Epic/Legacy's 2005 box set TRY FOR THE SUN: THE JOURNEY OF DONOVAN is the most lovingly assembled and comprehensive survey of the artist's work to date. A four-disc package (including a DVD of a previously unreleased documentary), TRY FOR THE SUN charts the entire career of the Scottish troubadour, from his rootsy, folky beginnings to his wide-eyed psychedelic period and his various experiments with island rhythms, blues, and Renaissance-style minstrel songs.
The set's 60 tracks encompass not only Donovan's essential recordings, but a number of rare and previously unreleased tracks as well. Taken together, the set gives a complete picture of this quintessential '60s figure, and the lavish packaging (the set comes in a purple velvet case), lengthy booklet, and pristinely remastered sound are icing on the cake. Casual listeners may want to go with one of the more manageable collections, but for the hardcore Donovan fan there is no worthier purchase.