zondag 28 september 2014

Donovan - The Universal Soldier (Album 1967)

Sunday afternoon, time for vintage records ......

                 Hey Gyp
Side 1 Universal Soldier-Do You Here Me Now- The War Drags On-Turquoise-Hey Gyp-
Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do

Side 2 Colours-I,ll Try For The Sun-Sunny Goodge Street-Oh Deed I Do-Circus Of Sour-
The Summer Day Reflection Song

"Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)" is a song by Donovan. It is an altered version of the song "Can I Do It For You" by Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy. The name "Gyp" refers to his friend Gyp Mills. It has been covered by Eric Burdon and The Animals and The Soul Survivors (as the B-side to their hit "Expressway to Your Heart"). It has also been covered by The Belfast Gypsies, Keith Shields, Santa Esmeralda, the Truth, and The Astro Zombies.
The Animals cover was released in December 1966 on their album Animalism. After the reformed band Eric Burdon & The Animals performed it on their live shows, it was released as a single under the name of the new band. The personnel on the Animals single were Eric Burdon-Vocals, Hilton Valentine- Guitar, Dave Rowberry-Organ, Chas Chandler- Bass, Barry Jenkins-Drums.
In July 1966, Hickory Records (U.S) released the Donovan song as A-side (b/w "The War Drags On" 45-1417).

 Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso). He has variously lived in Scotland, London, and California, and, since at least 2008, has lived in County Cork, Ireland with his family.[1]
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