Open Road (Donovan album)

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Open Road
Studio album by Donovan
Released 1970
Recorded October 1969 - 1970
Studio Morgan Studios, London, UK
Genre Celtic rock
Length 42:19
Label Epic
Producer Donovan Leitch
Donovan chronology
Open Road
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Open Road is the eighth studio album, and ninth overall, from British singer-songwriter Donovan. It is also considered the debut album from the band Open Road[by whom?]. Open Road was released in the US sometime before 25 July 1970 (Epic Records E 30125 (stereo)), and the UK sometime before 12 September 1970 (Dawn Records DNLS 3009).


After splitting with Mickie Most during the Barabajagal sessions, Donovan decided to move back to the UK against the wishes of his management, who most likely objected due to the heavy taxation in the country and the distance from the American market[citation needed]. There he began recording and producing the tracks that would form his next studio album. Donovan's production was much rougher and more organic than Mickie Most's cleanly polished production on Donovan's hits of the 1960s[opinion].

During these sessions, Donovan assembled the band Open Road with drummer John Carr, keyboardist Mike O'Neil and bass and guitar player Mike Thomson. The band played a style that was dubbed Celtic rock by Donovan. Many of the songs on Open Road ponder the negative side of industrialization and the lost peacefulness of a previous time. While some of this had been touched on in Donovan's previous work, this is the first album where the topic is expounded at length.

After the release of this album, Donovan left Open Road to focus on his family and finish recording his next album, H.M.S. Donovan. After losing Donovan and subsequently Mike O'Neil, Mike Thompson and John Carr reformed Open Road with Barry Husband on guitar and vocals and Simon Lanzon on keyboards. They recorded and released one more album in 1971 (Windy Daze) before disbanding. Open Road subsequently became part of Donovan's canon, and the band Open Road was largely forgotten.


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Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Donovan Leitch.

Original album[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Changes" - 2:56
  2. "Song for John" - 2:43
  3. "Curry Land" - 4:38
  4. "Joe Bean's Theme" - 2:52
  5. "People Used To" - 4:09
  6. "Celtic Rock" - 3:37

Side two[edit]

  1. "Riki Tiki Tavi" - 2:55
  2. "Clara Clairvoyant" - 2:57
  3. "Roots of Oak" - 4:53
  4. "Season of Farewell" - 3:25
  5. "Poke at the Pope" - 2:47
  6. "New Year's Resovolution" - 4:45



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