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Summer Solstice by Prior, Maddy, Hart, Tim (1991) Audio CD
Summer Solstice by Prior, Maddy, Hart, Tim (1991) Audio CD
Offered by Sam Books
Price: £54.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Solstice original CD issue, 17 Dec 2014
Maddy Prior and Tim Hart had two albums together before forming Steeleye Span. The Folk songs of old England vol 1 & 2. Then after the formation of Steeleye Span and the Folk Rock treatment of traditional folk songs, they returned to the more traditional sound they had created on their two previous mentioned duo albums. They could have called it Folk songs of old England vol 3 since it follows in much the same way as 1 & 2. But they called it Summer Solstice and it is a gem of a recording.
Their are other musicians present on the recording that help the set along. Gerry Conway on bells and percussion. and John Ryan on String Bass. And dispite the traditional feel there is an acceptable Electric Bass from Pat Donaldson. Andy Irvine contributes Mandolin as well. There is also added string arrangements on "Dancing at Witsun" and over dub of Maddy and Tim vocal harmonisation to enhance the overall polished arrangements on tracks such as "The ploughboy and the cockney" Combining all this of course is the superb lead vocals by Maddy and Tim. Tim Hart provides Guitar, Dulcimer, Harmonium, Psaltery and Tabor. This is a wonderful album with a great british traditional folk atmosphere. If you have heard Folk songs of old england 1 & 2 and enjoyed those then you will love this too.
This is also an excellent set of beautiful folk songs.

Note it is worth mentioning that this album is also available on CD along with the previous two albums Folk songs of old England volumes one and two. The album is called Heydays and much much cheaper.


Mork & Mindy: Complete Collection [DVD]
Mork & Mindy: Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robin Williams
Price: £50.50

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous original classic comedy from Robin Williams. Great box set., 15 Dec 2014
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To be able to get the whole set of all the series of Mork and Mindy including the two episodes from Happy Days in one set is just fabulous,
Here the classic series is presented in fine form in a neat box set where the spine is only two inches wide.
You get a lot for your money here. There are 95 episodes and there are 15 discs.
The first second and third series all have grey labelled discs and the fourth series has silver labelled discs but its all here. All the discs are contained in a plastic tray box and then there is a card outer sleeve that slips over it.

Mork and Mindy is a truly great American comedy from the late 1970s that has great originality. The whole show is dependent on its main stars, Robin Williams as Mork and Pam Dawber as Mindy.

This was a series about a naïve alien called Mork who arrives on earth and makes friends with Mindy.
This basis for a comedy was not the first time it had been used. There had been a show called "My favourite Martian" fifteen years before Mork and Mindy. That series had an alien that the human names "Uncle Martin" who visits earth and befriends a human too, and the alien also had special powers such as telepathy, invisibility, move objects by pointing, talk to animals and had a antennae on his head. But this time Mork is much more zany and the series is more frenetic. Mork is less predictable than "Uncle Martin" had been.
Mork comes from planet Ork. This is "bleems and bleems away from earth". On Ork, Mork is considered odd because he has a sense of humour and when he had poked fun at "Orson", their leader, the Orkans sent him to our planet Earth as a punishment. Mork must send reports to Orson about the weird lifestyles of humans.
Mork arrives in a large eggshell like spacecraft near Boulder Colorado and is discovered by Mindy who works in her dad's music shop. Mindy finds Mork intriguing with his child like ways and his wonderful kindness. Mork then lives in the attic.

The series is very funny. Mork often talks gibberish, he does wacky things like sitting on his head or drinking with his finger. He struggles to understand earth ways and this leads to farcical misunderstandings.
Mork and Mindy were actually a spin off from the earlier comedy series "Happy Days" in which Mork had appeared.

There are other regular characters in the show such as the father of Mindy, Mr Bickley a crotchety neighbour and Exidor a UFO prophet who befriends Mork.

At the end of each episode he reports to Orson and as he finishes he twists both ears and signs off with the words "Nanu Nanu" which is Orkan for goodbye.

