ALLE Nummern, die Donovan seinerzeit bei seiner ersten Plattenfirma PYE aufgenommen hat, sind auf der preisgünstigen Doppel-CD "Summer Day Reflection Songs" zusammengestellt worden - also auch alle Nummern der beiden Einzel-CDs "Fairytale" und "What'S bin did". Da alle Songs von Donovan von derselben Qualität und einfach schön sind, ist es empfehlenswert, die Gesamtausgabe zu nehmen (die kaum teurer als eine der beiden genannten Einzel-Cds ist).
am 21. März 2006
i bought "fairytale" in its LP incarnation several times and gave it away as a gift several times, as well. in comparison to donovan's first LP (then called "what's bin did etc..." ) this one was a little wet. donovan's first LP had a folksy powerfulness that came from a solid songbook repertoire, and as a consequence, these first two LPs have often been mounted together and mixed up in various ways to achieve a more coherent feel. this is good and well, but now both of those records are available as expanded CDs, which leaves the original records largely in tact, and adds a few nice touches. (there is in fact a whole batch of recorded demos from before this time, 1964, eg the truly stunning "london town" and "codine" on the "troubadour" compilation that show up donovan's surprising mastery even at age 18.) but "fairytale" needed the EP's worth of extra tracks that have now been appended, including the fabulous pre-LED ZEP "hey gyp" track, to lift it into orbit and into the stratosphere. (or vice versa.) at any rate, in its present shape "fairytale" is indeed the record it should have or could have been all along, a perfect, many-facetted, sparkling little jewel. not way ahead of bob dylan, but perhaps way ahead of the beatles! (at the time.) and still a pleasure to listen to, even now. that's something that cannot be said of all that many records! so - five stars!