Donovan's Greatest Hits [Expanded Edition]

Donovan's Greatest Hits [Expanded Edition]

by Donovan


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Epic's Greatest Hits may not be a perfect collection -- for instance, it contains re-recordings of his earliest folk songs, "Catch the Wind" and "Colours," not the originals -- but for many casual fans, that may not matter since the remaining nine songs offer an excellent summary of his hit singles. And, as these songs prove, Donovan and producer Mickie Most could craft irresistible folk-rock and psychedelic pop singles. Some of the sounds and sentiments may sound a little dated, but the productions and the songs -- "Sunshine Superman," "Jennifer Juniper," "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," "Season of the Witch," "Mellow Yellow," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Epistle to Dippy," "There Is a Mountain," "Lalena" -- have proven to be classics of the era, and this is the best place to get them all on one collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/1999
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646573020
catalogNumber: 65730
Rank: 5928

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donovan   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harp,Vocals,Human Whistle,Tamboura
Jeff Beck   Electric Guitar
Jimmy Page   Electric Guitar
Ronnie Wood   Bass
Allan Holdsworth   Electric Guitar
Harold McNair   Flute
Madeline Bell   Background Vocals
John Cameron   Keyboards
Lesley Duncan   Background Vocals
Nicky Hopkins   Keyboards
Suzi Quatro   Background Vocals
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Strings
John Paul Jones   Bass
Cliff Barton   Electric Bass
John Bonham   Drums
Mike Carr   Vibes
Tony Carr   Percussion,Drums
Eric Ford   Electric Guitar
Spike Heatley   Bass
Eric Leese   Electric Guitar
Brian Locking   Bass
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Strings
Gabriel Mekler   Keyboards
Danny Moss   Horn
Tony Newman   Drums
Mike O'Neil   Keyboards
Bobby Orr   Drums
Mike Thomson   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Keith Webb   Drums
Danny Thompson   Bass
Clem Clatini   Drums
Bobby Ray   Bass
Jeff Beck Group   Group
James Gordon   Drums

Technical Credits

Donovan   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Peter Eden   Producer
Terry Kennedy   Producer
Mickie Most   Producer
Geoff Stephens   Producer
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Artwork
Carol Grobe   Reissue Design

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Donovan's Greatest Hits [Expanded Edition] 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album for Hurdy Gurdy Man. The wailing guitar and psychodelic vocals is mesmerizing. A friend of mine says Jimmy Page played guitar and John Paul Jones produced this song? Other songs on the album were fantastic. In order of my favorites: Hurdy Gurdy Man, Sunshine Superman, Season of the Witch, Jennifer Juniper, Wear Your Love Like Heaven, There is a Mountain, Jennifer Juniper. There's something for everybody in this mix. This is a very diverse collection that won't disappoint.
kryztofferbee More than 1 year ago
I bought this album on a whim, and suddenly I'm breaking my bank gobbling up Donovan's other work. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's an eclectic, life-affirming wonderland. It has so many different moods: from the wicked beat of "Season of the Witch" to the plaintive echoes of "Lalena" to the folky beauty of "Catch the Wind" and "Colours" to the psychedelic marvel of "Sunshine Superman" and the Zen wackiness of "There is a Mountain." Be careful. If you buy this album, you are gonna want more. I hope he's still alive and making music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolute BRILLIANT mix of rock, folk, jazz, & psychedelica!!! Extremely creative arrangements, yet very catchy and popish. The songwriting is unsurpassed, but the most impressive aspect is the collaboration of various instrumentation, including horns, harpsicord, violin, and guitar. Paul McCartney sings back up on Mellow Yellow, and Jimmy Page (later, the guitarist for Led Zeppelin) appears on Hurdy Gurdy Man. CLEARLY THE MOST UNDER-RATED ARTIST OF THE SIXTIES!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As great as this collection is, Why is the "sgt pepper" of Donovan Leitch never mentioned? If you can find it, GET "OPEN ROAD",(released 1970), It's Unbelievable! It's avlable on the Repertoire CD lable if you can find it. P.S. Exelent sound Quality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donovan was certainly one of the most eclectic artists of the Sixties. A melting pot of Celtic, Blues, Folk, R & B, and Pop, the songs sound far better today than when they got scant radio play in the Sixties. Music to match any mood from the sublime folkiness of Catch The Wind, to the popish sounds of Sixties hits Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow, to the hard-rockish Goo Goo Barabajagal and Hurdy Gurdy Man, the lovely ballads Jennifer Juniper and Wear Your Love Like Heaven, the Reggaeish There is a Mountain and the very strange Atlantis and Epistle to Dippy. A great range of Sixties classics, check out the expanded Greatest Hits, it will be in your player for a couple of solid weeks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago