Ira Robbins
September 11, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Troubadour: The Definitive Collection/1964-1976

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Donovan
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B-

Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan took his early musical cues from Bob Dylan, but these two discs make it clear that Donovan didn’t need a foreign guide for his romantic exploration of British pop culture and Celtic traditions. By 1966, he was riding the charts with whimsical psychedelia (”Sunshine Superman”); his subsequent records (”Atlantis”) tripped prettily through fields of folk, rock, pop, and calypso with pixieish delight. The ’70s material is patchy, but as a summary of a distinctive and often wonderful artist, this 44-cut Troubadour is worth hearing.

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