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Donovan (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Folk & Celtic' started by Harkat, May 24, 2011.

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    Yes Donovan certainly made connections and if you want a good over view of his stuff ..try the Donovan in concert CD (still available)
     
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    There is now a new version of Sunshine Superman, now in stereo, will be picking this up :)
     
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    Three Donovan Classics To Be Reissued On Vinyl

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    Sundazed Music has always been known for their plundering of the vaults of rock and roll’s past and coming up with unique and forgotten artifacts. In recent years, their focus has turned increasingly towards high-quality vinyl reissues featuring both obscure, and big sellers.

    This month, they turn their attention to a trio of classic Donovan titles for a well-deserved reissue in this format on May 21. ‘Mellow Yellow,’ ‘Wear Your Love Like Heaven,’ and ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ will all be presented on high-grade vinyl, featuring the definitive mono mixes and complete original cover art.

    Following a debut pair of LPs displaying more a straight-ahead folk style, Donovan helped launch the psychedelic party with his landmark ‘Sunshine Superman’ LP in 1966 (reissued last year with the same deluxe treatment). These new reissues take up where that one left off, employing further aspects of jazz and blues, as well as a general influence of eastern sounds. ‘Mellow Yellow’ and ‘Wear Your Love Like Heaven’ (both 1967) and ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ (1968) represent the cream of the cosmic minstrel’s psychedelic adventures.

    Hits like ‘Mellow Yellow,’ ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man,’ ‘Jennifer Juniper,’ ‘Wear Your Love Like Heaven’ and ‘Museum’ adorn these slabs of wax. ‘Mellow Yellow’ features arrangements by a pre-Led Zeppelin John Paul Jones.

    People can, and will, argue themselves into a stupor over ‘mono vs. stereo,’ but in the case of these Donovan titles, mono is the clear cut winner. They are more punchy, vibrant and full of life, thanks in large part to the pop sensibility of producer Mickie Most. Up until late-1967, it was very common for more time to be given to the mono mix, with stereo as sort of an afterthought. In fact, ‘Sunshine Superman’ was only ever mixed in mono at the time, and up until an official stereo mix for a 2011 CD, all previous ‘stereo’ mixes were simply re-channeled mono. And, despite the trippier style at hand, nothing psychedelic is lost in translation with these mono mixes!
     
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    Some of my favourites :D





    I've also got both versions of "Catch The Wind", but the one I really like is the one with the harmonising, which I cannot seem to find on YouTube. Guess it's the Rarer of the two.
     
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    I picked up the stereo version of Sunshine Superman on CD and it is excellent, you can tell the difference easy, what a pleasant listen. This is well worth the money I can tell you...
     
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    Donovan Announces New Album

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    Today (May 10) is Donovan‘s 67th birthday, and, in a twist, he is giving his fans a present. He began streaming his new single.

    “I have made a new album in Nashville, ‘Shadows Of Blue,’ Donovan posted on his Facebook page. “You can all get a free listen to the first single ‘To Love You’ on my birthday May 10. Its my gift to you.” The legendary singer/songwriter and rock and roll icon is eyeing a May 31 release date for his long-promised brand new album.

    The single is now streaming on Soundcloud for all to hear, and according to that post on his Facebook page, a second song from the album, ‘The Harmonica Girl,’ will go up on May 17, with the entire album streaming the day of its release.

    ‘To Love You’ is a subtle ballad that carries along with one of those familiar, yet fresh, melodies. Primarily accompanied by piano, slide guitar and occasional haunting background vocals, the song has a very earthy yet, at the same time, very ethereal quality to it. Simplicity is the key here. Donovan’s vocals sound as warm and inviting as ever, and the overall feel hearkens back to his more stripped down material. The slide guitar adds a perfect companion to his vocal here, adding a slight country glaze over top of the song. While it has elements of classic Donovan, it doesn’t sound dated. To put it simply, it sounds like Donovan!

    ‘Shadows Of Blue’ will be the Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer’s first major release since ‘Beat Cafe’ in 2004.
     
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    For his first new album since 2004, Donovan moved forward by looking back to his past.

    As the veteran singer-songwriter told Rolling Stone during a recent interview, his new album, ‘Shadows of Blue,’ is a homecoming of sorts, with songs gathered from sessions recorded during his long-delayed return to Nashville, where he made his debut single, ‘Catch the Wind,’ in 1965.

    And as it turns out, while the songs on ‘Shadows’ might be new to Donovan’s fans, this is a project that’s been a long time coming in more ways than one: The album contains a number of tracks that have been lingering in the vaults for decades. “Every time I had a look at those songs, from ’73-4 up until now, it was always, ‘You don’t touch those songs,’” he explained. “And the only way you’re gonna touch those songs is by going back to Nashville.”

    Once he made the trek back to the place where he started his career, Donovan found that the songs he’d earmarked for his return were a perfect fit. “They were ready to go,” he told Rolling Stone. “When I played them, it became clear what these songs were doing was something extraordinary.”

    As we previously reported, ‘Shadows of Blue’ — which includes first single ‘To Love You’ — has been out since May 31, and can be purchased directly from Donovan’s website.
     
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    Will have to check this album out
     
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    I didn't realize Donovan was still alive...let alone releasing new material.:peek

    I think I have 3 of his CD's...but have lost track of him completely. I'll look around and see if I can find some streams of his newest release.
     
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    I go to the Fest For Beatles Fan every year there LG and one year Donovan was a guest celebrity :grinthumb
     

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