The Hurdy Gurdy Man [VINYL]
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The Entertaining Of A Shy Girl and The Sun Is A Very Magic Fellow return Donovan to the sounds created on For Little Ones: acoustic guitar, flute, and percussion so light it could float away. Vignettes of life were always a real source for Donovan the storyteller, and Shy Girl captures its scene brilliantly. McNair’s flute playing simply soars away on so many of these performances. Just exquisite.
Elsewhere, Donovan’s jazz influences are allowed full reign, with the uptempo As I Recall It, the majestic Get Thy Bearings and the knowing Teas all doffing their cap to the Jazz tones and textures Donovan had decided to foreground. The Jazz influence was completed by the stunning Hi Its Been A Long Time, a brilliantly fused mix of Jazz, pop and pyschedelia which ranks along Donovan’s finest work of this period.Read more ›
For collectors of Donovan this release is also a great buy because it contains "Aye my love" and "What a Beautiful Creature You Are". The song "Aye my love" has not, as far as I know, been released since back in 1968 where it came out in the US on a single together with "Lalena". The atmosphere of "Aye my love" is alike to that of "Poor Cow", so if you liked that song you need to hear "Aye my love".
"What a Beautiful Creature You Are" has never been released before, which is a pity since it is catchy earful for sure! It is a highly humorous tune, which if anything reminds me of "The Intergalactic Laxative" from Donovan's "Cosmic Wheels" album. Yes, it is that good.
"Jennifer Juniper" is a beautifully arranged pop-ballad featuring both oboe and harp.
The album features a handful catchy free and easy tunes among which "The Entertaining of a Shy Girl"and "The Sun is a very Magic Fellow" stand out!
A couple of the droning tunes, combing traditional Eastern sounds with Celtic sounds, may sound a little dated.
"West Indian Lady" revives memories of the Caribbean feel of Donovan's earlier single "There is a Mountain".
A few tracks like "As I Recall it" and "Get Thy Bearings" are quite jazzy, and "Hi, It's Been a Long Time" is a great pop-tune, beautifully instrumentated.
Among the 7 bonus-tracks several stand out. The B-side "Teen Angel" is an early Donovan composition; a fine melody and a great addition.
The album out-take "What a Beautiful Creature You Are" is a fun track with a very catchy melody. The song features singer Lulu. The song ought have been included on the original album.
The two re-recordings of "Catch the Wind" and Colours" done for a for a best of album, are both fine, though they lack the charm of the original versions.
All in all another fine Donovan reissue!
In 1965 Donovan was a regular on the television music show "Ready, Steady, Go!" and then had his début single, the folk song "Catch the Wind." That was followed by the hit single "Colours," and then "Sunshine Superman" and "Mellow Yellow." In 1967 he traveled to India with the Beatles to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, after which he renounced drugs and turned on to meditation. Musically these profound changes manifested themselves in the ambitious double-album "A Gift from a Flower to a Garden" and then this 1968 album, "The Hurdy Gurdy Man." The scope of the album is covered in the two hits. The title cut (on which future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham were playing) is a mixture of Indian music with hard-rock, tinged with hallucinatory elements that made it to #5 on the charts. On the other extreme is the more ethereal "Jennifer Juniper," written for Jenny Boyd, the sister of George Harrison's wife, which climbed to #26.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sorry, but the updated version of these songs do not appeal to mePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of his better early albums and good vintage sounding mix.Published 7 months ago by malcolm jackson
Like all of the other re-issues of Donovan's albums that were released in 2005 to celebrate his 40 year anniversary, 'The Hurdy Gurdy Man' is given a great justice. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brit Boy
HAS 1968 RE - RECORDINGS OF COLOURS AND CATCH THE WIND and as I prefer the 1965 version with harmonica plus guitar of Catch The Wind and also the original of Colours this is a no... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christopher W. Brierley
A personal favourite. Among his best recordings, improved considerably by remastering.Published 16 months ago by S.C.Forest
LOVED THIS ALBUM TOOK ME BACK TO MY ARTISTIC CHILDHOOD.REALLY ENJOYED IT .SO IF ANYONE WHO WANTS A DONOVAN BLAST FROM THE PAST EXCELLENT.Published 18 months ago by Bevs CORNWALL
fantastic album, took me back forgot just how much I liked this album stared to collect more on cd to replace the vinalPublished on 14 May 2014 by David Bond