Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)

Composed by Donovan

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One of two collaborations with the Jeff Beck Group (plus Madeleine Bell, Lesley Duncan and, supposedly, an uncredited Suzi Quatro on backing vocals) on 1969's Barabajagal, "Barabajagal" is the closest Donovan ever came to properly rocking out. The Jeff Beck Group sets up a choogling, almost funky groove based on Nicky Hopkins' barrelhouse-style piano (Beck himself is unfortunately restrained, almost to the point of inaudibility much of the time), over which Donovan spins a vaguely threatening fairy story. In all honesty, the lyrics seem primarily an excuse to lay into the baby-talk chorus "Goo goo, goo goo, Barabajagal" over and over. Marc Bolan soon made a career out of high-octane rewrites of this song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Barabajagal 1969 Epic 3:20
Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 1992 Legacy / Epic 3:18
Groovy, Vol. 2: A Collection of Rare Jazzy Club Tracks 1997
Various Artists
Irma Records 3:21
Sunshine Superman: The Very Best of Donovan 2002 EMI Music Distribution 3:21