No need to stage Donovan vs. Dylan: why not love both? This first album from the then-19-year-old's folk period is indeed very parallel to Bob Dylan's self-titled album of 1962--guitar style, nod to Woody Guthrie--but sweeter and less serious, satirical, and humorous. (Except for "Remember the Alamo," which is kind of unintentionally funny.) A word of defense: "Ramblin' Boy" is going to make you think Donovan is stealing from Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe"--in fact, both are drawing on an older folk tune. A must-have for fans; the casual listener will probably want to start with 1965's Fairy Tale instead.