Riding high on the success of these singles, Donovan entered the studio in October to record his next album. The double album that resulted from these sessions consisted of one disc of electric pop music ("Wear Your Love Like Heaven") and another of acoustic children's music ("For Little Ones"). The acoustic album allowed Donovan to present a facet of his songwriting that had not been featured on his singles. It also allowed him to show his strength as a guitar player and performer in a way that he could not when augmented by session musicians. In fact, Donovan's live performances of the time featured instrumentation and performances more in line with For Little Ones than his hit singles and the first record of A Gift from a Flower to a Garden.
While Mickie Most produced the single from the album ("Wear Your Love Like Heaven" b/w "Oh Gosh"), and is credited with the album's production, Donovan actually produced the bulk of the material himself, allowing Most the credit to help sales.
"Mad John's Escape" is a song written for a friend of Donovan's who escaped from a mental health center. The song details Mad John's escape and subsequent adventures.
"Under the Greenwood Tree" was originally written by William Shakespeare, and set to music by Donovan for the Royal National Theatre, who planned to use it in a stage production. At the end of the song, Donovan sings "Will you, won't you... join the dance?" in reference to the chorus of "The Lobster Quadrille" in Chapter X of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
"Epistle to Derroll" is dedicated to the banjo player and singer Derroll Adams, an early influence on Donovan.
In the album's liner notes, Donovan explained his purpose in creating two rather different discs (one for the present generation, and the other for the "dawning generation"), and also denounced the use of drugs. Several of his earlier records had contained both veiled and open references to drug use (particularly marijuana and LSD), but since the release of Mellow Yellow, he had both been arrested and prosecuted for marijuana possession, and had seen people he knew turning to harder drugs (speed, heroin, cocaine), and the damage this caused in their lives. Instead, Donovan promoted the use of meditation and other techniques, in his new songs.
The front cover photo design of Wear Your Love Like Heaven features a Pre-Raphaelite style infrared photograph of Donovan on the moat in front of Bodiam Castle by Karl Ferris who was his and Jimi Hendrix's personal photographer.
The album earned a Gold Record award, for half a million sales, during 1970.
|USA||12/1967||A Gift from a Flower to a Garden||Epic||mono LP||L2N6071|
|USA||12/1967||A Gift from a Flower to a Garden||Epic||stereo LP||B2N171|
|UK||April 16, 1968||A Gift from a Flower to a Garden||Pye||mono LP||NPL20000|
|UK||April 16, 1968||A Gift from a Flower to a Garden||Pye||stereo LP||NSPL 20000|
|USA||Wear Your Love Like Heaven||Epic||monaural LP||LN 24349|
|USA||Wear Your Love Like Heaven||Epic||stereo LP||BN 26349 (stereo)|
|USA||For Little Ones||Epic||monaural LP||LN24350|
|USA||For Little Ones||Epic||stereo LP||BN26350 (stereo)|