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Great tracks - not so great versions
on 27 October 2012
Reading down the list of tracks on this album, anyone who wants a representative starting point for Donovan's music must think they've hit it all in one album. Most of the great Donovan classics are here and, to be honest, for a 20-track selection I think they've got it just right.
But beware! These are not all the original versions. Listen on other albums to the essentially solo wistful acoustic classics like Colours and Catch The Wind. Now listen to them on this album. It may be Donovan's voice, but what's happened to the tempo, where did the backing musicians and voices come from, what are all these other instruments? These are most definitely NOT what made Donovan in the 60s. If you've never heard the originals then fine, plunge right in. You won't know what you're missing. But if you're expecting to hear Donovan as he was when he cut these tracks first time around, you'll hardly recognise them.
I haven't listened to every track sample here. I don't know whether they are all affected by this re-recording or studio trickery. All I can suggest is 'caveat emptor' - let the buyer beware. You may be as well assembling (or improving) this collection by downloading selected tracks from other Donovan albums available.
Absolutely fantastic songs, so evocative of their time and place in music history, badly treated on this release.