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Donovan – In Session At The BBC – 1965-1968 – Nights At The Roundtable: Session Edition

 

Donovan -  unfairly referred to as The British Bob Dylan at first.

Donovan – unfairly referred to as The British Bob Dylan at first.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Donovan In Session At The BBC – Top Of The Pops-Saturday Club-Top Gear – 1965-1968- BBC Radio 1.

Someone I haven’t played in a very long time. Donovan was an extremely popular figure from the mid-60s on. Initially marketed in the U.S. as the “British Bob Dylan”, Donovan’s first album was heavily folk-influenced. His first two singles, Catch The Wind and Colours were big hits and established Donovan as a singer-songwriter of the highest caliber. When he switched labels, and producers (the legendary Mickie Most), his style changed and became more Pop, mixed with elements of Jazz and Psychedelia and it cemented his career until 1969 when a change of producers and a change in audience tastes saw a fade in his popularity for a while.

Still, Donovan contributed some of the most instantly recognizable songs to be associated with the 60s. And this set of sessions recorded at the BBC between 1965 and 1968 give some clue as to just how versatile an artist he was, and just how much his music influenced a generation.

You can play this one loud – and you can also dance to it.

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