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Wildly inventive and dazzlingly eclectic, this 1968 album not only offers some of the finest examples of Donovan’s gently psychedelic folk-pop—hear the merrily trippy title track, for starters—but it also finds him following his muse all over the map. From the hypnotic, raga-influenced "Peregrine" to the brassy music hall swing of "As I Recall It" and the summery sway of the Caribbean-flavoured "West Indian Lady", the Scottish troubadour's tender tones prove as surprisingly adaptable as his vision is wide-ranging.


Born: 10 May 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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