Anthology To Mark Donavan's 40th Anniversary 

(press release) To celebrate Donovan's 40th Anniversary (1965-2005), Sanctuary Midline in association with Sanctuary Records Group is pleased to announce the May 9th release of the must- have 2-CD anthology - "Donovan's Summer Day Reflection Songs". The album coincides with the Donovan's extensive forthcoming 26-date UK tour during May 2005 (tour dates listed below), and the May 9th release of EMI's four digitally re-mastered Donovan albums - "Sunshine Superman" (1966), "Mellow Yellow" (1967), "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (1968), and "Barabajagal" (1969). 

Donovan started in 1965 as an unsigned musician, and by the end of the year he enjoyed a hat-trick of hit singles - "Catch The Wind" (reached No.4, March 1965), "Colours" (reached No.4, June 1965), and "Turquoise" (reached No. #30, November 1965). 

1965 also saw the release of three hit albums - "What's Been Did And What's Been Hid" (reached #3, June 1965), "Catch The Wind" and "Fairytale" (reached #20, November 1965), and the chart-topping EP "Universal Soldier". Following the success of Donovan's first record, "Catch The Wind", which reached #3 in the UK singles chart, he was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award and hailed as the brightest new hope of 1965. Later that same year, as with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones before him, the ever-popular American television impresario Ed Sullivan booked Donovan for US TV debut.

Summer Day Reflection Songs comprises, for the very first time, all of Donovan's releases from that first hectic year, including variants of "Catch The Wind", "Colours", "Ballad Of A Crystal Man", and the first-ever UK release of the rare French EP track "Every Man Has His Chain". The compilation also includes the rare song "Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)", a popular/groovy "folk-funk" track which was covered by several other artists at the time. 

2005 UK Tour Dates 

  11/05/05 Portsmouth Guild Hall 
  12/05/05 Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall 
  13/05/05 Brighton Hove Hall 
  14/05/05 Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall 
  16/05/05 Cardiff St David's Hall 
  17/05/05 Bristol St Georges Brandon Hill BBC 
  18/05/05  Cheltenham Town Hall 
  19/05/05 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall 
  20/05/05 Torquay Babbacombe Theatre 
  21/05/05 Reading Hexagon Theatre 
  23/05/05 Cambridge Corn Exchange 
  24/05/05 Newcastle City Hall 
  25/05/05 Edinburgh Queens Hall 
  28/05/05 Dundee Caird Hall 
  30/05/05 Southport Southport Theatre 
  31/05/05 Leeds City Varieties Theatre 
  01/06/05 York Grand Opera House 
  02/06/05 Blackburn King George's Hall 
  03/06/05 Derby Assembly Rooms 
  05/06/05 Stoke Victoria Hall 
  06/06/05 Stratford Civic Hall 
  07/06/05 Wepre Park Private Show 
  08/06/05 Sheffield Montgomery Hall 
  09/06/05 Oxford Town Hall 
  10/06/05 Hays Becks Theatre 
  11/06/05 Southend-on-Sea Cliffs Pavilion 

2005 European Tour Dates 

  Rome 27/04/05 
  Florence 28/04/05 
  Ferrara 29/04/05 
  Milan 30/04/05 
  Switzerland 01/05/05 
  Switzerland 02/05/05 
  Switzerland 03/05/05 
  Spain 04/05/05 
  Spain 05/05/05 
  Spain 06/05/05 
  Spain 07/05/05 
  Spain 08/05/05 
  Paris 09/05/05

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