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on 27 March 2005
"Where has our soft glow gone? To sleep within our hearts" so quoth the bard of all things naive and mythical in the sleevenotes to this,his magnificent fairytale compendium of an album,and that glow is certainly re-awakened by a peaceful cosy listen to this collection of Victoriana steeped music and magic.
Donovan's double LP length excursion deep into the smokey world of sobbing walruses,fairy realms and the dewey evenings of childhood hits the spot in your heart that no other disc of then or now ever could,a sepia tinted land of childhood innocence and spirit inhabited otherworldliness that can actually evoke feelings dormant since infanthood.
From the beautiful cover paintings-the Edwardian children's book style illustrations of the singer lounging in a mysterious meadow in full sailor's garb clutching his storybook surrounded by the songs' subjects in all their cosmic glory,a pot of stars at his feet-the mood is set.
Quiet folky strummings wash into poetry recitals set to trickling catchy tunes and melodies,filled with mystical beasties,goblin trains rushing 'neath thistles and children stolen away by playful fairies to rowan woods,all delivered in Donovan's settling Celtic burr to calm the strained nerves.The whole disc flows like a misty river of imagery and dream,the highlights being an arresting take on the traditional 'Henry Martin',complete with a broad Scottish brogue and Don's patented vocal reverb technique;the ethereal 'Things To Wear',acapella and gently awash with fairytale mystery;foot tapping jig 'Can Ye Dance' set in a whirl of deftly plucked guitar and joyously precise singing;and one of Donovan's greatest songs,the towering and heartwarming 'Celia Of The Seals',the best environmental ditty ever concocted,stuffed with magical chord changes and a beautiful vocal.
Like a turn of the century sweet box,this compendium reveals new goodies upon every opening,hangs together perfectly and does exactly what it intends to do,a treat for all ages who wish to lose themselves in that netherworld of memory and wonder.
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