* Donovan Discography *

last updated: 23rd October 1998

compiled and maintained by John McIver
this file is (c) John McIver 1995-1998
please send any corrections/additions to john@sabotage.demon.co.uk


Sunshine Superman

[43:00]
U.S.: r. September 1966
Billboard - c. 15th October 1966 - #11 - 29 weeks ???
Cash Box - #12 - 16 weeks ???
Record World - #5 - 17 weeks ???
lp - Epic LN 24217 / (M)
lp - Epic BN 26217 / (S)
cd - Epic EK 26217 (U.S.) / (M?)
cd - Epic 474602 2 (France - Mr. Collector Sony Europe)
cd - Disc 1 (83086 8 2) of 4 CD box, Four Donovan Originals (EMI 7243 8 30867 2 6 - U.K. - r. 24th October 1994) / (M)

I:

  1. Sunshine Superman (Version I) [3:14]
  2. Legend of A Girl Child Linda [6:53]
  3. Three King Fishers [3:14]
  4. Ferris Wheel [4:14]
  5. Bert's Blues [3:58]
II:
  1. Season of The Witch [4:57]
  2. The Trip [4:33]
  3. Guinevere [3:38]
  4. The Fat Angel [4:11]
  5. Celeste [4:08]
Ferris Wheel eventually appeared in the U.K. in December 1990 on
The Collection but the U.K. had to wait for Four Donovan Originals before hearing the studio version of The Fat Angel (if you don't count ordering anything on import).

On the back cover: "dedicated to the bearer of the eastern gift."


Mellow Yellow

[34:13]
U.S.: r. March 1967
Billboard - c. 11th March 1967 - #14 - 21 weeks ???
Cash Box - #12 - 13 weeks ???
Record World - #11 - 14 weeks ???
lp - Epic LN 24239 / (M)
lp - Epic BN 26239 / (S)
lp - Columbia Limited Edition LE 10184 (r. January 1971) / (S)
CD - Epic EPC 474605-2 (France - Mr. Collector Sony Europe) / (M) (r. October 1993)
cd - Disc 2 (83087 0 2) of 4 CD box, Four Donovan Originals (EMI 7243 8 30867 2 6 - U.K. - r. 24th October 1994) / (M)

1:

  1. Mellow Yellow [3:43] (3:47)
  2. Writer In The Sun [4:30] (4:33)
  3. Sand and Foam [3:18] (3:19)
  4. The Observation [2:23] (2:23)
  5. Bleak City Woman [2:25] (2:24)
2:
  1. House of Jansch [2:40] (2:43)
  2. Young Girl Blues [3:49] (3:45)
  3. Museum [2:57] (2:54)
  4. Hampstead Incident [4:41] (4:41)
  5. Sunny South Kensington [3:47] (3:48)
Museum and Sunny South Kensington finally surfaced in the U.K. in December 1990 on
The Collection and House of Jansch popped up in February 1991 on The Trip but the U.K. had to wait for Four Donovan Originals before obtaining Bleak City Woman (if you don't count ordering anything on import).


Sunshine Superman
(U.K. Version)

territory: U.K.
release date: June 1967
label: Pye Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - NPL 18181   mono ???
chart info:
8th July 1967 - #25 - 7 weeks ???

duration: 48.39 ???
producer(s): Mickie Most
comment: compilation of U.S. albums Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow

CD re-issue: U.K.; February 1991; Beat Goes On Records; BGOCD 68 [LP - BGOLP 68 - del] [MC - BGOMC 68 - del]

Side 1

  1. Sunshine Superman (Version I)
  2. Legend of a Girl Child Linda
  3. The Observation
  4. Guinevere (Version I)
  5. Celeste (Version I)
  6. Writer in the Sun (Version I)
Side 2
  1. Season of the Witch (Version I)
  2. Hampstead Incident
  3. Sand and Foam
  4. Young Girl Blues (Version I)
  5. Three Kingfishers
  6. Bert's Blues
Commentary

Because of the delay in releasing Donovan's albums in the U.K., in order to keep up with his new work, the American albums Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow were condensed into a single compilation.

U.K. fans missed out on three songs from the proper Sunshine Superman release: Ferris Wheel, The Trip (although this was released as the B-side to the Sunshine Superman single) and the studio version of The Fat Angel (a live version was issued on Donovan in Concert. They also were denied five songs from Mellow Yellow: Mellow Yellow (although this was released as a single), Bleak City Woman, House of Jansch, Museum and Sunny South Kensington.

I do not regard this as part of the official canon because there's nothing on this you can't have if you own the U.S. albums. The only items of real worth on the U.K. version is the superb artwork by Mick Taylor and Sheena McCall and the little poem by Donovan.

The six missing tracks could've easily been slipped out on a special EP, with one on the B-side of There is a Mountain (replacing Sand and Foam which was released on this album). I don't really understand why Pye used old material on their dull EP releases instead of using songs already in the can that had not been heard by the U.K. public. At least the album was pretty long for those days - twelve cuts amounting to around forty-eight minutes was quite generous.

The front cover is mainly white, with a cool cartoon drawing of lots of characters. Some are from the songs, some from popular comics - Superman, Batman and Spiderman are all in there - and quite a few are from myths, legends and children's books like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The animals and people are arranged to make a big S, forming the initial letter of both words of the name of the album.

The back cover is green, with a large yellow and black `Sunshine Superman' logo, a poem: I thank the Queen of Living Things and some credits (where the songs on the album are charmingly referred to as sonnets).

Errors

Details for Collectors

Blue label with black text
Pye Records logo

Record: NPL.18181
Side 1: NPL.18181-A
  runout groove on my copy: NPL 18181A-1 (triangle)F   and   AD   and   KT
Side 2: NPL.18181-B
  runout groove on my copy: NPL 18181B-1 (triangle)F   and   KT   and   AM   and   I (with the last two diametrically opposite each other)

Discrepancies


Wear Your Love Like Heaven

('23:55')
U.S.: r. December 1967
Billboard - 30th December 1967 - #60 - 15 weeks ???
Cash Box - #57 - 9 weeks ???
Record World - #54 - 11 weeks ???
lp - Epic LN 24349 / (M)
lp - Epic BN 26349 / (S)
lp - BN S-26349 (Dutch) / (S?)
cd - Part one of A Gift From A Flower To A Garden

1:

  1. Wear Your Love Like Heaven (2:26)
  2. Mad John's Escape (2:16)
  3. Skip-A-Long Sam (2:23)
  4. Sun (3:14)
  5. There Was A Time (1:59)
2:
  1. Oh Gosh (1:52)
  2. Little Boy In Corduroy (2:34)
  3. Under The Greenwood Tree (1:55) [words: William Shakespeare/music: Leitch]
  4. The Land of Doesn't Have To Be (2:33)
  5. Someone Singing (2:44)
In the U.S., Epic Records insisted that the proposed box set, A Gift From A Flower To A Garden was also released as two separate albums. Neither single one did particulary well as people preferred the nifty box with the beautiful lithographs.

Wear Your Love Like Heaven - the first record - was a particular dodgy buy because two of the songs had just been released as a single to support the album, leaving just under twenty minutes of new material.


For Little Ones

('36:14')
U.S.: r. December 1967
Billboard - 6th January 1968 - #185 - 3 weeks ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???
lp - Epic LN 24350 / (M)
lp - Epic BN 26350 / (S)
lp - BN S-26350 (Dutch) / (S?)
cd - Part two of A Gift From A Flower To A Garden

1:

  1. Song of The Naturalist's Wife (2:52)
  2. The Enchanted Gypsy (3:19)
  3. Voyage Into The Golden Screen (3:13)
  4. Isle of Islay (2:21)
  5. The Mandolin Man and His Secret (3:30)
  6. Lay of The Last Tinker (1:47)
2:
  1. The Tinker and The Crab (2:52)
  2. Widow With Shawl (A Portrait) (2:59)
  3. The Lullaby of Spring (3:24)
  4. The Magpie (1:29)
  5. Starfish-On-The-Toast (2:43)
  6. Epistle To Derroll (5:45)
For Little Ones was the second record of A Gift From A Flower To A Garden and really belongs there, not as a separate album.


