Donovan

Atlantis Calling

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Atlantis Calling is apparently a semi-legitimate assembly of tracks by Donovan cut in two different decades. The first ten songs are a body of ten studio-recorded tracks that he did in the late 1990s -- opening with "Lady of the Stars," and including remakes and updates of "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch" -- that have appeared on as many as a half-dozen different, mostly budget-priced CDs, including Cleopatra's Forever Gold. The next 11 tracks are purported to have come from a 1973 concert -- and to be fair, he performs nothing later than 1973's "Cosmic Wheels" -- that's mostly just Donovan and his acoustic guitar, doing classic songs including "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," "Atlantis," and "Colours." On the final number, "Young Girl Blues," some accompanying players suddenly appear, and all of it sounds too good for a 1973 live recording; additionally, the way Donovan talks about George Harrison's verses (and the Maharishi) in introducing "Hurdy Gurdy Man," he's almost too nostalgic about the 1960s for a 1973 performance. But it is worth hearing, and enjoyable on any terms one cares to name. As of 2004, Rockartoons, who put this CD out, appears to be defunct, but the CD seems to be readily available.