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 and Open Road 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)
Sunshine Superman (3:15)
Season Of The Witch (4:57)
The Trip (4:36)
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)
To Susan On The West Coast Waiting (3:14)
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)
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