HMS Donovan - Dawn / Epic 1971
Many of the songs are accompanied only by acoustic Donovan's guitar, but his Open Road friends do back-up up on some tracks. Only few of the songs are known from the otherwise numerous collection albums that have been released in Donovan's name - in fact it is probably only "Celia of the Seals" that can be called well-known - the song was also the album's only (minor) hit.
Some reviewers have expressed that the original double album could have been much stronger if the best songs had been collected on a single album only. Though the album works quite well as a whole, I am inclined to agree with this point of view.
The opening number, which is almost more of a listening play than a song I could easily do without along with some of the less significant acoustic songs. "Celia of the Seals" is the highlight of the album, but also the two songs "The Voyage of the Moon" and "Lord of the Reedy River" which were also recorded by Mary Hopkin are among the most memorable tracks. "Coulter's Candy" which has a charming, simple melody, interestingly enough, it was a big hit in Denmark with a completely different text dealing with the young hippies who had the habit of concentrating on "Stork Fountain" in Copenhagen in the middle of 1960's.