Robin Williams is perfect as Mork and he proves his talent in this original series. He creates a very special character and its interesting now to look back at the series that made him really famous. Mork is a really funny and zany character and the series is excellent.
It is sad that Robin Williams is no longer with us but this DVD set shows that he lives on through what must be one of his greatest characters of all. He is just brilliant and it is so good to have all these episodes together at last.

The fun of this classic comedy continues through every series so it is worth watching all the four.
This is a really good entertaining DVD set. The only extra features are the two episodes from Happy Days and a gags reel. The first of these episodes from Happy Days is where we first meet Mork so it should be seen before episode one of Mork and Mindy. The character of Mork was so popular on Happy Days they gave him his own show.
There are subtitles for the Hard of Hearing as well as subtitles for Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Sweedish.
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Original Album Series
Original Album Series
Price: £13.41

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First five chrysalis albums complete to each disc but no bonus tracks like the Parcel of Steeleye Span set had,, 15 Dec 2014
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
For the heyday of the Folk Rock band Steeleye Span you would need to look at the first five albums that were released originally on chrysalis records.
This set in the classic albums collection focuses on just that period of the group's history.

Here in this impressive set we get the albums Below the Salt, Parcel of Rogues, Now we are six, Commoners crown and All around my hat. This is not the firs time these albums have appeared together as a set on CD. The previous set to contain all five albums was called A parcel of Steeleye Span. These albums were re mastered for that set in 2009.

So what is different here? Well not much really. But what we do get is each original album with all the original album tracks on one disc per album. This is unlike the Parcel of Steeleye set that had the album parcel of rogues split over two discs.
Here each album does have a faithful CD sized replica of the original album sleeve. And all five albums each with its replica card sleeve is housed into the usual type of original album series slim card box. The set is very compact as is the usual standard for these sets by Original album series.

So if you do not have any versions of these albums on CD this set is a good one to get. It is slim packaging, has original art work for the album sleeves and the tracks for each album are on each disc per album and not split.
If you do have the Parcel of Steeleye set the only reason to re buy these albums again would be just to get each album with the correct track listing per album on a disc per album as well as the original album cover and the slimmer box. However if you want the bonus tracks then this set is not for you and its better to stick with the Parcel of Steeleye set. There were four bonus tracks on the Parcel of Steeleye set that are not included here.

A little note, Amazon track listing states that the tracks are from the 2009 remasters sound recordings. I can find no reference to the mastering on the actual product. It does not state that the sound on the discs are the 2009 remasters and only shows the release date for this set as 2014, But I suspect that it is true that these are the 2009 re masters. This is because on album four, Commoners Crown the final track NewYork Girls .has the correct original ending just like the version on Parcel of Steeleye re mastered in 2009. Since the vinyl original CD copies did not include the correct ending until 2009. And to be fair the sound on this edition is as good as that on the Parcel of Steeleye so I tend to think they are the same masters.

The first album is Below the salt from 1972. This is a brilliant album. Tracks such as King Henry which is a child ballad, Gaudete and the lyrics to Royal Forester all have a medieval flavour and origin that is further amplified by the album cover art work. Gaudete was actually the single release from this album. The group line up was new. The previous three albums had also seen band change but this time we had Maddy Prior, Tim Hart, Peter Knight, Rick Kemp and Bob Johnson. The disc has a faithful replica of the album cover shrunk down to CD size. There are no bonus tracks though and it is a shame they did not include them.

The next album is Parcel of Rogues. This album has a strong Scottish flavour with tracks like Cam ye o'er France. And Rogues in a Nation the Robert Burns poem set to music. The album seems to look at contrast between old and new. One track is The weaver and the Factory Maid which looks at the contrasts in the early industrialization. Was it good or bad:? The fiddle and the electric guitar echo this contrast in the arrangement. Another track Ups and Downs has a more traditional feel and another track Robbery with violins is rock like in its arrangement. It has a tune that has appeared many times in Traditional folk music.

