Barabajagal Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Top Customer Reviews
It features the hit single Goo Goo Barajagal (Love Is Hot)/Trudi (Bed With Me), both of which feature the Jeff Beck Group, and are about as sexualized and as heavy as Donovan ever gets. Trudi was actually a reworked and partially reworded version of The Lay Of The Last Tinker from A Gift From A Flower To A Garden: The Little Ones album. Atlantis, a previous single, which was coupled in America with the disarmingly childlike, if less successful anti-Viet Nam War song To Susan In The West Coast Waiting, is also a highly striking and atmospheric piece of work. What was used to fill up the rest of the album was distinctly below par, however, with the worst examples actually predisposing one by context against the rest.
Superlungs My Supergirl, a song he had attempted and discarded twice in 1966, is somewhat Jeff Beck-lite and is perfectly fine, with some nice guitar work from Big Jim Sullivan, though Donovan's boast at the age of 22 that the girl he loves is "only fourteen but she knows how to draw" might raise more eyebrows now than then.Read more ›
But in ones excitement about all the previously unreleased material on this CD one should not forget "Barabajagal" itself. "Barabajagal" is very much a worthwhile album to lend an ear. From the upbeat hills of "Superlungs My Supergirl" and "Barabajagal" to the introspective seashore of "Happiness Runs" and "To Susan On the West Coast Waiting" this album addresses a wide spectrum of moods and insights.
(alternate take of "ONE NIGNT IN TIME" Japanese release) - "The swan" (alternate take "Lord of the Reedy river" HMS DONOVAN) - "A poor man's Sunshine" & "Lord of the Universe" (Find long time after on "BEAT CAFE") - "Marjorie" (alternate take "Marjorie Marjoraine" LOVE IS ONLY FEELING the last only LP release, not on CD !!!!!) - "Little white Flower" (only released on the bootleg LP OLD FASHIONNED PICTURE BOOK) - "Good morning Mr Wind" (alternate take HMS DONOVAN) - "Palais Girl" (1968 studio recording for shelved proposed album). All the other songs sound smooth and pretty : Where is she ? , The love song, To Susan..., and of course ATLANTIS (the hit used for the Walt Disney picture ATLANTIS re-recorded with NO ANGELS not this version here).
John Lennon said : Listen to this man, he's a poet. He is as important as we are (The Beatles), I'm in France and his music came to me. He is a major poet.
The most famous song on this Mickie Most produced album has got to be the title track, which is a relatively heavy rocker, with it's backing provided by The Jeff Beck Group, and this was to become Donovan's last top 40 hit single in any country. Other gems include the upbeat rocker 'Superlungs (My Supergirl)', which was originally recorded during the 'Sunshine Superman' sessions but neglected, with it's fabulous psychedelic effect, the gentle, laid-back 'Where Is She', the pure joy which is the sing-along track 'Happiness Runs', the sheer brilliance of the song writing of the atmospheric anti-war tune 'To Susan on the West Coast Waiting', and 'Atlantis', which had Paul McCartney on backing vocals, and is a folky song so good that it's even mentioned on the front cover. The others aren't quite as noteworthy, but I do enjoy the very silly but charming 'I Love My Shirt', which was aimed at children, and really is lovely in it's innocence.
Whilst not as strong as Donovan's previous offerings, there are plenty of little treats to taste on 'Barabajagal'. If I was to rate this album based on it's original listing, I would still have given it a five star review.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good but a definite change in style.for hard core Donovan fans only I'd say.Published 4 months ago by Michael I.
Not as good as Hurdy Gurdy Man nor Open Rd, but still pretty great. The bonus tracks are disappointing compared to the ones on the Hurdy Gurdy man reissue but the main album is a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Heathen Squirrel
Barabajagal contains Donovan's final two charting singles, the funky, saucy Barabajagal and ambitious New-Agey Atlantis. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2012 by Pseudonymous
"Barabajagal" was Donovan's last album to be released in the 1960's and his fifth produced by Mickie Most. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2007 by Morten Vindberg