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on 2 February 2008
The Hurdy Gurdy Man has been practising transcendental meditation since visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India in 1968 with The Beatles. In this US PBS TV special he hooks up with maverick film director David Lynch, who when not making his strange and often unsettling films is on a mission to bring TM into the classroom. PBS dumped the meditating bit so we get a Donovan concert, filmed at the Kodak Theatre (home to the Academy Awards) in Hollywood with an introduction by Lynch. A droll, engagingly-egotistical talent, Donovan packs a fabulous repertoire that still stands up well today. OK, some of its a little pop-hokey but a good-natured, happy (what else?) packed-house clearly enjoy this three-piece acoustic run through greatest hits including "Season of the Witch," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Sunshine Superman," "Happiness Runs," and "Universal Soldier". Don looks in good shape. Cross-legged on the stage floor, a crushed velvet counterpoint to his chic black-garbed audience, he resembles and sounds like Marc Bolan as he monologues between songs about the past (travels with Gypsy Dave, dear old George and Paul etc.) to a back-drop of archive clips, the evening finale a sing-a-long of "Mellow Yellow" featuring the artist's daughter, Astrella Celeste and a faintly bemused Mike Love. Strangely, this is the first ever Donovan DVD. He should do more.
on 10 March 2013
Good concert, especially when his daughter was doing some of her stuff, but it wasn't the Donovan I knew from way back in the 60's. The songs were delivered in a completely different style to how he originally performed them as new songs, but they were still enjoyable. Maybe in time I will get used to the delivery, but the sound and film recording of the concert was faultless.