Third album is Now we are six. This album was produced by Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull. The album has elements of folk, rock and pop and is an unusual mix compared to the previous albums.
The track Mooncoin Jig shows off the Mandolin and Banjo playing of Perter Knight. The track Thomas the Rhymer became a fan favouite for the group. There is a version of Twinkle twinkle little star which sounds out of place on this album. It is sung by the group in a style imitating children.
Another song that seems out of place is To know him is to love him, a Phil Spector song. The arrangement is in pop style and it also features David Bowie on saxophone. This diversion from traditional folk would have been a bit of a shock o some listeners. However on a positive note it does show how versatile the band were.

The fourth album is Commoners Crown. This album returns to a more traditional folk feel but still retaining the familiar folk rock sound of the band. This is a good solid album. Bach goes to Limmerich is instrumental and weaves a tune by Bach with an Irish jig, The final track, New York Girls features Peter Sellers on Ukulele and strange spoken vocals in Goon Style. The track ends with Sellers saying "I say, are you a matalot? Careful what you say, sir - we're on board ship here." This did not appear on CD isues until 2009 on the Parcel fo Steeleye CD set appeared. Thankfully it dos appear here too.

The final album is All around my Hat from 1975. This would later prove to be their highest charting album. The title track also charted at number 5 as a single.

All of the first five chrysalis albums are presented well here. There is not much advantage over the previous release of all five albums on parcel of Steeleye apart from that each album is complete on each disc per album. And it's a shame they did not include the bonus tracks but the albums are what really matter. This is an excellent way to collect these albums.


THe Greenwich Village Folk Scene - Various by Various [Music CD]
THe Greenwich Village Folk Scene - Various by Various [Music CD]
Offered by Sam Books
Price: £17.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation of music from the Greenwich village folk scene and revival, 27 Nov 2014
The Greenwich Village folk scene was an incredible phenomenon in terms of folk revival. It was one of the biggest factors in the folk revival of the 1960s and this completely fabulous three disc collection is a true gem of a celebration of that phenomenon.

The song and track choices are excellent and together make a great little album collection of highlights of what the American folk revival was all about.
I cannot fault this wonderful selection and can only recommend that it should be in any good CD folk collection.

The folk revival began in the United States during the 1940s and reached its main peak in the 1960s. There were earlier links however from the 1930s but the real impact came from the 40s. In New York City square and folk, dancing led to commercial interest with groups like the weavers and solo careers with Pete Seeger, (featured on this CD) then Woodie Guthrie (also on this CD set), Ramblin Jack Eliot was heavily influenced by Guthrie and is featured here too. The early acoustic guitar accompanied folk songs were popular with young people and often associated with political dissent.
Bob Gibson was famous for playing banjo and 12 string guitar and was a popular folk performer of the late 1950s and early 1960s who is featured here.

Other performers like the Kingston Trio that had been inspired by the Weavers avoided political protest songs generally and offered a much more clean cut traditional sound. (they feature a few times on this compilation)
Oscar Brand, a folk singer song writer gives us a great version of Cotton Eyed Joe here as well. And The New Christy Minstrels who appeared often on American TV were a folk harmony group that usually featured a large number of performers in the group. They are represented here with their version of nine hundred miles.
Other, similar groups emerged like the Limeliters, Brothers Four, Peter Paul and Mary, The Chad Mitchell Trio. Who all feature here on this set.

By 1960 we got Joan Baez and the protest movement increased. There are some fine track from Joan Baez here too. The Greenbriar boys had a bit of success around that time and also featured on one of Joan Baez albums. On this compilation they make an appearance.
But as well as protest and freedom folk songs there were still traditionalists such as Doc Watson who is also represented here.
Some performers where more pop folk in style such as the Tarriers and The Highwaymen who are also here on this set.
Other important names of the folk revival that came out of the Greenwich Village scene are also included here. Carolyn Hester, Mike Seeger, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton all make an appearance on this set.

In fact this is a good cross section of tracks by some important artists in the Greenwich Village folk revival. Together the tracks make a great sound and atmosphere that turns a compilation into a respectable concept album
There are many more artists they could have included and maybe there is room for a second compilation, But this is a lovely folk album set,


The Greenwich Village Folk Scene [3CD Box Set]
The Greenwich Village Folk Scene [3CD Box Set]
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation of the American folk revival rooted in the Greenwich Village Folk scene, 27 Nov 2014
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The Greenwich Village folk scene was an incredible phenomenon in terms of folk revival. It was one of the biggest factors in the folk revival of the 1960s and this completely fabulous three disc collection is a true gem of a celebration of that phenomenon.

