DONOVAN Troubadour – The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 (1976)

Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 (1976)
Anyone Got A Joint?

Solid 2CD set of Donovan’s best, including a few previously unreleased tracks and mixes. For folks of a certain age and attitude, Donovan represents more than just the second-rate Dylan protégé he was first introduced as (his presence was a running punchline in the Dylan movie, Don’t Look Back), or even the image of the wimpy flower folkie that came to be etched in the minds of most (not completely untrue). For some, Donovan blazed a new trail, consisting of unique, otherworldly psychedelic folk that colorized many a tinny transistor radio back in the day. “Mellow Yellow” may have quickly become a cliché (even in the 60s), but his compositions, such as “Season Of The Witch,” became a touchstone spanning generations, tackled by everybody from Al Kooper & Stephen Stills in the 60s to Richard Thompson in the 00s. The trippy “Atlantis” was re-discovered in a violent Martin Scorsese film, while “There Is A Mountain” became the basis for, of all things, enduring all-night jams from The Allman Brothers. Along this collection’s journey are samplings of his early protest music and his later post-psych introspection, but the meat is the glorious gathering of Donovan’s late 60s whimsy and invention, still trafficking in fragile acoustic composition, but helped along by the likes of Jimmy Page, The Jeff Beck Group, Nicky Hopkins, John Bonham, ace producer Mickie Most and others from the swinging UK scene. You can find Troubadour at Amazon, but click a few links to find Cosmic Wheels (HERE) and Open Road (HERE) in the archives.

London Town (4:08) (Previously Unreleased Demo)
Codiene (4:50) (Previously Unreleased Demo)
Catch The Wind (2:55)
Universal Soldier (2:14)
Colours (2:45)
Sunshine Superman (3:15)
Season Of The Witch (4:57)
The Trip (4:36)
Guinevere (3:42)
Breezes Of Patchulie (4:36) (Previously Unreleased)
Museum (2:52) (Previously Unreleased Version)
Super Lungs (3:16) (Previously Unreleased Version)
Mellow Yellow (3:42)
Writer In The Sun (4:31)
Sand And Foam (3:20)
Sunny South Kensington (3:49)
Epistle To Dippy (3:11)
There Is A Mountain (2:35)
Wear Your Love Like Heaven (2:26)
Oh Gosh (1:48)
The Tinker And The Crab (2:55)
Poor Cow (2:57)
Hurdy Gurdy Man (3:19)
Jennifer Juniper (2:42)
Teen Angel (2:19)
Lalena (2:59)
To Susan On The West Coast Waiting (3:14)
Atlantis (5:02)
Barabajagal (3:21)
Happiness Runs (3:28)
Celia Of The Seals (3:02)
Riki Tiki Tavi (2:56) (Previously Unreleased Version)
Claira Clairvoyant (2:50)
Roots Of Oak (5:05)
Riki Tiki Tavi (4:44)
Maria Magenta (2:13)
Cosmic Wheels (4:03)
I Like You (4:36)
Yellow Star (3:06)
Rock And Roll Souljer (3:50)
The Quest (3:31)
Age Of Treason (4:21) (Previously Unreleased)
What The Soul Desires (2:36) (Previously Unreleased)
Dark-Eyed Blue Jean Angel (3:47)


  • Willard
    August 23, 2012 - 14:29 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • larkin
    August 23, 2012 - 16:05 | Permalink

    i discovered donovan before i ever smoked my first joint….so i knew what i was in for! thanks so much for your continued efforts to educate, elaborate, elucidate and enlighten (puff) us folk.

  • Colin H
    August 23, 2012 - 18:38 | Permalink

    very cool, while I have spiffy copies of his remastered albums now, there are a few exclusive tracks from this great comp that nagged me on the iPod in the 128 kb/s quality that were the best I could find in the Napster-dawn-of-time era… Have to be in the mood for a LOT of Donovan but when I am, I really am…

  • August 24, 2012 - 00:15 | Permalink

    I have to play “Mountain” and “Barabajagal” at some weird party. I found out today. And so you prescribe something that addresses my plight of not having decent sounding versions to work from…..That is kind of eerie…
    Please stop reading my mind! (kidding!)
    And yet- Thank You!

    • Willard
      August 24, 2012 - 08:34 | Permalink

      That must be a weird party. Blow some minds and dust off an Allman Bros. version of Mountain.

  • 3410
    August 24, 2012 - 02:12 | Permalink

    Sorry, man, I’m probably to nuked to even roll, but there’s a bowl there… just there… yeah, just help yourself, man. : )

  • Anonymous
    August 24, 2012 - 03:18 | Permalink

    Saw Richard Thompson at the Fillmore about five years ago he did an epic version of Season Of The Witch, then blew everyone’s mind by having Donovan come out for a mini-greatest hits set of five or six songs. Two Great Tastes in One!

    Season of the Witch was used to great atmospheric effect in Fincher’s “Zodiac” film.
    Thanks for this,

  • August 24, 2012 - 20:12 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, for the music and MF!

  • Willard
    August 24, 2012 - 20:19 | Permalink

    MF’s the only place that seem to consistently work well.

  • G
    August 25, 2012 - 10:58 | Permalink

    Just read some of the comments – and, for those that know how to look, you can find
    RT’s “Season Of The Witch’ fairly easily on…..

  • Willard
    August 25, 2012 - 11:38 | Permalink

    Actually, we’ve got RT’s version (Volume 5 of Gathered Tracks) over HERE.

  • August 25, 2012 - 14:12 | Permalink

    No compilation is going to please everyone, but here was my one complaint about this set: “Cosmic Wheels” wasn’t available on CD when this set came out, and “Troubadour” contains a different version of “I Like You” that eliminates the soft opening. I know, I know… it’s a minor thing that hardly anyone would notice, but to my (slight) embarrassment I’d bought the set mainly for that song, and it wasn’t what I expected to replace the original vinyl. The version on the Cosmic Wheels CD is 5:23, and the one on Troubadour is 4:36.

    Still, saved me the time I’d have needed to rip my set as a back-up, which I’m trying to do with everything – so thanks again for the fine share!

  • Willard
    August 25, 2012 - 14:19 | Permalink

    Thanks for the details.

  • Kwai Chang
    August 26, 2012 - 14:18 | Permalink

    Barabajagal is the best…

  • vlk
    August 26, 2012 - 17:47 | Permalink

    Super – thanks You… ;-)

  • August 27, 2012 - 12:02 | Permalink

    Probably one of the best artist compilations ever!

  • philo
    August 28, 2012 - 21:03 | Permalink

    Great Comp. My only regret is that “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)” wasn’t included.

  • Anonymous
    October 18, 2012 - 02:39 | Permalink

    FYI, DONOVAN Troubadour link 2 is down.

    Really appreciate the selections and the effort!

  • Willard
    October 18, 2012 - 08:20 | Permalink

    Thanks. New link up.

  • zappahead
    July 5, 2013 - 11:36 | Permalink

    nice compilation of a true hippie…still going strong and still as good…..cheers.

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