Saturday, October 1, 2011
A Record a Week: Donovan - World of Donovan
(Record 1: The Physical)
SIDE 1. (The Body)
THE FAT ANGEL
RIKI TIKI TAVI
MAD JOHN'S ESCAPE
SIDE 2. (The Senses)
ISLE OF ISLAY
THE SONG OF THE WANDERING AENGUS
SAND AND FOAM
CEILA OF THE SEALS
(Record 2: The Spiritual)
SIDE 3. (The Heart)
TO SUSAN ON THE WEST COAST WAITING
HI IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME
SIDE 4. (The Soul)
WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN
THE MANDOLIN MAN AND HIS SECRET
HURDY GURDY MAN
As noted in the parentheses, this album is broken up by record into the physical and spiritual records; as well as by side, into more specific points.
Much of the album has a typical, yet tuneful singer-songwriter feel to it. You could imagine that it was any of Harry Chapin, Neil Diamond, Simon & Garfunkel, etc. That is until you hear the hit track Sunshine Superman, which if you are like me, is a song you have heard a hundred times and can at least hum, if not sing along to without ever knowing the name or artist.
I am glad that with the process of breaking the album down into four different themes, that each grouping of song has a different feeling to them. The Body side is more upbeat, whereas the Senses side seems to be mostly written in a minor key. The second record follows a similar pattern, with more of a traditional Scottish sound on some songs.
All in all, a good listen and always a nice surprise to find a recognizable song on a record you don't know.