Donnerstag, 28. August 2014

Donovan - Catch The Wind (EP, Pye, 1965)

Donovan's folky 1965 recordings for Pye Records (they were released in the U.S. by Hickory Records) bear only a superficial resemblance to the more famous pop material he began issuing a year later when he switched to Epic Records. True, the fey gypsy and flower power sensibility was already present in songs like "Turquoise" (which is as gorgeous as it is ridiculous), but the pre-"Sunshine Superman" Donovan had a good deal more Woody Guthrie in him than he did Timothy Leary.

His work from this period has been compared (usually unfavorably) to Bob Dylan, but the strongest influence at play in these songs is probably Bert Jansch. In the end, the Pye tracks form a complete and distinct cycle in Donovan's canon, separate from - but not necessarily lesser than-his more ornate pop material.

Side A:
01. Catch The Wind
02. Every Man Has His Chain

Side B:
03. Josie
04. Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do

All tracks by Donovan P. Leitch.

· Donovan: vocals, acoustic guitar and mouth harp.
· Brian 'Liquorice' Locking: bass.
· Skip Alan: drums.

Donovan - Catch The Wind (EP, Pye, 1965)
(192 kbps, front cover included)

Freitag, 8. August 2014

Gone Fishin!

…so, no blog posts in the next two weeks.  Have a good time, greetings!

Dienstag, 5. August 2014

Nina Simone And Her Friends (1959)

Nina Simone and Her Friends is an album released by the Bethlehem Records label that compiled songs by Jazz singers Nina Simone, Carmen McRae and Chris Connor.
All three artists had left the label and signed with other companies by the time Bethlehem released this album. The songs of Nina Simone were previously unissued “left overs” from the recording sessions for her debut album Little Girl Blue (1958) and released without her knowing.
The tracks by Chris Connor and Carmen McRae were already issued together this way as Bethlehem's Girlfriends in 1956 accompanied by the debut recording session of Julie London.
01.  He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
02.  Cottage For Sale
03.  Old Devil Moon
04.  I Loves You, Porgy
05.  Try A Little Tenderness
06.  You Made Me Care
07.  For All We Know
08.  What Is There To Say
09.  Too Much In Love To Care
10.  African Mailman
11.  Good Bye
12.  Last Time For Love

Nina Simone And Her Friends (1959)
(320 kbps, front cover inlcuded)