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A Gift From A Flower To A Garden - Donovan Import

4.7 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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2009 digitally remastered reissue of the British Folk star's Top 20 double album, originally released in 1968. Cream's Jack Bruce guests on bass. Includes the hit 'Wear Your Love Like Heaven'. A Gift From A Flower To A Garden is now considered a Psychedelic Folk masterpiece. 22 tracks. EMI.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: emi
  • ASIN: B001MIVTVS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I can't say enough good things about this album. Preliminary warning: if you're not tuned into Donovan's world, philosophy, and mindset, this album will probably seem uninteresting, unexciting, and childish. But if you're in the mood and you *are* tuned into Donovan's cozy world of nature, friends, gypsies, hoboes, babies, love, and in general an appreciation for the small things in life, it's absolutely outstanding. The way I got tuned into this music was from a songbook of Donovan songs: after reading the lyrics and actually playing the songs myself, I developed a profound appreciation of every single song on this album. In my days of hitchhiking and riding busses into natural coastal areas, these songs would run around my head and in time I learned to play every single song here on guitar. Every single song here has some subtle but very appealing hook if you listen carefully: a cool jazzy bass intro, a beautiful acoustic guitar riff, lyrics from Shakespeare, poetic imagery of the underworld, contrary motion in the lines of a piano riff, a call to environmentalism, analogy of children with flowers, the charm of old friends far away, human qualities in starfish, rock 'n' roll chords played quietly on organ in contrary motion to a melody, an interesting flute embellishment, the contrast between the world of children and adults, several poems with beautiful beach imagery, poems of married love and the eccentric husband, the pain of faithfulness, glimpses into life on the lam, psychedelic contemplation of colors, images inside a forest, ad infinitum. Absolutely charming. Many of these songs have strong imagery of places in Europe.Read more ›
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At 17 years old in 1967 I would lie in my room under my psychedelic crystal ornaments and the "Frodo Lives" slogans written on my wall to listen endlessly to Donovan. I dreamed one day of having children of my own to whom I could sing the gentle love songs of the second half of this album. Life passes and I lovingly protected this album and it's beautiful lyric sheets. The songs became the lulabys of my two darling daughters. Late nights with fretfull children... "the silver girl, the wild jewel's neice" and "the raggle taggle gypsy" would sweep them back into sleep. Now my beloved eldest is far away with her love, and for Christmass I am sending him this album ( now a CD) so that he may sing her the songs.... and perhaps someday to new little buds in the garden.
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...and a shining example of how good music from the 1960s 'hippie' movement could be. Following on the heels of his hits 'Sunshine superman' and 'Mellow yellow', the two-record set 'A gift from a flower to a garden' gave Donovan the chance to spread out - the first album of the set (entitled 'Wear your love like heaven' in its individual release) presents Mr. Leitch with a full band, including some of his regular collaborators (Candy John Carr and Harold 'the very debonair' McNair) along with some fine UK studio musicians, including Jack Bruce of Cream, who plays bass on 'Someone singing'. The songs on this part of the album are all extremely hummable pop ditties with jazz and folk overtones (keyboardist Mike Carr does some beautiful work on vibraphone), and the lyrics give us a glimpse of Donovan at his 'hippie-dippie' (and that's NOT a derogatory term, trust me) best. He sings of love and the beauty of nature - and some of the songs sound like he's addressing them to children in his gentle, characteristic way. One tune - 'Under the greenwood tree' - is taken from Shakespeare; he ends the tune fading out with '...do the Willie the Shake...' 'Wear your love like heaven' is the only real hit from this double set, and it's a great, memorable song.
The second half of 'Gift' was also available separately, under the title 'For little ones' - which would seem to indicate an album of songs for children. While several of them would easily fit into that category - and the arrangements on this half, all acoustic, would make it more listenable for younger ears - the subject matter of some of the selections is a bit dark. I suppose I can admit here that MANY fairy tales are VERY dark, when viewed closely - so this is a minor point, and certainly not a complaint.
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By A Customer on February 5, 2001
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For Little Ones, a collection of very beautiful acoustic songs, evokes in me visions and feelings of a pastoral life in a Britain of times past, similar to the classical piece The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. Perhaps one of those rare/obscure masterpieces. Still sounds as fresh and magical today as it did in 1967. I don't know why the two records were packaged together because for me they are nothing alike, and there is no reason to draw comparisons between them. There are no songs on Wear Your Love Like Heaven that are anything like those on For Little Ones. And nothing in any of Donovan's other work that is really like these songs. Donovan seems to have had a clear vision of what he was doing on For Little Ones and one could be forgiven for thinking all the songs were written in a short space of time. It was released as a single album in Australia. Every one a beautifully crafted song, of things simple and innocent - whelks and periwhinkles, crabs, tinkers, old men, starfish, banjos, lullabies, dreams. These are timeless songs and themes, and have nothing to do with flower power. They are the work of a very talented artist. And songs not for children as the title seems to imply, but for all ages.
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