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Right Man for an age.,
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This was the right man to set the agenda for the Sixties.
And this is the right collection to buy if you can back it up with Mellow Yellow and Sunshine Superman from other collections. The title comes from the original Pye Records promotion for Sunny Goodge Street.
The songs on this double album are simple and accompanied almost exclusively on a guitar played in a way that many beginners can imitate. But if the songs are simple and the accompaniment unremarkable there is something very precious, individual and amost fragile about Donovan's talent that makes you glad to have lived through the sixties as a teenager. So for anyone who did, and also for those unfortunate to have been too old or still too young to get the background vibes to these songs, I can recommend this as a mellow trip down summer sunshine lane to a place that no longer exists. But ought to.
The anti-war songs are poignant from Buffy St Marie's Universal Soldier through to the Ballad of a Crystal Man. This is simplicity elevated to fine art through the crucible of heartfelt honesty.
Never mind about the sixties; if Donovan could have set the agenda for the subsequent fifty years the world might be a less hostile place.