A Gift from a Flower to a Garden

territory: U.K.
release date: 16th April 1968 ???
label: Pye Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - NPL 20000   mono
LP - NSPL 20000   stereo
chart info:
11th May 1968 - #13 - 14 weeks ???

territory: U.S.
release date: December 1967 ???
label: Epic Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - L2N 6071   mono
LP - B2N 171   stereo
chart info:
Billboard - 27th January 1968 - #19 - 22 weeks ???
Cash Box - #15 - 15 weeks ???
Record World - #19 - 14 weeks ???

duration: 59.24 ???
producer(s): Mickie Most
comment: Donovan's 5th studio album

Side 1

  1. Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Version I) (2.26)
  2. Mad John's Escape (2.16)
  3. Skip-a-long Sam (2.23)
  4. Sun (3.13)
  5. There was a Time (1.59)
Side 2
  1. Oh Gosh (1.42)
  2. Little Boy in Corduroy (2.33)
  3. Under the Greenwood Tree (1.53)
    [words by William Shakespeare/music by Donovan Leitch]
  4. The Land of Doesn't Have to be (2.32)
  5. Someone Singing (2.44)
Side 3
  1. Song of the Naturalist's Wife (2.50)
  2. The Enchanted Gypsy (3.15)
  3. Voyage into the Golden Screen (3.10)
  4. Isle of Islay (Version I) (2.20)
  5. The Mandolin Man and his Secret (3.28)
  6. Lay of the Last Tinker (1.45)
Side 4
  1. The Tinker and the Crab (2.50)
  2. Widow with Shawl (A Portrait) (Version I) (2.57)
  3. The Lullaby of Spring (Version I) (3.22)
  4. The Magpie (1.26)
  5. Starfish-on-the-toast (2.38)
  6. Epistle to Derroll (5.42)
Timings are from the inside of the U.K. issue box and any subsequent observations may only be relevant to the U.K. issue of the album.

Commentary

A masterpiece, considered by many to be Donovan's finest hour.

The double album comes in a dark blue two-pieced box. The front cover has a lilac cover with a multi-coloured picture of Donovan standing on the coast amongst the rushes, adorned in livery, clutching at a bouquet of peacock feathers. On the inside of the front box are the lyrics to the first album printed on a light green background, and a poem from Donovan: Oh, what a Dawn Youth is Rising to.

From this we learn the meaning of the title of the album. The `gift' is the album, more specifically the message of love intertwined between the lines of the songs and melody. Donovan himself is the `flower' and is presenting his latest work to all the other flowers - the people of the world - who make up the `garden'.

The inside of the back box has a murky green-brown background and a picture of Donovan sitting in a boat on a lilly covered river. Around the photograph are drawings of children playing and the title `For Little Ones'. The back of the set has another photo, this time of Donovan and the Maharishi sitting, holding hands. The caption reads: `His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Author'.

Included inside is an orange folder containing twelve inserts for the twelve songs on the second record. Each is a slightly different colour and has the lyrics with a drawing illustrating the song. Every one is a beautiful interpretation of Don's poetry. You can see them in miniature form here.

The illustrations are by Mick Taylor and Sheena McCall and the photographic design is by Karl Ferris, all under the art direction of Sid Maurer. Ashley Kozak served as executive producer.

(See also CD re-issue notes.)

Errors

Discrepancies Details for Collectors

Blue box set in separate halves with lyric inserts
Light blue label with black text
Pye Records logo

First record: NPL 20000/1
Side 1: NPL 20000-A
  runout groove on my copy: NPL20000A-1*G   and   KT   and   I
Side 2: NPL 20000-B
  runout groove on my copy: NPL20000B-1*G   and   KT   and   R   and 1
  (with the last two diametrically opposite each other)
Second record: NPL 20000/2
Side 1: NPL 20000-C
  runout groove on my copy: NSPL 20000C-1*G (with the S totally scribbled out)   and   KT   and   O   and   2
  (with the last two diametrically opposite each other)
Side 2: NPL 20000-D
  runout groove on my copy: NPL 20000D-1*G   and   KT   and   U   and   1
  (with the last two diametrically opposite each other)


Donovan In Concert

(55:00)
U.S.: r. August 1968
Billboard - c. 10th August 1968 - #18 - 31 weeks ???
Cash Box - #13 - 19 weeks ???
Record World - #8 - 20 weeks ???
lp - Epic BN 26386 / (S)
U.K.: r. September/December? 1968
lp - Pye NPL 18237 / (M)
lp - Pye NSPL 18237 / (S)
did not chart ???
CD - Beat Goes On Records BGOCD 90 (U.K. - r. December 1990/May 1991?)
LP - Beat Goes On Records BGOLP 90
MC - Beat Goes On Records BGOMC 90
the tape is deleted

I:

  1. Isle of Islay (4:21)
  2. Young Girl Blues (6:09)
  3. There Is A Mountain (3:04)
  4. Poor Cow (3:28)
    a.k.a. Poor Love
  5. Celeste (5:15)
  6. The Fat Angel (3:24)
  7. Guinevere (2:42)
II:
  1. Widow With Shawl (A Portrait) (3:34)
    listed on the original stereo UK record label as Widow With A Shawl (A Portrait)
  2. Preachin' Love (5:03)
  3. The Lullaby of Spring (3:08)
  4. Writer In The Sun (4:30)
  5. Pebble and The Man (3:10)
  6. Rules and Regulations (2:54)
  7. Mellow Yellow (4:18)
Donovan's first live album, recorded Friday 23rd September 1967 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Donovan tells us Poor Cow is actually called Poor Love because it was when the performance was recorded but by the time this record was released, it had appeared in its studio version as Poor Cow on the B-side of Jennifer Juniper. Pebble and The Man would later be re-worked as Happiness Runs, and this version features some interesting lyric differences.

The special track is the previously unheard Rules and Regulations which would not pop up on any other legal release. The album was very long for its time (only Dylan was releasing LPs as lengthy).

Isle of Islay has a spoken introduction by someone quite silly really who tries to set the mood by telling a gorgeous (or incredibly daft, depending on your view) anecdote about Donovan and rain. He then introduces Don's father who finally gets round to starting the concert.

I love the new arrangement of Young Girl Blues and revel in the solos on Preachin' Love. The complete album is very mellow.


The Hurdy Gurdy Man

[34:33]
U.S.: r. October/November? 1968
Billboard - c. 16th November 1968 - #20 - 20 weeks ???
Cash Box - #18 - 17 weeks ???
Record World - #14 - 17 weeks ???
lp - Epic BN 26420 / (S)
CD - Epic EK 26420 (U.S.) / (S)
cd - Epic 467064 2 (France - Mr. Collector Sony Europe)
cd - Disc 3 (83086 9 2) of 4 CD box, Four Donovan Originals (EMI 7243 8 30867 2 6 - U.K. - r. 24th October 1994) / (S)

I:

  1. Hurdy Gurdy Man [3:13] (3:13)
  2. Peregrine [3:37] (3:34)
  3. The Entertaining of A Shy Girl [1:39] (1:39)
  4. As I Recall It [2:07] (2:06)
  5. Get Thy Bearings [2:49] (2:46)
  6. Hi It's Been A Long Time [2:33] (2:32)
  7. West Indian Lady [2:17] (2:14)
II:
  1. Jennifer Juniper [2:40] (2:40)
  2. The River Song [2:14] (2:14)
  3. Tangier [4:12] (4:09)
  4. A Sunny Day [1:55] (1:52)
  5. The Sun Is A Very Magic Fellow [2:45] (2:42)
  6. Teas [2:32] (2:29)
For some unexplained reason, this album was not issued in the U.K. This time the British fans missed out on everything apart from Hurdy Gurdy Man and Jennifer Juniper which were both released as singles.

Hi It's Been A Long Time eventually surfaced in December 1990 on The Collection and The Entertaining of A Shy Girl and As I Recall It finally appeared in February 1991 on The Trip but the U.K. had to wait for Four Donovan Originals before getting the rest (if you don't count ordering anything on import).


