1965 was quite a year: the double whammies produced by The Beatles (‘Help!’ and ‘Rubber Soul’); Bob Dylan (‘Bringing It All Back Home’ and ‘Highway 61 Revisited’) and The Byrds (‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ and ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’) inspired and challenged both peers and acolytes. In addition, Donovan appeared on the UK folk scene, his elfin features turning many a young girl’s head. However, looks can be deceptive - this was the year he released his first two albums, wherein some startlingly strong originals (the beautiful ‘Catch The Wind’; the wistful ‘Sing For You’ are just two highlights from his debut album ‘What’s Bin Did, And What’s Bin Hid’), sat alongside Woody Guthrie’s ‘Car Car’ and Mick Softley’s ‘Gold Watch Blues’. ·
A second release appeared a mere five months later, in the shape of ‘Fairytale’, a stunning record which included eight Donovan originals, such as the modern folk classic ‘Colours’ and the autumnal ‘Sunny Goodge Street’. · By 1966 Donovan had followed Dylan’s lead into electric territory and would further extend his palette by creating psychedelic classics, working with the great Mickie Most, collaborating with Jeff Beck and generally carving out a six decade career, still going strong now. · Includes all of Donovan’s recorded output in 1965, digitally remastered - full original albums ‘What’s Bin Did, And What’s Bin Hid’ and ‘Fairytale’, plus additional material released that year including tracks from his ‘Universal Soldier’ EP, single remixes and tracks from US versions of the albums.
Catch The Wind Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do Every Man Has His Chain Josie Catch The Wind Remember The Alamo Cuttin’ Out Car Car Keep On Truckin’ Goldwatch Blues To Sing For You You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond Tangerine Puppet Donna, Donna Ramblin’ Boy Colours
Universal Soldier Ballad Of A Crystal Man Do You Hear Me Now The War Drags On Colours To Try For The Sun Sunny Goodge Street Oh, Deed I Do Circus Of Sour Summer Day Reflection Song Candy Man Jersey Thursday Belated Forgiveness Plea Ballad Of A Crystal Man Little Tin Soldier Ballad Of Geraldine Turquoise Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)