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Barabajagal

Donovan

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Time has proven that Donovan is both forever tied to his era and forever better for the connection. His albums throughout the ‘60s are among the most exciting and adventurous progressive psychedelic pop if there ever was such a genre. The title track of this 1969 album features the Jeff Beck Group for an extra spark of funk and for an extra-saucy rhythm section on “Superlungs My Supergirl.” “I Love My Shirt” is Donovan’s silliness taken to an extreme (it works as a children’s anthem), while modest madrigals such as “Where Is She” and the hit single “Atlantis” display Donovan in his most natural of settings as unlikely as it may seem: the recording studio. “Happiness Runs” creates a loop of minimalist pop as it subtly repeats its ingratiating — or to some, irritating — hook. “To Susan On the West Coast Waiting” visits Donovan’s ongoing political concerns. “Trude” settles on British blues. From his early folksinger material through albums such as Sunshine Superman, Wear Your Love Like Heaven, The Hurdy Gurdy Man and Barabajagal, Donovan established a legacy that few can challenge.

Customer Reviews

Childhood Memories

Barabajagal was a favorite childhood album of mine. My two sisters often remind me that when I was about three or four years old I would often hide from them. So they wouldn't have to chase me around the house they put on either the title song or "Superlungs My Supergirl", then I would appear and start to dance and they would laugh. My oldest sister enjoyed "Happiness Runs", for it's envoking peaceful images for her. My middle sister couldn't spend a morning without humming "I Love My Shirt" while rummaging through her closet. Even my parents couldn't help singing along to "Atlantis". Maybe album reviews shouldn't be nostalgic, but with Donovan's "Barabajagal" there can be an exception.

Steer Clear!

I love you, Donovan, but this will not cut it. Jeff Beck helps throughout and when he does appear, it makes a delightful breath of fresh air, in what is otherwise a love-in that is so trite and treacle-y that it feels like sitting in on a pre-school sing-along. Two songs touch on the funky edge that Donovan brought to all of his best pieces. "Barabajagal" and "Trude" crackle and sizzle with a syncopation that is irresistible. They have genuine life and joy. Unfortunately the others come off like reading a book of poetry entitled "The Fifty Million Reasons Why I Love The Whole World" BLEGH! Oh... and "I Love My Shirt"? This song should have been revoked by the artist. I am a huge Donovan fan, but if I ever loaned this record to a friend, he'd probably return with a note saying "I just can't hang out with you anymore, dude. Peace!"

Good Album

I really love my shirt and this album!

Biography

Born: May 10, 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Upon his emergence during the mid-'60s, Donovan was anointed "Britain's answer to Bob Dylan," a facile but largely unfounded comparison which compromised the Scottish folk-pop troubadour's own unique vision. Where the thrust of Dylan's music remains its bleak introspection and bitter realism, Donovan fully embraced the wide-eyed optimism of the flower power movement, his ethereal, ornate songs radiating a mystical beauty and childlike wonder; for better or worse, his recordings remain quintessential...
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