Donovan's Greatest Hits

(39:10)
U.S.: r. March 1969 ??? (re-issued 1973 and September 1979 on CBS-Embassy)
Billboard - c. 1st March 1969 - #4 - 56 weeks ???
Cash Box - #4 - 45 weeks ???
Record World - #3 - 45 weeks ???
lp - Epic BXN 26439
lp - Epic PE 26439
U.K.: r. March 1969 ??? Pye NPL 18283 / (M)
lp - Pye NSPL 18283 / (S)
did not chart ???
cd - Epic EK 26439 (maybe Epic CB 26439 ???) (U.S.) (r. August 1990?)
{stereo except for Epistle to Dippy and Mellow Yellow}
cd - Epic EPC 450601 2 (r. August 1990) / (S) / deleted

    1:
  1. Epistle To Dippy (3:09)
  2. Sunshine Superman (Version III) (4:31)
  3. There Is A Mountain (2:33)
  4. Jennifer Juniper (2:40)
  5. Wear Your Love Like Heaven (2:23)
  6. Season of The Witch (4:54)
2:
  1. Mellow Yellow (3:38)
  2. Colours (Version III) (4:10)
  3. Hurdy Gurdy Man (3:16)
  4. Catch The Wind (Version III) (5:02)
  5. Laleņa (2:54)

Barabajagal

[33:42]
U.S.: r. September/11th August? 1969
Billboard - c. 11th October 1969 - #23 - 24 weeks ???
Cash Box - #24 - 9 weeks ???
Record World - #21 - 12 weeks ???
lp - Epic BN 26481 / (S)
cd - Epic EK 26481 (U.S.) / (S)
CD - Epic 474601 2 (France - Mr. Collector Sony Europe) / (S) (r. October 1993)
cd - Disc 4 (83087 1 2) of 4 CD box, Four Donovan Originals (EMI 7243 8 30867 2 6 - U.K. - r. 24th October 1994) / (S)

1:

  1. Barabajagal [3:23] (3:18)
    (with The Jeff Beck Group, Lesley and Madeleine)
  2. Superlungs My Supergirl [2:38] (2:39)
  3. Where Is She [2:47] (2:46)
  4. Happiness Runs [3:25] (3:24)
    a.k.a. Pebble and The Man
  5. I Love My Shirt [3:17] (3:17)
2:
  1. The Love Song [3:14] (3:13)
  2. To Susan On The West Coast Waiting [3:11] (3:12)
  3. Atlantis [4:59] (5:00)
  4. Trudi [2:23] (2:24)
    (with The Jeff Beck Group, Lesley and Madeleine)
  5. Pamela Jo [4:25] (4:25)
Produced by Mickie Most
A Mickie Most Production
Photography: Sid Maurer
Design: Donovan and Sid
at the "Cottage", England
Original includes a flyer, 'Donovan's Isle', for a quarterly Newsletter magazine.


Open Road

territory: U.K.
release date: August/September? 1970
label: Dawn Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - DNLS 3009   stereo
chart info:
12th September 1970 - #30 - 4 weeks ???

territory: U.S.
release date: 1970 ???
label: Epic Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - E 30125 ???
chart info:
Billboard - 25th July 1970 - #16 - 19 weeks ???
Cash Box - #14 - 12 weeks ???
Record World - #7 - 13 weeks ???

duration: 42.19 ???
producer(s): Donovan Leitch
comment: Donovan's 8th studio album

Side 1

  1. Changes (2.53)
  2. Song for John (2.50)
  3. Curry Land (4.43)
  4. Joe Bean's Theme (3.45)
  5. People Used To (3.45)
  6. Celtic Rock (3.45)
Side 2
  1. Riki Tiki Tavi (Version I) (2.50)
  2. Clara Clairvoyant (2.43)
  3. Roots of Oak (4.55)
  4. Season of Farewell (3.22)
  5. Poke at the Pope (2.45)
  6. New Year's Resovolution (4.45)
Timings are from the U.K. issue record label and any subsequent observations may only be relevant to the U.K. issue of the album.

Commentary

The gatefold album cover opens up to show a long picture of Open Road: John Carr, Donovan Leitch and Mike Thomson from left to right. It's not the most flattering picture you could take. The names of the members are printed in orange typewriter face underneath each of them and a drawing of a sun rising (drawn by Donovan?) is positioned in the bottom right hand corner of the front cover.

The back has the title of the album fancifully drawn in brown and the track listing appears below this. The inside of the gatefold cover is a dark green and the lyrics to the songs are typed, with some pictures of additional players and session information on the far right hand side.

Littered throughout the lyrics to this album, are little messages, probably from Donovan himself. They appear after the song titles, so presumably are meant to be notes to accompany the songs.

Maybe this is Donovan saying that he doesn't know if the band is going to work out or not, but he was willing to give it a go anyway. See the song listing for
Ye Sons of Britain. Does this explain when the inspiration came to Donovan to write this song?

The photography is by David Mills, and the art and design by Sid Maurer. Curiously, the U.K. record labels bear the credit `An Open Road Production' and on the inside cover - `Open Road Production'.

This album has not been re-issued on CD, so at the moment, the only tracks that are available on CD are Changes, Song for John, Riki Tiki Tavi, Clara Clairvoyant and Roots of Oak. The first two on The Collection (now deleted) and the last three on Troubadour.

Errors

Details for Collectors

Gatefold sleeve
Red-orange label with black text
Dawn Records logo

Record: DNLS 3009
Side 1: DNLS.3009-A
  runout groove on my copy: DNLS 3009 - A1   and   A   and   1
  (with the second two diametrically opposite each other)
Side 2: DNLS.3009-B
  runout groove on my copy: DNLS 3009 - B1   and   A   and   1
  (with the second two diametrically opposite each other)


H.M.S. Donovan

territory: U.K.
release date: July 1971
label: Dawn Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - DNLD? 4001   stereo
CD - Beat Goes On Records BGOCD372 (r. 12th January 1998)
chart info:
did not chart ???

duration: 74.10 ???
producer(s): Donovan (except Homesickness - Mickie Most and Donovan)
comment: Donovan's 9th studio album - not released in any other territory

Side 1

  1. The Walrus and the Carpenter (8.34)
    [poem by Lewis Carroll/music by Donovan Leitch]
  2. Jabberwocky (2.38)
    [poem by Lewis Carroll/music by Donovan Leitch]
  3. The Seller of Stars (2.58)
    [poem by Thora Stowell/music by Donovan Leitch]
  4. Lost Time (2.30)
    [poem by Ffrida Wolfe/music by Donovan Leitch]
  5. The Little White Road (2.40)
    [poem by Thora Stowell/music by Donovan Leitch]
  6. The Star (1.38)
    [poem: anon./music by Donovan Leitch]
Side 2
  1. Coulter's Candy (1.41)
    [poem: anon./music by Donovan Leitch]
  2. The Road (1.00)
    [poem by Lucy Diamond/music by Donovan Leitch]
  3. Things to Wear (1.05)
    [poem by Agnes Grozier Herbertson/music by Donovan Leitch]
  4. The Owl and the Pussy-cat (2.21)
    [poem by Edward Lear/music by Donovan Leitch]
  5. Homesickness (2.28)
  6. Fishes in Love (1.00)
  7. Mr. Wind (2.39)
  8. Wynken Blynken and Nod (2.17)
    [poem by Eugene Field/music by Donovan Leitch]
Side 3
  1. Celia of the Seals (3.00)
  2. The Pee Song (2.06)
  3. The Voyage of the Moon (5.14)
  4. The Unicorn (0.50)
  5. Lord of the Dance (3.36)
    [words and music by Sydney Carter]
  6. Little Ben (1.39)
  7. Can Ye Dance (1.29)
Side 4
  1. In an Old Fashioned Picture Book (3.10)
  2. The Song of Wandering Aengus (4.41)
    [poem by W.B. Yeats/music by Donovan Leitch]
  3. A Funny Man (1.40)
    [poem by Natalie Joan/music by Donovan Leitch]
  4. Lord of the Reedy River (1.33)
  5. Henry Martin (5.08)
    [adapted and arranged by Donovan Leitch]
  6. Queen Mab (2.15)
    [poem by Thomas Hood/music arranged by Donovan Leitch]
  7. La Moora (2.20)
Timings are from the inside record cover and record labels.

Commentary

The record cover and spine list the album as HMS DONOVAN but the record label and inside cover list it as H.M.S. DONOVAN. I have chosen the latter because HMS is an abbreviation and is correctly punctuated with full stops.

The artwork for this album is amazing, second place only to the artwork for A Gift from a Flower to a Garden. (Once again, the art direction is by Sid Maurer). The album credits Patrick with the paintings (his signature appears on the bottom right hand side of the front cover and on the book Don is reading). Patrick's painting wraps around onto the back cover and the entire picture would make an excellent poster.

The front cover has a picture of Donovan dressed in a traditional sailor's outfit with an open book (presumably the old fashioned picture book mentioned in the song) on his lap. He's sitting in a garden and around him are various characters from the songs on the album: the walrus and the carpenter, the unicorn, a jar of stars (The Seller of Stars), a fairy in the grass (Things to Wear), Mr. Wind, Wynken, Blynken and Nod, what I think is meant to be the Jabberwock, a girl hugging a swan (Lord of the Reedy River), a baby falling asleep (La Moora), a boy holding a watch (Lost Time), a single star in the sky (The Star), a mermaid holding a baby (Celia of the Seals?), the owl and the pussycat and the moon (The Voyage of the Moon).

The songs that I don't think are represented are The Little White Road, Coulter's Candy, The Road, Homesickness, Fishes in Love, The Pee Song, Lord of the Dance, Little Ben, Can Ye Dance, The Song of Wandering Aengus, A Funny Man, Henry Martin and Queen Mab but I may have missed some.

On the inside cover is a picture of eight children running with cats, dogs and rabbits, with streamers and a bird trailing behind them. This is reflected down the spine to form a mirror image. The left side has two short poems by Donovan, where did we lose the way to do nothing? and once upon a tiny time.

Homesickness sounds out of place - an electric rocker on an otherwise mainly acoustic album. Maybe it's an out-take from previous sessions. The fact that it was produced by Mickie Most and Donovan lends support to this theory.

Errors

Discrepancies Miscellaneous Details for Collectors

Gatefold sleeve with poster
The record labels are light purple with black text. On my copy, the fourth side is more of a light pink. Whether this is a result of a careless collector leaving that side face up in the sun, I do not know
Dawn Records logo

First record: DNLD.4001-1
Side 1: DNLD.4001-A
  runout groove on my copy: DNLD 4001A-1 *T   and   AF
Side 2: DNLD.4001-B
  runout groove on my copy: DNLD 4001B-1 *T   and   AI
Second record: DNLD.4001-2
Side 3: DNLD.4001-C
  runout groove on my copy: DNLD 4001C-1 *T   and   AF
Side 4: DNLD.4001-D
  runout groove on my copy: DNLD 4001D-1 *T   and   AA


Cosmic Wheels

(37:56)
U.K.: r. February/March? 1973
c. 24th March 1973 - #15 - 12 weeks ???
lp - Epic S?EPC 65450
U.S.: r. March 1973
Billboard - c. 5th May 1973 - #25 - 20 weeks ???
Cash Box - #13 - 20 weeks ???
Record World - #21 - 22 weeks ???
lp - Epic KE 32156
CD - Epic/Rewind 477378 2 / (S) (r. 15th August 1994)

1:

  1. Cosmic Wheels (4:02)
  2. Earth Sign Man (3:56)
  3. Sleep (3:48)
  4. Maria Magenta (2:12)
  5. Wild Witch Lady (4:27)
2:
  1. The Music Makers (4:28)
  2. The Intergalactic Laxative (2:49)
  3. I Like You (5:18)
  4. Only The Blues (3:13)
  5. Appearances (3:44)

Live In Japan: Spring Tour 1973

Japan: r. 1973
lp - Epic ECPM 25

A:

  1. The Hurdy Gurdy Man {3.17}
  2. Only The Blues {3.20}
  3. Sadness {3.04}
    the time on the insert is {3.40}
  4. A Working Man {3.07}
  5. Your Broken Heart (3.42}
  6. The Universal Soldier {2.48}
  7. The Dignity of Man {4.45}
B:
  1. Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) {2.26}
  2. Tinker Tune {2.47}
  3. Living For The Love Light {2.53}
  4. Josie {3.21}
  5. Sailing Homeward {3.23}
  6. The Ferryman's Daughter {2.38}
  7. Life Is A Merry Go Round {3.52}
The times are from the cover. The album was recorded on 25th and 26th March 1973 in Osaka, Japan.

Released in Japan only. First appearance of the George Harrison authored verse to Hurdy Gurdy Man. The cuts Tinker Tune, A Working Man and The Ferryman's Daughter are unique to Donovan's legal releases. Sound quality and performance is superb on these acoustic only tracks.

It's just Donovan with his guitar, but the echo effects of the stadium and the energy of the music, is just amazing. The record has always been quite rare and is now virtually impossible to find.

The cover has a photo of Don sitting cross legged with his half moon guitar, as does the inside of the gatefold cover. Inside, there are two inserts: one with Japanese and English lyrics, the other is a single sided sheet in Japanese with what liiks like an essay entitled "I DREAMED I SAW MR. D" and an interview that makes mention of H.M.S. Donovan a few times. There is a short message from Don on the lyric sheet - Dear Japaneasy friends.


Essence to Essence

territory: U.K.
release date: November/December? 1973
label: Epic Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - S?EPC 69050   stereo
CD - Epic/Rewind 489443 2 (r. 26th January 1998)
chart info:
did not chart ???

territory: U.S.
release date: December 1973 ???
label: Epic Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - KE 32800   stereo ???
chart info:
Billboard - 2nd February 1974 - #174 - 5 weeks ???
Cash Box - #80 - 7 weeks ???
Record World - #101 - 6 weeks ???

duration: 42.24 ???
producer(s): Andrew Oldham and Donovan
comment: Donovan's 11th studio album

Side 1

  1. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (3.28)
  2. Lazy Daze (4.43)
  3. Life Goes On (2.37)
  4. There is an Ocean (4.49)
  5. Dignity of Man (Version II) (5.19)
Side 2
  1. Yellow Star (3.07)
  2. Divine Daze of Deathless Delight (4.00)
  3. Boy for Every Girl (Version I) (4.15)
  4. Saint Valentine's Angel (3.57)
  5. Life is a Merry-go-round (Version II) (3.13)
  6. Sailing Homeward (Version II) (2.56)
Timings are from the U.K. issue record label and any subsequent observations may only be relevant to the U.K. issue of the album.

Commentary

The record cover is totally white except for the title (with the S's in Essence tilted forward) and a single picture of Donovan kneeling dressed in white robes. The inside of the album shows two more pictures of Donovan in different positions with a final one on the back cover. So if you progress from front to back it gives the impression of Donovan giving you a little bow.

On the back cover are the song titles and above Don's head are the first nine lines from Dignity of Man.

On the lyric sheet, the songs are listed in the following order: Yellow Star, Divine Daze of Deathless Delight, Dignity of Man, Sailing Homeward, Boy for Every Girl, Life is a Merry-go-round, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, There is an Ocean , Life Goes On, Lazy Daze, Saint Valentine's Angel. Is this the order that the songs were recorded in?

The cover art direction and design were by John Kosh and Donovan, with photographs created by Tony Evans. The last line on the insert is presumably a little message from Donovan: `Humble appreciation to all my brothers in music who played on these songs'.

Discrepancies

Miscellaneous Details for Collectors

Insert
Gatefold sleeve
Yellow label with black text
Epic Records logo

The record sleeve is titled The Inner Sleeve (UK POP1) and has an advert for Cosmic Wheels amongst albums by other artists like Johnny Nash, Scott Walker, Mott The Hoople and Al Stewart.

