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Essence to Essence
Donovan
Essence to Essence
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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1998 reissue on Columbia of the original 1973 release for the label. Features all 11 original tracks, including 'Lazy Daze' and 'Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth'.

      
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All Artists: Donovan
Title: Essence to Essence
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sbme Import
Release Date: 5/8/2001
Album Type: Import
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, British Invasion
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 5099748944320

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1998 reissue on Columbia of the original 1973 release for the label. Features all 11 original tracks, including 'Lazy Daze' and 'Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth'.

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Brilliant to see this album as a CD
Wj Skillcorn | Washington, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom | 03/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In common with a lot of music lovers of my age and generation, (I'm 52) I buy very few new albums these days. I would say 85 percent are the CD equivalent of vinyl records I first bought many years ago. The crisp, clean sounds of the original recordings come through and produce a whole new experience of listening enjoyment. So too with this collection of Donovan songs.
I consider this album to be a very good mix of his songs - some lively but with a message - while others are much more relaxed but just as thought provoking. 'Operating Manual...' is one of the former, while 'There is an Ocean' is one of the latter. And of course who could not fail to be moved by the final song in the set 'Sailing Homeward', the journey home, through life, wherever that ultimate home may happen to be.
Perhaps I am the wrong person to be writing a review of Donovan's music. The man can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned, apart from 'Sutras', that is. But I think you will love this CD."
The very best of Donovan
Leigh Ann De Lany | El Cajon, CA United States | 07/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the few Donovan albums that truely highlights his vocal abilities. "Sailing Homeward" and "There Is An Ocean" are two of his best written songs from this time period. Almost as much variety to the song styles on this CD as his rarely seen LP "7-Tease". If you like Dono, even just a little bit, get this CD. You'll be glad you did.A Donvoan follower from the good old days, I have to disagree with John Skillcorn. I loved Sutras. Except for the Clear-Browed One, I think it is a great CD. Wish I could seay the same for Neutronica."
An uneven, but essential album
Leigh Ann De Lany | 11/24/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Donovan's 1973-1980 era may have resulted in inferior albums to what he was doing in the 60's but there's still some classic songs that he wrote during that era. "Essence to Essence" finds him experimenting more with exceeding the boundaries of his vocal limitations. This album is split right up the middle. There's some excellent melodic pieces that are some of his best ever. But in the same token, there's some very weak songs. I noticed Donovan experimenting more with a falsetto. Sadly, that falsetto (along with the lyrics) ended up spoiling the song "Boy for every girl" which really has a nice cozy nostalgic 70's melody. If it were not for the silly lyrics and his falsetto (which sometimes sounds like Tiny Tim on a bad day), this song would have been a classic. However, enough with the negative, there's 2 songs on this album that make the album essential. "There is an Ocean" and the closing track "Sailing Homeward". These 2 songs rank right up there with the best songs that Donovan did from any period-era. Definitely worth the purchase. The other 9 tracks are mostly mediocre songs with some very good moments sprinkled thruought. Don't expect anything near his classic output from the 60's or "Open Road"/"HMS". I have not heard "Cosmic Wheels". Never-the-less, this album ranks a *** for me due to 2 major classic songs, some good/decent songs and some horrible songs."