Greatest Hits ... And More
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DONOVAN Greatest Hits (1989 UK 20-track CD featuring Donovans Greatest hits including Sunshine Superman Hurdy Gurdy Man and many more! Donovans Greatest Hits is a distinct entry in Donovans discography for several reasons. First it collects three singles that were previously unreleased on any album Epistle to Dippy There Is a Mountain Laléna LC0542)
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During the 60's under the production of Micky Most, Donovan produced some of his greatest music, everything from Dylanesque folk to Beatles backed tracks such as Mellow Yellow. This album concentrates on Donovans electric heyday 66-69. You won't hear all of Donovans styles on this album (folk and jazz to name a few) but you will hear some of the gentlest, insightful tunes ever written - just listen to 'Happiness Runs' which is like a childrens nursery rhyme but somehow manages to transcend generations and be relevant on many levels - 'Happiness runs in a circular emotion, thought is but a little boat upon the sea.. Happiness Runs Happiness Runs...' This is a great representation of Donovans heyday but by no means is a definitive collection. Thankfully though all the songs are representative of Donovans best albums of the 60's except the playfull and acoustic 1967 set 'Donovan in Concert' which spins a whole new take on these songs.
Start here though and if you like what you hear then there is better to come on the American imports of Donovans 1966 and 1967 albums 'Sunshine Superman' and 'Mellow Yellow'...Don't waste your time with the UK version of 'Sunshine Superman' which for legal reasons is an abridged version of the first two albums and misses some great tracks from the full albums.
To sum up.. you can hear the embodiment of the 60's in this album, you really can hear the innocence in his voice..not fake and certainly not cashing in (there is a lot of debate about whether Donovans 'Sunshine Superman' single or the Byrds 'Eight Miles High' was the first Pyschedelic single).
If you long for a better place when you shut your eyes then this is a good starting place...but that is what it is, a starting place that isn't represntative of all of Donovans styles. Hey, you have to start someplace though and it's where I started my long appreciation of this mans brilliance.
I hope you enjoy.
If you care to own nothing more from the Scottish Sixties icon other than that of his biggest hit singles, then you'll find them all on here, but note that the versions of his first chart-successes, the beautifully simplistic and folky 'Catch the Wind' and 'Colours', are not the 1965 originals. These are the re-recorded versions which Donovan cut again especially for his 1968 'Greatest Hits' LP. The reason why he decided to do this, was simply because of a long-running record company dispute which prevented the Epic record label from using the originals he had recorded for Pye.
All of the other songs on the album are the hit-scoring originals, which had the legendary producer Mickie Most on board, and there is much to enjoy. If you're looking for some of the most influential, psychedelic music of the Sixties, from a highly talented artiste at the peak of his song writing power, it's all on here. As well as Donovan's string of hits, which include the cute pop gem 'Jennifer Juniper', the classic rock standard 'Seasons of the Witch', and those further signature songs like 'Sunshine Superman' and 'Hurdy Gurdy Man', you also have deeper cuts towards the end like 'Poor Cow', 'Teen Angel', and 'Aye My Love'. The CD's booklet contains a nice little essay on Donovan, and best of all, detailed information about each of these 20 wonderful recordings.
This really is a nicely packaged collection of Donovan's music, and although the sound quality is quite satisfactory, as this was released at a time when CDs were still a new phenomenon, there are many more sets which have since appeared that offer superior quality, and most of the same content.
01. Sunshine Superman (Extended Version)
02. Wear Your Love Like Heaven
03. Jennifer Juniper
05. Hurdy Gurdy Man
06. Epistle To Dippy
07. To Susan On The West Coast Waiting
08. Catch The Wind (1969 Greatest Hits Version)
09. Mellow Yellow
10. There Is A Mountain
11. Happiness Runs
12. Season Of The Witch
13. Colours (1969 Greatest Hits Version)
14. Superlungs My Supergirl
17. Preachin' Love
18. Poor Cow
19. Teen Angel
20. Aye My Love
As a T.Rex fan,you can clearly see the influence Donovan had on Bolan's early work.
What is such a nice surprise, is the inclusion of tracks previously unavailable in the UK.
So if you think you know all there is to know about this influential artist,check this out.
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