The song and track choices are excellent and together make a great little album collection of highlights of what the American folk revival was all about.
I cannot fault this wonderful selection and can only recommend that it should be in any good CD folk collection.

The folk revival began in the United States during the 1940s and reached its main peak in the 1960s. There were earlier links however from the 1930s but the real impact came from the 40s. In New York City square and folk, dancing led to commercial interest with groups like the weavers and solo careers with Pete Seeger, (featured on this CD) then Woodie Guthrie (also on this CD set), Ramblin Jack Eliot was heavily influenced by Guthrie and is featured here too. The early acoustic guitar accompanied folk songs were popular with young people and often associated with political dissent.
Bob Gibson was famous for playing banjo and 12 string guitar and was a popular folk performer of the late 1950s and early 1960s who is featured here.

Other performers like the Kingston Trio that had been inspired by the Weavers avoided political protest songs generally and offered a much more clean cut traditional sound. (they feature a few times on this compilation)
Oscar Brand, a folk singer song writer gives us a great version of Cotton Eyed Joe here as well. And The New Christy Minstrels who appeared often on American TV were a folk harmony group that usually featured a large number of performers in the group. They are represented here with their version of nine hundred miles.
Other, similar groups emerged like the Limeliters, Brothers Four, Peter Paul and Mary, The Chad Mitchell Trio. Who all feature here on this set.

By 1960 we got Joan Baez and the protest movement increased. There are some fine track from Joan Baez here too. The Greenbriar boys had a bit of success around that time and also featured on one of Joan Baez albums. On this compilation they make an appearance.
But as well as protest and freedom folk songs there were still traditionalists such as Doc Watson who is also represented here.
Some performers where more pop folk in style such as the Tarriers and The Highwaymen who are also here on this set.
Other important names of the folk revival that came out of the Greenwich Village scene are also included here. Carolyn Hester, Mike Seeger, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton all make an appearance on this set.

In fact this is a good cross section of tracks by some important artists in the Greenwich Village folk revival. Together the tracks make a great sound and atmosphere that turns a compilation into a respectable concept album
There are many more artists they could have included and maybe there is room for a second compilation, But this is a lovely folk album set,


Noah [DVD]
Noah [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Price: £5.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ah no, No ah is a no. Poor movie, wasted opportunity Noah meets James Bond villian and Transformers in Lord of the Rings, 26 Nov 2014
This review is from: Noah [DVD] (DVD)
Oh dear, a very poor excuse for a movie here. To sum it up sarcastically I would say it's about a character from the Bible called Noah, who joins forces with characters from the Transformer movies to build a zoo on a boat to escape a cockney James Bond Villain and all his evil followers in Lord of the Rings styled apocalyptic disaster movie.
Now it is not all bad. There are some good points. This is a film based (loosely) on the Bible story of Noah.
I can understand the attempt to give this film plot originality, I can also understand the attempt to follow modern traits of popular films with special effects, monsters, magic and epic story telling. (science fiction, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Transformers etc) And in that area there is a reasonable stab at creativity.
Also it is obvious that the writers are more than familiar with the scriptural story and certainly aware of Jewish interpretation as well as other Christian interpretations. It is obvious that they have tried to incorporate other religious versions of a figure like Noah that sought a new beginning after a flood.
At the heart of the story are the big questions why is Noah spared? Why do we have wickedness punished at the beginning of the story and then by the end wickedness will not be punished in the future? There are moral questions about how far do you go to destroy evil without doing bad. And there are also echoes from Christian Bible text about how we are all sinners as well as our place with the creator or God.

