9 Songs, 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

These demos made in the summer of 1964 for Donovan's eventual recording contract are the earliest recordings in his extensive catalog. The 18-year-old can already be heard coming into his own, though his debt to Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan is clear. "Crazy 'Bout a Woman" is a rendition of a Jesse Fuller track (also covered on Bob Dylan's self-titled debut album as "You're No Good"). "Talkin' Pop Star Blues" is a humorous talking folk song in the style of Bob Dylan imitating Woody Guthrie. Scottish folk is represented with a touching interpretation of Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town"; it alone is worth the price of admission. "Isle of Sadness" was reworked as "Belated Forgiveness Plea." "The Darkness of My Night" was retitled "Breezes of Patchulie" and later appeared in a grander arrangement. "Freedom Road" is credited to the poet Langston Hughes and Emerson Harper. "Co'dine" and "London Town" were previously issued on Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976. These recordings should interest fans of Donovan's early acoustic music. His beautifully expressive style is already present.

EDITORS’ NOTES

These demos made in the summer of 1964 for Donovan's eventual recording contract are the earliest recordings in his extensive catalog. The 18-year-old can already be heard coming into his own, though his debt to Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan is clear. "Crazy 'Bout a Woman" is a rendition of a Jesse Fuller track (also covered on Bob Dylan's self-titled debut album as "You're No Good"). "Talkin' Pop Star Blues" is a humorous talking folk song in the style of Bob Dylan imitating Woody Guthrie. Scottish folk is represented with a touching interpretation of Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town"; it alone is worth the price of admission. "Isle of Sadness" was reworked as "Belated Forgiveness Plea." "The Darkness of My Night" was retitled "Breezes of Patchulie" and later appeared in a grander arrangement. "Freedom Road" is credited to the poet Langston Hughes and Emerson Harper. "Co'dine" and "London Town" were previously issued on Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976. These recordings should interest fans of Donovan's early acoustic music. His beautifully expressive style is already present.

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