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Long after his earliest material -- recorded for Pye and Hickory -- was remastered and reissued in several intriguing permutations, Donovan s Epic years had still received only cursory treatment (even while, ironically, the original records of many lesser artists were resurrected and lavished with attention). In 1999, the release of an expanded, remastered version of Donovan's Greatest Hits seemed to promise great things to come, though the label failed to follow through. The Essential Donovan merely reissues the superior Epic collection Donovan's Greatest Hits -- and actually removes one track, "Riki Tiki Tavi" -- in a new, chronological order. The music is obviously excellent, beginning with Donovan s wistful debut, "Catch the Wind," and progressing through his psychedelic pop hits of the late '60s, but Donovan's Greatest Hits presents the same material with perspective and a flair that this series compilation lacks. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

  Title Time
1 Catch The Wind 2:55
2 Colours 2:44
3 Sunshine Superman 7:13
4 Season Of The Witch 4:54
5 Mellow Yellow 3:40
6 Epistle To Dippy (Single Version) 5:10
7 There Is A Mountain (Single Version) 3:44
8 Wear Your Love Like Heaven 2:24
9 Jennifer Juniper (Single Version) 4:01
10 Hurdy Gurdy Man 3:19
11 Lalena 2:55
12 To Susan On The West Coast Waiting (Single Version) 5:11
13 Atlantis 4:57
14 Barabajagal 3:00
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Music, Albums, British Folk


Genre:  British Folk
Release Date:  March 30, 2004
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review by . December 23, 2008
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I purchased "The Essential Donovan" to replace my vinyl copy of "Donovan"s Greatest Hits" that was originally released in the U.S. back in 1969.  That collection had a couple of major flaws.  First, there were absolutely no liner notes offered.  More importantly,  two of Donovan's earliest hits namely "Catch The Wind" and "Colours" were re-recordings and not the original hits that appeared in the U.S. on Nashville's Hickory label.   …
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