There is a one page insert of lyrics, session players information and production credits.

Record: S EPC 69050
Side 1: S EPC 69050 A
  runout groove on my 1st copy: EPC A 69050 A1   and   AL-32800   and   STERLING RL   and   a tiny therefore sign (three dots)
  runout groove on my 2nd copy: EPC A 69050 A2   and   AL-32800   and   STERLING RL   and   four tiny scratches in two pairs adjacent to each other   and   a tiny therefore sign (three dots)
Side 2: S EPC 69050 B
  runout groove on my 1st copy: EPC S 69050 B2   and   BL-32800   and   STERLING RL   and   two tiny scratches; and   a tiny therefore sign (three dots)
  runout groove on my 2nd copy: EPC S 69050 B1   and   BL-32800   and   STERLING RL   and   four scratches in two pairs on different sides of the record


7-Tease

territory: U.K.
release date: January 1975
label: Epic Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - S?EPC 69104   stereo
chart info:
did not chart ???

territory: U.S.
release date: November 1974 ???
label: Epic Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - PE 33245   stereo ???
chart info:
Billboard - 14th December 1974 - #135 - 6 weeks ???
Cash Box - #143 - 7 weeks ???
Record World - did not chart ???

duration: 41.48 ???
producer(s): Norbert Putnam (except Salvation Stomp, The Ordinary Family and The Great Song of the Sky - Donovan, Mark Radice and Norbert Putnam)
comment: Donovan's 12th studio album

Side 1

  1. Rock and Roll Souljer (3.44)
  2. Your Broken Heart (Version II) (3.38)
  3. Salvation Stomp (3.13)
  4. The Ordinary Family (4.14)
  5. Ride-a-mile (4.48)
  6. Sadness (Version II) (2.38)
Side 2
  1. Moon Rok (2.58)
  2. Love of My Life (4.22)
  3. The Voice of Protest (3.20)
  4. How Silly (2.38)
  5. The Great Song of the Sky (2.45)
  6. The Quest (3.30)
Timings are from the U.K. issue record label and any subsequent observations may only be relevant to the U.K. issue of the album.

Commentary

The album title is a pun on `seventies'.

The front cover is a picture of Donovan wearing a fetching green spankly top, holding a girl (is it Linda?) on the edge of a castle. Donovan's logo appears in the top right hand side.

On the back is Donovan and two girls standing on a rocky terrain with the sun trying to burst through between them.

On the insert is a message from Donovan, This tale is for us all to see what were the Greater Thoughts and on the back of the album cover there's a little comment by him - This album was made in Nashville and showcases the talents of some of the .

There is a tiny dedication, presumably written by Donovan, after all the session information on the back of the album, that reads “Thanks To All Quads' Children.”

This album has not been re-issued on CD, so at the moment, the only tracks that are available on CD are Rock and Roll Souljer, Salvation Stomp and The Quest. The first and third are on Troubadour and the second is on Definitive Collection.

Discrepancies

Details for Collectors

Insert
Yellow label with black text
Epic Records logo

The insert is a single yellow sheet, double-sided containing lyrics, lots of little photos and a message from Donovan.

Record: S EPC 69104
Side 1: S EPC 69104 A
  runout groove on my copy: S.EPC.69104.A1   and   CBS.S.69104.A1 (with the CBS.S. crossed out)   and   AL   and   a tiny therefore sign (three dots)
Side 2: S EPC 69104 B
  runout groove on my copy: S.EPC.69104.B1   and   CBS.S.69104.B1 (with the CBS crossed out)   and   AL   and   four scratches in two pairs on different sides of the record


Slow Down World

territory: U.K.
release date: 4th June 1976 ???
label: Epic Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - S?EPC 86011   stereo
chart info:
did not chart ???

territory: U.S.
release date: May 1976 ???
label: Epic Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - PE 33945   stereo ???
chart info:
Billboard - 5th June 1976 - #174 - 3 weeks ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

duration: 39.21 ???
producer(s): Donovan
comment: Donovan's 13th studio album

Side 1

  1. Dark-eyed Blue Jean Angel (3.50)
  2. Cryin' Shame (4.29)
  3. The Mountain (3.32) [Derroll Adams]
  4. Children of the World (3.22)
  5. My Love is True (Love Song) (3.41) [Derroll Adams]
Side 2
  1. A Well Known Has-been (7.25)
  2. Black Widow (5.44)
  3. Slow Down World (4.22)
  4. Liberation Rag (2.56)
Timings are from the U.K. issue record label and any subsequent observations may only be relevant to the U.K. issue of the album.

Commentary

The front cover shows a picture of Donovan dressed in long robers, leaning on a stick. Behind him is a green splurge and the planet Saturn. Above him is `Donovan' in green LCD writing and `Slow Down World' hand-written in an orange-brown colour, which also serves as the colour of the album's border.

The lyrics are listed in the same song order as the track listing, but A Well Known Has-been has been swapped around with Cryin' Shame. Maybe this was a last minute change-around and the back cover text was not corrected.

The photography is by Patrine Mitchum, with the cover prepared by (John?) Kosh under the art direction by Ron Coro.

After the lyrics there is a dedication: `to the queen of Venus' and the last line of text on the back cover is presumably a little message from Donovan: `Use this album before the next century'.

This album has not been re-issued on CD, so at the moment, the only track that is available on CD is Dark-eyed Blue Jean Angel on Troubadour.

Discrepancies

Miscellaneous Details for Collectors

Yellow label with black text
Epic Records logo

Record: S EPC 86011
Side 1: S EPC 86011 A
  runout groove on my copy: EPC.S.86011.A2   and   EPC S 81371 A2 (crossed out)   and   a tiny therefore sign (three dots)   and   1
  (with the last two diametrically opposite each other)
Side 2: S EPC 86011 B
  runout groove on my copy: EPC.S.86011.B2   and   EPC S 81371 B2 (crossed out)   and   a tiny therefore sign (three dots)   and   four scratches in a line
  (with the last two diametrically opposite each other)


Donovan (U.K. issue)

territory: U.K.
release date: October/November? 1977
label: Rak Records
catalogue number(s):

LP - SRAK 528   stereo
CD - Beat Goes On Records BGOCD375 (r. 15th June 1998)
chart info:
did not chart ???

duration:
producer(s): Mickie Most
comment: Donovan's 14th studio album

Side 1

  1. Brave New World
  2. Astral Angel
  3. Local Boy Chops Wood
  4. Kalifornia Kiddies
  5. The International Man
Side 2
  1. The Light
  2. Sing my Song
  3. Lady of the Stars (Version I)
  4. Maya's Dance
  5. Dare to be Different
Commentary

The front cover (designed and produced by Cream) is grey with a photograph of Donovan dressed in a white suit and white trousers, holding a hat in his hand in his lap. There is a plant in the background and a handwritten `Donovan' logo in black and white.

The back cover has a picture of Donovan and the band, a track listing for the album and some credits.

There are some more shots of Donovan interspersed throughout the lyrics on the inner sleeve for the record.

On the insert is presumably a little message from Donovan: `Special thanks to: My Lady of the Stars Stewart Lawrence, Jake Berry, Sandy and all at Sun Artistes.'

Discrepancies

Miscellaneous

Details for Collectors

Lyrics on inner bag
Sailing ship label with black text

Record: SRAK 528
Side 1: SRAK.528A
  runout groove on my copy: SRAK 528 A-2   and   GA   and   2 (with the last two almost diametrically opposite each other)
Side 2: SRAK.528B
  runout groove on my copy: SRAK 528 B-2 (with something scratched out before the 5)   and   L   and   1 (with the last two almost diametrically opposite each other)


Donovan (U.S.)

