пятница, 3 июня 2011 г.

Donovan - Barabajagal 1969 (2005 EMI Remasters)
UK \ Rock: Folk, Songwriter, British Folk \ Flac (cue + Log) Cover

                                                                                           Donovan Philips Leitch – музыкант, 
                                                                                         создавший десятки вечных песен, 
                                                                                         и даст Бог еще напишет! 
                                                                                          Низкий поклон ему за это!…
 
Данное издание седьмого студийного альбома Донована ремастировано и дополнено тринадцатью темами…Часть песен диска - результат совместной сессии с музыкантами группы Джеффа Бека…

 
Донован (полное имя — Донован Филипс Литч / Donovan Philips Leitch, род. 10 мая 1946 года в Глазго) — шотландский музыкант, певец, автор песен и гитарист. Корни его творчества уходят в британский фолк, но Доновану удалось развить свой характерный эклетичный стиль с элементами фолка, джаза, поп-музыки, психоделии и этники. С 1965 по 1970 год Донован выпустил ряд успешных альбомов и синглов, подружился с другими известными музыкантами (Джоан Баэз, Брайан Джонс, The Beatles). По сей день (2007) творчески активен, хотя начиная с 1970-х годов его карьера и известность пошли на спад.

Barabajagal is the seventh studio album and eighth album overall from Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released in the U.S. on August 11, 1969 (Epic Records BN 26481 (stereo)), but was not released in the UK because of a continuing contractual dispute that also prevented Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, and The Hurdy Gurdy Man from being released in the UK.

Barabajagal (Audio CD)
I've always liked Donovan's "Barabajagal," right down to the Victoriana of the album's artwork. This is not his most consistent album - I really don't need to hear "I Love My Shirt" or "Happiness Runs" very often, and they embody a certain precious quality that has not worn well (and didn't sound so great in 1969). There are, however, several gems on the original set, including the double-sided hit "To Susan On the West Coast Waiting", a still-fresh, deceptively low-key anti-Vietnam song, and the grand, five-minute "Atlantis," one of Donovan's biggest US hits, recorded in L.A. with the great Jim Gordon (Derek & the Dominos) providing superb drumming. Forget the "Hey Jude" comparison, this song has a power and personality all its own. The original album also included two collaborations with the Jeff Beck Group (classic line-up, with Beck, Ron Wood, Nicky Hopkins, Tony Newman, and Rod Stewart who stayed home), opening with the ferocious title track, an almost unbelievably intense excercise in controlled dynamics - a hard rock/funk classic, with Donovan at his 'hottest' and the Group truly 'molten'. The other D/JBG collaboration, "Trudi," rocks out, albeit in a less overpowering manner. I should note these tracks were from the last session by the Beck Group (May '69) who would break up by the end of July. EMI has turned this (and their other Donovan reissues) into "The story of the making of..." with outtakes, demos, copious notes, and period photos and memorabilia. A long rumored third track with the Beck Group ("Stromburg Twins") finally sees the light of day (a fourth, "Homesickness," appears in abruptly truncated form on the fine "HMS"), and the alternates, demos and sketches all provide great context and background on this still underrated artist's work habits, not to mention some highly listenable music, making this the edition of "Barabajagal" to own. Kudos to EMI!


   Tracks:
01. Barabajagal*
02. Superlungs My Supergirl
03. Where Is She
04. Happiness Runs
05. I Love My Shirt
06. The Love Song
07. To Susan On The West Coast Waiting
08. Atlantis
09. Trudi*
10. Pamela Jo

 
All songs by Donovan P. Leitch.
* With the Jeff Beck group, Lesley and Madeline.

 Bonus tracks from other reissues:
01. Stromberg Twins*
02. Snakeskin
03. Lauretta's Cousin Laurinda
04. The Swan (Lord Of The Reedy River)
05. A Poor Man's Sunshine (Nativity)
06. New Year's Resolution (Donovan's Celtic Jam)
07. Runaway (Demo)
08. Sweet Beverley (Demo)
09. Marjorie (Margerine) (Demo)
10. Little White Flower (Demo)
11. Good Morning Mr. Wind (Demo)
12. Palais Girl (Demo)
13. Lord Of The Universe (Demo)


All bonus tracks by Donovan P. Leitch.
All bonus tracks previously unreleased.

* With the Jeff Beck group, Lesley and Madeline.

Total time: 01:16:53 All tracks by Donovan Leitch.

 Musicians:
· Donovan: vocals, acoustic guitar.
· Jeff Beck: electric guitar on tracks 01, 09 and Stromberg Twins.
· Ron Wood: bass on tracks 01, 09 and Stromberg Twins.
· Nicky Hopkins: piano on tracks 01, 09 and Stromberg Twins.
· Tony Newman: drums on tracks 01, 09 and Stromberg Twins.
· Big Jim Sullivan: electric guitar on track 02.
· John Paul Jones: bass and arrangement on track 02.
· Danny Thompson: bass on track 03 and The Swan (Lord Of The Reedy River).
· Tony Carr: drums on track 03 and The Swan (Lord Of The Reedy River).
· Richard 'Ricki' Polodor: electric guitar on track 08.
· Bobby Ray: bass on tracks 05, 06, 07, 08 and 10.
· Gabriel Mekler: piano on 05, 06, 08 and 10. Melodica on 07. Organ on 08.
· Jim Gordon: drums on tracks 05, 06, 07, 08 and 10.
· Alan Hawkshaw: piano on track 03 and The Swan (Lord Of The Reedy River).
· Harold McNair: flute on track 03 and The Swan (Lord Of The Reedy River).
· Graham Nash: backing vocals on track 04.
· Mike McCartney: backing vocals on track 04.
· Lesley Duncan: backing vocals on tracks 01, 04 and 09.
· Madeline Bell: backing vocals on tracks 01 and 09.
· Suzi Quatro: backing vocals on tracks 01, 04 and 09.
· Steve Stills: electric guitar on Snakeskin, Lauretta's Cousin Laurinda 
and A Poor Man's Sunshine (Nativity).
· Nils Lofgren: electric guitar on Snakeskin, Lauretta's Cousin Laurinda 
and A Poor Man's Sunshine (Nativity).
 
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