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Hurdy Gurdy Man, Donovan

Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan

October 1st, 1968

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iTunes Price: $9.99

Genre: Pop

Released: Oct 1968

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(19 Ratings)

Essentials

Donovan
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British Invasion
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1966
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Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan

Name Artist Time Price
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Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan 3:13 $1.29
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Peregrine Donovan 3:33 $0.99
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The Entertaining of a Shy Girl Donovan 1:39 $0.99
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As I Recall It Donovan 2:06 $0.99
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Get Thy Bearings Donovan 2:46 $0.99
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Hi It's Been a Long Time Donovan 2:31 $0.99
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West Indian Lady Donovan 2:14 $0.99
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Jennifer Juniper Donovan 2:40 $0.99
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The River Song Donovan 2:14 $0.99
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Tangier Donovan 4:09 $0.99
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A Sunny Day Donovan 1:51 $0.99
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The Sun Is a Very Magic Fellow Donovan 2:41 $0.99
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Teas Donovan 2:28 $0.99


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Our Review

One of the most fascinating albums of the late ‘60s, Hurdy Gurdy Man is a brilliant collaboration between Donovan and producer Mickie Most. The instrumentation is wild and diverse. Donovan performs a variety of styles each to jarring effect. On the title track his usual sunny disposition is given a dark shadow to rumble through the jungle. The band crafts a tough, firm backbeat for “Get Thy Bearings.” “As I Recall It” rallies toward the Kinks’ take on English Music Hall. “West Indian Lady” uses expressive percussion. “Jennifer Juniper” relies on a gentle gait. “The River Song,” “A Sunny Day” and “The Sun Is A Very Magic Fellow” continue Donovan’s paeans to nature. “The Entertaining of A Shy Girl” works a serene acoustic magic. “Tangier” forms the mystical palette for Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” (Future members of Led Zeppelin played on many Donovan tracks.) “Teas” is psychedelic in the best sense. The balance between Donovan’s acoustic whimsy and his deep investment in psychedlelia makes for some of the era’s most intriguing listens. Donovan may be “dated” to his period. But what a stunning period!

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Customer Reviews

wow, itunes is retarded (5 stars)

this is an incredibly inovative album with incredible music. The fact that Itunes attempts to sound intelligent by bashing it, really discredits whoever is writing these reviews. Of course, this isn't perfect but this album and Donovan's work in general, along with Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, is the predecessor of much of the folk and mellow rock that has emerged since the '60s. Hurdy Gurdy Man itself is an incredible and very bone-chilling

Peaceful but Strong-Peace…Donovan's Vibes Survive the Times (5 stars)

Buffy St.-Marie and Bob Dylan; Joan Baez and Jeff Beck, Donovan traveled in High Circles…trading songs (and wives) with the Rolling Stones and seeing through Maharishi with The Beatles. Not a lite-weight Bob Dylan, Donovan's simplicity is a cloak covering deep spirituality. Calming souls convulsed with War and Pain; with Love-Wounds and with bad acid trips, Donovan also brings simplicity to life overcomplicated by the evil side of man.

John Bonham did not play here. (5 stars)

On the iTunes drum essentials description it says the John Bonham played on Hurdy Gurdy Man. He did not play on this.


Biography

Born: May 10, 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland
Genre: Rock
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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Name Album Time Price
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Hurdy Gurdy Man Hurdy Gurdy Man 3:13 $1.29
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Catch the Wind Catch the Wind 2:55 $1.29
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Season of the Witch Sunshine Superman 4:53 $1.29
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Mellow Yellow Super Hits 3:38 $1.29
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Atlantis Barabajagal 5:02 $0.99
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Sunshine Superman Sunshine Superman 3:15 $1.29
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Happiness Runs Barabajagal 3:24 $0.99
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Catch the Wind Summer Day Reflection Songs 2:54 $1.29
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Season of the Witch The Wackness (Music from th.. 4:54 $1.29
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Colours Fairytale 2:44 $1.29


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