I'm not that much into 70's folk and pop (I leave that to my folks and their friends in fact). But when I played this record it just went... whaouh! This music is so good... and sounds like a good Beck album but made in 1967. What really surprised me is that Donovan has more a reputation for churning out hits than breaking the mould of flower power pop with a vision and a sound that will pass the test of time. Despite its Middle Age inspiration that can be scary at first glance, A Gift From A Flower To A Garden benefits plainly of a well crafted and rich instrumentation that goes beyond the traditionnal borders (a few songs have a strong jazzy feeling) and will bring peace and happiness even within the most hardcore heads.
made for kids. enjoyed by all.
1. Wear Your Love Like Heaven - 2:27 2. Mad John's Escape - 2:21 3. Skip-A-Long Sam - 2:26 4. Sun - 3:17 5. There Was A Time - 2:03 6. Oh Gosh - 1:49 7. Little Boy In Corduray - 2:34 8. Under The Greenwood Tree - 1:58 9. Land Of Doesn't Have To Be - 2:30 10. Someone's Singing - 3:06 11. Song Of The Naturalist's Wife - 2:47 12. Enchanted Gypsy - 3:22 13. Voyage Into The Golden Screen - 3:16 14. Isle Of Islay - 2:24 15. Mandolin Man And His Secret - 3:35 16. Lay Of The Last Tinker - 1:50 17. The Tinker And The Crab - 2:54 18. Widow With Shawl (A Portrait) - 3:03 19. Lullaby Of Spring - 3:27 20. Magpie - 1:31 21. Starfish-On-The-Toast - 2:48 22. Epistle To Derroll - 5:49
yeah, yeah.... it's the hit.
there is a reason why....
it has the power of piercing the brain and setting up shop. (in a good way)
dig the marimba.