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Cosmic Wheels/Essence To Essence
Cosmic Wheels/Essence To Essence
Offered by stunitedkingdom
Price: £19.50

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor masterpiece from a real master., 9 May 2006
These 2 albums did not receive great critical acclaim when issued, but with the absence of anything later that comes anywhere near them in quality could be taken as his swansong.

Unlike his early work, they were not really of their time and that is maybe the reason for them going unnoticed at the time of their release. But they do not sound dated now and there are some great songs and arrangements here. The final track presented here 'Sailing Homeward' has a beautiful, haunting melody and stands up with his finest compositons.

Other particularly notable tracks are Earth Sign Man, Sleep, I like you and There is an Ocean - but there isn't a bad track here, even The Intergalactive Laxative ( a comic, throwawy song) has its attractions.

Each song is completely different - the range of styles is really quite awesome when you consider the norm nowadays is for one style to flow through a complete CD.

Donovan is 'helped' by an impressive array of musicians, still known today, which no doubt adds to the accomplished feel - including Chris Spedding, (the late) Cozy Powell, Ray Cooper, Peter Frampton and , playing piano on Sailing Homeward, Carol King.

A missed masterpiece.

Catch The Wind
Catch The Wind
Price: £4.99

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of songs from a master!, 9 May 2006
This review is from: Catch The Wind (Audio CD)
These songs have stood the test of time and remain fresh. Sunny Goodge Street is surely one of the top ten tracks from the 60's and perfectly evokes the atmosphere at that time - the lyrics are sheer poetry, as are they on most of these songs. Take Turquoise, 'Your smile beams like sunlight on a gull's wing ' - was there ever a finer line in a love song?

Not all the songs are Donovan's own compositions, but he makes them sound his own. His innovative guitar style, although still in its early stages of development, is well represented, particularly on Josie, Candy Man and Colours - the influence this was to have on pop music is immeasurable, notably on the Beatles.

A fine CD - the most fun you'll ever have for this price. Highly recommended.

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