Nights at the Roundtable with Donovan and his Jazzier side with The Observation from the Mellow Yellow album, released in 1967. We're coming into the stretch and we're almost to our goal. Please kick in what you can and help us over the top. Help save Newstalgia and help keep us up and running.
April 30, 2012

Donovan in 1967 - giving a nod to the Cool-School.


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Taking a break from sessions this week and diving into no genre in particular. Tonight it's 60's Folk-Pop-Psych icon Donovan and one of the Jazzier selections from his Mellow Yellow album of 1967, The Observation. With the exception of his debut, most of his earlier projects of the 60's were a combination of Folk, Pop, Psychedelia and a nod in the direction of Cool-School Jazz. Usually making for an interesting and somewhat eclectic listening experience, it also tried to deflect from the stereotype that Donovan was presented to mainstream music as a sort of Bob Dylan-Lite, which just wasn't true. But in the world of pigeon-holes, he had to be put in one, and as we all know, Jazz isn't big commercially.

So here's Donovan's nod to Beat-Poetry and Word Jazz from 1967.

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