U.S.: r. August 1977
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - #138 - 6 weeks ???
Record World - #167 - 4 weeks ???
lp - Arista AB 4143

1:

  1. Local Boy Chops Wood {3.11}
  2. Astral Angel {4.37}
  3. The Light {4.12}
  4. Dare To Be Different {3.55}
  5. Brave New World {4.44}
2:
  1. Lady of The Stars {3.02}
  2. International Man {4.02}
  3. Sing My Song {3.08}
  4. Maya's Dance {3.45}
  5. Kalifornia Kiddies {3.49}

Neutronica

(36.04)
French: r. 1980
lp - Barclay BA 253 200149
German: r. August 1980
lp - RCA PL 28429

1:

  1. Shipwreck (3.30)
  2. Only To Be Expected (3.27)
  3. Comin' To You (3.30)
  4. No Hunger (2.44)
  5. Neutron (2.05)
  6. Mee Mee I Love You (2.45) [Donovan Leitch/Astrella Leitch]
2:
  1. The Heights of Alma (3.45) [Trad. Arranged by D. P. Leitch]
  2. No Man's Land (5.23) [Eric Bogle]
  3. We Are One (3.52)
  4. Madrigalinda (2.47)
  5. Harmony (2.16)

Love Is Only Feeling

(39.30)
German: r. October 1981
lp - RCA PL 28472
released in the UK in 1983 with the same catalogue number?

1:

  1. Lady of The Flowers (3.10)
  2. Lover O Lover (3.53)
  3. The Actor (4.05)
  4. Half Moon Bay (3.55)
  5. The Hills of Tuscany (4.08)
2:
  1. Lay Down Lassie (4.15)
  2. She (4.01)
  3. Johnny Tuff (4.58)
  4. Love Is Only Feeling (3.04)
  5. Marjorie Margerine (4.01)
Pictures and lyrics on the inner sleeve.


Lady of The Stars

('38:39')
U.S.: r. January 1984
lp - Allegiance Records AV 437 / (S)
U.K.: r. January 1984
lp - RCA PL 70060
mc - RCA PK 70060
did not chart ???
cd - see track listing for details

1:

  1. Lady of The Stars
  2. I Love You Baby
  3. Bye, Bye Girl
  4. Every Reason
  5. Season of The Witch
2:
  1. Boy For Every Girl
  2. Local Boy Chops Wood
  3. Sunshine Superman
  4. Living For The Love Light
  5. Till I See You Again
Available on CD under several guises because each record company sells onto another. These releases follow.

All they seem to have done is change the order of the tracks. But I haven't heard the original vinyl so can't be sure.

Sunshine Superman [Charly CDCD 1206 - r. 29th November 1994]

  1. Sunshine Superman (4:04)
  2. Season of The Witch (5:21)
  3. Lady of The Stars (4:34)
  4. I Love You Baby (3:26)
  5. Bye, Bye Girl (3:21)
  6. Every Reason (3:02)
  7. For Every Boy There Is A Girl (4:31)
  8. Local Boy Chops Wood (3:26)
  9. Living For The Love Light In Your Eyes (3:44)
  10. Till I See You Again (3:10)
Till I See You Again [Success 22534CD - July 1994]

  1. Till I See You Again (3.16)
  2. I Love You Baby (3.26)
  3. Bye Bye Girl (3.21)
  4. Sunshine Superman (4.07)
  5. Season of The Witch (5.18)
  6. Lady of The Stars (4.34)
  7. Every Reason (3.01)
  8. For Everybody There Is A Girl (4.37)
  9. Local Boy Chops Wood (3.28)
  10. Living For The Love Light In Your Eyes (3.47)
Golden Hits [Holland: Masters Music MACD 61075-2]

  1. Lady of The Stars
  2. I Love You Baby
  3. Bye, Bye Girl
  4. Every Reason
  5. Season of The Witch
  6. Boy For Every Girl
    listed as For Every Boy There Is A Girl
  7. Local Boy Chops Wood
  8. Sunshine Superman
  9. Living For The Love Light
    listed as Living For The Love Light In Your Eyes
  10. Till I See You Again
Gold [Holland?: GOLD Gold 085 - 1993 - (37:11)]
  1. Sunshine Superman (4:02)
  2. Season of The Witch (5:23)
  3. Living For The Love Light (3:42)
    listed as Living For The Love Light In Your Eyes
  4. Boy For Every Girl (4:35)
    listed as For Every Boy There Is A Girl
  5. Every Reason (3:01)
  6. Till I See You Again (3:14)
    listed as 'Till I See You Again
  7. Lady of The Stars (3:01)
  8. I Love You Baby (3:25)
  9. Local Boy Chops Wood (3:26)
  10. Bye, Bye Girl (3:22)
    listed as Bye Bye Girl

Donovan Rising / The Classics Live

(62:01)
U.S.: r. November? 1990
cd - Great Northern Arts Ltd. GNA 61007-002
U.K.: r. November/December? 1990
lp - Permanent Records PERM LP 2
cd - Permanent Records PERM CD 2
mc - Permanent Records PERM MC 2
did not chart ???
see track listing for details

  1. / Jennifer Juniper (2:25)
  2. | Catch The Wind (2:50)
  3. | Hurdy Gurdy Man (6:04)
  4. | Sunshine Superman (3:57)
  5. | Sadness (2:56)
  6. | Universal Soldier (2:49) [Buffy Sainte-Marie]
  7. | Cosmic Wheels (4:05)
  8. | Atlantis (3:06)
  9. | Wear Your Love Like Heaven (2:17)
  10. | To Susan On The West Coast Waiting (1:39)
  11. | Colours (2:29)
  12. | Young Girl Blues (5:01)
  13. | Young But Growing (3:41) [Trad. Arr. Donovan]
  14. | Stealing (4:10) [Trad. Arr. Donovan]
  15. | Sailing Homeward (3:04)
  16. | Love Will Find A Way (2:44)
  17. | Laleņa (3:16)
  18. \ Make Your Mind Up (5:28)
Eighteen live acoustic tracks recorded between 1982 and 1986 during a world tour.

Recorded by Pat (of Donovan's Friends). Mellow Records is his company which paid for recording Donovan over the years.

Hurdy Gurdy Man includes the extra George Harrison verse not recording in the original studio version. Young But Growing, Stealing and Love Will Find A Way are all previously unrecorded tracks.

This CD was released in the US with the title The Classics Live with a different cover, also shown here.

There are quite a few full price and budget releases of this title. Here are a few that I'm aware of:


Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976

(150:44)
U.S.: r. 4th August 1992
cd - Epic/Legacy E2K 46986
did not chart ???

Disc 1 (74:30) (M except * S)

  1. London Town (4:05) [Tim Hardin]
    previously unreleased demo
  2. Codine (4:47) [Buffy Sainte-Marie]
    previously unreleased demo
  3. Catch The Wind (Version II) (2:53)
  4. Universal Soldier (2:11) [Buffy Sainte-Marie]
  5. Colours (Version II) (2:43) *
  6. Sunshine Superman (3:13)
  7. Season of The Witch (4:55)
  8. The Trip (4:34)
  9. Guinevere (3:40)
  10. Breezes of Patchulie (4:33)
    previously unreleased
  11. Museum (Alternate Version) (2:50)
    previously unreleased version
  12. Super Lungs (3:15)
    previously unreleased version
  13. Mellow Yellow (3:40)
  14. Writer In The Sun (4:28)
  15. Sand and Foam (3:17)
  16. Sunny South Kensington (3:48)
  17. Epistle To Dippy (3:09)
  18. There Is A Mountain (2:33)
  19. Wear Your Love Like Heaven (2:24) *
  20. Oh Gosh (1:45) *
  21. The Tinker and The Crab (2:51) *
  22. Poor Cow (2:56)
Disc 2 (76:14) (S except * M)
  1. Hurdy Gurdy Man (3:13)
  2. Jennifer Juniper (2:39)
  3. Teen Angel (2:17) *
  4. Laleņa (2:56) *
  5. To Susan On The West Coast Waiting (3:11)
  6. Atlantis (5:00)
  7. Barabajagal (3:18)
  8. Happiness Runs (3:24)
  9. Celia of The Seals (2:59)
  10. Riki Tiki Tavi (2:55)
  11. Clara Clairvoyant (2:50)
  12. Roots of Oak (5:05)
  13. Riki Tiki Tavi (4:42)
    previously unreleased version
  14. Maria Magenta (2:10)
  15. Cosmic Wheels (4:01)
  16. I Like You (4:33)
    Single Version
  17. Yellow Star (3:04)
  18. Rock and Roll Souljer (3:48)
  19. The Quest (3:30)
  20. Age of Treason (4:20)
    previously unreleased
  21. What The Soul Desires (2:33)
    previously unreleased
  22. Dark-Eyed Blue Jean Angel (3:46)
In my opinion, the best Donovan compilation around. Released in two versions: a limited edition box set with a photo album or normal 2CD box, Troubadour is two discs jam packed full of unreleased songs, single cuts, mono versions and a generous selection of 70s material. Also good as a starting point for new collectors.


