Donovan in Concert

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For the 1994 CD released as Donovan in Concert, see Rising (Donovan album).
Donovan in Concert
Live album by Donovan
Released August 1968 (U.S.)
Recorded September 23, 1967
Genre Folk rock, psychedelic rock
Length 55:00
Label Epic (U.S.)
Pye (UK)
Producer Mickie Most
Donovan chronology
A Gift from a Flower to a Garden
(1967)
Donovan in Concert
(1968)
The Hurdy Gurdy Man
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Amazon.com [2]

Donovan in Concert is the sixth album from British singer-songwriter Donovan, and the first live album of his career. It was recorded in the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on September 23, 1967. It was released in the United States in August 1968 (Epic Records BN 26386 (stereo)) and in the United Kingdom in September 1968 (Pye Records NPL 18237 (monaural) / NSPL 18237 (stereo)). The album reached No.18 on the U.S. charts.

History[edit]

This concert was recorded in September 1967, several months before Donovan released A Gift from a Flower to a Garden, and the concert included several songs that would not have been widely known to a US audience, including some which were UK single b-sides. "Poor Cow" is introduced by Donovan as "Poor Love", its original title, which was changed when the song appeared in the film Poor Cow. It retained that title when released as the b-side to "Jennifer Juniper" in February 1968.

The music at the concert was much more subdued than Donovan's singles of the time, and Donovan was backed by the core group of musicians who had recorded with him on his previous albums including flautist Harold McNair and percussionist Tony Carr. They play many genres of music, from folk to jazz. The concert was introduced by (Los Angeles radio station) KRLA radio personality, Rhett Walker, who then hands the proceedings to Donovan's father Donald Leitch.

Following is a list detailing the releases of the studio versions of each song. Songs that were unreleased at the time of the concert are noted with an asterisk (*):

  • "Isle of Islay"* (from A Gift from a Flower to a Garden, released December 1967)
  • "Young Girl Blues" (from Mellow Yellow, released March 1967)
  • "There Is a Mountain" (single, released August 1967)
  • "Poor Cow"* (b-side of "Jennifer Juniper" single, released February 1968)
  • "Celeste" (from Sunshine Superman, released September 1966)
  • "The Fat Angel" (from Sunshine Superman, released September 1966)
  • "Guinevere" (from Sunshine Superman, released September 1966
  • "Widow with Shawl (A Portrait)"* (from A Gift from a Flower to a Garden, released December 1967)
  • "Preachin' Love" (b-side of "Mellow Yellow" single, released October 1966)
  • "The Lullaby of Spring"* (from A Gift from a Flower to a Garden, released December 1967)
  • "Writer in the Sun" (from Mellow Yellow, released March 1967)
  • "Pebble and the Man"* (released as "Happiness Runs" on Barabajagal, August 11, 1969)
  • "Rules and Regulations"* (no studio version released except a demo tape)
  • "Mellow Yellow" (single, released October 1966)

Reissues[edit]

  • On February 15, 2002, Beat Goes On Records reissued Donovan In Concert' (BGOCD 90) on compact disc in the UK.
  • In 2006 EMI reissued a 2-CD remastered version of the album Donovan In Concert-The Complete 1967 Anaheim Show (094635410020) in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

Original album[edit]

Side one[edit]

All tracks by Donovan Leitch.

  1. "Intro" - 3:25
  2. "Isle of Islay" – 4:21
  3. "Young Girl Blues" – 6:09
  4. "There Is a Mountain" – 3:04
  5. "Poor Cow" – 3:28
  6. "Celeste" – 5:15
  7. "The Fat Angel" – 3:24
  8. "Guinevere" – 2:42

Side two[edit]

  1. "Widow with Shawl (A Portrait)" – 3:34
  2. "Preachin' Love" – 5:03
  3. "The Lullaby of Spring" – 3:08
  4. "Writer in the Sun" – 4:30
  5. "Pebble and the Man" – 3:10
  6. "Rules and Regulations" – 2:54
  7. "Mellow Yellow" – 4:18

Track listing[edit]

2006 Reissue[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. “Intro” – 3:25
  2. “Isle of Islay” – 4:21
  3. “Young Girl Blues” – 6:09
  4. “There Is a Mountain” – 3:04
  5. “Poor Love (Poor Cow)” – 3:28
  6. “Sunny Goodge Street” – 3:13
  7. “Celeste” – 5:15
  8. “The Fat Angel” – 3:24
  9. "Guinevere" – 3:39
  10. “Widow with Shawl (A Portrait)” – 3:00
  11. “Epistle to Deroll” – 5:53
  12. "Preaching Love" – 9:38

Disc two[edit]

  1. “Lullaby of Spring” – 4:27
  2. “Sand and Foam” – 3:21
  3. “Hampstead Incident” – 5:10
  4. “Writer in the Sun” – 4:11
  5. “Try For The Sun” – 3:27
  6. “Someone Singing” – 2:55
  7. “Pebble and the Man ~ Happiness Runs” – 3:10
  8. “The Tinker and the Crab” – 3:38
  9. “Rules and Regulations” – 2:33
  10. “Mellow Yellow” – 4:42
  11. “Catch The Wind” (part) – 1:16

Personnel[edit]

  • Donovan – Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
  • Tony Carr – Percussion
  • Harold McNair – Flute & sax
  • Andy Troncosco - Bass
  • Lorin Newkirk - Piano
  • 'Candy' John Carr - Bongos & finger cymbals
  • and The Flower Quartet

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