Wednesday, 19 September 2012

WEDNESDAY CLUB - Donovan - Turquoise

MIDWEEK CRISIS why is everything so black and white, come to WEDNESDAY CLUB we've got Donovan, Dylan, Joan and you will see the world is really coloured Turquoise,  
Sunshine Superman

Believe it or not I was aware of Donovan before I heard  of Dylan. I first saw him on a classic music programme called  Ready Steady Go  it was revolutionary at the time and all the early greats appeared there, The Beatles, The Stones etc.  Donovan as I recall had a guest spot for a few weeks singing topical stuff he did especially for the show. It was there I first heard his self penned song Catch the Wind which I thought was really different and innovative...that was until I heard Blowin in the Wind and The Times they are a Changin' by Dylan.

Donovan released Turquoise  in 1965 as a single and it had only moderate success which I could not understand at the time, as it  just blew me away and it still stands up to day as a classic.

Just close your eyes and you are by the sea and at the end you will be in a very good place indeed.

The story goes he wrote the song for none other than Joan Baez whom he claimed he was in love with. Joan later recorded the song.

Donovan has done many many good songs but this just has to be my favourite.

 
DONOVAN - Turquois(1965)

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19 September 2012 at 11:33

Fabulous! Of course I have never heard it before but perfect here lying on the sofa with the sun coming through after a heavy night watching Calexico.

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19 September 2012 at 12:57

Lovely song. You cannot beat a nice bit of Don. I never realised he was in love with Joanie. He had to copy Bob in every way! Mind you, by '65 I'm sure Zimmy would have happily handed her over to Mr. Leitch.

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19 September 2012 at 13:28

FC - glad you enjoyed Calexico wish I could be nursing a hangover after seeing them.
SB - in these days we all were in love with Joan...in Don't look back...poor Don looked like little boy lost and when Dylan sang Baby Blue...the gulf between them was there like a chasm

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19 September 2012 at 15:17

But I'll admit I always find the 'Baby Blue' scene hilarious. Dylan picks up ther guitar and...bang! Take that, young pretender. I think Bob liked him, though. Joan? I think Mimi was cooler.

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19 September 2012 at 16:58

A Dylan pretender? Must be a good thing! Good stuff - never heard it before.

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23 September 2012 at 12:43

I can hear some similarities between him and early Dylan. Mouth organ, sparse guitar and poignant lyrics. He has a much nicer voice though! Another great Sunday morning track for the list.

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