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Cosmic Wheels

Side 1:
01. Cosmic Wheels

02. Earth Sign Man

03. Sleep

04. Maria Magenta

05. Wild Witch Lady

Side 2:
06. The Music Makers
07. The Intergalactic Laxative
08. I Like You
09. Only The Blues
10. Appearances

All songs by Donovan P. Leitch.

Released: March 1973

Recorded: 1972

· Morgan Studios

London

Label: Epic SEPC 65450

Country: UK

Format: vinyl LP

Producers: Donovan P. Leitch

Mickie Most

Chart: 24/03/1973, 12 weeks

Reached #15

Musicians:

· Donovan: vocals and acoustic guitar. Twelve-string guitar on tracks 01, 04.

· Clive Chaman: bass on tracks 01, 02, 04, 05, 08, 09.

· Denny Ball: bass on track 03.

· Phillip Chen: bass on track 06.

· Cozy Powell: drums on tracks 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 08, 09.

· Alan White: drums on track 06.

· Tony Carr: percussion on track 10.

· John 'Rabbit' Bundick: moog on tracks 01, 03, piano on 02, 09, mellotron on 03.

· John Cameron: electric piano on track 10.

· Chris Spedding: strings on 01, 02, 05, 06, 08, 10, bouzoki on 04, electric guitar on 02, 05, 06, 09.

· Pat Halling: lead violin on tracks 01, 02, 05, 06, 08, 10.

· Bobby Keys: sax on tracks 02, 10, tenor sax on 03.

· Jim Horn: alto sax on tracks 03, 10.

· Jack Emblow: accordion on track 04.

· Valerie Carrington: soprano on tracks 01, 05, vocals on 07.

· Jill Utting: soprano on tracks 01, 05, vocals on 07.

· Lesley Duncan: vocals on track 06.

· Suzi Quatro: vocals on track 06.

· Nick Curtis: vocals on track 07.

· Cary Wilson: vocals on track 07.

· Gaynor Stewart: vocals on track 08.

· Julie Forsythe: vocals on track 08.

· Leslie Ash: vocals on track 08.

· John McCarthy: vocals on track 08.

· Lesley Fyson: vocals on track 08.

Singles out of this album:

· I Like You/Earth Sign Man

· Maria Magenta/The Intergalactic Laxative

· Only The Blues/Appearances

Trivia:

· Donovan joined Mickie Most again to produce this album.

· At the beginning of the 1970's glam rock ruled the musical scene in the UK, with T. Rex, Alice Cooper and David Bowie at the top of the charts. Some of them said Donovan was a major influence in their music. These circumstances probably marked the direction Cosmic Wheels would have. As an example of this, Alice Cooper was recording the album Billion Dollar Babies in the same studio where Donovan was recording Cosmic Wheels. The guitarist Michael Owen Bruce suggested that Donovan could sing on the title track with Vincent Damon Furnier, who soon would take the band's name for himself. Donovan agreed and the resulting song made the album reach #1 in the US.

· Donovan's wife Linda was very interested in astrology and was a big influence on this album.

· The cover design was credited to John Kosh and Donovan, and Tony Evans took the front photo. Inside there's a copy of The Flammarion woodcut (an anonymous wood engraving) with the note "Get your cosmic crayons, kids and colour in".

· An edited version of I Like You reached #66 in the US and became the last charting single Donovan would have.

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