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Sutras

01. Please Don't Bend

02. Give It All Up

03. Sleep

04. Everlasting Sea

05. High Your Love

06. The Clear-Browed One

07. The Way

08. Deep Peace

09. Nirvana

10. Eldorado

11. Be Mine

12. Lady Of The Lamp

13. The Evernow

14. Universe Am I

15. The Garden

All songs by Donovan P. Leitch, except: 03 lyrics including selected lines from Blessing For The Soul's Release by Fiona MacLeod, 05 lyrics by Donovan P. Leitch, music inspired by a Spiritual Melody from The Sai Baba Community, 07 lyrics including selected lines from the Vintage Books Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu as translated by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English, 08 music by Donovan P. Leitch, lyrics based on a translation by Caitlin Matthews of a traditional Scottish Gaelic prayer, 09 lyrics including selected lines from the Beacon Press book, The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation by Tic Nhat Hanh, 10 music by Donovan P. Leitch, lyrics by Edgar Allan Poe and 11 including selected lines from The Love Songs Of Sappho, translated by Paul Roche.

Released: October 14, 1996

Recorded: 1995-1996

Label: American Recordings

74321 39743 2

Country: UK

Format: CD

Producer: Rick Rubin

Chart: -

Musicians:

· Donovan: vocals, acoustic guitar on all tracks except 05, harmonica on 02, harmonium on 05 and acoustic twelve-string guitar on 09.

· David Navarro: mellotron on tracks 04 and 14, background vocals on 04, 07 and 09, fender Rhodes on 05, electric sitar on 07, piano on 09 and 14, keyboards on 13 and chamberlain on 14.

· Danny Thompson: acoustic bass on tracks 01, 02, 06, 13, 14 and 15.

· Josh Haden: bass on tracks 03, 09 and 11.

· Jonny Polonsky: bass on track 07.

· Benmont Tench: keyboards on tracks 02, 03, 08, 11 and 12.

· Evan Hartzell: drums on track 03.

· Steve Ferrone: percussion on 05 and 13, drums on 07, 09, 11, 13 and 14.

· Juliet Prater: percussion on tracks 05, 07, 09, 13 and 14.

· Nigel Kennedy: violins on track 10.

· Michael Severens: cello on tracks 03, 07 and 13.

· Gerri Sutyak: cello on tracks 04 and 14.

· Pavinder Singh: tabla on track 05.

· D. Sardy: bells on track 05.

Singles out of this album:

· Please Don't Bend (Promo)

Trivia:

· By the beginning of the 1990's the release of the live album Rising (1990) and the box-set compilation Troubadour (1992) helped renew and increase the fans interest for Donovan. The success of these albums attracted newer generations to Donovan's music.

· In 1993, Rick Rubin (producer and founder of American Recordings label) contacted Donovan to record a new album, based on this renewed interest of younger fans for his music. Rubin had just released Johnny Cash album American Recordings, a set of new songs 60's style: one guitar, one voice. The album was very succesful and this led Rick Rubin to repeat the same model with similar artists. Working in the studio with Tom Petty, Rubin said he would like to work with Donovan, and Petty suggested he could call him. Donovan agreed.

· Donovan and Rubin went through over one hundred songs to select the final set. The idea was to make an album like the first ones Donovan recorded in 1965, and like Cash's album American Recordings: sparse instrumentation, one guitar, one voice. Donovan declared in the 2008 documentary Sunshine Superman: The Journey Of Donovan:

«And I realized that I was in the presence of a Mickie Most or a Phil Spector, because he was listening. What kind of record were we gonna make? And he said, "How long did it take for you to make your records in the sixties?" And I said, "Three songs, three hours. An album in a week." And he said, 'I thought so. It's all live, then!" I said, "Yeah. That's how it was done. Everybody did the same." He said, "Let's make a record like that!" I said, "This is great! We'll make a record in a week!"... It took three years to make the record!»

· The final recording sessions included presumably more instrumentation than the initial idea, and maybe that delayed the release of the album.

· Sutras, "an indian name for a yogi process", was a deeply meditative album. Both Donovan and Rick Rubin were very interested in yoga and meditation (Donovan was famous in the sixties for visiting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India with the Beatles, Mia Farrow and Mike Love).

· The album didn't achieve the same comercial success that American Recordings had. Donovan never worked again with Rick Rubin, but Sutras helped reunite Donovan's fan base, by reminding them that he was active and with new material, and thanks to the Internet. Donovan noticed the importance of the Internet phenomenon in music and started to organize his web presence; that can be understood nowadays.

· Sutras is today seen as one of Donovan's most coherent recordings.

· Sleep is a different version from the Cosmic Wheels album.

· The liner notes explain the sources of inspiration for some of the songs:

· Sleep includes selected lines from Blessing For The Soul's Release by Fiona MacLeod.

· The music of High Your Love is inspired by a Spiritual Melody from The Sai Baba Community.

· The Way includes selected lines from the Vintage Books Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu as translated by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English.

· The lyrics for Deep Peace are based on a translation by Caitlin Matthews of a traditional Scottish Gaelic prayer.

· Nirvana includes selected lines from the Beacon Press book, The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation by Tic Nhat Hanh.

· The lyrics for Eldorado are taken from Edgar Allan Poe's poem Eldorado, published in 1849.

· Be Mine includes selected lines from The Love Songs Of Sappho, translated by Paul Roche.

· The Garden only appeared on the UK release.

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