Also the acting is pretty good and the production and special effects are impressive. There are some excellent scenes in the movie.
However in an attempt to make an ancient story appeal to a modern audience it lacks the originality it seeks by copying those traits of modern films.
Further, they have alienated a potential part of the audience that would want to see a fairly accurate account of the Biblical narrative. They have done this by adding fictitious elements to the plot and distorting other elements of the Bible into this story version.
So what is wrong with the movie? Well for me it has all been done before. We get a rather predictable beginning with a voice over telling us that in the beginning there was nothing.... It begins more like a 1950s Biblical epic movie. Then when we get into the plot of Noah we get elements that are in the bible and others that are not. There is the arch enemy of Noah who in James Bond style is out to fill the earth with evil and sin whilst engaging in a race through the movie to stop Noah. We also get the distorted version of characters from other books in the Bible that have been written into the story of Noah. These are the Watchers. In the movie they are giant rock like monster figures that move and look like Transformers. These are fallen angels that help Noah build the Ark. There are versions of the Watchers in the Bible and the accounts have different variations. But my problem with the movie is placing them into this story (even if there may be Jewish apocalyptic literature connections) and the modern interpretation of how they look and behave. Ultimately it is a added fiction strand to the story, The movie includes the Watchers as key characters, but also uses a lot of creative license when incorporating them into the films plot.
The film offers us a message we can apply today. Just like the Bible humans can be the bad caretakers of the earth or we can choose to be good. But despite these messages, the famous story, the special effects and the high budget, the film is over long. It is in bad taste. It lacks originality and often just looks silly without the fun of being so.


Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Greatest Hits album from 1969 but messed about with, 24 Nov 2014
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
The original and first Greatest Hits compilation was released in January 1969 and although this CD edition shares the same picture cover it does not have the original album release content. However it may not matter to most people,
This is a good compilation and the sound is brilliant but I wouldn’t say it was the best compilation of Donovan hits available on CD. The best of Donovan sunshine superman, (re mastered with yellow cover and 22 tracks is better)
I find this issue a bit frustrating because on one hand we have a great selection of music tracks from the wonderful Donovan. And on that level it’s a nice little compilation. But it also tries to pretend to be the original Greatest Hits album from 1969. (I say pretend because it has tracks in the wrong order, has added tracks and two tracks replaced with alternative versions but still uses the same picture sleeve)
But the original 1969 issue was significant in its release at the time and stands out as not just a greatest hits album but almost a new album in its own right, And this CD edition that borrows the originals picture cover and art work is good but they have changed the integrity of the original by changing two tracks for alternative versions. (some might say that it was a good idea to do this but I am not impressed)
It may seem like I am being picky here, especially if you are not old enough or never had a copy of the original vinyl release. But I did have the original vinyl release and this issue just doesn’t match up,
The original album Greatest Hits was a big seller and had significant tracks on it. For a start it collected three singles that were previously unreleased on any album. Epistle to Dippy, There is a Mountain and Lalena. Ok, those tracks are included here so that is fine. The album also included the previously un released longer version of Sunshine Superman. Also on here so again that is fine. Then two of the songs Catch the Wind and Colours were actually re recorded with Big Jim Sullivan playing guitar and this time produced by Donovan’s producer Mickie Most. These two songs had of course been two of the most significant hits for Donovan in the early days and the record company that Donovan was now signed to, Epic, could not get the rights to obtain or release the original recordings. So rather than leave out two of the biggest hit songs they just re recorded them in 1968. But to save legal complications and to take the chance to do things differently Donovan came up with new arrangements for these new re recordings. (they were studio re recordings and not live recordings as some reviewers have suggested,) It was an attempt to arrange them so they sounded more like the more recent and new recordings. Now these versions were slower with full backing band and lavish productions. They do sound different and do lack the vitality of the original recordings and on this CD issue they have re instated the original recordings from 1965 which for some people will be preferable since they are the more familiar versions that were actually hits and it is understandable why this has been done, But it is also a shame that those alternative versions of those two songs have been lost.
This edition has changed the running order of the tracks from the original release and added four other tracks that were hits after the original album was released. The running order of the tracks is different from the original 1969 edition and has two tracks left out in favour of the alternative versions,
To complicate things further there have been five different versions of this Greatest Hits album. The original on vinyl in 1969. A CD version from 1989 called Greatest Hits and more (which again had the original re recorded two tracks and added tracks with diferent running order) A new CD version from 1990 in the U.S. this has appeared on import in the UK and some have this edition with the two re recorded original Greatest Hits album versions of two songs and the original picture sleeve, Then A new CD version from 1999 and then again in 2002 both with original picture sleeve and the two re recordings replaced with the original recordings. Amazon have put reviews for all editions on this product since it is available from Amazon and other sellers. The edition sold by Amazon (not by other sellers or Used) is the version with the two re recordings replaced by the original recordings.
If you want a good compilation of Donovan hits with plenty on one disc go for the best of donovan sunshine superman compilation with the yellow cover. If you want just a few hits by Donovan for a cheap price with original hits then this is fine, But if like me you would also like the alternative re recordings from 1968 original greatest hits album then go for Greatest hits and more CD from 1989 with a picture of Donovan outside a castle.
To sum up I would say this was a good compilation that has been messed about with.


