Sunday, February 5, 2012
Donovan: Colours and Catch the Wind.
"Colours" is a song written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. The "Colours" single was backed with "To Sing for You" (previously included on What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid) on the United Kingdom release and "Josie" (from What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid) on the United States release.
Donovan followed up the success of "Catch the Wind" with "Colours", which featured a similar folk style. The single matched the success of "Catch the Wind" in the United Kingdom, reaching #4 on the charts. In the United States, "Colours" reached #61 and marked a decline in popularity from "Catch the Wind". A different mix of the song (without harmonica) was released on his second album Fairytale.
When Epic Records was compiling Donovan's Greatest Hits, they were either unable or unwilling to secure the rights to the original recordings of "Catch the Wind" and "Colours". Donovan rerecorded both songs with a full backing band, and the rerecordings were included on the greatest hits album.
Released: January 1969
Recorded: January 1966 – September 1968
Producer: Mickie Most (original issue)
except for on expanded CD reissue:
"Catch the Wind" prod. by Terry Kennedy, Peter Eden and Geoff Stephens
and "Riki Tiki Tavi" prod. by Donovan Leitch
Expanded CD reissue prod. Al Quaglieri