Barabajagal

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Barabajagal
Studio album by Donovan
Released 11 August 1969
Recorded Olympic Studios, London (May 1968: tracks 3 and 4; March 1969: track 2; May 1969: tracks 1 and 9)
American Recording Company, Los Angeles (November 1968: tracks 5-8, 10)
Genre Folk
Length 33:43
Label Epic
Producer Mickie Most
Donovan chronology
The Hurdy Gurdy Man
(1968)
Barabajagal
(1969)
Open Road
(1970)

Barabajagal is the seventh studio album and eighth album overall from British singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released in the United States on 11 August 1969 (Epic Records BN 26481 (stereo)), but was not released in the United Kingdom because of a continuing contractual dispute that also prevented Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, and The Hurdy Gurdy Man from being released in the UK.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Barabajagal is one of the higher rated of Donovan's albums with the presence of the Jeff Beck Group backing on several tracks being cited[by whom?] as reason for that.

History[edit]

While the majority of the Barabajagal sessions took place in November 1968, "Happiness Runs" and "Where Is She" were recorded the previous May. All of these songs except "Atlantis", "I Love My Shirt" and "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting" were shelved while Donovan's Greatest Hits was still high in the charts. "Atlantis" / "I Love My Shirt" was released as a single in November 1968 in the UK. In the US, "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting" / "Atlantis" was eventually released in March 1969. "Atlantis" ended up charting higher than its a-side. Some of the songs recorded were originally meant to be included on the unreleased Moon In Capricorn album.

In May 1969, Mickie Most produced at least one session with Donovan fronting the Jeff Beck Group. "Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)" (also known as "Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)" and simply "Barabajagal") and "Trudi" (originally "Bed with Me") resulted from these sessions. There were other songs recorded by Donovan and the Jeff Beck Group, but they remained unreleased until they appeared as bonus tracks on the 2005 UK reissue of the album. Rod Stewart was in the band at this time, but he does not sing lead on any of the songs that were released. Tony Newman is featured as drummer.

"Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)" / "Trudi" was released as a single in June 1969 in the UK and in August 1969 in the United States. Following the pattern of Donovan's previous releases, his next album was named after the hit single of the time. The inclusion of "Atlantis" and "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting" helped make Barabajagal a strong seller in the United States.

The songs on this album represent all facets of Donovan's career. Several rockers adorn the album, including the title track, "Trudi", "The Love Song" and "Superlungs (My Supergirl)". "I Love My Shirt" updates the sound of Donovan's children's music, and there are several slow songs featuring breathy vocals ("Where Is She?", "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting") reminiscent of the For Little Ones portion of A Gift from a Flower to a Garden. It is during the Barabajagal sessions that Donovan's musical vision and work ethic began to diverge from that of producer Mickie Most. The two eventually stopped working together, effectively ending Donovan's chart success.

"Happiness Runs" is a round sung by Donovan, Graham Nash, Michael McCartney, and Lesley Duncan and was originally released without the round as "Pebble and the Man" on Donovan in Concert. "Superlungs (My Supergirl)" was originally recorded during the Sunshine Superman sessions, but was not used for that album. That recording was released on Troubadour The Definitive Collection 1964–1976. Donovan re-recorded the song for Barabajagal.

Reissues[edit]

  • On 25 October 1990, Epic Records reissued Barabajagal (Epic 26481) in the US on CD.
  • On 16 May 2005, EMI reissued Barabajagal (EMI 8735692) in the UK on CD with thirteen bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Original album[edit]

All songs written and composed by Donovan Leitch. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)"   3:20
2. "Superlungs (My Supergirl)"   2:39
3. "Where Is She?"   2:46
4. "Happiness Runs"   3:25
5. ""I Love My Shirt"   3:19
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "The Love Song"   3:14
7. "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting"   3:12
8. "Atlantis"   4:58
9. "Trudi"   2:23
10. "Pamela Jo"   4:24

2005 EMI version (UK) bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Stromberg Twins" – 4:40
  2. "Snakeskin" – 2:41
  3. "Lauretta's Cousin Laurinda" – 4:18
  4. "The Swan (Lord of the Reedy River)" – 3:08
  5. "Poor Man's Sunshine (Nativity)" – 5:19
  6. "New Year's Resolution (Donovan's Celtic Jam)" – 3:16
  7. "Runaway" (demo) – 3:03
  8. "Sweet Beverley" (demo) – 2:59
  9. "Marjorie (Margarine)" (demo) – 3:17
  10. "Little White Flower" (demo) – 2:09
  11. "Good Morning Mr. Wind" (demo) – 2:08
  12. "Palais Girl" (demo) – 2:26
  13. "Lord of the Universe" (demo) – 3:12

Personnel[edit]

West Coast personnel[edit]

  1. "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting"
  2. "I Love My Shirt"
  3. "Atlantis"
  4. "Pamela Jo"
  • James Kehn – percussion, drums
  • Gabriel Meckler – keyboards
  • Richie Podolor – producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. Barabajagal at AllMusic. Retrieved 11 May 2005.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Donovan Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 10 February 2006. 

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