To Susan On The West Coast Waiting/Atlantis 45 by Donovan

Donovan was just about at the end of his string of top 40 hits when “To Susan On The West Coast Waiting/Atlantis” was released during 1968. In fact, he would only have one more song reach the top 50.

“To Susan On The West Coast Waiting” was the A side of the single in The United States, while “Atlantis” was the A side in Europe. In the United States the single reached number 23 and in England it reached the top ten, peaking at number seven.

I prefer the U.S. A side as “To Susan On The West Coast Waiting” was a gentle song that looked back to his folk period. Sometimes simple is best. “Atlantis,” on the other hand, was psychedelic folk, but not of the quality of “Mellow Yellow” or “Sunshine Superman.” I found it a tad repeditive for my taste.

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