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Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 [Limited Edition, Box set]

DonovanAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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listen  1. London Town (Album Version) 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Co'dine (Album Version) 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Catch the Wind (Mono Single Version) 2:53Album Only
listen  4. Universal Soldier 2:11Album Only
listen  5. Colours (Album Version) 2:43Album Only
listen  6. Sunshine Superman (Album Version) 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Season Of The Witch (Album Version) 4:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Trip (Album Version) 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Guinevere (Album Version) 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Breezes Of Patchulie (Album Version) 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Museum (Album Version) 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Super Lungs (Album Version) 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mellow Yellow (Album Version) 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Writer In The Sun (Album Version) 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Sand And Foam (Album Version) 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Sunny South Kensington (Album Version) 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Epistle To Dippy (Single Version) 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. There Is A Mountain 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Album Version) 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Oh Gosh (Album Version) 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. The TInker And The Crab (Album Version) 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Poor Cow (Album Version) 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. Hurdy Gurdy Man (Album Version) 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Jennifer Juniper (Album Version) 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Teen Angel (Album Version) 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lalena (Album Version) 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. To Susan On The West Coast Waiting (Album Version) 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Atlantis (Album Version) 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Barabajagal (Album Version) 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Happiness Runs 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Celia Of The Seals (Album Version) 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Riki Tiki Tavi (Album Version) 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Clara Clairvoyant (Album Version) 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Roots Of Oak (Album Version) 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Riki Tiki Tavi (Previously Unreleased Version) 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Maria Magenta (Album Version) 2:10Album Only
listen15. Cosmic Wheels (Album Version) 4:01Album Only
listen16. I Like You (Album Version) 4:33Album Only
listen17. Yellow Star (Album Version) 3:03Album Only
listen18. Rock And Roll Souljer (Album Version) 3:48Album Only
listen19. The Quest (Album Version) 3:30Album Only
listen20. Age Of Treason (Album Version) 4:20Album Only
listen21. What The Souls Desires (Album Version) 2:33Album Only
listen22. Dark-Eyed Blue Jean Angal (Album Version) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: August 11, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, 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: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027GB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Includes Sunshine Superman; Hurdy Gurdy Man; Mellow Yellow; Season of the Witch; Epistle to Dippy; Wear Your Love Like Heaven; There Is a Mountain , and more of his hits, plus key album tracks, alternate versions (of Museum; Superlungs , and Riki Tiki Tavi ), early tracks ( Catch the Wind ) and three unreleased cuts. 44 trippy tracks in all!

Heaven knows, the Scotsman born Donovan Leitch was ripe for ridicule, even when he was hitting the charts with regularity. He was the ultimate flower child, and his airier pronouncements made cynics want to tighten up those love beads around his neck. Listening to Troubadour, however, it's striking how versatile, melodic, and agreeable most of his material sounds decades after "Mellow Yellow" has faded into a jaundiced yellow. Clearly under the sway of Bob Dylan early on in his career, Donovan nevertheless was capable of directing his reverence into something as enchanting as "Catch the Wind." Amping up as the '60s progressed, he assembled a series of psychedelic-pop classics, including "Season of the Witch," the "Hey Jude"-like sing-along "Atlantis," and the uncharacteristically driving "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (the latter features three-quarters of what was to become Led Zeppelin providing stellar support). This two-disc anthology may be more Donovan than some desire, but the booklet, seven previously unreleased tracks, and expansive perspective it provides makes it a more-than-worthy overview for those who take their paisley folk-rock with a beatific smile. --Steven Stolder

