Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976

Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976

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by Donovan

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While by no means a complete retrospective, this two-disc compilation contains a healthy sampling from Donovan's first dozen years as a formidable musical figure. His chameleon-like sensibilities not only adapted to, but likewise defined the '60s folk, pop, acid rock and the scene of swingin' London. As well as hitting some of the more obvious…  See more details below


While by no means a complete retrospective, this two-disc compilation contains a healthy sampling from Donovan's first dozen years as a formidable musical figure. His chameleon-like sensibilities not only adapted to, but likewise defined the '60s folk, pop, acid rock and the scene of swingin' London. As well as hitting some of the more obvious high points, Donovan -- who personally oversaw the project -- included a couple of unissued demos ("London Town"/"Codine"), alternate versions ("Museum"/"Superlungs"/"Riki Tiki Tavi") and previously unearthed titles ("Breezes Of Patchulie"/"Age Of Treason"/"What The Soul Desires"). The set charts a chronological examination commencing with a handful of the earthy acoustic demos and sides cut for the Pye (U.K.) /Hickory (U.S.A.) label(s) -- ultimately yielding Catch The Wind (1965) and Fairytale (1965) as well as over a dozen knock-off titles sporting the exact same material. [Note: Enthusiasts looking for a more thorough overview of the nearly three dozen sides documented during this era are encouraged to investigate the two-CD Summer Day Reflection Songs (2000) collection.]. The remainder of the first volume focuses on the fruitful '66 through '67 era that produced a string of hits ranging from the happy hippy anthems "Sunshine Superman" and "Mellow Yellow" to the decidedly dark and foreboding "Season Of The Witch" and the Mod trendy pop art of "Sunny South Kensington." Also included are a healthy sampling of album tracks. "The Trip," "Writer In The Sun" and the "Tinker And The Crab" are among the most timeless as his folksier nature resurfaces. The second volume of Troubadour picks up with Donovan at the peak of his popularity with Hurdy Gurdy Man (1968) -- which featured the respective talents of Jimmy Page (guitar), John Paul Jones (keyboard/orchestral arrangements) and John Bonham (drums). This was followed by the equally impressive line up that included Jeff Beck (guitar), Ron Wood (bass), Nicky Hopkins (keyboards) as well as Jim Gordon (drums) for Barabajagal (1968). Donovan slowed down as the decade came to a close re-emerging with the understated Open Road (1970) and Cosmic Wheels (1970). Again, he surrounded himself with top-shelf talent such as Cozy Powell (drums) and Chris Spedding (guitar). This produced works such as the quaint and bouncy "Maria Magenta" and the ethereal "I Like You" -- which is reminiscent of the Incredible String Band's choral folk leanings. Among the latter standouts are the unreleased tracks "Age Of Treason" and "What The Soul Desires" -- both of which were recorded just prior to the Nashville sojourn that resulted in 7-Tease (1974). Until his seminal Epic Recordsdiscs are offered in an expanded and remastered form, Troubadour is as definitive a collection as is available under one title.

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Disc 1

  1. London Town
  2. Codine
  3. Catch the Wind
  4. Universal Soldier
  5. Colours
  6. Sunshine Superman
  7. Season of the Witch
  8. The Trip
  9. Guinevere
  10. Breezes of Patchulie
  11. Museum
  12. Superlungs My Supergirl
  13. Mellow Yellow
  14. Writer in the Sun
  15. Sand and Foam
  16. Sunny South Kensington
  17. Epistle to Dippy
  18. There Is a Mountain
  19. Wear Your Love Like Heaven
  20. Oh Gosh
  21. The Tinker and the Crab
  22. Poor Cow

Disc 2

  1. Hurdy Gurdy Man
  2. Jennifer Juniper
  3. Teen Angel
  4. Lalena
  5. To Susan on the West Coast Waiting
  6. Atlantis
  7. Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)
  8. Happiness Runs
  9. Celia of the Seals
  10. Riki Tiki Tavi
  11. Clara Clairvoyant
  12. Roots of Oak
  13. Riki Tiki Tavi
  14. Maria Magenta
  15. Cosmic Wheels
  16. I Like You
  17. Yellow Star
  18. Rock & Roll Souljer
  19. The Quest
  20. Age of Treason
  21. What the Soul Desires
  22. Dark-Eyed Blue Jean Angel

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donovan   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Harp,Vocals,Human Whistle,12-string Guitar
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Background Vocals
Jeff Beck   Electric Guitar
Graham Nash   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jimmy Page   Electric Guitar
Shawn Phillips   Sitar
Ronnie Wood   Bass
Allan Holdsworth   Electric Guitar
Tom Scott   Recorder
Harold McNair   Flute
Ronnie Ross   Horn
Chris Spedding   Bouzouki,Strings
David Foster   Piano,Woodwind
Madeline Bell   Background Vocals
John Cameron   Keyboards
Lesley Duncan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nicky Hopkins   Keyboards
Henry McCullough   Guitar
Suzi Quatro   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Strings
Jim Gordon   Percussion
John Paul Jones   Bass
Leslye Ash   Background Vocals
Cliff Barton   Electric Bass
Lea Jane Berinati   Background Vocals
John Bonham   Drums
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Moog Synthesizer
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Harrison Calloway   Horn
Candy John Carr   Bongos,Conga
Mike Carr   Vibes
Tony Carr   Percussion
Valerie Carrington   Soprano (Vocal)
Ben Cauley   Horn
Clive Chaman   Bass
Johnny Christopher   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Douglas Davis   Cello
Ronnie Eades   Horn
Eric Ford   Electric Guitar
Julie Forsythe   Vocals
Leslie Fyson   Background Vocals
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Patrick Halling   Violin
Spike Heatley   Bass
Ginger Holladay   Background Vocals
Mary Holladay   Background Vocals
David Hungate   Bass
Sheldon Kurland   Concert Master
Eric Leese   Electric Guitar
Brian Locking   Bass
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Strings
John McCarthy   Vocals
Gabriel Mekler   Keyboards
Danny Moss   Horn
Tony Newman   Drums
Bobby Orr   Drums
Cozy Powell   Drums
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Charles Rose   Horn
Jean Roussel   Clavinet
Denny Seiwell   Drums
Alan Spenner   Bass
Gaynor Stewart   Vocals,Background Vocals
Harvey Thompson   Horn
Mike Thomson   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Jill Utting   Soprano (Vocal)
Byron Warner   Background Vocals
Florence Warner   Background Vocals
Keith Webb   Drums
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Danny Thompson   Bass
Clem Clatini   Drums
Jack Emblou   Accordion
A. Friend   Violin,Electric Violin
Fast Eddie Hoh   Drums
Mike McCartney   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Ray   Bass
Mike O'Neill   Piano,Vocals
David Briggs   Keyboards
John Candy Carr   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Donovan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Contributor
Michael Hayes   Producer
Peter Eden   Producer
Jay Graydon   Producer
Terry Kennedy   Producer
Mickie Most   Producer
Andrew Loog Oldham   Producer
Norbert Putnam   Producer
Geoff Stephens   Producer
Derek Taylor   Liner Notes
Brian Hogg   Liner Notes

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Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This CD is now one of my altime favorites. A Great addition to any Bob Dylan lover's collections. Donovan is this English Dylan