Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Donovan. Donovan is someone who I think has been really under-appreciated in the music world. When you listen to his music (more specifically his later stuff), it just doesn’t sound like anyone else’s. Obviously he started out as the ‘Scottish Bob Dylan’ (and many saw him as a pale imitation of Dylan, in fact), but as his career progressed, he added more psychedelic and world music influences, and with his backing band of John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and the Jeff Beck Group, he added a hard-rock element that makes his songs still sound fresh today.
Some of my favorite Donovan songs are: “Barabajagal”, “Colours” (original version), “Superlungs”, “Hurdy Gurdy Man”, “Sunshine Superman”, “Happiness Runs”, “Epistle to Dippy”, and “Season of the Witch.”
My ultimate favorite Donovan song, and perhaps one of my favorite songs of all time is “Wear Your Love Like Heaven.” Pure genius.
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