates and popular chart success are a welcome addition.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased this CD to replace my vinyl copy of "Donovan"s Greatest Hits" that was originally released back in 1969. That collection had a couple of major flaws. First, there were absolutely no liner notes offered. More importantly, "Catch The Wind" and "Colours" were re-recordings and not the original hits that appeared in the U.S. on Nashville's Hickory Records.
While under no circumstances would I ever consider Donovan to be a five star performer, this recently released CD gives me just what I am looking for. All 14 tracks are indeed the original recordings and the disc also includes three tunes not included on the original Epic "Greatest Hits" package. They are "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting", the Top Ten hit "Atlantis" and finally a song I had not heard in years (somehow I survived the trauma) "Goo Goo Barabajagal" which Donovan recorded with the Jeff Beck Group. Donovan proved to be equally popular on both sides of the Atlantic, achieving approximately the same chart success is Britain as he did here in the States. He had a considerable amount of success on the Billboard Hot 100 Album charts as well. In the early 1970's Donovan walked away from it all. According to the liner notes "Six years of fame was enough. I had done everything. It was extraordinary; you couldn't get any more famous and any more successful." In the early 1990's, my wife and I saw Donovan perform in a local park about a mile from our home. It was just him, his guitar and a microphone. He clearly was enjoying himself and the crowd loved him.
One final note--the remastering job on this CD is first rate. Combine that with the aforementioned liner notes and a great price and you have pretty good bang for your buck.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on July 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I guess this would be essential if you didn't have the "Greatest Hits" already, otherwise it's about the same thing. Of course what's here is all great folk-rock. Everything I know of his is here, including "Mellow Yellow", "Wear Your Love Like Heaven", "Hurdy Gurdy Man", "Jennifer Juniper", and the excellent "Colours". The only difference between this and "Greatest Hits", is just a song or two. Maybe the cheaper one would be the better collection?
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