Wednesday, April 20, 2022

VA - Hurdy Gurdy Songs, Words And Music By Donovan 1965 - 1971 [2021]

 

HURDY GURDY

VA - Hurdy Gurdy Songs, Words And Music By Donovan 1965 - 1971 [2021]

This Ace Records' popular Songwriters series is a kaleidoscopic trip into the craft of one of the most covered and influential artists of the 60's. The body of work he wrote and recorded during the golden period we celebrate on Hurdy Gurdy Songs has become one of the most critically and commercially successful of the era, and continues to attract new listeners and demand reappraisal; proof that Donovan, the psychedelic minstrel whose records colored the late 60's pop landscape, was one of a kind. A prolific writer, he gifted a number of songs to other artists: 'You Just Gotta Know My Mind' and 'Snakeskin' appear on our collection and serve to illustrate the widespread appeal of his material to female interpreters as diverse as Eartha Kitt, Peggy Lipton and Bridget St John. Donovan's whirlwind journey through the second half of the 60's left him beaten and bruised but the music he created, in which the eclectic influences of pop, spirituality, poetry, magic and the spirit of the age found their way into these unique and enduring songs, continues to thrill and beguile today. (Amazon)

A wonderful even revelatory set of Donovan covers that shines a light on truly how great and varied a songwriter and composer he is, with a dazzling array of artists mostly from the late sixties…

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Track lists


01 Hermans Hermits Museum 2:41

02 Terry Reid Superlungs 2:42

03 Tom Northcott Sunny Goodge Street 3:01

04 Bridget St John The Pebble And The Man 3:32

05 Standells Sunshine Superman 2:45

06 Eartha Kitt Hurdy Gurdy Man 2:35

07 Marianne Faithfull Young Girl Blues 3:38

08 Noel Harrison Poor Cow 2:58

09 Paul Jones Celeste 3:00

10 Lou Rawls Season Of The Witch 5:52

11 Big Jim Sullivan Translove Airways 2:10

12 Dana Gillespie You Just Gotta Know My Mind 2:08

13 Sandie Shaw Oh Gosh 1:44

14 Dandy There Is A Mountain 3:17

15 Gosdin Brothers Try And Catch The Wind 2:28

16 Sugar Shoppe Skip-A-Long Sam 3:02

17 Julie Felix Snakeskin 3:05

18 Keith Shields Hey Gyp 2:14

19 Gabor Szabo Three King Fishers 4:45

20 Bojoura Hampstead Incident 5:08

21 Peggy Lipton Wear Your Love Like Heaven 3:34

22 Sandpipers Jennifer Juniper 2:43

23 Joan Baez With Judy Collins And Mimi Farina Legend Of A Girl Child Linda 4:25

24 Deep Purple Lalena 5:04

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10 comments:

  1. thanks Donovan was so good as his songs

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    1. Hi doors97426,
      I have always liked Donovan. His songs are strong as evidenced by this set.

      Cheers.

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  2. I'm Excited to listen to this release. I previewed a few songs from online and the writing is on point. I need to read up more on this "Donovan". Curious to know what became of him in the later years.

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    1. Hi Kanthrax,
      Donovan is a very interesting character.
      I am sure you will want to explore his albums further.
      Here are some Donovan deep cuts I pulled together previously.
      https://butterboycompilations.blogspot.com/2019/11/donovan-tangerine-puppet-donovan-deep.html

      Cheers.

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  3. Thanks for this collection. I really look forward to listening to them all. Hope all is well with you and appreciate all you do to entertain us!

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    1. Thank you djmcblues2.
      That is very kind of you.
      Donovan's songs are great and when it is honoured by other artists you realise how good his really work is.
      Well wishes to you. Please stay safe and enjoy the music.

      Cheers.

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  4. Thanks for this, I've always enjoyed Donovan and thought he wrote excellent songs.

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    1. I'm with you all the way Bob Mac.
      I have periods where I don't here Donovan's work and when I hear it again i feel transformed. I fell in love with his Barabajagal album long ago and I think the Cosmic Wheels album is great too.

      Enjoy this set of covers.

      Cheers.

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  5. What, no Mountain Jam by the Allman Brothers? I guess it would have been a double CD then. Thanks for this!

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    1. Hi Vaughan,
      Good one!
      I have Donovan's "There Is a Mountain" in later volumes, very catchy.
      I didn't get into The Allman Brothers until later on. I don't know why but they re a great band. I like their Fillmore East rendition.

      Cheers.

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