A Gift from a Flower to a Garden
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A Gift from a Flower to a Garden

24 Nov 2008

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Song Title
Wear Your Love Like Heaven (2008 - Remaster)
Mad John's Escape (2008 - Remaster)
Skip-A-Long Sam (2008 - Remaster)
Sun (2008 - Remaster)
There Was a Time (2008 - Remaster)
Oh Gosh (2008 - Remaster)
Little Boy in Corduroy (2008 - Remaster)
Under the Greenwood Tree (2008 - Remaster)
The Land of Doesn't Have to Be (2008 - Remaster)
Someone Singing (2008 - Remaster)
Song of the Naturalists Wife (2008 - Remaster)
The Enchanted Gypsy (2008 - Remaster)
Voyage Into the Golden Screen (2008 - Remaster)
Isle of Islay (2008 - Remaster)
The Mandolin Man and His Secret (2008 - Remaster)
Lay of the Last Tinker (2008 - Remaster)
The Tinker and the Crab (2008 - Remaster)
Widow With Shawl (A Portrait) (2008 - Remaster)
The Lullaby of Spring (2008 - Remaster)
The Magpie (2008 - Remaster)
Starfish-On-The-Toast (2008 - Remaster)
Epistle to Derroll (2008 - Remaster)

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  • Original Release Date: 24 Nov 2008
  • Release Date: 24 Nov 2008
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:01:54
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  • ASIN: B002B7IG7E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,253 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered properly - at long last 29 Jan 2009
By Tone
Format:Audio CD
This review is mainly for Donovan fans.

The first CD release of this was by BGO back in 1993 and it was mono, although the remastering was great. BGO realised their mistake and quickly issued a stereo version. Unfortunately they did a crap job 'remastering' (for want of a better word) and the result was that it stayed in the CD drawer and was rarely played.

I was apprehensive when I saw the upcoming release of this by EMI using THAT word 'Remastered' again, but ordered it none the less. 4 days after release date it turns up on my doorstep on the other side of the world for less than a local release (including postage). Great job Amazon U.K..

The verdict: SOUND IS SUPERB. Don't hesitate getting this one.

The only down side is EMI couldn't use the Karl Ferris cover shots, but they do have most of the Mick Taylor and Sheens McCall artwork and the presentaion is top class.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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I still have my original boxed set of this double album, complete with all it's beautifully presented sheets of lyrics. It was always a favourite of mine, not just because I like folk music, but because it lacks the pop music bias of much of Donovan's otherwise excellent work. In these tracks he isn't trying to appeal to just those people who liked his top 10 music, he's out to create beautiful and etheral soundscapes which arise naturally from the long legacy of British folk music. There are mystical images, romanticism and impressions of idyllic landscapes .... yet underneath many songs there is also a subtle darkness that gives his music great depth.

Without wanting to sound grandiose or precocious, this album strikes me as being the musical equivalent of 'art nouveau' .... beautiful in the way it is designed and presented; inherently associated with an individual's view of the natural and mythical world; and timeless.

