Album of the Day: Donovan (8/11/69)

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Scottish singer/songwriter Donovan released Barabajagal on August 11, 1969 at the peak of his recording career. Following a run of great, late 60s hallucinogenic, flowery, folkie pop-rock hits (among them, “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” “There Is A Mountain” and “The Hurdy-Gurdy Man”), the album presents a mixed bag of folk, kiddie songs, ballads and three harder-edged folk-rockers, “Superlungs My Supergirl,” “Trudi,” and the title cut.  On the latter two Donovan is backed by the first incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group, with Jeff Beck on guitar, Ron Wood on Bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano and Micky Waller on drums. Barabajagal was a U.S.-only release for Donovan and yielded two singles, the title track and the Top 10 hit “Atlantis.” Barabajagal is on Amazon and iTunes, and Donovan will be in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault soon.

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