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  • Original Release Date: 29 Mar. 2010
  • Release Date: 29 Mar. 2010
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 1977 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1977 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 39:10
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  • ASIN: B003BC1I4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,709 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pagan Ronnie on 18 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album is a bit like his 'Neutronica' album, in as much as it's with a band and a quite electric & not very 'acoustic' sound , it's unlike 'gift from a flower...' for example.
If forced, 'Soft-Rock' would be the best way to 'categorize' this I guess - though to me that sounds a bit derogatory - which is not my intention 'cos I like this album a lot!
I particularly like driving to this - it's 'feel-good' without being too cheesy and has a good tempo/beat for driving - not too fast - not too slow!
If you're a Donovan fan this really is a 'must-buy' as it shows yet another diverse aspect of his massive and unique talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. L. Wightman on 4 July 2013
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I've owned this as a cassette, a record and finally as a CD and I always thought of it as a 60% album - good but could have been better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A collection of songs well worth having 2 April 2002
By Wj Skillcorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was lucky enough to obtain a mint copy of the original vinyl record of this album (which was first issued in 1977 by EMI) and took to the music very easily. There was nothing deep or too meaningful in the songs apart from, perhaps, 'Local Boy Chops Wood' - about fame in the music business (Brian Jones) - and 'The Light'. This latter track plots the history of (one assumes) Donovan through his early years.
The disc comes with extensive notes of Donovan's discography some, it would seem, having been quoted by the great man himself.
I believe the songs are statements of attitudes to various things. 'Brave New World' and 'Dare to be Different' are two such items and one is left wondering as to what, exactly, they refer. In fact you are left wondering this through most of the album!
It is strange that the order of play of the ten tracks has been changed on the CD from the original vinyl record. I always assume that the order of play is important; that the thought one is left with from one track somehow affects the relevence of the next. So why change the order? I can't answer that one, but for the record the original order of play was as follows: 5,2,1,10,7//3,8,6,9,4
Dyed-in-the-wool Donovan fans will need to have this CD, and rightly so. I am not so sure about others, but the music is good, it has a beat, it has meaning and is better than the average. Isn't that enough?
Donovan's Unsung Comeback 28 April 2010
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Most of my life I've always love Donovan's music. This was an album that I'd always been particularly curious about mainly because it reunited him with Mickie Most,the producer who helped him craft his 60's pop classics. He'd spend most of the 70's producing albums that went almost unnoticed by the public.Sadly this one didn't change that but that in a word what this was aspiring to do.. Every one of the ten songs presented here have all the excellent songwriting and almost eerily strong melodies that made Donovan so popular in the 60's along with maintaining the cosmic bent of some of his lyrics. The song "Local Boy Chops Wood" starts off the album and is a perfect example of Donovan's "new sound";melodically similar to his classic sound but updated with aggressive guitars and some fine clavinet riffing making it...almost funk-rock ala mid 70's Bee Gee's. The pointed lyric on "the story of a rock n roll star" gives it a reflective flavor which might be somewhat autobiographic. Of course there are some wonderfully acoustic soul/folk type tunes such as the beautiful "Astral Angel","Maya's Dance" and the wonderful "Ladies Of The Stars". That particular song should've been huge for him as well. All of these songs have these cosmic,mystical lyrics that Donovan always had that possessed the effect of reaching right out to you as opposed to floating over ones head. A number of these tunes take a sharped witted outlook on the modern environment Donovan has found himself in,especially on "Dare To Be Different" and it's take on non conformity,"Brave New Worlds" outlook on society in general and the final cut "Kalifornia Kiddies",about the modern pseudo resurgance of the hippie as a fasion as opposed to a lifetyle. These songs all showcase something of an English interpretation of the California AM radio sound,kind of a lightly jazzy rock/soul sound that's pretty dancable and very singable. "International Man" has the same musical flavors with kind of a comic take on the rock type. The almost spoofed easy pop of "Sing A Song" has a similarity to Todd Rundgren's "An Elpee's Worth Of Toons" in that it's a gentle,almost kindly dig at what record companies often do to get their artists on the radio. The wistful midtempo pop of "The Light" explores Donovan's theory on transedence. It's a little deeper lyrically than the other songs here but again is relatable to most listeners. Even though this album possesses all of the qualities Donovan has always excelled at and creatively updated it in the best possible way. Somehow,for some reason it just became obscure and that might process in some people's minds as meaning it simply wasn't good enough to be popular. In this case the opposit is true:this is not only a lost classic for Donovan but a lost pop classic as well.
