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What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid Deluxe Edition

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Castle Music
  • ASIN: B00005QX6I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,864 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Josie
  2. Catch The Wind
  3. Remember The Alamo
  4. Cuttin' Out
  5. Car Car (Riding In My Car)
  6. Keep On Truckin'
  7. Goldwatch Blues
  8. To Sing For You
  9. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
  10. Tangerine Puppet
  11. Donna Donna
  12. Ramblin' Boy
  13. Catch The Wind
  14. Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do
  15. Every Man Has His Chain
  16. Colours

Product description

DONOVAN CD-EAN 5050159136124 -SANCTUARY RECORDS-12 plus 4 bonus TRACKS

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Format: Audio CD
This album was one of the primary soundtracks of my youth, so I may not be all that objective about it, but I'll try. Donovan was just 19 when this album came out in 1965 ... I was 12. At this very early stage of his career, Donovan's record company were trying to position him as Britain's answer to Bob Dylan, and that's pretty evident from this set, including a track by Dylan's idol, Woody Guthrie. Indeed, half the tracks on the album are cover versions of traditional, blues and folk tunes. For my money, it's the songs by Donovan himself that are the strongest. Of these, 'Catch the Wind' is, of course, a classic, while 'Josie,' 'To Sing For You,' and 'Ramblin' Boy' aren't far behind in beautifully expressing a young man's view of love and the world. Another self-penned track, 'Tangerine Puppet,' gives the clearest indication of the psychedelic direction Donovan's work was about to take, leading to such masterpieces as Sunshine Superman: Remastered and Mellow Yellow: Remastered This first album, while not as strong as some of the later work, is still good to listen to, even after all these years. Take my advice and buy up all the Donovan albums on Amazon. He is, in my opinion, one of the most criminally underrated artists of his or any other time and, as a result, his truly excellent, innovative albums are available at ridiculously low prices.
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By For Tomorrow 24 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2015
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It all started here, in 1965, nineteen year old Donovan Leitch, that elfin faced Glaswegian with his unique voice and talent around the acoustic guitar cut his first debut album. 'What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid' was a commercial success, released several days before his 19th birthday, peaking at no.9 in the UK charts, and a respectable no.30 in the US, when it was issued stateside under the title 'Catch the Wind'.

This came before the legendary producer Mickie Most took Donovan under his wing, helping to turn him into a psychedelic rock pioneer, with a string of memorable albums under his direction, and leaving him with a stack of classic songs like 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' and 'Sunshine Superman' under his belt. Here on record, we have that sound forever captured which first made British television audiences of the 'Ready Steady Go' music show go crazy for Donovan -- pure traditional, story-telling folk music.

Although all of those similarity comparisons between him and Bob Dylan have long since been odious, if you are a Dylan fan, then I struggle to believe that you won't love this particular release, especially the upbeat track 'Keep On Truckin'', and 'Goldwatch Blues', one of his finest protest songs. If anything, I'd say that the LP offered a softer, more accessible folk sound than Bob Dylan, an artist I do really love.

Whilst this isn't my favourite Donovan album, it is a polished little gem, and very impressive for a debut. It contains his first two singles 'Catch the Wind' and 'Colours', which, as well as helping to pave the way for American success, both got to the dizzy heights of no.4 in the British charts. This is excellent, gentle music from one of my all-time favourite poets, perfect for reflecting and listening to on a lazy Summer's day.
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You forget how good this guy was/is. I'm 62 now - and I was still at school when this came out, so it's pure nostalgia - but for those younger folk who missed out on hearing him first-time-around, give yourselves a chance to hear what was going on over on this side of the puddle at the same time that Dylan was taking the world by storm from America. Wonderful poetry accompanied by a superb guitar style.
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Looking to expand my Donovan collection past a couple of `best of' albums, I started with this 1964 debut album for Pye, reissued in 2001 on Castle.

Its a great album of gentle, folky material. Clearly very influenced by Bob Dylan's early work Donovan treats us to a series of gentle guitar led songs that alternate between simple love songs and tracks with a more political edge that decry the state of the world. It contains the original recording of `Colours', a beautiful love song that has to be one of my favourite tracks of all time. Yet to descend into full psychedelic hippiehood, this is a set of elegant simple acoustic tracks that have a quiet and gentle beauty to them.

The re-issue is excellent. Great remastering, interesting extras (including the somewhat different single version of colours) that add to the programme and a great set of liner notes. It's a great place for people to start their classic Donovan collection. 5 stars.
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My Mother used to play this record back in the 1970's when I was growing up. It has a special place in my heart accordingly and so this deluxe version was a must have.

The recording is sparkly and clean with all the presence of the old LP. The bonus tracks are a welcomed addition and the sleeve notes comprehensive and interesting.

For those of you who have not heard or investigated the charm of Donovan, this album would be a great place to start....forget about the all to frequent comparisons of Donovan to Dylan etc...Donovan is remarkable and this album will not fail to impress fans new or old.

ENJOY!
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