Release Date: May 28th, 2015
Words by: Roland Ellis
May 28th, 2015
"Colours" was released in the UK on May 28, 1965 via Pye Records, and a few months later in the US. The single's B-side was "To Sing For You"--the song Donovan famously played for Bob Dylan in a suite at the Savoy Hotel, as captured in D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Don't Look Back.
"Colours" built upon the success of Donovan's previous single "Catch The Wind", reaching number 4 on the UK charts. It was less successful in the States, however, only climbing as high as number 61.
Donovan released an alternate version of "Colours" on his second album, Fairytale. That version--along with a full band rendition of "Catch The Wind"--was later issued on Donovan's (initial) greatest hits compilation in 1969.
Composer Van Dyke Parks re-worked "Colours" for his debut album Song Cycle (1967), though Donovan's melody is made barely recognisable by Parks' ragtime arrangement.
Listen below to Donovan's previous single "Catch The Wind".