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Troubador: The Definitive Collection, 1964-1976

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  • Audio CD (15 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000024R3F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sunshine Superman
  2. Season of the Witch
  3. Mellow Yellow
  4. Epistle to Dippy
  5. There Is a Mountain
  6. Wear Your Love Like Heaven
  7. Jennifer Juniper
  8. Hurdy Gurdy Man
  9. Lalena
  10. Atlantis
  11. To Susan on the West Coast Waiting
  12. Barabajagal
  13. Riki Tiki Tavi
  14. Celia of the Seals
  15. Sailing Homeward
  16. Earth Sign Man
  17. Maria Magenta
  18. Salvation Stomp
  19. Colours ('69 Version)
  20. Catch the Wind ('69 Version)
  21. Universal Soldier

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This is a great little anthology that captures the best of Donovan through the late sixties and early seventies. With his patented style of folky/jazzy tunes mixed with psychedelic lyrics, his hippie music has stood up well to the test of time, and sounds fresh and relevant today, and not dated as so many of his contemporaries. There is track after track here of sunshine and fun. And being an anthology it misses out a lot of the filler that populated his albums, concentrating solely on the good stuff.

Sadly, due to rights problems, Sony could not put the original recordings of `Colours' or `Catch The Wind', my two favourite Donovan songs. They have opted to give us the 1969 re-recordings done for the greatest hits album of that year. These are not a patch on the original recordings, being as they are overladen with strings and other pointless stuff, though as that greatest hits package was reportedly the best selling album of his career then someone must have liked them.

So 4 stars. It would have been 5, as the song selection and sound quality is excellent, it's jsut that I was so disappointed by the re-recordings of my two favourite songs that I have to knock a star off.

This is an excellent place to start a Donovan collection though, with it's excellent and broad selection of tracks. People (like me) wanting the original recordings of Colours and Catch the Wind can do worse than look here: Catch The Wind
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Had a chioce between buying this or 'digitising' my 'Greatest Hits' LP (vinyl) & decided to buy this as great value plus some nice extra tracks (eg. Celia of the Seals; Susan on the West Coast Waiting, etc). However, like my LP, it only has the later, 'lush' versions of Colours & Catch the Wind. Lovely tho' these are, with the added time available on CD (up to 80 mins & this is 'only' about 73 mins long) it would have been appreciated if they'd have added the simpler but equally good original versions of the two songs... perhaps starting the CD with the two originals & leaving the newer versions near the end, as here. Donovan was never 'Britain's answer to Dylan', as he was sometimes referred to, but he made some good folk/ pop/ psychedelic music & this is, notwithstanding the above proviso, a decent introduction & collection of his best known songs (with a few lesser known). Trivia: noticed how they 'cleverly' edit the sample of Sunshine Superman in the current tv ad to skip the line, "Could have tripped out easy..."? Peace & love!
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I'm afraid I'm not too hot on the way these songs have been recorded. I remember being very impressed by Donovan's work when he first hit the scene ( the big day was heralded as 'D-Day' by the New Musical Express, I recall,l for weeks before his first record was released. Music for Pleasure released a vinyl LP of Donovan's songs years ago which was much better having more the basic acoustic guitar sound on it without any sophisticated arrangements.
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The main selling point of this fascinating two-disc compilation from Epic/Legacy Records in 1992, was, to the Donovan Leitch devotees at least, the inclusion of eight previously unreleased songs: 'London Town', 'Co'dine', 'Breezes Of Patchulie', 'Museum', the 'Superlungs' demo, an alternative take of 'Riki Tiki Tavi', 'Age Of Treason', and 'What The Soul Desires'.

Due to legal reasons, the superior, original versions of Donovan's two earliest folk hits 'Colours' and 'Catch the Wind' couldn't be used, and instead we have the 1969 re-recordings which he cut for his first official greatest hits album of the same year, despite being definitely inferior to the charting versions, they still aren't bad at all. With the exception of those two songs, most of the Scottish singer-songwriter's greatest hits are here, and all of them presented in their original form, as well as a generous collection of album only tracks, totalling up to 44 recordings, all of which have been remastered, and sound superb.

If you are looking for a more extensive overview of Donovan's music, which spans his early days starting out in 1965 as a guitar playing troubadour to an influential psychedelic rock singer until the early 1970s, largely under the watchful eye of hit making producer Mickie Most, then this official release is better than a lot of the single disc compilations that were available then and since. Some of the lesser 'essential' songs that make up the track listing might be too excessive for people who aren't avid fans, and instead, those of you who would consider yourself to causal listeners might decide to pick up the following UK top 50 hit album:
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There are plenty of 2 CD albums to choose from, but this issue I would say is for die hard fans as many tracks are rarer and unknown to me, I have written reviews on some others, maybe worth a look.
NOTE there are 2 issues of this album, ASIN: B000025TAY appears to be an older issue of ASIN: B0000027GB which has the same title, but a different photo. Ironically, at the time of writing this review, the later issue is cheaper, I can't add any more info as others have done a decent job.
NOTE JUST TO MAKE THINGS MORE COMPLICATED Amazon have grouped the reviews for both issues together, in case there is no track listing for the issue you are looking at I include it here.

PS I have seen comments, Sony could not put the original recordings of `Colours' or `Catch The Wind', my two favourite Donovan songs. They have opted to give us the 1969 re-recordings done for the greatest hits album of that year. These are not a patch on the original recordings, being as they are overladen with strings and other pointless stuff. The copy I listened to had the decent original recordings, very odd that.
The copy had THE BLUE photo on the front, Legacy '– 488811 2, but the same title and track listing, the only info I could find was the company reissued it, presumably as it was so popular. Most of CD1 was nearly all muddy mono, even though decent stereo exists for most tracks, most of CD2 was decent stereo, maybe the stereo masters were more recently discovered.

The copy with a dark photo on the front, Epic '– 487481 2, Legacy '– 487481 2

Track Listings

Disc: 1

1. London Town
2. Codine
3. Catch The Wind
4. Universal Soldier
5. Colours
6. Sunshine Superman
7. Season Of The Witch
8. The Trip
9. Guinevere
10.
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