Donovan ‎– Open Road

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Open Road is the eighth studio album, and ninth album overall from Donovan. It is also considered the debut album from the band Open Road. Open Road was released in the US sometime before July 25, 1970 (Epic Records E 30125 (stereo)), and in the UK sometime before September 12, 1970 (Dawn Records DNLS 3009).

After splitting with Mickie Most during the Barabajagal sessions, Donovan decided to move back to the UK against the wishes of his management, who most likely objected due to the heavy taxation in the country and the distance from the American market. There he began recording and producing the tracks that would form his next studio album. Donovan's production was much rougher and more organic than Mickie Most's cleanly polished production on Donovan's hits of the 1960s.

During these sessions, Donovan assembled the band Open Road with drummer John Carr, keyboardist Mike O'Neil, and bass and guitar player Mike Thomson. The band played a style that was dubbed celtic rock by Donovan. Many of the songs on Open Road ponder the negative side of industrialization and the lost peacefulness of a previous time. While some of this had been touched on in Donovan's previous work, this is the first album where the topic is expounded at length.

On August 22, 2000, Repertoire Records reissued Open Road (RR 4880) on CD in Germany. This marks the first CD release of the album.

Tracklist

Changes 2:56
Song For John 2:43
Curry Land 4:38
Joe Bean's Theme 2:52
People Used To 4:09
Celtic Rock 3:37
Riki Tiki Tavi 2:55
Clara Clairvoyant 2:57
Roots Of Oak 4:53
Season Of Farewell 3:25
Poke At The Pope 2:47
New Year's Resovolution 4:45

Versions (23)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
44061 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Mono) Epic, CBS 44061 Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
BN 26514 Donovan Open Road(Cass) Epic BN 26514 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
E 30125 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album) Epic E 30125 Sweden 1970 Sell This Version
ELPS-3594, ELPS 3594, E 30125 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album) Epic, Epic, Epic ELPS-3594, ELPS 3594, E 30125 Australia 1970 Sell This Version
E 30125 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album) Epic E 30125 Greece 1970 Sell This Version
BN 26 278 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album) Epic BN 26 278 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
E 30125, E-30125 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album) CBS, CBS E 30125, E-30125 India 1970 Sell This Version
BN 26 514 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album) Epic BN 26 514 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
E 30125 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Exp) CBS E 30125 US 1970 Sell This Version
DNLS 3009 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Gat) Dawn (7) DNLS 3009 UK 1970 Sell This Version
BN 26 278 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Gat) Epic BN 26 278 Europe 1970 Sell This Version
E 30125 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Gat) Epic E 30125 US 1970 Sell This Version
E 30125 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Gat) Epic E 30125 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
SONX-60160 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Gat) CBS/Sony SONX-60160 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BN 26 278 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Gat) Epic BN 26 278 France 1970 Sell This Version
E 30125 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Gat) Epic E 30125 US 1970 Sell This Version
BN S-26278 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Gat) Epic BN S-26278 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
E 30125 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Epic E 30125 US 1970 Sell This Version
ER 30125 Donovan Open Road(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Epic ER 30125 US 1970 Sell This Version
ES-6051 Donovan Riki Tiki Tavi(LP, Album) Epic ES-6051 Venezuela 1970 Sell This Version
REP 4880 Donovan Open Road(CD, Album, RE) Repertoire Records REP 4880 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
ET 30125 Donovan Open Road(Cass, Album) Epic ET 30125 US Unknown Sell This Version
E 30125 Donovan Open Road(LP, Album, Gat) Epic E 30125 US Unknown Sell This Version

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jamesjazzy

jamesjazzy

March 18, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Open Road, LP, Album, ELPS-3594, ELPS 3594, E 30125
OUTSTANDING ALBUM. IT IS LIKE ONE LONG CONNECTED SONG. lIKE DONOVAN YOU'VE NEVER HEARD. WHAT MAKES IT SO GREAT IS THE SUPPORTING MUSICIANS THE HARMONY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I'VE PLAYED THIS ALBUM ABOUT 175 TIMES!!!