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Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 Limited Edition, Box set
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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this is a great collection. for those who want to experience folk rock or psychedelic music for the first time this is a good place to start.Published 6 months ago by mary hanns
If you like psychedelic - folk music like I do (think BECK) & are a DONOVAN fan , this collection is a MUST !!! Read morePublished 8 months ago by HARDIE
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