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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect collection, 30 May 2012
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Had a chioce between buying this or 'digitising' my 'Greatest Hits' LP (vinyl) & decided to buy this as great value plus some nice extra tracks (eg. Celia of the Seals; Susan on the West Coast Waiting, etc). However, like my LP, it only has the later, 'lush' versions of Colours & Catch the Wind. Lovely tho' these are, with the added time available on CD (up to 80 mins & this is 'only' about 73 mins long) it would have been appreciated if they'd have added the simpler but equally good original versions of the two songs... perhaps starting the CD with the two originals & leaving the newer versions near the end, as here. Donovan was never 'Britain's answer to Dylan', as he was sometimes referred to, but he made some good folk/ pop/ psychedelic music & this is, notwithstanding the above proviso, a decent introduction & collection of his best known songs (with a few lesser known). Trivia: noticed how they 'cleverly' edit the sample of Sunshine Superman in the current tv ad to skip the line, "Could have tripped out easy..."? Peace & love!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Troubador: The Definitive Donovan Collection 1964-1976 - OK collection, let down by re-recordings of Colours and Catch the wind, 3 Sep 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a great little anthology that captures the best of Donovan through the late sixties and early seventies. With his patented style of folky/jazzy tunes mixed with psychedelic lyrics, his hippie music has stood up well to the test of time, and sounds fresh and relevant today, and not dated as so many of his contemporaries. There is track after track here of sunshine and fun. And being an anthology it misses out a lot of the filler that populated his albums, concentrating solely on the good stuff.

Sadly, due to rights problems, Sony could not put the original recordings of `Colours' or `Catch The Wind', my two favourite Donovan songs. They have opted to give us the 1969 re-recordings done for the greatest hits album of that year. These are not a patch on the original recordings, being as they are overladen with strings and other pointless stuff, though as that greatest hits package was reportedly the best selling album of his career then someone must have liked them.

So 4 stars. It would have been 5, as the song selection and sound quality is excellent, it's jsut that I was so disappointed by the re-recordings of my two favourite songs that I have to knock a star off.

This is an excellent place to start a Donovan collection though, with it's excellent and broad selection of tracks. People (like me) wanting the original recordings of Colours and Catch the Wind can do worse than look here: Catch The Wind
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donovan, 7 April 2014
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Although some tracks are well known a few I had never heard before lovely album.It grows on you
If you like his music add this to your collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heady Stuff, 11 Dec 2013
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A comprehensive reflection of the best of the Man`s career. What`s not to like? Seek, and the interested listener will find all his hits within.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Artist, 19 Nov 2013
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A great album showing just how versatile and talented Donovan is. Season of the Witch has got to be one of his best songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD, 15 Oct 2012
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Another quality CD from a very good artist. arrived in good time and was damage free. I would recommend to others
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All he did that hasn't been hid!, 30 April 2009
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MG Russell "Martin Russell" (Inverness, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Troubadour - the Definitive Collection 1964-1976 (Audio CD)
As the title suggests, this is a pretty definitive Donovan collection covering the Scottish singer's musings from the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies. This double CD does stretch Donovan's talent a little thin at times, but all the hits are here. There are also some wonderful gems like 'Barabajagal' and 'Celia of the Seals'. It always seemed to me that Dylan got it right in 'Don't Look Back', when he saw Donovan off as a serious contender. But what Donovan did do was to give us were some great trippy-dippy pop songs that have stood the test of time.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donovan the Troubador, 12 Jun 2011
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A great collection of Donovan`s music,Dylan with a voice,they used to say you needed to get high to really get `Dylan`,well you dont need to go that far to get Donovan.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Donavan, 10 Nov 2012
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I purchased this as it took me back to the heady days of the early 70s, Hurdy Gurdy man still sounds really fresh and this is a good selection of Donovans catalogue of music. Good value and well worth a listen.
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