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HMS Donovan

Donovan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beat Goes On Records
  • ASIN: B0000011PG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Donovan 12 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
There is not much add except that Amazon just have selected highlights of the track listings and no mechanism to update the product info on track listings. The full track listing is:

1. Walrus And The Carpenter
2. Jabberwocky
3. Seller Of Stars
4. Lost Time
5. Little White Road
6. Star
7. Coulter's Candy
8. Road
9. Things To Wear
10. Owl And The Pussycat
11. Homesickness
12. Fishes In Love
13. Mr Wind
14. Wynken Blynken And Nod
15. Celia Of The Seals
16. Pee Song
17. Voyage Of The Moon
18. Unicorn
19. Lord Of The Dance 20. Little Ben
21. Can Ye Dance
22. In An Old-Fashioned Picture Book
23. Song Of Wandering Aengus
24. Funny Man
25. Lord Of The Reedy River
26. Henry Martin
27. Queen Mab
28. La Moora

and it stll comes in at 74 (odd) minutes and fits on one disc
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This could be Donovan's best work...really!! 27 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Where has our soft glow gone? To sleep within our hearts" so quoth the bard of all things naive and mythical in the sleevenotes to this,his magnificent fairytale compendium of an album,and that glow is certainly re-awakened by a peaceful cosy listen to this collection of Victoriana steeped music and magic.
Donovan's double LP length excursion deep into the smokey world of sobbing walruses,fairy realms and the dewey evenings of childhood hits the spot in your heart that no other disc of then or now ever could,a sepia tinted land of childhood innocence and spirit inhabited otherworldliness that can actually evoke feelings dormant since infanthood.
From the beautiful cover paintings-the Edwardian children's book style illustrations of the singer lounging in a mysterious meadow in full sailor's garb clutching his storybook surrounded by the songs' subjects in all their cosmic glory,a pot of stars at his feet-the mood is set.
Quiet folky strummings wash into poetry recitals set to trickling catchy tunes and melodies,filled with mystical beasties,goblin trains rushing 'neath thistles and children stolen away by playful fairies to rowan woods,all delivered in Donovan's settling Celtic burr to calm the strained nerves.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Simplicity & Innocence Of Childhood. 8 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
I first purchased HMS DONOVAN as a double LP set at a Record Bar (remember them?) in my hometown of Greenville SC. It was the Summer of 1971 and I had just completed my Freshman year in college. I was not a big fan of Donovan's but his HURDY GURDY MAN album of a few years earlier was a personal favorite. When I saw that this album was essentially a musical setting of children's nursery rhymes and poetry I couldn't resist even though, as an import from England, it cost almost twice as much as a regular double LP. I was also enchanted with the cover artwork by the Irish artist Patrick which showed the various characters such as THE WALRUS & THE CARPENTER. As soon as I got home I put it on my high school stereo (a plastic orange General Electric model with detachable speakers purchased at K-Mart) and was immediately transported. I still have that LP 40 years later so that if all else fails, I'll be able to return to it for comfort and inspiration (I still have a turntable but not the GE). For the time being I'll use the CD.

One of the beauties of this album is that, with the exception of one song (HOMESICKNESS), it's entirely acoustic. Just Donovan and his unmistakable voice accompanied by his guitar with the occasional discreet orchestration. Side 1 begins with Lewis Carroll's THE WALRUS & THE CARPENTER followed by JABBERWOCKY. Other poetry settings include Edward Lear's THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT, Sydney Carter's THE LORD OF THE DANCE and William Butler Yeats' THE SONG OF WANDERING AENGUS. Nursery rhymes include TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, COULTER'S CANDY, and WYNKEN, BLYNKEN & NOD. There's also original compositions like MR WIND, CELIA OF THE SEALS and IN AN OLD FASHIONED PICTURE BOOK done in the same, simple acoustic style.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The good outweighs the average 25 July 2005
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to this set a lot recently. Bear in mind it is much longer than most of the other DOnovan albums and those contain tracks which are okay but which the album could've parhaps done without. In other words, I think if a bit of fat was trimmed from it, I'd be saying it's one of my possible all-time favourites. Having said that, I feel there are some really beautiful songs on here. There's quite a few tracks which are essentially musical translations of several famous children's poets/writers and most of them work really well. My favourite tracks on the album are 'Jabberwocky', 'The Little White Road', Celia Of The Seals, 'Queen Mab', 'The Song Of Wandering Aengus' and 'The Seller Of Stars. Donovan's vocals are superb throughout and some of the guitar playing is amazing (I do wonder on some tracks, as to wether or not they have 2 guitar parts, overdubbed, or just one guitar, played with great skill. Either way, it's hard for me to envision better use of the acoustic guitar).
I've heard some terrific music from this chap, and I remain undecided as to wether this is the best Donovan set I've bought yet. WHat I can say is that although this CD contains it's fair share of medoicre tracks, the better tracks reign supreme and the magical, folk-esque theme throughout the album is enough to warrant a very healthy 4.5/5 star rating. I hope to hear many albums of a similar nature in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for children
Love this cd from Donovan. Very simple and childlike it's very relaxing.
Published 21 days ago by P. RHYMES
5.0 out of 5 stars HMS Donovan - Brilliant!
My brother bought this record when it first came out and I used to love listening to it. The other day something sparked a memory of it and I had this longing to hear it again. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Peggy from Bucks
4.0 out of 5 stars Very excentric but rather good.
I just can't stop listening to this album. It is quite strange at the beginning and I hate that some of the songs don't fade out they just end abruptly but overall I'm glad i... Read more
Published 14 months ago by P. L. Wightman
4.0 out of 5 stars A trip down Memory Lane.
Again, I bought this as a gift. The recipient commented, " There is far more to Donovan than Mellow Yellow and Seller of Stars in particular impressed."
Published 16 months ago by Jacques
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashback
One of my friends had bought the original vinyl when it was first released and I have been looking for it for ages. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bruno Bernacchi
5.0 out of 5 stars overviewed work of the great Donovan
This CD is a little bit surprising as it begins with a musical story half way between a child and an adult story. In fact it probably fits both ages. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2009 by Music is Love
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mix Of Powerful Folk Ballads and Silly Songs
After "Gift From A Flower To A Garden" we learnt that Donovan doesn't always do what his fans expect. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2004 by J. M. Green
3.0 out of 5 stars FOR DIE HARD DONOVAN FANS ONLY!
Not for the faint hearted but for every true fan with a good sense of humour. This is the album which lost Donovan favour with the critics but it is great for the child within... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2001
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