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5.0 out of 5 stars pre-psychedelic Donovan, 20 Sep 2011
This review is from: Catch The Wind (Audio CD)
Donovan's delicate moon was rapidly eclipsed by the blazing sun of Bob Dylan. Donovan has recently been on TV talking at great length about himself and his stellar career. Sadly that career effectively ended in about 1970. He had enjoyed considerable chart success in Britain. And OK, he went off to visit the Maharishi with the Beatles; and John Lennon was intrigued by his guitar fingerpicking style - as demonstrated in a couple of tracks off the White Album. But there were so many artists around in the 60's who were better than Donovan.

Anyway, this album predates all that stuff, and all the tacky psychedelia. Here is Donovan's best album by a mile - simple, direct, warm, with that unmistakeable, velvety voice. And it shows his simple, direct songwriting skills to best advantage. Also his interpretation of others - notably Buffy St Marie's "Universal soldier".

My personal favourite is "Why do you treat me like you do". But all the tracks are really nice and singable (they have been among the staple fare of folkies & buskers ever since). It's certainly an album well worth having, especially if you are into the sixties.
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2011 17:06:02 BDT
Agreed, a lovely album - and it's in mono, not fake stereo. It's a close miked recording which really brings out the songs and the performances and makes for a very inolving listen.
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