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Troubadour: Collection 1964-1976
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Heaven knows, the Scotsman born Donovan Leitch was ripe for ridicule, even when he was hitting the charts with regularity. He was the ultimate flower child, and his airier pronouncements made cynics want to tighten up thos... more »
Heaven knows, the Scotsman born Donovan Leitch was ripe for ridicule, even when he was hitting the charts with regularity. He was the ultimate flower child, and his airier pronouncements made cynics want to tighten up those love beads around his neck. Listening to Troubadour, however, it's striking how versatile, melodic, and agreeable most of his material sounds decades after "Mellow Yellow" has faded into a jaundiced yellow. Clearly under the sway of Bob Dylan early on in his career, Donovan nevertheless was capable of directing his reverence into something as enchanting as "Catch the Wind." Amping up as the '60s progressed, he assembled a series of psychedelic-pop classics, including "Season of the Witch," the "Hey Jude"-like sing-along "Atlantis," and the uncharacteristically driving "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (the latter features three-quarters of what was to become Led Zeppelin providing stellar support). This two-disc anthology may be more Donovan than some desire, but the booklet, seven previously unreleased tracks, and expansive perspective it provides makes it a more-than-worthy overview for those who take their paisley folk-rock with a beatific smile. --Steven Stolder
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Andrea D. (andrea35244) from HOOVER, AL
Reviewed on 8/26/2012...
Blast from the past! Some great tunes, some that don't hold up so well.
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A bit of Sunshine catches the wind
Robert S. Estes | Santa Rosa, Ca | 09/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Donovan has a bad rep. He was considered poor cow to Bob Dylan bull.
Donovan was an English folk singer that had the same tenor and earnestness, but a sweeter lick on the ear. Donovan had a huge mid 60's hit capturing Dylan's sweeping lyrical with "Catch the Wind". Donovan recorded a couple of LPs, released on Hickory (a C/W label !) as the new Dylan. He signed with Mickey Most, the premier producer of English bands, Animals, Herman's Hermits, Lulu, etc...
Things changed...Donovan went from folk angst to hippie prophet to gentle smile to selling lipstick wear your love like heaven!
This 2CD set has the start of his folk promise and his excursion into the new wonder of the mid/late 60's. "Mellow Yellow", a 1966 song that still revererates, "Season of the Witch", and "Sunshine Superman" + more.
Essential and goo goo barajagal
Glen Thummel | 04/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are a few songs I have on vinyl that are worth using to make this a three CD set, but this'll do."