Having said all that, there are subtle influences of jazz and modern rhythms which prevent 'Gift' from being a reworking of stale ideas. Even so long after it's initial release, the whole thing remains fresh and will repay you handsomely the more times you listen to it.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Garden Of Ethereal Delights 15 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A Gift From A Flower To A Garden sees the fruition of many of the themes and ideas hinted at in Donovan’s two earlier ‘electric’ records. Here, there is a unity of musical purpose and vision, and a richness of textures, which only surfaced at times on Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow. As you may know, the project was sumptuously packaged in its original form: a double album with a folio of lyrics and drawings, all presented in a box with the famous Donovan –in-robes photo on the front. Wonderful. And as for the music, well this is something else…
The first half, for grown-ups, is characterised by a richness and depth of musical performance, and by a coherent ‘sound’ which fits perfectly with the lyrical content. Bass, drums, organ, guitars and jazz inflections provided by vibes, create a wonderfully deep and rich soundscape. Wear Your Love Like Heaven is probably the best known of these compositions, and that sound is reproduced on other songs such as Mad John’s Escape, Skip Along Sam, Someone Singing and The Land of Doesn’t Have To Be, to simply gorgeous effect. This deep and rich sound is complimented by lyrics which perfectly capture the optimism of the times and Donovan’s poetic sensibility. From Mad John in his transport café, to the terrific adaptation of Under The Greenwood Tree, this is music which just makes sense. And everything is enveloped in melodies to just die for. If you think All You Need Is Love is the pinnacle of flower power sentiments, listen again to this perfect pop psychedelia.
The second half, For Little Ones, compliments the first half perfectly. Its always confused me this. Many of the songs just do not reflect child-like concerns: Widow With A Shawl is a case in point.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever album by Donovan 31 Aug 2000
Format:Audio CD
Released as a limited edition boxed double album when Donovan was at the height of his fame. Record 1 was infectious pop songs with lavish production. Record 2 was pure folk songs about gypsys, banjos and starfish. Just voice, guitar and a bit of pipe and maybe banjo.
If you like Donovan then you owe it to yourself to buy this. I can't praise it enough.
This is the pinnacle of Donovan's art
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At his very best 5 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
The best of this double album undoubtedly shows Donovan at the height of his artistic powers: songs are poetic but succinct, with sensitive backing from Harold McNair and others when it's needed (Enchanted Gypsy; Tinker and the Crab) or his own acoustic guitar when it isn't (Isle of Islay; Epistle to Derroll).

If you are only familiar with the numerous permutations of the much-reissued early stuff then this is a clear development, though the songs retain Donovan's sense of seeing beauty and wonder in the simplest things, especially in Isle of Islay or a song like Starfish on the Toast: "Holding whelks and periwinkles tingling in his hand / Little does he know they hold him too."

I agree that the second album is better than the first, as others have said, but one of the beauties of Gift... as a whole is that several styles, including a relaxed, jazzy feel on some numbers like Sun, blend effortlessly together without feeling forced - indeed, ease and unselfconsciousness are the key words here. Other Donovan albums have their merits but in my view this record simply has the highest concentration of excellent songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Tracks
Songs from the original missing, tracks duplicated. Would not recommend this recording. Certainly not a disc that can be enjoyed by a Donovan fan
Published 2 months ago by Boatman
4.0 out of 5 stars really rather lovely
Deceptively simple. I don't know why I haven't heard it before. Probably put off by the packaging back in the day. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Phil
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example of artist's prolific work.
Good value and interesting album from underated artist. Donovan always delives the goods. Plenty of tracks to listen to and enjoy.
Published 10 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Bought for a friend but this album captures the time when it was made very nicely. A must for all old hippies!
Published 10 months ago by beamray
4.0 out of 5 stars donovan: from a flower to a garden
I have on a well-worn box set, but previous attempts to get the equivalent stereo cd failed until I found this. Read more
Published 13 months ago by peter taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift From A Flower To A Garden.
Content brilliant.....sound properties absolutely perfect.
Together with all the other Donovan CD purchases I have made, thus far, no complaints can be found.
Published 15 months ago by Jammy
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift of a album
This album has to be one of my all time favourites in the Donovan collection. Beautiful songs written and played, no big production, simply no more than two instruments on each... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by D. Coe
5.0 out of 5 stars audio gold
One of the few L.P.s which sounds better without headphones - music for the great outdoors , better listened to with air moving and eyes wide open . Read more
Published on 11 July 2011 by ben
5.0 out of 5 stars A Daring Move For Late 1967
When I first bought this album, in December, 1967, except for a few of the songs (Wear Your Love Like Heaven, Sun, Epistle To Derroll, Voyage Into The Golden Screen, and Widow With... Read more
Published on 6 July 2011 by Toadis McKeever
5.0 out of 5 stars Donovan's Peak
This is a wonderful double album and the remastered sound is top quality, far better than the Sony Collectors' Choice edition which came out in 2000. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by Hugh Crawford
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