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Donovan's Greatest Hits
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  • This 1999 reissue contains four bonus tracks not on the original release.
  • Personnel includes: Donovan Leitch; Jimmy Page (guitar); Harold McNair (flute, saxophone); Danny Thompson (acoustic bass); John Bonham (drums).
  • Producers include: Terry Kennedy, Mickie Most.
  • Includes liner notes by Donovan Leitch.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Personnel: Donovan (vocals, whistling, acoustic guitar, banjo, harp, tamboura); Mike Thomson (vocals, guitar); Eric Leese, Eric Ford, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Allan Holdsworth (electric guitar); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra (strings); Harold McNair (flute); Danny Moss (horns); Gabriel Mekler, John Cameron, Nicky Hopkins, Mike O'Neil (keyboards); Mike Carr (vibraphone); Cliff Barton (electric bass); Tony Carr (drums, percussion); James Gordon, Keith Webb, Bobby Orr, Clem Clatini, John Bonham, Tony Newman (drums); Lesley Duncan, Madeline Bell, Suzi Quatro (background vocals).
  • Liner Note Author: Donovan.
  • Recording information: 1964-1970.
  • An expanded reissue of a 1969 best-of compilation, GREATEST HITS is still the best single-disc distillation of the magic that was Donovan. (1992's double-disc TROUBADOUR, however, is great for bigger fans or rarities buffs.) One of the classic love-him-or-hate-him artists of the '60s, Donovan Leitch's mixture of folky sincerity ("Colours"), hippie-dippie humanism ("Atlantis," "Epistle To Dippy") and just plain daffy surrealism ("Sunshine Superman," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Mellow Yellow"), set to Mickie Most's Swinging London arrangements, heavy on the horns and strings, epitomizes the Carnaby Street era like no one else can.
  • The handful of bonus tracks include Donovan's surprisingly cool collaboration with the Jeff Beck Group on "Barabajagal" and his theme for the Chuck Jones TV cartoon "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi." Novices should start here.
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