Final Release With Mickie Most 12 Jun. 2010
By Catherine Goltz - Published on Amazon.com
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After three disappointing albums for Epic Records, Donovan returned to his old producer Mickie Most who produced this self titled album (if it had a title it would be "International Man") Featuring members of UK bands like Smokie as well as his old arranger John Cameron, the songs are a far cry from "Sunshine Superman" and "Mellow Yellow". It opens with "Local Boy Chops Wood" a tribute to Brian Jones who had dated his wife Linda in the early 60s. If you listen carefully to the line "Rock star found dead" you can hear the guitar riff from "Satisfaction". "Astral Angel" according to Donovan is a tribute to Gram Parsons who lived in Joshua Tree where he and Linda were living. "Dare to Be Different" sounds like a David Bowie/ Lou Reed song. "Brave New World" is given the name from the 1932 Aldous Huxley title of the same name.
"Lady of the Stars" is of course dedicated to Linda whom the album is dedicated too. It would also be the name of his ill-concieved 1983 album. "International Man" and "Sing My Song" fail to capture the magic of Donovan's "Atlantean age". This album never made the charts, and Donovan would make three albums in the eighties only two which were modestly successful. Neutronica and Love is Only Feeling released in Germany (the later has never been issued on CD for some reason) Both albums (along with Lady of the Stars) feature Donovan's daughters Astrella (now singer Astrella Celeste) and Oriole. Not one of Don's best, but worth a look.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not the kind of Donovan album I like 17 Nov. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alas, I discover that (with this album) Donovan is actually human!!! With so many classics under his belt, his stigma of being conceived as the perfect songwritter is slightly marred by this album. For the record, this album is NOT terrible or worthless. It's just not that good/memorable and is nowhere in the same class of material he did from 1964-1973. Thank goodness with his live albums in the 80's and Sutras in the 90's and the "Pied Piper" (which are all worthy efforts), this album just appears to be a "blip" in his otherwise incredible repitoire of material. My problem with this album is the over-instrumentation (Donovan has 4 other band members who play bass, keyboards, electric guitar and drums) and the reliance of the contribution of those members. SO you end up with an album that sounds like it wanted to be a contender for the top-40. You end up with songs that are over-produced and over-instrumentized. To me the essential Donovan will always be material like "HMS Donovan", "A gift from a flower to a garden", "Sutras", "Fairytale", (any of his accoustic live albums) and even "Open Road". This album contains some tracks that are almost even disco-sounding in nature. But given the time frame (1977), this seemed to be pretty common for well-esteemed artists to attempt to drastically change their trademark sound to the new sound of the late 70's in order to capture a "new" audience. This album (although as fun as it may have been for Donovan to make according to the inner notes) seems like a rush job. I almost get the impression that Donovan was pressured to "adapt to the newer sound" (ie, more drum beats and that late 70's sound) so as to try and make the charts. The songs are somewhat simple. Some even atrocious (ie, Kalifornia Kiddies). "Lady of the Stars" starts out with the vintage Donovan sound for the first minute until he breaks into a silly syrupy singing verse which completely ruins the song for me. Although not a complete loss, the lyrics are still quite intelligence and "Maya's Dance" and "Astral Angel" seem to make the album a little more tolerable. In Donovan's defense, so many legendary artists/bands of the late 60's and early 70's were "forced" to change their style around 1976/1977 at the onset of the "disco"/"syrupy pop" revolution so I cannot really pick on Donovan. He's a legend! This album shows his attempt to kind of "sell out". But with Donovan, he was never about making money so it's unfair to say he "sold out". More realistically, I think he wanted to capture a new group of fans by making a more modern sounding album. Think of this album as a more commercial/syrupy sounding "Open Road" although not remotely as good as "Open Road". Never-the-less, it's not an awful/terrible album. There's a reason why Donovan probobly never performs any of the songs on this album in concerts.
As the inner notes say, Donovan had fun making this album with the other band members. Unfortunately, I did not have that same kind of fun listening to it. Aside from a very few moments, Donovan's brilliance and magic are missing on this "forcedably pressured" attempt to make a commercial top-40 album with that late 70's sound which mixes a little bit of disco, a little bit of late 70's pop (aka, late 70's/early 80's Genesis AFTER the departure of Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett). For the most part, the songs on this album are forgettable. "Sing my Song" and "Kalifornia Kiddies" are just plain silly and a waste of time listening to...
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Catchy 27 Oct. 2005
By Stella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love "Local Boy Chops Wood" and "Dare to Be Different". They're great little catchy songs. I love that Donovan can be versitile.
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