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The Essential Donovan [2012]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bearing the same name as the 2004 compilation The Essential Donovan and containing every one of that disc's 14 songs, the 2012 double-disc set The Essential Donovan -- its release timed to coincide with the singer/songwriter's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- is perhaps better compared to the 1992 box Troubadour: The Definitive Collection, another two-CD set that delved deeply into Donovan's career. Troubadour contained 44 songs and The Essential Donovan tops out at 32, yet those 12 songs aren't necessarily missed. All the hits are here, along with a handful of rarities -- cuts that have never shown up on CD in the U.S., including an early mono ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bearing the same name as the 2004 compilation The Essential Donovan and containing every one of that disc's 14 songs, the 2012 double-disc set The Essential Donovan -- its release timed to coincide with the singer/songwriter's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- is perhaps better compared to the 1992 box Troubadour: The Definitive Collection, another two-CD set that delved deeply into Donovan's career. Troubadour contained 44 songs and The Essential Donovan tops out at 32, yet those 12 songs aren't necessarily missed. All the hits are here, along with a handful of rarities -- cuts that have never shown up on CD in the U.S., including an early mono version of "The Land of Doesn't Have to Be" and two songs, "Sunny Goodge Street" and "Sand and Foam," taken from a 1967 concert at the Anaheim Convention Center, plus "Hey Gyp Dig the Slowness" -- but what distinguishes this Essential from Troubadour is that it emphasizes Donovan's psychedelic mod hipster side over his wannabe Dylan folkie the title of Troubadour was no accident on the 1992 set and for audiences that prefer "Mellow Yellow," "Sunshine Superman," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," "Jennifer Juniper," and "Barabajagal Love Is Hot" to "Catch the Wind," "Colours," and "Universal Soldier," this is the preferable collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919586824
  • Catalog Number: 195868
  • Sales rank: 23,114

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donovan Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Arlo Guthrie Liner Notes
Buffy Sainte-Marie Composer
Donovan Producer, Liner Notes
Rickie Lee Jones Liner Notes
Geezer Butler Liner Notes
Peter Eden Producer
Terry Kennedy Producer
Mickie Most Producer
Geoff Stephens Producer
Kenney Jones Liner Notes
Anthony DeCurtis Liner Notes
Vic Anesini Mastering
Mark Larson Art Direction
Barry Feinstein Cover Photo
Donovan Leitch Arranger, Composer
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