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« 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)


Donovan - Catch The Wind (Live, 1965) [Very Good(+) quality] .flv



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« Reply #1 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)


Donovan in Concert - Catch The Wind




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.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 05:16:12 AM »

Colours was another song he recorded in 1965...


Donovan - "Colours" (Original 1965 Single Version)


Donovan:Colours live in 1965 (Excellent quality)



Another great song showing his influence by Bob Dylan.
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« Reply #3 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

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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2013, 05:19:15 AM »

Hail Atlantis!


DONOVAN- ATLANTIS

1969


Post your favorite Donovan songs and any memories they conjure up.
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« Reply #5 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!
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« Reply #6 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.
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« Reply #7 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








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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2013, 03:26:42 AM »

Jennifer Juniper

Donovan 'Jennifer Juniper & Mellow Yellow ' Live in Concert 1968



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







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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2013, 02:36:59 PM »

Mellow Yellow

Donovan - Mellow Yellow

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.
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« Reply #10 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.
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Re: Donovan
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2013, 06:20:26 PM »

Donovan's greatest hits...



I would have loved to have been in this audience!
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« Reply #12 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.

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« Reply #13 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...


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« Reply #14 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.
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« Reply #15 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).






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« Reply #16 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!


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« Reply #17 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.   :)
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« Reply #18 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!

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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.
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Re: Donovan
« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2013, 02:22:37 AM »

Donovan does like colors...

http://youtu.be/Qz3BMG_tujs (Embedding disabled, limit reached)

This song is #3 for me, after "Catch the Wind" and "Jennifer Juniper".
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