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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Donovan



5-7-08 Donovan – “Epistle to Dippy”

EPISTLE TO DIPPY / PREACHIN' LOVE EPIC US 5-10127 1967 2 TRKS no picture sleeve; both stock and promo copies

No doubt about it, my favorite 45 of 1967! The B-Side is good, but somewhat inconsequential. I was always amazed that the version of “Epistle to Dippy” is different (a re-recording?) on his “Greatest Hits” LP (a key change was added!). And that it was never on a proper Donovan LP, at the time. And that it’s as groovy as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones in 1967.

I recently read Don’s autobiography – “Dippy” is actually a specific person! “Epistle to Dippy” = “A Letter to Dippy”. Elevator in the brain hotel!

Harpsichord! Is that a John Cameron arrangement? Is Harold McNair in there? Or is it a John Paul Jones string arrangement? There aren’t exactly a ton of credits on this 45!

Shock! Horror! It doesn’t appear that I have ever written a specific blog on Donovan before! Oh, gosh! I love his stuff!

LP 7-TEASE EPIC US PE 33245 1974 12 TRKS

LP BARABAJAGAL EPIC US BN 26481 1969 10 TRKS with the Jeff Beck Group

LP COSMIC WHEELS EPIC UK EPC 65450 1973 10 TRKS single-sleeve cover (US version came with a poster)

LP DONOVAN EMI/RAK UK SRAK 528 1977 10 TRKS

LP DONOVAN IN CONCERT PYE UK NPL 18237 1968? 14 TRKS

Live, Anaheim, California

LP DONOVAN'S GREATEST HITS EPIC US BXN 26439 1969? 11 TRK Collection, attached booklet

LP ESSENCE TO ESSENCE EPIC UK EPC 69050 1973 11 TRKS

UK original

LP FAIRYTALE PYE UK NPL 18128 1965 12 TRKS

UK original, mono

LP FOR LITTLE ONES EPIC US BN 26350 1967? 12 TRKS stereo

LPx2 GIFT FROM A FLOWER TO A GARDEN, A EPIC US B2N 171 1967? 22 TRKS boxed set, inserts

LPx2 H.M.S. DONOVAN DAWN UK DNLD 4001 1971 28 TRKS

LP HURDY GURDY MAN EPIC NL BN 26420 1968 13 TRKS

LP LIVE IN JAPAN: SPRING TOUR 1973 EPIC/SONY JPN ECPM 25 1973 14 TRKS Live, inserts

LP MELLOW YELLOW EPIC US BN 26239 1967 10 TRKS stereo

LP OPEN ROAD EPIC US E 30125 1970 12 TRKS

LP SLOW DOWN WORLD EPIC US PE 33945 1976 9 TRKS promo

LP SUNSHINE SUPERMAN (UK) PYE UK NPL 18181 1967 12 TRKS

UK version, mono

LP SUNSHINE SUPERMAN (US) EPIC US BN 26217 1967 10 TRKS

fake stereo

LP WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN EPIC US BN 26349 1967? 10 TRKS stereo

LP WHAT'S BIN DID AND WHAT'S BIN HID PYE UK NPL 18117 1965 12 TRKS mono

2 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

We recently watched "Don't Look Back" and I was amazed to have finally heard primordial Donovan from back in his much vaunted Dylan-clone phase! Of course, the music that made his fame in America that I had heard in bulk as a child is not very much like Dylan at all, so this was something I wondered about after reading talk of his slavish Dylan mode for years but never having actually heard it. Thank goodness he matured rather quickly into the trippy troubador he was clearly meant to be.

Donovan singles are all great! I saw him on his "Sutras" tour of the states in '91 and was "gobsmacked" by how many of those songs I retained since my early childhood. I had even forgotten that "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" was used in an ad for "Love's Baby Soft" cologne in my childhood until he played the song and it all came rushing back to me like the hot kiss at the end of a wet fist! Mr. Leitch - salud!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Gload to hear you have some time for Don, Jim-san.

10:35 PM  

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