Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Donovan - Discography


Upon his emergence during the mid-'60s, Donovan was anointed "Britain's answer to Bob Dylan," a facile but largely unfounded comparison which compromised the Scottish folk-pop troubadour's own unique vision. Where the thrust of Dylan's music remains its bleak introspection and bitter realism, Donovan fully embraced the wide-eyed optimism of the flower power movement, his ethereal, ornate songs radiating a mystical beauty and childlike wonder; for better or worse, his recordings remain quintessential artifacts of the psychedelic era, capturing the peace and love idealism of their time to perfection. Donovan Leitch was born May 10, 1946 in Glasgow and raised outside of London; at 18 he recorded his first demo, and in 1965 was tapped as a regular on the television pop showcase Ready, Steady, Go! He soon issued his debut single "Catch the Wind," earning the first round of Dylan comparisons with his ramshackle folk sound and ragamuffin look; the single nevertheless reached the U.K. Top Five, with a subsequent meeting between the two singer/songwriters captured in the classic D.A. Pennebaker documentary Don't Look Back.

1992 - Troubadour. The Definitive Collection 1964-1976

2000 - Summer Day Reflection Songs

2009 - Live & In The Studio

2010 - Ritual Groove


PB said...

Well, you're back "on song", so to speak.

Ozzieguy said...

LOL Thanks mate.

roosen jp said...

Many Thx For Donovan
welcome back

Ozzieguy said...

Hello JP
You are very welcome and thank you.
Best Wishes

BritshInvasionLover93 said...

You seriously need to buy Cosmic Wheels It's one of His best albums.

Ozzieguy said...

Thanks BritshInvasionLover93, I do have this album also.

Ron Nasty said...

Another good collection, many thanks, but In Concert (The Complete 1967 Anaheim Show) is only the first CD of a double CD.

Ozzieguy said...

Hello Ron
Yes, I am sorry but the second CD I have was/is scratched and I was unable to share. I have ordered a new one but as yet has not arrived, once it does I will upload it.

Private Beach said...

You've done a good job here - of the studio albums, only "Sutras" appears to be missing. Thanks! There is a lot of duplication, because several of the albums are repackages of the songs from his first two albums under different names. Also "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" and "For the Little Ones" are the same as the two discs of the double album "A Gift from a Flower to a Garden", which were released separately in the US - in fact his US releases often differed from the British ones. Also the cover you're included for "What's Bin Did" is not the original - the album's Wikipedia entry shows the original sleeve. Yours is from the reissue on Marble Arch, Pye's budget label.

RotAnal said...

I love Donovan, and in general far most of your blog, too.
Love is Only Feeling only contains eight out of ten tracks (also missing the title track). Please fix it. Thanks