Greatest Hits ... And More
Greatest Hits ... And More
Price: £8.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oringinal 1969 greatest hits album with more tracks added, 24 Nov 2014
The original and first Greatest Hits compilation was released in January 1969 and although this CD edition shares the same picture cover it does not have the original album release content. However it may not matter to most people,
This is a good compilation and the sound is brilliant

The original 1969 issue was significant in its release at the time and stands out as not just a greatest hits album but almost a new album in its own right, And this CD edition that borrows the originals picture cover and art work is good.
The original album Greatest Hits was a big seller and had significant tracks on it. For a start it collected three singles that were previously unreleased on any album. Epistle to Dippy, There is a Mountain and Lalena. Ok, those tracks are included here so that is fine. The album also included the previously un released longer version of Sunshine Superman. Also on here so again that is fine. Then two of the songs Catch the Wind and Colours were actually re recorded with Big Jim Sullivan playing guitar and this time produced by Donovan’s producer Mickie Most. These two songs had of course been two of the most significant hits for Donovan in the early days and the record company that Donovan was now signed to, Epic, could not get the rights to obtain or release the original recordings. So rather than leave out two of the biggest hit songs they just re recorded them in 1968. But to save legal complications and to take the chance to do things differently Donovan came up with new arrangements for these new re recordings. (they were studio re recordings and not live recordings as some reviewers have suggested,) It was an attempt to arrange them so they sounded more like the more recent and new recordings. Now these versions were slower with full backing band and lavish productions. They do sound different and do lack the vitality of the original recordings. But they are very interesting and the arrangements help to make the album feel more like an album rather than a compilation.
This edition has changed the running order of the tracks from the original release and adds other tracks that were hits after the original album was released. The running order of the tracks is different from the original 1969 edition but its all there and more. The sound is great and it is a good compilation.


Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Price: £6.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original 1969 Greatest Hits album on CD, 24 Nov 2014
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
The original and first Greatest Hits compilation was released in January 1969 and this CD does have the original track running order and tracks.
This is a good compilation and the sound is brilliant

The original 1969 issue was significant in its release at the time and stands out as not just a greatest hits album but almost a new album in its own right, And this CD edition that borrows the originals picture cover and art work is good.
The original album Greatest Hits was a big seller and had significant tracks on it. For a start it collected three singles that were previously unreleased on any album. Epistle to Dippy, There is a Mountain and Lalena. Ok, those tracks are included here so that is fine. The album also included the previously un released longer version of Sunshine Superman. Also on here so again that is fine. Then two of the songs Catch the Wind and Colours were actually re recorded with Big Jim Sullivan playing guitar and this time produced by Donovan’s producer Mickie Most. These two songs had of course been two of the most significant hits for Donovan in the early days and the record company that Donovan was now signed to, Epic, could not get the rights to obtain or release the original recordings. So rather than leave out two of the biggest hit songs they just re recorded them in 1968. But to save legal complications and to take the chance to do things differently Donovan came up with new arrangements for these new re recordings. (they were studio re recordings and not live recordings as some reviewers have suggested,) It was an attempt to arrange them so they sounded more like the more recent and new recordings. Now these versions were slower with full backing band and lavish productions. They do sound different and do lack the vitality of the original recordings. But they are very interesting and the arrangements help to make the album feel more like an album rather than a compilation.
This compilation CD edition is faithful to the original running order of the original 1969 edition. Catch the wind and colours are re recordings from 1968 but be warned some editions from other sellers may have extra tracks and not be the track listing that Amazon give here,


