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Title: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 23, 2013, 04:52:49 AM
Donovan Phillips Leitch, from Glasgow Scotland, burst on the scene here in 1965.  It was obvious he was influenced by Bob Dylan when I heard him sing Catch The Wind...


DONOVAN /// 1. Catch The Wind - (Catch The Wind) - (1965) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q2brlZxH_Q#ws)

Donovan - Catch The Wind (Live, 1965) [Very Good(+) quality] .flv (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKqoKDsOuHE#)


What a beautiful song!

Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 23, 2013, 05:14:40 AM
But I was even more impressed with the song when he re-recorded it in 1968...

Donovan - Catch The Wind (mellow version) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaFil3dXAkg#)

Donovan in Concert - Catch The Wind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-c9sr_qF8I#)



I remember sitting on the grass at college playing guitar for a girl I liked a lot.  I was too shy to tell her and anyway she was seeing someone else.  After a while, I played and sang Catch The Wind this way for her.  I was stunned by her reaction. 

It is, after all, a powerful song.
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 23, 2013, 05:16:12 AM
Colours was another song he recorded in 1965...


Donovan - "Colours" (Original 1965 Single Version) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGXafeBeZcY#)

Donovan:Colours live in 1965 (Excellent quality) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNJyt-54vOE#)


Another great song showing his influence by Bob Dylan.
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 23, 2013, 05:17:44 AM
But as he mellowed during the late 60s, he re-recorded it...

Donovan/Colors /Colours 1968 Epic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqkS5dVMbNc#)
1968
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 23, 2013, 05:19:15 AM
Hail Atlantis!


DONOVAN- ATLANTIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leI7sfmipuI#)
1969


Post your favorite Donovan songs and any memories they conjure up.
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Dcazz on October 24, 2013, 12:50:25 PM
I think Donavan's Greatest Hits was 2 or 3rd CD I bought. Always a staple and I always enjoy!
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: In My Life on October 27, 2013, 07:15:51 AM
Donovan Phillips Leitch, from Glasgow Scotland, burst on the scene here in 1965.  It was obvious he was influenced by Bob Dylan when I heard him sing Catch The Wind...

For years I thought that was a Dylan song. It was only when I discovered YouTube and looked for it that I realized my error. It is a beautiful song. It was the first ringtone I ever paid money for! Even more recently I finally figured out this line in the lyrics: Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind. I thought his words were directed at someone who loved him back and that together they could do anything, even catch the wind. Amazing how one little line can change the whole meaning of a song.
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 28, 2013, 03:18:29 AM
For years I thought that was a Dylan song. It was only when I discovered YouTube and looked for it that I realized my error. It is a beautiful song. It was the first ringtone I ever paid money for! Even more recently I finally figured out this line in the lyrics: Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind. I thought his words were directed at someone who loved him back and that together they could do anything, even catch the wind. Amazing how one little line can change the whole meaning of a song.


The lyrics to Catch The Wind aren't cryptic. 

Bob Dylan's One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) is an entirely different matter...


Bob Dylan- One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) 2010 Mono Recording (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o4fx5v2a3A#)



(http://i42.tinypic.com/2wdosw1.jpg)


(http://i42.tinypic.com/2l8da0.jpg)
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 28, 2013, 03:26:42 AM
Jennifer Juniper

Donovan 'Jennifer Juniper & Mellow Yellow ' Live in Concert 1968 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQxTlX9TKA0#)


Jennifer...Jennifer Boyd
Juniper...The name of Jennifer Boyd's boutique in London



(http://groupieblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/jenny-boyd-donvan-india.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Qepsj0OGN9Y/Sq10_PTBVnI/AAAAAAAAAHA/YiBVFERZ1Zk/s320/jenny+1.jpg)

Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 28, 2013, 02:36:59 PM
Mellow Yellow

Donovan - Mellow Yellow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWVJpimnUAc#)
1966

No, that's not Paul whispering "quite rightly."  It's Donovan.  But you can hear Paul in the background as one of the revellers.
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: In My Life on October 28, 2013, 06:18:40 PM
The lyrics to Catch The Wind aren't cryptic. 

Bob Dylan's One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) is an entirely different matter...


Cryptic indeed. He's the King of Cryptic but that's what I like about him. His music makes me think. But what a sad story Edie Sedgwick's life was, and not just the part with Bob Dylan.
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: In My Life on October 28, 2013, 06:20:26 PM
Donovan's greatest hits...

http://youtu.be/MNppAsmQ8qg (http://youtu.be/MNppAsmQ8qg)

I would have loved to have been in this audience!
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hombre_de_ningun_lugar on October 29, 2013, 04:18:01 AM
"Hurdy Gurdy Man" is my favorite Donovan's song, with a great Jimmy Page on guitar. I like all his hits from 1965 to 1970.

Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lKCUuyojDI#)
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 29, 2013, 04:48:59 AM
Cryptic indeed. He's the King of Cryptic but that's what I like about him. His music makes me think. But what a sad story Edie Sedgwick's life was, and not just the part with Bob Dylan.


It might have been Edie Sedgwick, Kelley.  I always figured Like A Rolling Stone and Positively 4th Street were about her.  But it might have been Joan Baez too.  "Your scarf it kept your mouth well hid."  Joan Baez, like Bob Dylan wore a scarf frequently in those days.

She still does today...


(http://assets.dnainfo.com/generated/photo/2011/11/1320960740.jpg/extralarge.jpg)
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: In My Life on October 29, 2013, 05:10:33 AM
^^^
Interesting. I think I did see a reference to that possibility. It was also mentioned that Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat was about Edie. I guess Bob's not telling.
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 30, 2013, 04:23:46 AM
I know I'm digressing from the topic here, but I had the chance to meet Al Kooper when I was taking blues guitar lessons with Ian Buchanan.  They were friends and he stopped over at Ian's appartment one night when I was in the middle of a lesson.  He sat patiently on a chair off in the corner during the lesson.  Ian introduced me to him after my lesson was over.  I'm glad he didn't tell me who he was when he first came in!

Al Kooper played those wonderful organ swirls you hear in One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later).



(http://media.soundonsound.com/sos/jan05/images/alkooper2withbob.l.jpg)


(http://www.jimmyvivino.com/images/19650725_Dylan.jpg)
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: In My Life on October 30, 2013, 04:34:58 AM
I know I'm digressing from the topic here, but I had the chance to meet Al Kooper when I was taking blues guitar lessons with Ian Buchanan.  They were friends and he stopped over at Ian's appartment one night when I was in the middle of a lesson.  He sat patiently on a chair off in the corner during the lesson.  Ian introduced me to him after my lesson was over.  I'm glad he didn't tell me who he was when he first came in!

Al Kooper played those wonderful organ swirls you hear in One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later).

Neat story, Barry. I'll bet Ian got as big a kick out of that as you did, just in a different way!


Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Hello Goodbye on October 30, 2013, 04:48:09 AM
I felt bad for Al Kooper, Kelley.  He had to sit and listen to me play guitar for 45 minutes!

"This is Barry," Ian said to Al Kooper, "he's going to be a doctor."  "That's good!" Al Kooper replied.   :)
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: In My Life on October 31, 2013, 02:14:32 AM
I felt bad for Al Kooper, Kelley.  He had to sit and listen to me play guitar for 45 minutes!

;D

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"This is Barry," Ian said to Al Kooper, "he's going to be a doctor."  "That's good!" Al Kooper replied.   :)

Ian liked working that into the conversation, didn't he? LOL Barry, I think your sense of humor was greatly influenced by your time with him.
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: In My Life on October 31, 2013, 02:22:37 AM
Donovan does like colors...

http://youtu.be/Qz3BMG_tujs (http://youtu.be/Qz3BMG_tujs)

This song is #3 for me, after "Catch the Wind" and "Jennifer Juniper".
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Moogmodule on December 18, 2013, 10:49:11 AM
I've loved Donovan's stuff since I was a teen. My fav Donovan song has to be:

Donovan - Sunny Goodge Street (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luxtMLNPZtk#)
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: tkitna on December 18, 2013, 05:14:41 PM
Donovan has always been a greatest hits artist to me. I've tried a few of his albums and they never grabbed me for some reason.

I do love this song though.
Donovan - Wear your love like heaven. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i0zq91Ocz0#)
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: In My Life on December 18, 2013, 06:02:17 PM
Donovan has always been a greatest hits artist to me. I've tried a few of his albums and they never grabbed me for some reason.

I do love this song though.
Wear your love like heaven

It is a great song Todd. It reminds me of a very peaceful few days a had a couple of years ago, staying at my late brother-in-law's beautiful house in the woods. It was just me, my German Shepherd and a lot of music. I heard this song for the first time in years and it stood out for me.
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: oldbrownshoe on December 18, 2013, 06:44:31 PM
I agree that 'Don' is an artist I listen to most for the 45s, but check out a song called 'Teas' which could easily have fitted in between the likes of 'Blackbird', 'Juila' or 'I Will' on the White Album. It's brilliant.
Title: Re: Donovan
Post by: Moogmodule on December 18, 2013, 09:36:28 PM
I agree that 'Don' is an artist I listen to most for the 45s..

I did buy a few of his original albums. Hurdy Gurdy Man, A Gift from a Flower to a Garden. The production on a lot never appealed. A Gift was a double album with one side for adults and one for kids. I always preferred the kids album. It was nice simple folk.

Sometimes his live versions were more appealing than the studio too. Celeste sounded mannered and stilted in its original form. But a live version I heard from a late 60s concert was lovely.