The earliest work of Donovan – presented here in the company of three other contemporary British folk acts who were handled by the same production team! The Eve Folk imprint was a short-lived offshoot of EMI that was designed to launch the career of Donovan, and also release full albums by some other great artists handled by producer/
managers Peter Eden and Geoff Stephens – including Mick Softley, Bob Davenport & The Rakes, and Vernon Haddock's Jubilee Lovlies. Mick Softley is especially compelling – a singer with a depth of feeling and mix of timeless and modern that almost reminds us of Bert Jansch – and like Jansch, has a sound that a nice change from the US folk style of the time. The CD features Mick's full album Songs For Swinging Survivors, plus singles – with titles that include "After The World War Is Over", "The Bell
s Of Rhymney", "Strange Fruit", and "Blues For Cupid Green". Bob Davenport & The Rakes are a bit more traditional, with lots of Irish folk elements – from the song choice to the use of fiddle, flute, and accordion in the instrumentation – on titles that include "The Hexamshire Lass", "Jig", "Old Johnny Booker", "My Bonnie Lad", and "The Foggy Dew". Vernon Haddock's Jubilee Lovelies have a sound that lives up to what you might expect from their 20s-styled name – a bit of a string band approach overall, but one that has lots of weird, offbeat touches – in the manner of some of the more modern jug bands who were floating around the Greenwich Village scene at the time. The CD features their sole album – and titles include "Coloured Aristocracy", "Vickyandal", "Stealin", "Little White Washed Chimney", and "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down". Oh, and the 2CD set also features four tracks by Donovan too – "Catch The Wind (single)", "Colours (single)", "Goldwatch Blues", and "The War Drags On".