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The Obscure Side Of Donavan Leitch?
on 23 November 2003
Most people, if they recall Donovan at all, think of hits such as Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow. This little gem of an album was, as far as I know, the only one he recorded as a "band", loosely referred to as "Open Road".
By incorporating more of a rock sound with prominent lead guitar on several tracks, his folky style songs have an interesting new sound.
Open Road has some excellent songs - check out Curry Land and Joe Bean. Celtic Rock takes a familiar Donovan tune but introduces some of Edward Lear's Jabberwocky poem for lyrics. As a contrast, there are some excruciatingly tacky items like Poke At The Pope which is as bad as the title implies.
The only song which I believe was released as a single, was Riki Tiki Tavi - more typical Donovan sing-along style.
Overall I would say that, if you know and like most of the well known Donavan material, this would be a valid and enjoyable addition to your collection, for about half the songs are really good to hear repeatedly (how many modern albums can you say that about anyway?)
If you are new to Donavan - try "A Gift From A Flower To A Garden" or "Greatest Hits".