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Catch The Wind/Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do

A: Catch The Wind (Single Version)
B: Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do

All tracks by Donovan P. Leitch.


· Donovan: vocals, acoustic guitar and mouth harp.

Out of the album:

· What's Bin Did And What's Bin Hid

See complete artwork for this issue!

Other versions of this single:

· UK (promo) - PYE 7N 15801

· USA - Hickory 45-1309

· USA (promo) - Hickory 45-1309

· UK (for export) - PYE 7N 15801

· Holland - PYE 7N 15801

· Italy - PYE 45NP 5066

· Italy - PYE P-67.004

· Japan - PYE P-67.004

· Norway - PYE 7N 15801

· Australia - ASTOR AP-1114

· USA - Eric Records 193

· USA - Janus A-502

· Germany - PYE 12 454 AT

· Germany - PYE 12 749 AT

· UK - Old Gold OG 9134


· Catch The Wind wasn't the first intended Donovan single. It's a very unknown fact that the very first Donovan single was Donna Donna/Car Car (with the same catalogue number, 7N.15801). As Ade Macrow explains in his Collector Guide Pye Do You Treat Me Like You Do: «So rare is this single that most seasoned Dono-collectores do not even know of its existence. Most copies were pulled before ever reaching the shops and only two copies have ever been known to show up for sale or auction. Following Donovan's success of the first two ITV Ready Steady Go! pop shows [...] Pye moguls realised here was a genuine songwriting talent: not just another production-line folksinger, to be groomed and fed with whatever songs they deemed apt. Thus, Donovan was given the chance to officially debut with two self-pennned songs. Hats off to the people who took what would have been a revolutionary decision at that time.»

· The single version of Catch The Wind featured a string section with echo by the London Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Ken Lewis of the vocal harmony group The Ivy League. The song was re-recorded for Donovan's first album What's Bin Did And What's Bin Hid without the strings.

· The single version of Catch The Wind and the song Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do were recorded in February, in the basement of Peer Music studios, Denmark Street, London's Tin Pan Alley.

· Donovan has declared that Linda Lawrence (Brian Jones' ex-girlfriend and Donovan's current wife, who he married in 1970) was the true inspiration for Catch The Wind, even though he hadn't met her when he wrote it. In an 1989 interview with Dierdre O'Donoghue on KCRW Radio, in Los Angeles, Donovan said: «Catch The Wind, I wrote it for Linda, although I hadn't really met her yet. It is a song of unrequited love, yet I hadn't really met her, so how could I miss her? And I seem to write prophetic songs in the sense of the Celtic poet and I wrote this song before I met Linda, of a love I would like to have had and lost».

Released: March 12, 1965

Recorded: Feb 1965

· Peer Music

Denmark St, London

Label: PYE 7N 15801

Country: UK

Format: vinyl single

Producers: Terry Kennedy

Peter Eden

Geoff Stephens

Chart: 25/03/1965
Reached #4

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