Donovan's Greatest Hits
Donovan's Greatest Hits
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: £6.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original 1969 Greatest Hits album but messed about with, 24 Nov 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Donovan's Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
The original and first Greatest Hits compilation was released in January 1969 and although this CD edition shares the same picture cover it does not have the original album release content. However it may not matter to most people,
This is a good compilation and the sound is brilliant but I wouldn’t say it was the best compilation of Donovan hits available on CD. The best of Donovan sunshine superman, (re mastered with yellow cover and 22 tracks is better)
I find this issue a bit frustrating because on one hand we have a great selection of music tracks from the wonderful Donovan. And on that level it’s a nice little compilation. But it also tries to pretend to be the original Greatest Hits album from 1969. (I say pretend because it has tracks in the wrong order, has added tracks and two tracks replaced with alternative versions but still uses the same picture sleeve)
But the original 1969 issue was significant in its release at the time and stands out as not just a greatest hits album but almost a new album in its own right, And this CD edition that borrows the originals picture cover and art work is good but they have changed the integrity of the original by changing two tracks for alternative versions. (some might say that it was a good idea to do this but I am not impressed)
It may seem like I am being picky here, especially if you are not old enough or never had a copy of the original vinyl release. But I did have the original vinyl release and this issue just doesn’t match up,
The original album Greatest Hits was a big seller and had significant tracks on it. For a start it collected three singles that were previously unreleased on any album. Epistle to Dippy, There is a Mountain and Lalena. Ok, those tracks are included here so that is fine. The album also included the previously un released longer version of Sunshine Superman. Also on here so again that is fine. Then two of the songs Catch the Wind and Colours were actually re recorded with Big Jim Sullivan playing guitar and this time produced by Donovan’s producer Mickie Most. These two songs had of course been two of the most significant hits for Donovan in the early days and the record company that Donovan was now signed to, Epic, could not get the rights to obtain or release the original recordings. So rather than leave out two of the biggest hit songs they just re recorded them in 1968. But to save legal complications and to take the chance to do things differently Donovan came up with new arrangements for these new re recordings. (they were studio re recordings and not live recordings as some reviewers have suggested,) It was an attempt to arrange them so they sounded more like the more recent and new recordings. Now these versions were slower with full backing band and lavish productions. They do sound different and do lack the vitality of the original recordings and on this CD issue they have re instated the original recordings from 1965 which for some people will be preferable since they are the more familiar versions that were actually hits and it is understandable why this has been done, But it is also a shame that those alternative versions of those two songs have been lost.
This edition has changed the running order of the tracks from the original release and added four other tracks that were hits after the original album was released. The running order of the tracks is different from the original 1969 edition and has two tracks left out in favour of the alternative versions,
To complicate things further there have been five different versions of this Greatest Hits album. The original on vinyl in 1969. A CD version from 1989 called Greatest Hits and more (which again had the original re recorded two tracks and added tracks with diferent running order) A new CD version from 1990 in the U.S. this has appeared on import in the UK and some have this edition with the two re recorded original Greatest Hits album versions of two songs and the original picture sleeve, Then A new CD version from 1999 and then again in 2002 both with original picture sleeve and the two re recordings replaced with the original recordings. Amazon have put reviews for all editions on this product since it is available from Amazon and other sellers. The edition sold by Amazon (not by other sellers or Used) is the version with the two re recordings replaced by the original recordings.
If you want a good compilation of Donovan hits with plenty on one disc go for the best of donovan sunshine superman compilation with the yellow cover. If you want just a few hits by Donovan for a cheap price with original hits then this is fine, But if like me you would also like the alternative re recordings from 1968 original greatest hits album then go for Greatest hits and more CD from 1989 with a picture of Donovan outside a castle.
To sum up I would say this was a good compilation that has been messed about with.


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