Customer Reviews


14 Reviews
5 star:
 (14)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the Looking Glass of 1966-69 Psychedelia with Donovan, 27 April 2013
By 
Sabooski the Cat (Feline Forever Friend) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Breezes of Patchouli (His Studio Recordings 1966-1969) (Audio CD)
Donovan was always for me the "Ambassador of Flower Power" from across the pond. While growing up in San Francisco during the 60's there was an insullar bubble around SF and the musicians it fostered. Everyone in California was becoming tuned in to West Coast Psychedelica, California had the SF scene and Los Angeles.
No internet then. There were a handful of ways we were exposed to "outside" music. Word of moulth; vinyl bins; thy ears; and radio, AM and FM.

Donovan penetrated that insular SF bubble through the radio. His AM hits were everywhere, as well as featured FM bits. In a cool way Donovan pays homage to Jefferson Airplane in 1966's FAT ANGEL (frm Sunshine Superman lp) before the Airplane really took off (there was a kinship of sorts). Through osmosis like this (other bands' covers of 'Season of the Witch') Donovan became a crucial step in defining the genre of 'psychedelic folk', and agruably cleared the way for more eccentric and eclectic UK bands' like 'The Incredible String Band' and 'Tyrannosaurus Rex'.

This box set here does an excellent job of presenting Donovan's music through his glory years of 66-69. It's houses 6 releases on 4 cds in a 4cd Jewel case. Each cd is arranged thus:

CD#1 contains SUNSHINE SUPERMAN (1966) and MELLOW YELLOW (1967), 30 tracks, running back to back for a total time of 78+ min. All of cd#1 is in mono.

CD#2 contains HURDY GURDY MAN (1968) and BARABAJAGAL (1969), 38 tracks, running back to back for a total time of 77+min. All but 1 track is in stereo.

CD#3 contains A GIFT FROM A FLOWER TO A GARDEN (1968), 22 tracks, double lp with WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN flowing into FOR LITTLE ONES. All in stereo with a total time of 62min.

CD#4 contains assorted tracks related to the previous albums (see amaz. track listing above).
Tracks 1-5 are Sunshine Superman related
Tracks 6-11 are Mellow Yellow related
Tracks 12-16 are Hurdy Gurdy Man related
Tracks 17-23 are Barabajagal related

I really like the fact that the "extras" are on the fourth disc and do not interfere with the flow of the official releases.

The booklet is a fine 24 page compendium of bio, track analysis, pix, historica et al. The print is small, the text expansive and up-to-date as to this specific release.
Keep in mind that the box set is packaged in a 4-cd Jewel case. There are no individual album sleeves, no clamshell box or slipcase. Even the 4-cd jewel case has its moments though: the inner jewel box has clear cd mounts allowing for the compiliers to design it with colorful artwork. This is no 'Original Album Series' pass-off either. It is a selected collection of Donovan's output (during the 2nd half of the 60's) an era immersed in an unprecedented "consciousness expanding" social experiment.

The overall effect of this presentation here is a well concieved, respectful and enlightening view of a wonderful musician whoose "vibe" meshed perfectly with the era...and in his own unique way helped to define it.

Get this along withSummer Day Reflection Songs and you'll have all the PYE recordings which preceed the years covered here. Don't hesitate to venture further into some other great psychedelic folk which I believe Donovan spearheaded includingOriginal Album Series and The Definitive Tyrannosaurus Rex. What a time it was!!!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donovan - Studio Recordings 1966-1969, 13 May 2013
This review is from: Breezes of Patchouli (His Studio Recordings 1966-1969) (Audio CD)
I love these big compilations such as the Barclay James Harvest box and the Kevin Ayers sets all on EMI. This Donovan box covers all the albums from 1966 to 1969 during the most productive years Donovan recorded with producer Mickey Most. There are many highlights on these CDs such as Mellow Yellow, the haunting Legend Of a Girl Called Linda and my favourite Lalena.
This is a bargain as well considering how much it would cost if you tried to buy all these albums individually.
The booklet is a bit strange with little info on who played on these sessions apart from a few hints mentioning Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and a few other musicians.
This is more of a budget release for those who just want all his best albums in one box and this just does that.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donovan - Breezes of Patchouli, 25 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Breezes of Patchouli (His Studio Recordings 1966-1969) (Audio CD)
It is just as it says on the cover, his studio recordings from 1966 - 1969. Remastered to give a vibrant sharp crisp sound which has most of his well known songs. The four CDs covers 6 albums and great to put on and chill. I still wonder why they compare Donovan to Dylan beats me as they were two different songsmiths who wrote and played their own songs, the only common link was they were around at the same time. Most enjoyable disc set.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Fellow, 20 Aug 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Breezes of Patchouli (His Studio Recordings 1966-1969) (Audio CD)
Moving out from Dylan's shadow,Donovan creates a light whimsical pastoral soundscape which serves to evoke the simple return to Eden of the 60's flower children.Simple repetitive phrasing and structure,creates areal nostalgia for an idyllic of the 60's not as they were but as they should have been.For all fans of psychedelia particularly those who loved The Incredible String Band and Syd Barrett.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donovan at his best, 12 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Breezes of Patchouli (His Studio Recordings 1966-1969) (Audio CD)
I have had the original L.P,s for many years and to have them so wonderfully remastered is a joy. A criminally under rated artist these days who is never given credit for how original he was.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Donovan as his best, 5 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Breezes of Patchouli (His Studio Recordings 1966-1969) (Audio CD)
Buy this set; don't hesitate; you don't need to, because if you liked his music back in the day you really will enjoy this set. Hardly any repetition of tracks as is sometimes the case. The compilers have done a great job and produced a set that will stand the test of time. A great reminder of just how great Donovan is. Sadly he was under that shadow of the fab four in the UK but was recognised in the US. This music doesn't date it sounds as fresh today as it did when he wrote it apart from the slightly hippyish early tracks of course!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellente., 11 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Breezes of Patchouli (His Studio Recordings 1966-1969) (Audio CD)
In my country it is very difficult to find CDs or LPs Donovan. (Almost impossible).
In my country it is very difficult to find CDs or LPs Donovan. (Almost impossible).
And this box has five spectacular cds.

The best regards.

Fernando
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Great remastering, great compilation, 8 Oct 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Breezes of Patchouli (His Studio Recordings 1966-1969) (Audio CD)
Great remastering and great compilation of the essential Donovan albums to a very good price. Very interesting to listen to these recordings, perfectly produced by Mickie Most, this is a great buy for anyone interested in pop and rock music. Superb!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Almost everything Donovan you need, 2 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Breezes of Patchouli (His Studio Recordings 1966-1969) (Audio CD)
A fantastic collection of material for all Donovan fans, lacking in my opinion only the earlier Sunny Goodge Street, Universal soldier and Little Tin Soldier. All of which can be found on "Fairy Tale"
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Donovan at his best, 23 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Breezes of Patchouli (His Studio Recordings 1966-1969) (Audio CD)
All his best recordings in one CD box set What more could you ask for. Excellent gift for the big Donovan fan.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Only search this product's reviews