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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epistle to the Flower Power Era February 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Donovan began his career as a folkie, but he will be remembered forever as the leading proponent of flower power hipness.
Early folk-oriented tunes like "Catch the Wind," "Colours" and "Universal Soldier" all charted in the UK, but only "Catch the Wind" dented the US charts (No. 23). In late-65 Donovan splits from his manager and hooks up with new producer Mickie Most (Herman's Hermits, Animals, Lulu, etc.). In the process he switches direction from folk to pop.
His first single for Most is "Sunshine Superman"--which was originally titled "For John and Paul." It goes to No. 2 in the UK and tops the US chart. What follows is a string of memorable hits, including "Mellow Yellow" with Paul McCartney on background "whispered" vocals. [Did anyone REALLY believe this was about smoking banana skins! ] There's the percussion-flute workout "There Is a Mountain," (which the Allman Brothers would convert to "Mountain Jam" on Eat a Peach.]
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Donovan would maintain his popularity throughout the sixties. This also meant expanding his sound. "Hurdy Gurdy Man" starts out with Donovan's trademark vibrato vocal and cosmic lyrics, but with Jimmy Page on guitar and the future Led Zeppelin rhythm section on board it was one of the few Donovan tracks that rocked. Another hard-driving song (and Donovan's last US top 40 hit), "Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)," features the Jeff Beck Group.
Donovan leaves Mickie Most and releases "Celia of the Seals" as a duet with longtime bassist Danny Thompson. It only reaches US No. 84.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Donovan DinoMIGHT September 11, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've loved Donovan's music for a long time and accumulated albums, singles, tapes, CDs, etc., of his by the bushelful. However, I write this at a time when my infatuation with the man has faded quite a bit. This could be due to overkill on my part. At any rate, this collection has some good things going for it. All his hits are here. Some previously rare tracks have been included that are mostly quite good. A few oddball album tracks made it on here that really didn't deserve to be here. For big fans, this set is a must. For casual, "I just want the hits and the rest make me throw up" fans, you are getting a bit too much here. Go with a single CD of hits and not this 2-CD collection. You have to at least like the sentiment behind flower power to get into the lesser-known songs here. In reality, the choice of album cuts from both the 60s and 70s material is somewhat questionable--there are superior tracks that could have been chosen in some instances. Put a good band behind him, and Donovan can do magic with a song. He can also do quite well with just him and his guitar, as many of the songs on this set demonstrate. I think Donovan himself chose the songs on here--so I guess a few of the choices I don't agree with. Some of his favorites songs he wrote for his beloved wife Linda--"I Like You" is one that doesn't come off real well; "Dark-eyed Blue-Jean Angel" works better. For most listeners, the collection probably should have been limited to the years 1965-1971 or perhaps 1973, and trimming off the last few years of input. That would have allowed more space for great songs like "Three Kingfishers" from the Sunshine Superman album and "Young Girl Blues" from Mellow Yellow. All in all, his songs have aged well and deserve to be remembered for posterity.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth owning November 20, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of my wife's favorite CDs, and I must say that Donovan has worn exceptionally well. Back in the sixties, I was one of those who dismissed him as a minor Dylan wanna-be with an occasional Top 40 hit. Thirty-five years later, Dylan himself has turned into a Dylan imitator while Donovan is revealed as the Real Deal. Listening to this, I'm amazed at what a diverse and high-quality body of work he generated. This will take you back to the Peace, Love and Flower Power era, but in a way that's still completely enjoyable and won't have you wincing with embarrassment like your Strawberry Alarm Clock albums might do. The songs all have a gentle, mystical quality that's enhanced by Donovan's odd phrasing and Scottish brogue. Even his commentary on the Vietnam War ("To Susan On the West Coast Waiting") is gentle -- and delivers its message far more effectively and timelessly than a Country Joe rant ("Gimme an F!"). There are perhaps four songs on here that I could've done without, but the rest are all keepers. As with Dylan, you gotta love some of the quirky lyrics ("Elevator in the brain hotel, broken down but just as well") -- and, hey, anyone who can have you singing "My antedeluvian BAY-BEE!" without feeling like a complete fool has got to be a rare talent. All in all, I guess this is one of my favorite CDs too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine introduction to the work of Donovan September 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
As one who has owned copies of Greatest Hits (both the original CD release and the expanded remaster from 1999), this comp and the 3-CD Try for the Sun box, I have to admit there has yet to be a Donovan anthology that truly does justice to the man's catalogue, as each one seems to exclude one track or another that a fan would want to have there. These, however, are such minor quibbles as to be truly insignificant. Greatest Hits is perfect for the casual fan looking for Don's classic-era songs; Troubadour gives us a complete overview of his decade with Epic plus the two years preceding it in which he cemented his reputation as a Scots Woody Guthrie; while Try for the Sun is for the true completist.

I first bought this set when it was released and there were few enough Donovan CDs to be had; Sony had only seen fit to put Sunshine Superman, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Barabajagal and Greatest Hits out, and sad to say, they are still woefully deficient in their reissue of his catalogue (although Troubadour forgave a multitude of sins, as the Try for the Sun box has also done). Troubadour gives you two wonderful Donovan demos, "London Town" (Don's take on Tim Hardin's "Green Rocky Road") and "Cod'ine" (an early anti-drug song, and one of two Buffy Sainte-Marie songs Don covered, the other being the more famous "Universal Soldier," also included here), and his three hit singles for Pye/Hickory: "Catch the Wind," "Colours" and the aforementioned "Universal Soldier." From there, it launches full-on into his Epic years (1966-76); for me, this collection truly opened my eyes to all Don's music, and the rarities were often the most revealing as to his talents.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
He was sort of boring. I had forgotten that. Oh well.
Published 24 days ago by Jorge Barbarosa
4.0 out of 5 stars WELL DONE
Published 29 days ago by D. Kahanamoku
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
more here than expected, some of it good
Published 1 month ago by ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my hero
Published 2 months ago by louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Brought back many memories, and forgot how many Led Zepplin stars played with him. Highly recommended and enjoyed new songs never heard.
Published 9 months ago by Jill Benepe
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and well-mixed
If you're looking for the greatest collection of Donovan's music, this is it. This album is mixed nicely, with well-balanced sound, and is very comprehensive. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kate F
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Set
Some of the lesser known tracks are pointless but overall, it's a very enjoyable set with pretty much all of Donovan's classics included.
Published 21 months ago by A. Epperson
3.0 out of 5 stars Epistle to Hippies
In the late sixties and early seventies several acts had compilations issued one album too early. The Rascals' "Time Peace" just missed their #1 song "People Got To Be Free". Read more
Published 23 months ago by Phil (San Diego, CA)
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wanna know............
Can somebody please tell me what version of "Catch the Wind" is included here??? I had the one with the strings on the Lp AND tape of "Donovans Greatest Hits". Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bobby T.
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive overview of underrated artist
If you just want the hits, and only the hits, do as another reviewer suggested and get the single disc "Greatest Hits" CD. Read more
Published on October 17, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
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