A Gift from a Flower to a Garden (BGO re-issue)

territory: U.K.
release date: June 1993 ???
label: Beat Goes On Records
catalogue number(s):

CD - BGOCD194   mono
LP - BGOLP194 ???   mono
MC - BGOMC194 ???   mono chart info:
did not chart ???

duration: 60:10 ???
producer(s): Mickie Most
comment: re-issue of Donovan's 5th studio album

Track Listing

  1. Wear Your Love Like Heaven (2:26)
  2. Mad John's Escape (2:16)
  3. Skip-a-long Sam (2:23)
  4. Sun (3:14)
  5. There was a Time (1:59)
  6. Oh Gosh (1:52)
  7. Little Boy in Corduroy (2:34)
  8. Under the Greenwood Tree (1:55)
    [words by William Shakespeare/music by Donovan Leitch]
  9. The Land of Doesn't Have to be (2:33)
  10. Someone Singing (2:44)
  11. Song of the Naturalist's Wife (2:52)
  12. The Enchanted Gypsy (3:19)
  13. Voyage into the Golden Screen (3:13)
  14. Isle of Islay (2:21)
  15. The Mandolin Man and his Secret (3:30)
  16. Lay of the Last Tinker (1:47)
  17. The Tinker and the Crab (2:52)
  18. Widow with Shawl (A Portrait) (2:59)
  19. The Lullaby of Spring (3:24)
  20. The Magpie (1:29)
  21. Starfish-on-the-toast (2:43)
  22. Epistle to Derroll (5:45)
Commentary

(See also original release notes.)

The re-release of this album was a excellent idea but it strangely had to be left to re-issue label, Beat Goes On, to do the job.

The new artwork, created by CLE at St. Ives, Cambridgeshire is a good effort and they have tried to preserve the original flavour. Comparing the multi- coloured photographs of the original and this re-issue is a disappointment though. The CD booklet looks flat and dull. I suppose they were not prepared to put the money in for a `cult' release.

The liner notes are top notch. John Tobler conducted a new interview with Donovan about the album, as well as including a little piece about Don's rise to fame (read them here ). Donovan also adds a new scribbling to the package: A Message From Donovan.

The lyrics are also present in the booklet, as too are the original illustrations for the second album. However, the drawings cannot be truly appreciated at such a small size.

I would like to see another re-issue - a 3 CD box set with proper reproductions, mono and stereo versions of the album and another disc of out- takes.

Discrepancies

Details for Collectors

Silver disc
The plastic tray on the original re-issue is opaque and the bit that shows through when the case is closed has vertical lines running down it. Later pressings didn't have this special tray - they just had the normal transparent one.

Matrix writings on my copy: DISCTRONICS   and   S BGOCD 194 01
(there is a 5 on the plastic inside of the disc)


One Night In Time

r. 1993
available on Japanese cassette only

  1. One Night In Time [Donovan Leitch/Warwick Embury]
  2. Dear Heart
  3. You Got Me Reeling
  4. The Sensitive Kind [J.J. Cale]
  5. Runaway
  6. When All The World Is Young
  7. You Do Belong (Teenage Suicide)
  8. What's A Girl ...
  9. Forever Your Love
  10. There Are No Roads
Produced by Bob Rose and mixed by Paul Lane.


Sutras

r. 14th October 1996

  1. Please Don't Bend
  2. Give It All Up
  3. Sleep
    not a remake of the Cosmic Wheels track
  4. Everlasting Sea
    originally recorded as a The Hurdy Gurdy Man out-take
  5. High Your Love
  6. The Clear-Browed One
  7. The Way
  8. Deep Peace
  9. Nirvana
  10. Eldorado
  11. Be Mine
  12. Lady of The Lamp
  13. The Evernow
  14. Universe Am I
    composition dates from circa 1972
  15. The Garden
The Garden only appears on the UK release.



U.S. Singles

Catch The Wind b/w Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?

r. 1965
Hickory 45-1309
Billboard - 12th June 1965 - #23 - 5 weeks ???
Cash Box - #28 ???
Record World - #22 ???

Colours (Version I) b/w Josie

r. June/July 1965 ???
Hickory 45-1324
Billboard - #61 ???
Cash Box - #40 ???
Record World - #44 ???

Universal Soldier [Buffy St. Marie] b/w Do You Hear Me Now?

r. September 1965
Hickory 45-1338
Billboard - #53 ???
Cash Box - #45 ???
Record World - #30 ???

You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond b/w The Little Tin Soldier

r. November 1965
Hickory 45-1375
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

To Try For The Sun b/w Turquoise

listed as I'll Try For The Sun
r. January 1966
Hickory 45-1402
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Sunshine Superman (Version I) b/w The Trip

r. July 1966
Epic 5-10045
Billboard - 13th August 1966 - #1 - 10 weeks (with 1 week at #1) ???
Cash Box - #1 ???
Record World - #1 ???

Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) b/w The War Drags On

r. July 1966
Hickory 45-1417
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Sunny Goodge Street b/w Summer Day Reflection Song

r. October 1966
Hickory 45-1470
Billboard - 5th August 1967 - #135 - 1 week ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Mellow Yellow b/w Sunny South Kensington

r. November 1966
Epic 5-10098
Billboard - 19th November 1966 - #2 - 10 weeks (with 3 weeks at #2) ???
Cash Box - #3 ???
Record World - #1 ???

Epistle To Dippy b/w Preachin' Love

r. January/February? 1967
Epic 5-10127
Billboard - 25th February 1967 - #19 - 5 weeks ???
Cash Box - #10 ???
Record World - #10 ???

There Is A Mountain b/w Sand and Foam

r. August 1967
Epic 5-10212
Billboard - 26th August 1967 - #11 - 6 weeks ???
Cash Box - #9 ???
Record World - #11 ???

Wear Your Love Like Heaven b/w Oh Gosh

r. December 1967
Epic 5-10253
Billboard - 9th December 1967 - #23 - 5 weeks ???
Cash Box - #26 ???
Record World - #27 ???

Jennifer Juniper b/w Poor Cow

r. March 1968
Epic 5-10300
Billboard - 30th March 1968 - #26 - 5 weeks ???
Cash Box - #18 ???
Record World - #20 ???
non-LP studio version B-side

Hurdy Gurdy Man b/w Teen Angel

r. June 1968
Epic 5-10345
Billboard - 29th June 1968 - #5 - 10 weeks ???
Cash Box - #3 ???
Record World - #3 ???
non-LP B-side

Laleņa b/w Aye My Love

r. October 1968
Epic 5-10393
Billboard - 19th October 1968 - #33 - 4 weeks ???
Cash Box - #31 ???
Record World - #28 ???
non-LP B-side

Do You Hear Me Now? b/w Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?

r. 1968
Hickory 45-1492
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Catch The Wind b/w Universal Soldier

r. January 1969
Hickory ?
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

To Susan On The West Coast Waiting b/w Atlantis

r. February/March 1969?
Epic 5-10434
A: Billboard - 1st March 1969 - #35 - 2 weeks ???
Cash Box - #31 ???
Record World - #27 ???
B: Billboard - 26th April 1969 - #7 - 10 weeks ???
Cash Box - #9 ???
Record World - #9 ???
B-side became the hit

Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot) b/w Trudi

r. September/August? 1969
Epic 5-10510
Billboard - 30th August 1969 - #36 - 2 weeks ???
Cash Box - #28 ???
Record World - #28 ???
Donovan with the Jeff Beck Group

Riki Tiki Tavi b/w Roots of Oak

r. September 1970
Epic 5-10649
Billboard - #55 ???
Cash Box - #40 ???
Record World - #35 ???

