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Like It Is, Was, and Evermore Shall Be

Like It Is, Was, and Evermore Shall Be is a compilation album from Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released in the US (Hickory LPM 143 (mono) /LPS 143 (stereo)) in April 1968. Like It Is, Was, and Evermore Shall Be marked the second Hickory Records compilation of Donovan's 1965 Pye Records material in the United States, following the moderately successful The Real Donovan from 1966.


By 1968, Donovan had released a string of hit singles and albums in both the United States and United Kingdom. With his popularity reaching its zenith, Hickory Records compiled and released Like It Is, Was, and Evermore Shall Be from his 1965 Pye Records catalog.

Although Donovan's Pye recordings bore little resemblance to his subsequent material, Hickory released the album with brightly colorful artwork reminiscent of Donovan's latest albums for Epic Records. The back cover contained a pair of reprinted fan letters; one a testimonial from a young female fan, the other thanks from a middle-aged businessman for the way one of Donovan's songs had caused him to reconsider life. (The song unfortunately was not named.)

While most of the songs on Like It Is, Was, and Evermore Shall Be had been released on What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid (US-title: Catch the Wind), Fairytale, and The Real Donovan, the new compilation did contain "Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do" and Donovan's recording of Bert Jansch's "Do You Hear Me Now?", neither of which had been included on any of Donovan's US long players. The album charted for 4 weeks, reaching #177 on the Billboard Magazine charts in the United States.

Album origins of tracks

The following is a list explaining the original releases of each song.

Track listing

All tracks by Donovan Leitch, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Summer Day Reflection Song" – 2:11
  2. "Do You Hear Me Now?" (Bert Jansch) – 1:45
  3. "Colours" – 2:44
  4. "Universal Soldier" (Buffy Sainte-Marie) – 2:13
  5. "Josie" – 3:24
  6. "Catch the Wind" – 2:53

Side two

  1. "Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?" – 2:54
  2. "To Try for the Sun" – 3:37
  3. "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)" – 3:05
  4. "The War Drags On" (Mick Softley) – 3:40
  5. "Sunny Goodge Street" – 2:55
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