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Slow Down World

Side 1:
01. Dark-Eyed Blue Jean Angel

02. Cryin' Shame

03. The Mountain

04. Children Of The World

05. My Love Is True (Love Song)

Side 2:
06. A Well Known Has-Been
07. Black Widow
08. Slow Down World
09. Liberation Rag

All songs by Donovan P. Leitch, except: 03 and 05 by Derroll Adams.

Released: May 1976

Recorded: Aug 1975-Mar 1976

· A&M Studios

Los Angeles, CA

Label: Epic PE 33945

Country: USA

Format: vinyl LP

Producer: Donovan P. Leitch

Chart:

Billboard: 05/06/1976

3 weeks, #174

Musicians:

· Donovan: vocals, acoustic guitar, mouth harp. Electric reggae guitar on track 02. Lead guitar and arp string ensemble on 05. Horn arrangement on 06 and 07. Arrangement on 08.

· Phillip Donnelly: dobro guitar on 02. Electric guitar on 04 and 07. Rhythm electric guitar on 06.

· Jessie Ed Davis: slide guitar on track 07.

· Dave Hungate: bass on tracks 01 and 05.

· Leland Sklar: bass on tracks 02 and 05.

· Klaus Voorman: bass on tracks 04, 07 and 09.

· Wilton Felder: bass on tracks 06 and 08.

· Jim Keltner: drums on tracks 01, 02, 04, 06, 07, 08 and 09.

· Emil Richards: percussion on tracks 04, 06, 07 and 09. Talking drum on 06. Moans on track 07.

· Bobbye Hall: percussion on track 05. Shakers and conga on 06.

· Jennette Clinger: chorus vocals on tracks 02 and 04.

· Stacy Jo Clinger: chorus vocals on tracks 02 and 04.

· Allan Delory: chorus vocals on tracks 02 and 04.

· Ron Hicklan: chorus vocals and vocal contractor on tracks 02 and 04.

· Jennifer Hicklan: chorus vocals on tracks 02 and 04.

· Susie Ives: chorus vocals on tracks 02 and 04.

· John Merlino: chorus vocals on tracks 02 and 04.

· Maxine Willard: chorus vocals on tracks 02, 04 and 07.

· Julia Tillman: chorus vocals on tracks 02, 04 and 07.

· B. J. Coop: vocal back-up on track 06.

· Donny Gerrard: vocal back-up on track 06.

· Ed Whitting: vocal back-up on track 06.

· Africa: vocal back-up on track 06.

· Doug Davis: cello and arrangement on track 01.

· Tom Scott: recorder on 01. Arrangement on 01 and 08. Tenor sax on 06 and 07. Clarinet on 08.

· David Foster: piano on tracks 01 and 08. Arp woodwinds and arrangement on 01. Arp string ensemble on 04, 07 and 08. Piano and clavinet on 06. Horn arrangement on 06 and 07. Arrangement on 08.

· Jay Graydon: arp programmed on tracks 01 and 08.

· Chuck Findley: slide trumpet on tracks 06 and 07. Flugel horn on 06. Baritone horn on 08.

· Lew McCreary: trombone on tracks 06 and 07. Double belled euphonium on 08.

· Bob Findley: piccolo trumpet and flugel horn on track 08.

· David Paige: tak piano on track 09.

· Toni Foutz: sounds of nature on track 03.

Singles out of this album:

· A Well Known Has-Been/Dark-Eyed Blue Jean Angel

Trivia:

· For this album, Donovan decided to produce all the songs with a sound deliberately contrary to the popular music of that time. He remained, however, close to his fan base and to his music taste, and created a group of delicate songs with bits of the meditation from Essence To Essence and the nostalgia from 7-Tease.

· This was the last album that Donovan made under the label of Epic Records. After that, without Epic's marketing possibilities, never again achieved the same success or sales.

· The Mountain and My Love Is True (Love Song) were written by Donovan's longtime friend, and great influence, Derroll Adams. In fact, Donovan's 1967 song There Is A Mountain, features a line similar to one fom Derroll Adams' The Mountain.

· The front photography was taken by Patrine Mitchum and John Kosh, under the art direction of Ron Coro, designed the cover.

· The lyrics are printed in the back cover, in the same order as the track list, except A Well Known Has-Been and Cryin' Shame, that appear swapped around. Maybe this was a last minute change, because A Well Known Has-Been was too long, and it was not corrected.

· After the lyrics there is a dedication, "To the queen of Venus", and a little message from Donovan: "Use this album before the next century".

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