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Fairytale

5 April 2010

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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Colours
2:44
2
To Try For The Sun
3:37
3
Sunny Goodge Street
2:54
4
Oh Deed I Do
2:06
5
Circus Of Sour
1:49
6
Summer Day Reflection Song
2:10
7
Candy Man
3:25
8
Jersey Thursday
2:11
9
Belated Forgiveness Plea
2:54
10
Ballad Of A Crystal Man
3:50
11
Little Tin Soldier
2:58
12
Ballad Of Geraldine
4:38
13
Universal Soldier
2:11
14
Ballad Of A Crystal Man ('Universal Soldier' EP Version)
3:14
15
The War Drags On
3:40
16
Do You Hear Me Now
1:47
17
Turquoise
3:28
18
Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)
3:09


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 5 April 2010
  • Release Date: 5 April 2010
  • Label: Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 52:45
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  • ASIN: B003GQ04GK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,950 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Released in October 1965, Donovan's 2nd album for Pye Records is represented here by Tracks 1 to 12 and it's something of a lost Sixties Folk/Rock classic.

The album's opener "Colours" is a balls-to-the-wall 60's classic - it truly is. "Fairytale" features a lot of tracks like that - just Donovan and his acoustic guitar - more Folk than Pop really.
In fact, when you hear almost any track on this very hard-to-find LP, it's easy to see why Donovan was often referred to as Britain's Bob Dylan. And it wasn't just because of the similar vocal styles - they were both such good songwriters and commentators on the times.

Highlights include "The Ballad Of A Crystal Man" which is represented on this disc twice - the full album version and the edited EP version - it's a fantastically strong and emotive anti-Vietnam piece equal to anything his Bobness put out on the other side of the pond. Lyrically the other songs are equally clever and even witty too. There's a "violent hash smoker" in "Sunny Goodge Street", while a quietly sinister "Jersey Thursday" gives us sly white powder references, "on a tiny piece of coloured glass, my love was born - and reds, and golds and yellows were the colours of the dawn..." Oh yeah!!

The extras (13 to 18) also make the purchase so worthwhile for fans. "Turquoise" and "Hey GYP (Dig The Slowness)" are his 3rd 7" single for Pye Records and both tracks are non-album. The last four songs, "Universal Soldier", "Do You Hear Me Now", "Ballad Of A Crystal Man" and "The War Drags On" are again non-album and make up the 4-tracks of the rare UK-only "Universal Soldier EP" from September 1965. ("Universal Soldier" and "Do You Hear Me Now" were released as a 7" in the States on Hickory).

So - a good album bolstered up with relevant bonuses.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars soul-searching folk 7 July 2006
By Martyn VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Early Donovan album on which for the large part he sings accompanied only by his own excellent guitar-playing and poignant harmonica.

People often credit Dylan and Joan Baez with writing the best protest songs of the '60s, but there are some excellent examples of Donovan's own contributions here, not least 'Ballad of a Crystal Man'. It's also important to point out that Donovan's singing, songwriting and playing style are very much his own and i've always thought the Dylan comparisons superficial and a bit like saying the Stones sounded just like the Beatles.

There are some wonderful songs here about freedom of spirit, love and the reality of finding love and fighting for it in difficult circumstances.

'I'll try for the sun' is a truly touching song which will stay with you for a long time. 'Circus of sour' is a surreal and amusing detour, and 'Summer day reflection song' is a psychedelic classic. Meanwhile 'Colours' is one of the most uplifting songs of the '60s.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This 1965 album, recorded for Pye, was the second of Donovan's career, and the second he released in that year. It finds Donovan in a pensive, reflective mood but edging towards the slightly psychedelic style he would later be noted for. Clearly influenced by Bob Dylan, it contains a share of songs that aim at social commentary in a simple guitar/singer/songwriter folk style, along with a few simple love songs and some rather interesting ballads. The opening track, the delightful `Colours', is one of his best works. A simple, understated love song it has long been a firm favourite of mine. The album then meanders and meditates on the world, sometimes with a sense of naive awe and joy, sometimes with a darkly cynical edge. But always with a great tune and lyric. The original album closed with `The Little Tin Soldier' and `The Ballad of Geraldine', two tales that border on the twee (especially tin soldier), but are sung with such conviction that they really work rather well. It's an excellent album.

The re-issue is excellent. Great remastering, interesting extras (a contemporary EP, with the classic `Universal Soldier') and single) that add to the programme and a great set of liner notes. It's a great place for people to start their classic Donovan collection. 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairy? 24 Sep 2013
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There are some iconic tracks on this album, and I always thought Donovan sang better than Dylan (to whom he was often compared). The Universal Soldier was a great anti-war song for the era and To Try for the Sun seemed a liberated gay confession .. although his strings of women seem to suggest it is not autobiographical and he was no 'fairy'! What a shame that the drugs burnt out his talent ... but this is his best album and seems to reek with 60's authenticity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete the set 2 Sep 2013
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If you already have the excellent 4 Cd set Breezes of Patchouli Oil, then this completes the collection of early Donovan material, including Sunny Goodge Street, Universal Soldier, Little Tin Soldier and Candy Man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music. 13 April 2013
By Davroz
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Never been a Donovan fan but remembered this title from long ago so gave it a try.
Really good words and guitar playing, recommended.
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