Pied Piper is the twentieth studio album, and twenty-fifth album overall, from Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. It marks the third album of Donovan's children's music, after the For Little Ones portion of A Gift from a Flower to a Garden and H.M.S. Donovan. Pied Piper was released in both the UK and the US (Rhino 78290) on March 19 2002.
After it became apparent that Sutras
was going to be the only Donovan album released on Rick Rubin
's American Recordings
label, Donovan withdrew from releasing new music. His focus shifted to restructuring his business by organizing a website
and creating his own record label, Donovan Discs
. Donovan also began to write an autobiography
and search for studio tapes that were deep in record company archives.
In the meantime, Beat Goes On Records reissued many of Donovan's albums in the UK. Many of these albums had been out of print since their original vinyl release. With the combination of selecting rare albums and utilizing e-commerce, Beat Goes On Records was able to capitalize on these releases by selling them in the US as imports. These releases included two of Donovan's children's albums, For Little Ones (from A Gift from a Flower to a Garden) and H.M.S. Donovan.
In light of these releases, Rhino Records subsidiary Music for Little People contacted Donovan to release another children's album. Donovan recorded new songs and new versions of many of his children's songs for the subsequent album, Pied Piper. The album name and title track both come from the 1972 Jacques Demy film "The Pied Piper" which starred Donovan as the Pied Piper. The album was released in conjunction with Donovan's new label and became the first release by Donovan Discs.
Album origins of tracks
The following is a list explaining the original releases of each song.
- "I Love My Shirt" (from Barabajagal, released August 11, 1969)
- "Happiness Runs" (from Barabajagal)
- "Sun Magic" (released as "The Sun Is a Very Magic Fellow" on The Hurdy Gurdy Man, released October 1968)
- "People Call Me Pied Piper" (from the 1972 film "The Pied Piper of Hamelin")
- "Little Boy in Corduroy" (from A Gift from a Flower to a Garden, released December 1967)
- "Colours" (from Fairytale, released October 22, 1965)
- "Jackie Beanstalk" (previously unreleased)
- "A Funny Man" (from H.M.S. Donovan, released July 1971)
- "Mandolin Man and His Secret" (from A Gift From A Flower to a Garden)
- "Nature Friends" (previously unreleased)
- "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" (from H.M.S. Donovan)
- "Little Teddy Bear" (previously unreleased)
- "Voyage of the Moon" (from H.M.S. Donovan)
All tracks by Donovan Leitch, except where noted.
- "I Love My Shirt" – 3:31
- "Happiness Runs" – 4:42
- "Sun Magic" – 3:46
- "People Call Me Pied Piper" – 4:21
- "Little Boy in Corduroy" – 3:39
- "Colours" – 3:18
- "Jackie Beanstalk" – 6:24
- "A Funny Man" (words by Natalie Joan, music by Donovan) – 2:01
- "Mandolin Man and His Secret" – 3:50
- "Nature Friends" – 1:16
- "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" (words by Eugene Field, music by Donovan) – 3:26
- "Little Teddy Bear" – 3:00
- "Voyage of the Moon" – 5:50