Colours b/w Josie

r. October 1970
Janus A-501
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Catch The Wind b/w Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?

r. October 1970
Janus A-502
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Candy Man b/w Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)

r. October 1970
Janus A-503
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Celia of The Seals b/w The Song of The Wandering Aengus

r. February 1971
Epic 5-10694
Billboard - #84 ???
Cash Box - #93 ???
Record World - #62 ???

Sunshine Superman b/w Mellow Yellow

r. 1972
Memory Lane ?
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Jennifer Juniper b/w Hurdy Gurdy Man

r. 1972
Memory Lane ?
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

I Like You b/w Earth Sign Man

r. April 1973
Epic 5-10983
Billboard - #66 ???
Cash Box - #57 ???
Record World - #61 ???

Maria Magenta b/w The Intergalactic Laxative

r. June 1973
Epic 5-11023
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Sailing Homeward b/w Yellow Star

r. January 1974
Epic 5-11108
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Rock 'n Roll With Me b/w The Divine Daze of Deathless Delight

r. September 1974
Epic 5-50016
[Dutch] Epic EPC 2661
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???
non-LP A-side Bowie cover

Rock and Roll Souljer b/w How Silly

r. January 1975
Epic 5-50077
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

A Well Known Has-Been b/w Dark-Eyed Blue Jean Angel

r. June 1976
Epic 5-50237
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Dare To Be Different b/w The International Man

r. August 1977
Arista 0280
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Colours b/w Universal Soldier

r. July 1978
Epic ?
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Sunshine Superman b/w Mellow Yellow

r. 1978
Epic ?
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Lay Down Lassie b/w ???

r. October 1981
Rak ?
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???
Record World - did not chart ???

Lady of The Stars b/w ???

r. 1983
Allegiance ?
Billboard - did not chart ???
Cash Box - did not chart ???



U.K. Singles

Catch The Wind (Version I) b/w Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?

r. 12th March 1965
Pye 7N 15801
25th March 1965 - #4 - 13 weeks ???

Colours (Version I) b/w To Sing For You

r. 28th May 1965
Pye 7N 15866
3rd June 1965 - #4 - 12 weeks ???

Turquoise b/w Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)

r. 30th October 1965 or November 1965 ?
Pye 7N 15984
11th November 1965 - #30 - 6 weeks ???

Josie b/w The Little Tin Soldier

r. 18th February 1966
Pye 7N 17067
did not chart ???

Sunshine Superman (Version I) b/w The Trip

r. December 1966
Pye 7N 17241
8th December 1966 - #2 - 11 weeks ???

Mellow Yellow b/w Preachin' Love

r. February 1967
Pye 7N 17267
9th February 1967 - #8 - 8 weeks ???

There Is A Mountain b/w Sand and Foam

r. October 1967
Pye 7N 17403
25th October 1967 - #8 - 11 weeks ???

Jennifer Juniper b/w Poor Cow

r. February 1968
Pye 7N 17457
21st February 1968 - #5 - 11 weeks ???
non-LP studio version B-side

Hurdy Gurdy Man b/w Teen Angel

r. May 1968
Pye 7N 17537
29th May 1968 - #4 - 10 weeks ???
non-LP B-side

Atlantis b/w I Love My Shirt

r. November 1968
Pye 7N 17660
4th December 1968 - #23 - 8 weeks ???

Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot) b/w Trudi

r. June 1969
Pye 7N 17778
9th July 1969 - #12 - 9 weeks ???
Donovan with the Jeff Beck Group
B-side titled "Bed With Me" on early UK pressings (see the Rarities page).

Riki Tiki Tavi b/w Roots of Oak

r. September 1970
Dawn DNS 1006
did not chart ???
Donovan with Open Road

Celia of The Seals (3.00) b/w Mr. Wind (2.36)

r. December 1970
Dawn DNS 1007 / (S)
did not chart ???
Side A: Donovan with Danny Thompson
promo also exists with the same catalogue number (see the Rarities page).

I Like You b/w Earth Sign Man

r. May 1973
Epic EPC 1471
did not chart ???

Maria Magenta b/w Intergalatic Laxative

r. June 1973
Epic EPC 1644
did not chart ???

Sailing Homeward b/w Lazy Daze

r. November 1973
Epic EPC 1960
did not chart ???

Sailing Homeward b/w Yellow Star

r. May 1974
Epic EPC 1990
did not chart ???

Rock 'n Roll With Me b/w Divine Daze of Deathless Delight

r. September 1974
Epic EPC 2661
did not chart ???
non-LP A-side Bowie cover

Rock 'n' Roll Souljer b/w Love of My Life

r. February 1975
Epic EPC 3037
did not chart ???

The Light b/w The International Man

r. November 1977
Rak RAK 265
did not chart ???

Dare To Be Different b/w Sing My Song

r. February 1978
Rak RAK 269
did not chart ???

Mee Mee I Love You b/w Harmony

r. 1981
German: RCA PB 5837
did not chart ???
a European only release

Lay Down Lassie b/w Love Is Only Feeling

r. October 1981
Luggage 7-LUG 03
did not chart ???

Mellow Yellow b/w Sunshine Superman

r. February 1985
EMI ?
did not chart ???

Sunshine Superman b/w Jennifer Juniper

r. August 1989
EMI ?
did not chart ???

Jennifer Juniper b/w ?

r. November 1990
Fontana SYP 1
1st December 1990 - #68 - 1 week ???
Singing Corner meets Donovan

Universal Soldier b/w Catch The Wind

r. March 1991
Gulf Peace Team ?
did not chart ???



EPs

Catch The Wind

r. 1st April 1965
French: Vogue-Pye PNV 24 138

The Universal Soldier

r. 15th August 1965
Pye NEP 24219 / (Monaural)
#13 ???

Universal Soldier

French: Vogue-Pye PNV 24149

Colours

r. December 1965
Pye NEP 24229

Colours

French: Vogue-Pye PNV 24153

Donovan Vol. 1

r. February/March? 1966
Pye NEP 24239

Epistle To Dippy

r. March 1967
French: Epic 9064

Catch The Wind

r. February 1968
Pye NEP 24287

Hurdy Gurdy Donovan

r. August 1968 (re-issued November 1971)
Pye NEP 24299


Catch The Wind

  1. Catch The Wind (Version I) (2.15)
  2. Every Man Has His Chain (2.08)
  3. Josie (3.22)
  4. Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do (2.45)
The Universal Soldier

1:

  1. Universal Soldier [Buffy St. Marie]
  2. The Ballad of A Crystal Man (Version I)
2:
  1. Do You Hear Me Now [Bert Jansch]
  2. The War Drags On [Mick Softley]
Universal Soldier

1:

  1. Universal Soldier [Buffy St. Marie]
  2. The Ballad of A Crystal Man (Version I)
2:
  1. The War Drags On [Mick Softley]
  2. Do You Hear Me Now [Bert Jansch]
Colours

  1. Catch The Wind (Version I)
  2. Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do
  3. Colours
  4. To Sing For You
Colours

1:

  1. Colours
  2. To Sing For You
2:
  1. Ramblin' Boy
  2. Remember The Alamo
    listed on the back cover as The Alamo
Donovan Vol. 1

  1. Sunny Goodge Street
  2. Oh Deed I Do [Bert Jansch]
  3. Jersey Thursday
  4. Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)
Epistle To Dippy

  1. Epistle To Dippy
  2. Three King Fishers
  3. Guinevere
  4. Preachin' Love
Catch The Wind

  1. Catch The Wind (Version II)
  2. Remember The Alamo
  3. Josie
  4. Ramblin' Boy
Hurdy Gurdy Donovan

1:

  1. Jennifer Juniper
  2. Hurdy Gurdy Man
2:
  1. Mellow Yellow
  2. There Is A Mountain


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