Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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. labels -- 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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/1996
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644698626
  • Catalog Number: 46986
  • Sales rank: 46,089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 London Town (4:05)
  2. 2 Codine (4:47)
  3. 3 Catch the Wind (2:53)
  4. 4 Universal Soldier (2:11)
  5. 5 Colours (2:43)
  6. 6 Sunshine Superman (3:14)
  7. 7 Season of the Witch (4:56)
  8. 8 The Trip (4:34)
  9. 9 Guinevere (3:41)
  10. 10 Breezes of Patchulie (4:34)
  11. 11 Museum (3:50)
  12. 12 Superlungs My Supergirl (3:16)
  13. 13 Mellow Yellow (3:40)
  14. 14 Writer in the Sun (4:28)
  15. 15 Sand and Foam (3:18)
  16. 16 Sunny South Kensington (3:47)
  17. 17 Epistle to Dippy (3:09)
  18. 18 There Is a Mountain (2:33)
  19. 19 Wear Your Love Like Heaven (2:24)
  20. 20 Oh Gosh (1:45)
  21. 21 The Tinker and the Crab (2:51)
  22. 22 Poor Cow (2:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hurdy Gurdy Man (2:39)
  2. 2 Jennifer Juniper (3:16)
  3. 3 Teen Angel (2:17)
  4. 4 Lalena (2:56)
  5. 5 To Susan on the West Coast Waiting (3:11)
  6. 6 Atlantis (5:00)
  7. 7 Barabajagal (Love Is Hot) (3:18)
  8. 8 Happiness Runs (3:24)
  9. 9 Celia of the Seals (2:59)
  10. 10 Riki Tiki Tavi (2:56)
  11. 11 Clara Clairvoyant (2:50)
  12. 12 Roots of Oak (5:03)
  13. 13 Riki Tiki Tavi (4:42)
  14. 14 Maria Magenta (2:11)
  15. 15 Cosmic Wheels (4:01)
  16. 16 I Like You (4:34)
  17. 17 Yellow Star (3:04)
  18. 18 Rock & Roll Souljer (3:49)
  19. 19 The Quest (3:30)
  20. 20 Age of Treason (4:20)
  21. 21 What the Soul Desires (2:34)
  22. 22 Dark-Eyed Blue Jean Angel (3:47)
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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
Ron 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
Steve Kilbey Composer
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must have for any folk-lover!!!!

    This CD is now one of my altime favorites. A Great addition to any Bob Dylan lover's collections. Donovan is this English Dylan

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