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Try for the Sun: The Journey of Donovan

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Donovan 9/13/2005

Review

Donovan Leitch's instantly recognizable vibrato may not appear until track six, but the casual "Hurdy Gurdy Man" fan has no business picking up this four-disc/sixty-song collection of the Scottish troubadour's four decades of whimsical pop confections and beatnik balladry. Sony's Try for the Sun: The Journey of Donovan includes a previously unreleased documentary from 1970, a lovely book that chronicles the singer/songwriter's storied career, complete with quotes of praise from current hipster bards like Devendra Banhart and the Polyphonic Spree's Tim DeLaughter, and 15 B-sides, rare demos, and live recordings, all housed in the finest faux-purple velvet box one could imagine. While there are some suspicious omissions ("Roots of Oak," "Age of Treason," "Cosmic Wheels"), there's enough here to satiate even the most rabid Donovan fan for weeks. Those interested in a less time-consuming biographical experience would do well with 1992's slightly superior -- and infinitely more cohesive -- Troubadour. ~ James Christopher Monger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Catch the Wind [Single Version] Donovan 2:17
  3. 2 Josie Donovan 3:27
  4. 3 Co'dine [Demo] Donovan 4:45
  5. 4 Colours Donovan 2:45
  6. 5 Universal Soldier Donovan 2:12
  7. 6 Sunny Goodge Street Donovan 2:55
  8. 7 Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) Donovan 3:10
  9. 8 Sunshine Superman [Extended Version] Donovan 4:31
  10. 9 The Trip [Single Version] Donovan 4:34
  11. 10 Legend of a Girl Child Linda Donovan 6:52
  12. 11 Three King Fishers Donovan 3:16
  13. 12 Season of the Witch Donovan 1:14
  14. 13 Guinevere Donovan 3:40
  15. 14 The Fat Angel Donovan 4:12
  16. 15 Mellow Yellow Donovan 3:40
  17. 16 Sand and Foam Donovan 3:18
  18. 17 Young Girl Blues Donovan 3:45
  19. 18 Museum Donovan 2:55
  20. 19 Hampstead Incident Donovan 4:41
  21. 20 Sunny South Kensington Donovan 3:49
  22. 1 Epistle to Dippy Donovan 3:10
  23. 2 Preachin' Love Donovan 2:37
  24. 3 There Is a Mountain Donovan 2:35
  25. 4 Wear Your Love Like Heaven Donovan 2:24
  26. 5 Oh Gosh Donovan 1:47
  27. 6 Isle of Islay Donovan 2:22
  28. 7 Epistle to Derroll Donovan 5:44
  29. 8 To Try for the Sun Donovan 3:21
  30. 9 Someone's Singing Donovan 3:56
  31. 10 The Tinker and the Crab Donovan 3:4
  32. 11 Jennifer Juniper Donovan 2:41
  33. 12 Poor Cow [From Poor Cow] Donovan 2:56
  34. 13 Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan 3:18
  35. 14 Get Thy Bearings Donovan 2:52
  36. 15 Lalena Donovan 2:53
  37. 16 Barabajagal (Love Is Hot) Donovan 3:21
  38. 17 Lord of the Reedy River Donovan 3:3
  39. 18 Moon in Capricorn Donovan 2:2
  40. 19 To Susan on the West Coast Waiting Donovan 3:10
  41. 20 Atlantis Donovan 5:8
  42. 1 Celia of the Seals Donovan 3:0
  43. 2 The Song of the Wandering Aengus Donovan 3:54
  44. 3 The Ferryman's Daughter Donovan 1:49
  45. 4 She Moved Through the Fair Donovan 2:52
  46. 5 The Traveling People Donovan 1:50
  47. 6 Riki Tiki Tavi Donovan 2:55
  48. 7 Clara Clairvoyant Donovan 2:52
  49. 8 Young But Growing Donovan 4:34
  50. 9 Keep on Truckin' Donovan 2:54
  51. 10 Stealin' Donovan 4:8
  52. 11 I Like You Donovan 5:17
  53. 12 Maria Magenta Donovan 2:12
  54. 13 A Working Man Donovan 3:8
  55. 14 Tinker Tune Donovan 2:48
  56. 15 Sailing Homeward Donovan 2:57
  57. 16 Your Broken Heart Donovan 3:32
  58. 17 Dark-Eyed Blue Jean Angel Donovan 3:51
  59. 18 Please Don't Bend Donovan 4:12
  60. 19 Love Floats Donovan 4:18
  61. 20 Happiness Runs [2004 Version] Donovan 3:43
  62. 1 Bonus Material [DVD] Donovan null:null

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