Donovan's Greatest Hits [Expanded Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Epic's Greatest Hits may not be a perfect collection -- for instance, it contains re-recordings of his earliest folk songs, "Catch the Wind" and "Colours," not the originals -- but for many casual fans, that may not matter since the remaining nine songs offer an excellent summary of his hit singles. And, as these songs prove, Donovan and producer Mickie Most could craft irresistible folk-rock and psychedelic pop singles. Some of the sounds and sentiments may sound a little dated, but the productions and the songs -- "Sunshine Superman," "Jennifer Juniper," "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," "Season of the Witch," "Mellow Yellow," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Epistle to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Epic's Greatest Hits may not be a perfect collection -- for instance, it contains re-recordings of his earliest folk songs, "Catch the Wind" and "Colours," not the originals -- but for many casual fans, that may not matter since the remaining nine songs offer an excellent summary of his hit singles. And, as these songs prove, Donovan and producer Mickie Most could craft irresistible folk-rock and psychedelic pop singles. Some of the sounds and sentiments may sound a little dated, but the productions and the songs -- "Sunshine Superman," "Jennifer Juniper," "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," "Season of the Witch," "Mellow Yellow," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Epistle to Dippy," "There Is a Mountain," "Lalena" -- have proven to be classics of the era, and this is the best place to get them all on one collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646573020
  • Catalog Number: 65730
  • Sales rank: 7,713

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donovan Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harp, Vocals, Human Whistle, Tamboura
Jeff Beck Electric Guitar
Jimmy Page Electric Guitar
Ron Wood Bass
Allan Holdsworth Electric Guitar
Harold McNair Flute
Madeline Bell Background Vocals
John Cameron Keyboards
Lesley Duncan Background Vocals
Nicky Hopkins Keyboards
Suzi Quatro Background Vocals
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Strings
John Paul Jones Bass
Cliff Barton Electric Bass
John Bonham Drums
Mike Carr Vibes
Tony Carr Percussion, Drums
Eric Ford Electric Guitar
James Gordon Drums
Spike Heatley Bass
Eric Leese Electric Guitar
Brian Locking Bass
London Philharmonic Orchestra Strings
Gabriel Mekler Keyboards
Danny Moss Horn
Tony Newman Drums
Mike O'Neil Keyboards
Bobby Orr Drums
Mike Thomson Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Keith Webb Drums
Danny Thompson Bass
Clem Clatini Drums
Bobby Ray Bass
Jeff Beck Group Group
Technical Credits
Donovan Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Peter Eden Producer
Terry Kennedy Producer
Mickie Most Producer
Geoff Stephens Producer
Al Quaglieri Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson Artwork
Vic Anesini Mastering
Carol Grobe Reissue Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Donovan Has a New Fan

    I bought this album on a whim, and suddenly I'm breaking my bank gobbling up Donovan's other work. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's an eclectic, life-affirming wonderland. It has so many different moods: from the wicked beat of "Season of the Witch" to the plaintive echoes of "Lalena" to the folky beauty of "Catch the Wind" and "Colours" to the psychedelic marvel of "Sunshine Superman" and the Zen wackiness of "There is a Mountain." Be careful. If you buy this album, you are gonna want more. I hope he's still alive and making music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Where's the Road?

    As great as this collection is, Why is the "sgt pepper" of Donovan Leitch never mentioned? If you can find it, GET "OPEN ROAD",(released 1970), It's Unbelievable! It's avlable on the Repertoire CD lable if you can find it. P.S. Exelent sound Quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There's much more than Mello Yellow.

    I bought this album for Hurdy Gurdy Man. The wailing guitar and psychodelic vocals is mesmerizing. A friend of mine says Jimmy Page played guitar and John Paul Jones produced this song? Other songs on the album were fantastic. In order of my favorites: Hurdy Gurdy Man, Sunshine Superman, Season of the Witch, Jennifer Juniper, Wear Your Love Like Heaven, There is a Mountain, Jennifer Juniper. There's something for everybody in this mix. This is a very diverse collection that won't disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eclectic Pop Sounds from the Sixties

    Donovan was certainly one of the most eclectic artists of the Sixties. A melting pot of Celtic, Blues, Folk, R & B, and Pop, the songs sound far better today than when they got scant radio play in the Sixties. Music to match any mood from the sublime folkiness of Catch The Wind, to the popish sounds of Sixties hits Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow, to the hard-rockish Goo Goo Barabajagal and Hurdy Gurdy Man, the lovely ballads Jennifer Juniper and Wear Your Love Like Heaven, the Reggaeish There is a Mountain and the very strange Atlantis and Epistle to Dippy. A great range of Sixties classics, check out the expanded Greatest Hits, it will be in your player for a couple of solid weeks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FANTASTIC - EVEN (ESPECIALLY) IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHO HE IS

    An absolute BRILLIANT mix of rock, folk, jazz, & psychedelica!!! Extremely creative arrangements, yet very catchy and popish. The songwriting is unsurpassed, but the most impressive aspect is the collaboration of various instrumentation, including horns, harpsicord, violin, and guitar. Paul McCartney sings back up on Mellow Yellow, and Jimmy Page (later, the guitarist for Led Zeppelin) appears on Hurdy Gurdy Man. CLEARLY THE MOST UNDER-RATED ARTIST OF THE SIXTIES!!!

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    Posted August 3, 2010

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