Donovan's songwriting for The Hurdy Gurdy Man centered on drones on such songs as "Peregrine", "The River Song" and "Tangier" the latter two being compositions by his friend "Gypsy Dave" Gyp Mills , and pop music on most of the other tracks. Page was in The Yardbirds at the time and was actively looking to rebuild that band. All tracks credited to Donovan Leitch. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I don't pretend to be an expert on this man's music, but I do know what I like, and I like this very much.
It is a great piece of psychedelic rock history. Not a bad song on this one. Again I leave off that fifth star only because the sound quality reproduction is not up to todays standards. This man, as with the sun, is indeed a very magic fellow. Thanks, and ever lasting peace to all, Tom.
This song was released in It is another one of what I call Donovan at his best. He has this very unique style that no one can imitate, I think. It brings back vivid memories from that summer. I still love to listen to it. The MP3 sound is amazingly good. Need customer service? Click here. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime.
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To Susan on the West Coast Waiting. Superlungs My Supergirl. The song may have been influenced by " Green Circles ", a psychedelic song by Small Faces. The similarity is in the melody of the descending verse, the strange vocal delivery, and the topic of being visited by an enlightened stranger. In , Donovan revealed that he had become friends with Small Faces in According to some sources, the song was written for the band Hurdy Gurdy which included Donovan's old friend and guitar mentor Mac MacLeod   with Donovan intending to be the producer , but the collaboration was cancelled due to creative disagreements, leading Donovan to record the song himself.
There is some dispute regarding the musicians who performed on the song. John Paul Jones , who arranged and played bass on the track and also booked the session musicians , was reported to have said by email that Clem Cattini played the drums and Alan Parker played the electric guitar. On Jimmy Page's website, he lists this song as one on which he plays. MacLeod was in a Danish band at the time called Hurdy Gurdy. Donovan's first purpose was to give the song to Mac's band, as a present, but he changed his mind following Mickie Most advise: the single was a great hit and Hurdy Gurdy never recorded Hurdy Gurdy Man.
The song features a harder rock sound than Donovan's previous recordings but shows the Indian influence with the use of a tambura. It was an anthem for free-spirited hippies with a great psychedelic sound, later to be called "Celtic Rock". Both men come "singing songs of love". He did, but it wasn't recorded for the studio version, because the producers said it would be too long for a single, and they prefered to keep the guitar solo rather than an extra verse.
Donovan said the verse is a summary of the Maharishi's explanation of the way the teaching of transcendental consciousness has eventually re-awakened after it has been forgotten for a long period of time, and is based on part of the Maharishi's commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Donovan said the Hurdy Gurdy Man is the one who re-awakens this knowledge, and in this case is the Maharishi, though there have been others as well. On the live album Live in Japan: Spring Tour Donovan sings the "lost verse" for the first time in an official recording:.
When the truth gets buried deep. Beneath a thousand years of sleep. And once again the truth is found. Awakening the Hurdy Gurdy Man Who comes singing songs of love.
Jimmy Page was in The Yardbirds at the time."Hurdy Gurdy Man" is Donovan at the top of his game. I bought the original vinyl album when it was released in the s and played it to death. When I went to digitalize all the old vinyl, I realized I had to get this on CD. Besides the killer hits "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and "Jennifer Juniper", you have the infectious "Sun is a Very Magic Fellow."/5.