24/03/2019: “Get Thy Bearings” by Donovan

A wide range of influences can be heard on this song. Jazz and Psychedelic Rock in particular make their presences felt.

The vocal melody is a timeless one, ingraining itself deep inside your brain. The drums are languorous and measured, with a shuffle on the snare.

The guitar and bass are restrained mainly to the background, providing a nice backdrop, and slightly ominous!

The other big hook is the horns, which play out softly and even have an extended solo at the end.

The lyrics are pretty mystical, which makes sense because the album was recorded after a session in India learning meditation with the Beatles…

The song has become a bit of a favourite for hip hop groups to sample, and was covered by the electronic music artist Bonobo.

“Get Thy Bearings” was released in 1968 on the album The Hurdy Gurdy Man.


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