Donovan must be a Roscrucian or some kind of esoteric guru
jeffrey c. cook | hereford, AZ United States | 07/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This record has it all, If you liked the film Rushmore, you will like this record...No age limits...It transcends the 60's...No mortal man could have been this inspired...That is why I think he is a roscrucian, a secret hermetic order clued in on the real meaning of life, These songs will tear your heart out and put it back, healthier and stronger than ever before...I was kayaking the Yellowstone near Miles City Montana and I listened to this record, I was transported to the nether realm of my psyche, I felt like the gnosis had descended upon me and everything was gonna be all right. Donovan truly a visionary and this record an illuminator! Buy it now!"
PSYCHEDELIC FOLK POP DELIGHT
Pieter | Johannesburg | 05/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Donovan didn't die young like Nick Drake, nor did he ever become as profound as Dylan, so he's not much mentioned in the lore of rock. (As far as comparisons go - perhaps he could be considered a more trippy Cat Stevens?) Yet here was a unique talent that created some of the most memorable psychedelic folk/pop in catchy, tuneful songs that have a timeless appeal. Songs like the flowing Catch The Wind, the evocative Colours, the yearning Josie and the reflective Universal Soldier contributed to making the late 1960s such a very special time (what with Melanie, Marianne Faithfull and others) and tapped into the same psychedelic vein as the band Love. I think in the early 90s Happy Mondays credited Donovan with a lot of inspiration, but I think his Celtic romanticism probably also subliminally inspired artists as diverse as Enya and The Waterboys, to name just two. Sure he could be really kitschy, as his song Atlantis shows I(mercifully not included here), but overall, he created a solid body of charming classic songs that have been much covered by other artists. Fans of clever psychedelic pop and of artists like Belle and Sebastian would do themselves a favour by (re)discovering Donovan."