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Fairytale [Castle 2002]

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Donovan 18//2002

Review

Donovan's second album found the Scottish folkie in possession of his own voice, a style of earnest, occasionally mystical musings indebted neither to Woody Guthrie nor Bob Dylan. True, Fairytale's highlights -- "Sunny Goodge Street," "Jersey Thursday," and "The Summer Day Reflection Song" -- use a sense of impressionism pioneered by Dylan, but Donovan flipped Dylan's weariness on its head. His persona is the wistful hippie poet, continually moving on down the road, but never bitter about the past. The folkie "Colours," already a hit before the album's release, is also here (though without Donovan's harmonica). A few of his songs are inconsequential and tossed-off ("Oh Deed I Do," "Circus of Sour"), but a few of these ("Candy Man" especially) succeed too, thanks to Donovan's effervescent delivery. [A 2002 Castle reissue added six bonus tracks, including a version of "Universal Soldier" and the B-side "Hey Gyp (The Slowness)."] ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Colours Donovan 2:43
  3. 2 To Try for the Sun Donovan 3:36
  4. 3 Sunny Goodge Street Donovan 2:53
  5. 4 Oh Deed I Do Donovan 2:4
  6. 5 Circus of Sour Donovan 1:48
  7. 6 The Summer Day Reflection Song Donovan 2:9
  8. 7 Candy Man Donovan 3:24
  9. 8 Jersey Thursday Donovan 2:10
  10. 9 Belated Forgiveness Plea Donovan 2:52
  11. 10 Ballad of a Crystal Man Donovan 3:49
  12. 11 Little Tin Soldier Donovan 2:56
  13. 12 The Ballad of Geraldine Donovan 4:37
  14. 13 Universal Soldier Donovan 2:10
  15. 14 The Ballad of a Crystal Man Donovan 3:14
  16. 15 The War Drags On Donovan 3:39
  17. 16 Do You Hear Me Now Donovan 1:46
  18. 17 Turquoise Donovan 3:27
  19. 18 Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) Donovan 3:8

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